The One with the Thoughts of Frans

Not a Trashcan
A dialog for two actors. A bucket is set on the middle of the stage. Science and Poetry stand next to it. Read more.
Steam Error: “invalid depot configuration”
I just had to share this mysterious error message. Simply retrying made it go away. Read more.
Launcher with parameters in Xfce
Pass a command to Bash if you want to include parameters. Read more.
Broken Sword 5 Update with Full Keyboard Support
You can now navigate the menus without a mouse. Victory! Read more.
Image Optimization Guide
On the forum I administer, I am forced to run a tight attachment policy. Disk space doesn't grow on trees. Occasionally this leads to questions about the small attachment size limit of 50 KiB. This guide is intended to make it clear that this is not nearly as tiny as you might think. Read more.
SSD Performance in Modern Laptops
It's surprisingly bad. My first 2010 SSD easily outperforms the 2016 SSD that came with my new laptop. Read more.
Two Weeks is not Ample Time, IMDb
Some alternatives are TMDb (The Movie Database) and omdb (Open Media Database). Read more.
More Joyous Machine Translation Failures
I was reading La vie: mode d'emploi, when I came across a term I didn't know: fumoir bibliothèque. Read more.
Ricochet : word sonnets = sonnets d’un mot
No matter what you call these haiku-like intensely precise little poems, they're quite good. Read more.
Magnificent Borderline Puerility: The Great Gatsby
The Great Gatsby is a terrific example of how a bunch of money-obsessed, vacuous, overall completely unsympathetic characters can still combine into an atmospheric, humorous, layered and meaningful piece of writing. Without the always present, borderline puerile ironic undertone this may well have been absolutely terrible. Read more.
A Well-Deserved Classic: Van den vos Reynaerde
Van den vos Reynaerde has it all: deception, conflict, sarcasm, violence, (homosexual) innuendo, parody, and black humor. Read more.
Of Horology and Letters
The fashionable thing to do these days would probably be to write a graphic novel based on the epistolary contacts of the Huygens family. But as a paragon of intimate yet in-depth, meticulously sourced writing this page-turner essay collection shows just plain good writing is more than enough. Read more.
Multilingual Gezelle Reception in Gezelle vertaald
Guido Gezelle should need little introduction. All in all I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Read more.
UNetbootin Custom Drive Selection
Use the targetdrive argument on the command line. Read more.
Lonely Forever?
My three-star rating of The Circle notwithstanding, the book inspired me to write this short story. Read more.
An O is a Full Circle
Although I wanted to like it, The Circle disappointed me. This novel turns out to be a pastiche, a parody without the bite. Read more.
All blog posts

Featured posts

KOReader 2019.04
By Frans  /  April 6, 2019
GUN Tar
By Frans  /  March 26, 2019
KOReader 2019.03 “Marsdiep”
By Frans  /  March 10, 2019
KOReader 2018.11 “An die Freude”
By Frans  /  November 1, 2018
Six Years of KOReader
By Frans  /  February 22, 2018
Is My Firefox Out of Date?
By Frans  /  November 3, 2017
The Ghost of Student Counseling
By Frans  /  August 30, 2017
Skype on Android x86
By Frans  /  August 18, 2017
Qalculate!, My New Favorite Calculator
By Frans  /  April 22, 2017

Drawings

The Ghost of Student Counseling
By Frans  /  August 30, 2017
Cloud, Kluit, Clod?
By Frans  /  May 8, 2016
Trois champignons
By Frans  /  April 27, 2016
By Frans  /  June 8, 2010
Chill and Angry Vector Smileys
By Frans  /  May 21, 2007

Writing

By Frans  /  November 7, 2013
Tunnel Anxiety
By Frans  /  April 7, 2013
By Frans  /  March 17, 2013
By Frans  /  July 22, 2012

Internet

Is My Firefox Out of Date?
By Frans  /  November 3, 2017
By Frans  /  August 19, 2015
By Frans  /  February 2, 2014

Linux and more

KOReader 2019.04
By Frans  /  April 6, 2019
GUN Tar
By Frans  /  March 26, 2019
KOReader 2019.03 “Marsdiep”
By Frans  /  March 10, 2019
KOReader 2018.11 “An die Freude”
By Frans  /  November 1, 2018
Six Years of KOReader
By Frans  /  February 22, 2018

Thoughts on books

A Well-Deserved Classic: Van den vos Reynaerde
By Frans  /  January 22, 2017
Of Horology and Letters
By Frans  /  January 21, 2017
Congolese Negroes: Beautiful But Stupid?
By Frans  /  August 20, 2016

Photography

On My Header Image
By Frans  /  December 23, 2012
Fireworks on the Scheldt
By Frans  /  January 1, 2010
By Frans  /  April 7, 2006
By Frans  /  March 25, 2006