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With this variation on a famous statement by the philosopher Descartes, I would like to express that writing about what happens in my life is important to me.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Susan Sontag journals

I finished reading Susan Sontag: As Consciousness Is Harnessed to Flesh, Journals & Notebooks 1964-1980, which I started reading on October 19. This second volume was much like the first. Again a mixture of very different material, most of it difficult to comprehend but some very revealing parts. Again, the editor has added many clarification in the running text, which I prefer above footnotes. A found it a pitty that he only included fifty of the 228 entries of good movies that Sontag has compiled. The second entry in the list, which is not in order, is 2001: A Space Odyssey. It would be nice to have a linked version of this book, because of the large number of persons, movies, and books that are mentioned.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Hobbit Marathon

Yesterday, two colleagues and I went to "The Hobbit" marathon at Wolff Cinestar in Enschede. There were some technical issues with the first movie, resulting it being shown in 2D instead of HFR 3D. There also seemed to be an issue with the color resolution resulting in some solarisation like effects, especially in a band at the bottom of the screen. The last movie, The Battle of the five armies, started at forthy past midnight. I was not very impressed by this movie as it seemed to lack the magic and/or drama of the other movies. Maybe watching already having watched movies for five hours also contributed to the experience.

Yesterday, I also finished reading the Dutch translation of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, which I started reading last Saturday.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

F**k it

At 11:28, I bought the book F**k it: The Ultimate Spiritual Way by John C. Parkin, ISBN:9781848500136, for € 8.95 from bookshop Broekhuis.

Tuesday, November 2, 2014

The clever subconscious mind

This morning, I finished reading the Dutch book Het slimme onbewuste (translated to English: The clever subconscious mind: thinking with feeling) by Ap Dijksterhuis, which I started reading on November 22, the day I bought the book. I find it an interesting book. I must notice that I just read that some of the results are questioned by some scientists who failed to reproduced the results. But that is often the case this type of research. The central claim is that the unconscious is often smarter than the conscious, which is also known as Unconscious thought theory. It seems that we unconsciously perceive more than we are aware off. subliminal influencing not seem to be truly possible. An unconscious opinion seems less subject to changes than a conscious (or made aware) opinion. I think this might have to do with a conscious opinion is subject to development. Also, I doubt if it is true that the media have a strong influence on our subconscious opinion about, for example, immigrants, as claimed. It also appears that the subconscious is better at making judgements for complex problems involving many variables, while the conscious is better when there are few variables. It also seems that if you give your subconscious mind some time to think about a problem, it comes up with beter solution or ideas then when you consciously think about it. Finally, the book discusses the experiments done by Benjamin Libet, which seems that the decisions to perform a certain act are done by the subconscious mind and only later announced to the conscious mind just before they are done, and that the idea that acts stem from conscious decisions is based on an illusion. But what then is the role of the conscious as that seems to have so little influence? That just seems to be controlling and to exhort the subconscious to make a better choice the next time, which unfortunately does not always seem to work.

Saturday, November 29, 2014


At 17:01:07, I bought the following two books from bookshop Broekhuis:

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Lucide dream

I had a lucide dream this morning. It is a very long time ago, that during a dream I realized that I was dreaming. Usually, it is in a kind of nightmare dream, and when this happens, it usually means that I woke up. But this morning, I wanted to go outside, but it was raining. Then I thought about how the rain would stop if I would think it away. Just a little later, I realized that I was having a lucide dream, and I thought about how I could now change everything in my dream, but I felt that it was not proper to do. I cannot remember what happend next, so I guess I continued sleeping. It was only some time after I woke up that I remembered having had a lucide dream. I do not know why is happened. Maybe it is related to me reading a book about the unconscious mind or because I was shortly awaken by my Klockis going of at 6:15.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

The unconscious mind

At I bought the book Het slimme onbewuste: denken met gevoel (translated The clever subconscious mind: thinking with feeling) by Ap Dijksterhuis, ISBN:9789035129689 for € 11.50 from bookshop Broekhuis.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Untitled Harsh Noise Graphic Novel

This morning, a copy of Untitled Harsh Noise Graphic Novel by Cementimental arrived in the mail, which I had ordered from Lulu.com. The book has 300 pages. The only text on the front and the spine is the word "Cementimental". On the last page it has the number 415520-546817 below a barcode. On Lulu.com it says: "Harsh Noise album in paperback form. Pixel noise art generated using various generative and/or expressionist processes in the ancient Mac software LightningPaint." On Cementimal's page about the book it reads: "Surrealist book-object; harsh noise album in paperback form. 300 pages of pixel-noisescapes, created soley using the antique mac paint app LightningPaint." LightningPaint is shareware replacement of MacPaint for the Apple Macintosh. It can still be downloaded. It was written in Lightspeed C

Sunday, November 16, 2014


Saturday, November 15, 2014

Why the world does not exist

This morning, I decided to stop reading the book Waarom de wereld niet bestaat (Why the world does not exist) by Markus Gabriel at page 119 and send the book back to Meindert. I started reading this book a week ago. I believe that Gabriel comes to his strange conclusions, for example that the world does not exist because of the way he defines things in a rather simplistic matter. It seems he presumes that there is but one kind of existence for both things in reality and ideas in the mind.

Tetem: Impulsief

This afternoon, I visited Tetem. I was quite impressed by the exhibition Impulsief with works from various artist from a number of private collection. For pictures about the works and the opening download this ZIP-file. I was most impressed by the following works:

Sunday, November 9, 2014


Saturday, November 8, 2014

Flight of Curlews

This morning, I received the book Waarom de wereld niet bestaat (Why the world does not exist) by Markus Gabriel as a present from Meindert. This evening, I discovered that Gabriel Vacariu claims that Markus Gabriel plagiarized his ideas. This afternoon at 15:07:45, I bought the novel Een vlucht regenwulpen (Flight of Curlews) by Maarten 't Hart from bookshop Broekhuis for € 12.50. The book has an autograph of the author.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Assigning students to projects

Yesterday, Meindert asked if I knew how to assign students to projects based on preferences. He had 28 students and seven projects and wanted to assign four students to each project. Yesterday and tonight, I spend some time developing a page using JavaScript to implement two algorithms for doing this.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The Essence Language

Yesterday evening, I read The Essence Language, version 2, which was pointed to by someone involved in the project when I made some reference to the knowledge enginering level in Four levels of modelling of information systems. The ideas in Essence (as the authors state) are very similar to metapatterns, a method for conceptual modelling by Pieter Wisse, as he argues in In search of difference and Beware of the plagiarist!. I should note that these rebutals seem to refer to version 1 of the Essence Language and that it is possible that version 2 (and the once planned version 3) transcent metapatterns. The Essence project has been terminated and most of the documents are no longer accessible. I found The Essence Language, version 2 rather difficult to comprehend because it is a language definition and from the definition it is not immediately clear how it should be used. Later, I found Essence taaldefinitie en denkwijze, the description of the first version of the language in Dutch. This is much accessible because it also gives examples of the usage of the language.

On closer inspection, I concluded that this form of concept modelling is something different than what I called knowledge enginering. First of all the knowledge enginering that I was talking about is on the instance level not on the concept (or type) level. I am talking, for example, about the problems that arise when two independent source use different ways to identify shared objects and that a matching should be explicitely stored to be able to correct mistakes if they are discovered. In the document about the first version of Essence there is a section that talks about merging of concepts. However, they there is no mechanism to specify on which ground the merging was based. Which in fact is a little surprising in a formalism that gives such a strong focus on the ground and context of concepts. It show again, that this form of two level reasoning about statements, is difficult to grasp.


Monday, November 3, 2014


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