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This evening, I went to the city from home, which
means bringing a visit to bookshop De Slegte. Some new interesting books had arrived.
On the second floor I found a line of books lying on
the floor before the bookshelves with S.F. books. It
looked like someone sold his collection of S.F. books.
When I looked through the line, I found a copy of
Duin Messias, the Dutch translation of Dune Messiah by Frank Herbert. It was the same
edition that I bought on March 3, 1978 (from Kraaijenbrink in Woerden). Although the copy looked
used and costed € 4.50, I could not resist to
buy it. I bought it at exactly 19:39:48!
In the past weeks, I spend some time analyzing the
SP2 file format as used by Yokogawa NR800 Near Infrared Analyzer. My findings
can be found here.
About twice per year, I receive some request for placing
a link on my website, sometimes with some offer to for
a payment. I guess I get these request because I have
quite a nice google ranking. Today, I received the
following request from "better link advertising":
Would you consider placing a promotional link on your
The link would be for a website which offers cosmetic
surgery and vaser liposuction.
My budget isn't enormous, but I am hoping there is a
reasonable price we could arrange since it's just a tiny
piece of screen real estate I'm interested in.
Please let me know if you're open to this, and if not
I appreciate your time and wish you the best of luck
with your site.
I presume that this is an automatic generated message,
because the dairy entry
with the title "Cosmetic surgery" is rather critical.
Today, I came across a press announcement that spoke about the decline of
cognitive abilities in the very early stages of Alzheimer's Disease, and noted that these even start before problems
with memory occur. The findings do not come as a surprise
to me, because I had noted this before with Li-Xia. That her visuospatial skills are affected is
clearly shown by the fact that she is no longer able to
complete a 9-piece jigsaw puzzle.
Andy now 'reads' with the use of
Google. Due to his mental handicaps Andy is not able to
read. But now when he comes across some text on the internet
that he wants to read, he selects the next, and uses the
function 'search with Google' from the context menu. From
the images and/or video's he knows what the text was about.
I have shown him numerous times how to use 'search with
Google', but it was only today that I saw him do it by himself.
For him it is quite difficult to move the mouse while holding
down the left mouse button.
This evening, I went to the university to play Go. I was the first to arrive. Taco and Rudi came
next, and decided to play against each other. I started to
record their game, but when Araldo arrived, he invited me
for a game. We agreed on a six stone handicap for Araldo.
When Huub arrive, he watched our game. I made some stupid
moves, but managed to win with 52 against 41 points. We
replayed the first fifty moves. At home I created
this game record based on what
I could recall about game.
I finished reading the Dutch translation of
I started reading this book on October 3 after I bought it on
October 1. This is probably the third time I read
this book. I am not sure whether I understood as much of the book
as I did now when I read the book for the first time. This book
is indeed different from the first book of the Dune-chronicals,
which reads as an adventure story. This second book goes much
deeper, touches on psychology and phylosophy much more. I found it
quite interesting and enjoyable to read this book.
Curly kail hotchpotch
Yesterday, Annabel and I did
some groceries. For today, we bought the ingredients
for curly kail hotchpotch:
gherkins, pork cut in cubes, smoked sausage and, of course,
freshly cut curly kail. Potatoes we still had at home.
Today, Annabel had some friends over, and they wanted to
make some eggs, kind like bacon. For this they wanted to
use the pork cubes. I fried all the pork cubes, and they
used about one third for the eggs. They added some cheese
and spices as well. I also had a small part, and it
tasted good. Later, they decided to have dinner with another
friend and then go watch the film Fame. I still decided to make the hotchpotch,
but with less potatoes. After having peeled the potatoes
and added the curly kail in the pan, I peeled three red
unions and fried them with some olive oil. I also added
some Chinese light soy sauce. Before I smashed the potatoes,
I removed about half of the curly kail. I added some left
over milk with the potatoes. And finally heated one third
of the smoked sausage. I made a small dish with some
of the smoked sausage and the pork cubes for Andy, and Li-Xia had some
herself. I also took a little bit, but added the curly kail
with some of the red unions to my usual dish of tomatoes,
olives, and sweet pepers. I did not open the bottle of
gherkins. And, of course, I kept the leftovers for Annabel
to finish tomorrow.
Some time ago, Annabel
had made some remark that our Magnolia in the back garden started to
have flowers again, and pointed met at some strange
bud with a red colour. Today, I noticed two orange
"seeds" in it and discovered that the bud was a seed
pod. I cannot remember having seen these before. I
took the four seeds from the two seeds pods that I discovered
and put them in a pot with some earth from the garden.
I left the pot outside.
This months interesting links
KMZ file of movements
| September 2009
| November 2009