The One with the Thoughts of Frans

Until now, I wasn't aware of the fact that regions will still exist on Blu-Ray discs. I have to say no more then that the following quote of the article fully represents my opinion. Of course, the pirates who engage in video swashbuckling are quite capable of removing this region encoding, meaning that the black market goods are user friendly, while the white market goods are a pain to deal with, and limit consumer choice. As far as I could discover in a quick Google-search, HD-DVD does not carry this heavy burden on its back. Why shoot yourself in the foot like this, Sony?
Actually the release of Wordpress 2.0 and this new weblog have no connection at all, it just so happened that Ethan gave me this as a Christmas present at the same time Wordpress 2.0 was released. I knew for sure that I wanted to try something other than Wordpress 1.5 and what can be better for that than Wordpress 2.0, the tool which already served me well for almost six months? So far I only set up a few basic things. It should be noted that a few setting related things, most particularly the permalinks, are even smoother than they already were. The usage of AJAX in the entry management is nice (it makes deleting so much smoother), but that doesn't make me hate the (in my view) abuse of the name of Ajax any less. Also it still displays replies related to a post after deleting it, which isn't bad, but it did cause me to click delete and get a "this reply doesn't exist" message, which certainly could confuse new users. The rich text editor is nice and can easily be disabled, but sadly a few tiny things like inserting links don't work on Opera. That's more likely the fault of the incomplete Rich Text implementation on the Opera Technical Preview I use than of Wordpress. Before the end of the year, I will finally put the Calendar back online, as I've had many mails requesting it. Further I doubt I will post much here during the rest of the holidays. For the record, the two posts previous to this one were a test of the importing mechanism and do not indicate the age of this spot on the web. This post does.
For this entry we'll have to go back in time. It was last year, September 2004, the second week of my first year in university. I was in Amsterdam switching trains. A blond pretty girl sat down next to me. She was 20 years old and happened to study psychology at the same university. You could say she was a bit of a movie-style stereotype college-girl. It was around 18:00, so after the conversation where I discovered what I just told you, I took out my lunch package, which I had prepared at my parents place earlier that day. She did the same. It was not a lunch package however. It was half a bread, a knife and a can of peanut butter. She then took a book out of her bag and put it on her bosom. As you can probably imagine she put a slice of bread on it and started to put peanut butter on the slice. Intrigued I inquired further about this behaviour. Her reply was simple and effective. "I am a student, students do that. For example see that guy at the other side of the train eating pickles from that jar of pickles? He's a student." "Interesting, how can you be so sure?" "I know him, he's in my year." I don't think ever I saw her after that trip, or else I didn't recognise her. I don't think I ever thought back at this until yesterday. Last Thursday we went out and came home around 5. I didn't get to sleep until something like 6. So when I got up around 11:30 I didn't do much except being lazy and tired. So when I wanted to catch the bus around 13:00, without thinking about it, I put half a bread, liver sausage, a knife and half a carton of grapefruit juice in my bag. When I got a book out of my bag, put a slice of bread on it and started to use my knife to cut pieces of the liver sausage, suddenly all of this entered my head and I thought: "Aha, I am a student".
Melantrys passed some meme to me, and, in lack of a different weblog, I decided to post this here for now and not in a comment. Else this place [the MyOpera blog] looks so deserted… oh wait, it already did? I can only say one thing to that: bluh. Seven Things I Plan To Do Spend some more actual time on my studies. Let that result in getting ECs. Get my hair cut. See every episode of Lost and keep up with the US (Mel already said that, but it applies to me as well. In fact, I'm her Lost-source, or whatever that should be called; Lost-source sounds really weird). Winter sports (skiing and snowboarding) sometime before I'm 80 and am not flexible enough anymore. Visit the US, Canada, Italia and… well, just more of the world. Own a huge library of books to read in peace and quiet. Seven things I can do Say very strange things semi-random such as My moon-name is Oela-Bikila! and make people laugh by that. Write amusing stories. Blow up a clap-switch by turning the voltage too high and clapping. Get two girls in my bedSurvive Italian pillows. Completely ignore the apocalypse while reading a good book or playing a good game. Notice the apocalypse three hours later when my laptop dies from lack of energy. Meanwhile I wouldn't notice the lights going out, of course. Automatically filter out advertisements and religious crap with my brain so that I don't remember what people told me if it had something to do with religion. Seven Things I Can't Do Concentrate on things I have to concentrate on. Watch Lost before it's broadcast in the US. Murder Bill Gates, put on some stupid glasses and pretend to be him. Stop considering Opera superior to all other browsers. Watch a big mess in the living room and not clean it up (well, usually). Keep track of time while playing Rome Total War or reading a good book. Consider Balkenende a great leader. Seven things I say most often "Hmm". Can mean anything from "what?" to "yes" to "no" or "not funny" to "crap, no inspiration to make one of my usual senseless comments". "Bluh". Braby gave me this word which I now always use for "whatever". "lol". Often in the Dutch sense, the consequence of which is that it results in the laughing out loud sense if foreigners don't understand that. "Skol". The word I use most often for "cheers". Other favourites include "proost", "prosit" and "santé". "Godverdomme". It sounds really good, it reliefs when you hurt something and it can possibly offend Christians. What more do you want? "Ja". Isn't yes possibly the most used word in any language (as long as "hmm" isn't used as global replacement)? "Girl, girl, girl". The start of the lyrics of Anouk's song "Girl" which is pretty much our flat anthem.
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