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I just watched out of the window and noticed
that there are already some leaves appearing
on the trees outside.
The weather has been mild for the time of the year.
The winters are not anymore as they used to be in the past.
I only see the tops of the trees, because there is a building in front
of them. I had thought of taking a picture of the leaveless trees.
I realize I have to do it soon.
Tuesday, February 21, 1995
I just discovered that someone else got the same idea as me,
to write a personal diary on the InterNet. This is what
I found one the comp.infosystems.www.announce newsgroup:
Carolyn's Diary, is the diary
of Carolyn L. Burke, and an experiment in online self-disclosure.
Updated daily (or thereabouts) it contains Carolyn's thoughts
on her life and the world.
Only after quite a number of tries, I could read her page.
(Our own server also has problems lately. So I should not
Looking at her pages, I think I will keep mine short, that means
the text of one day on one page. That will be many pages, but easier
to read. (Remark: Later, I rearranged the pages in the current format)
I don't like all these home pages with a lot of pictures that you need
in order to understand the page.
I don't feel so well, so I might not be in tomorrow.
Wednesday, February 22, 1995
I did not sleep so nice last night, but I felt good enough this morning
to go to work. I brought a bottle of
"Nin Jiom Pei Pa Koa" (a herbal anti-cough
syrup made in Hong Kong, containing 15 main
natural herbs) with me. Good stuff!
Lets first have a list of new links I found in the last days:
And by doing this, I once again increase the number of WWW pages that
only contain references to other pages. What percentage of WWW pages
do not contain any useful information, except references to other
pages. Everybody who creates a home page, fills it with references
to other pages, or makes a page with references. If this goes on like this,
the World Wide Web will be come a World Wide Collection of Shared
Hotlists (or a WWM)!
City.Net China: This page contains a link to a page
about the Xinjiang province. Li-Xia, my wife was
born in Urumqi, the capital city of
Xinjiang. The Xinjiang page contains a picture
of the Heaven Lake, that we visited during our
Philosophy, Utrecht University: An interesting page.
I did not read it completely, but somewhere in the middle it
said something about the newsgroups on which philosophical issues
are discussed. It comes down to: the level of the discussions
are so low, it is not worth to spend time on reading them.
ANP: A Dutch news agency. (Yes, these are Dutch pages.)
But as I do not have a newspaper, I might have a look at them
Zimmermann Legal Defense Fund Appeal: About the law-suit against
the Philip Zimmerman who encoded and released the most popular
and successful encryption program,
Pretty Good Privacy ("PGP").
Today I had a second look at
Carolyn's Diary. It made me think about the level of self-disclosure
and the style that I should use for my own InterNet diary.
(BTW, If you are in Europe, you should query her pages in the morning
hours, then the response is nice. A trivial remark, BTW)
Thursday, February 23, 1995
My health is getting better. Tonight we have a dinner with our
DOLLs sub working group,
which I would like to join. It is to celebrate that the
DOLLS has been working at the University
of Twente for 10 years.
I think that the sub working group (or whatever you would like to call it)
was (co-)founded by him.
I only have collected two, since yesterday:
I also found a
by the IHEP institute in Beijing) with
information about Beijing. I would like to make some WWW pages that give
an account of our honeymoon trip to Hong Kong and
P. R. of China. We also stayed in Beijing
for about 10 days, so that is why.
Friday, February 24, 1995
The dinner yesterday evening was good. We had a good time together.
The menu card said:
I joined a table with:
Herman, Hennie, Annita,
We recalled memories of how some of us wrote there first programs
on punch cards and/or punch tapes.
met zijn tienjarig hoogleraarschap (with his ten years professorship)
Usselo, 23 februari 1995
Heldere runderbouillon met profiterols en gesneden oesterzwammen
Mini pasteitjes met scampi's in pernodsaus
Trache gebakken zalm, geserveerd op een bedje van pasta waarbij
een huisgemaakte dillesaus -OF-
Ierse rib-eye met kruidenboter en zwarte pepers
Huisgemaakte frambozenbavaroise taartje met saus van limoenchocolade
Anita and Jan recalled how one night in September last year the
PRISMA-machine (of the
PRISMA project) heated the lab up to sauna
levels and switched itself off after sounding an alarm that send all
the others out of the room, because is became overheated.
(It uses 1600 Watt in full operations. Imagine the heat production of that.)
When I came home yesterday night, Annabel,
my daughter, reacted enthusiastic when she saw me. She must have missed me.
Li-Xia, my wife, told me that she can now sit
by herself on the bed, but not
more than a minute. When she wanted to show it, Annabel appeared to be too
tired. Yesterday she also had boiled egg-yellow with milk for the first
time, and she liked it.
This morning, when I told my wife about last night, she recalled how
she worked on the first micro-computer system, a CROMEMCO CS3A
(Z-80 Computer System with ZPU, 64K bytes RAM, Two 1.2Mbyte 8"
floppy disks, and 21 card slots) with a 8PIO (8-Port Parallel
Interface card), that was
ever used in the Xinjiang province of
the P.R. of China, after she got the B.Sc. in mathematics. At the university
she only had worked with punch tapes, so she was very exited to work
with a computer where you could just type on the screen.
She had to go to Beijing for a 3 months course
to learn how to use this computer. There in Beijing she met six of her
classmates from the university in Urumqi (4000 km away from home) and
had a very happy time with her friends and staying in Beijing. Many
pictures were made at that time.
After two years the project she worked on, was awarded by the Xinjiang
government, and she appeared on television, with the computer and
the analytical instruments attached to it. The program she wrote
used fuzzy-set methods for determing metal concentrations of samples
based on spectrography. Her program had to control a scanning device
that scanned photos taken from the light emitting from electrical sparks
on the surface of the material. The trick was to scan only certain parts
and to calculate the concentrations based on the scanned data.
I write this entry on my DX2 PC
at home on which I have partitions for
DOS/Windows and Linux. I use Linux
more than DOS/Windows. Probably because I like to write programs and
because it is nice to have a system at home that is compatible with
the one I have at work.
While I write this I am listing to the
sound track of the movie Shadowlands, an epic romance based on the love
affair between the celebrated British author
(Anthony Hopkins) and the American poet Joy Gresham (Debra Winger).
(A quote from the cover.)
This morning we went to church, as we do every Sunday. It is a small church
were everybody knows each other, except for the new people that visit us.
It is a small church, but very lively and with many young people. The oldest
couple we have are in their eighties, but still very young in their thinking.
Quite a number of the members have a M.Sc. degree, yet we believe the
Bible to be the Authorative Word of God, which should be taken literally
except when stated otherwise.
Li-Xia and I went to see the movie last summer,
and we both enjoyed it very
much. I am also a fan of C.S. Lewis and have read
quite a number of his books.
This mornings preaching was about Matthew 5:28, where
`but I say to you, that everyone who looks on a woman to lust for
her has committed adultery with her already in his heart.' (NASB, italics mine).
Lust is nothing else then selfish greed and as such has nothing to do with
true love. Jesus wants to make clear here that what is in the heart of a
person is as important as his acts.
I have to stop now. It is already late. Tomorrow we have to get up early.
They are going to rebuild our kitchen, starting at 8 O'clock.
Yesterday I felt a little depressed. So I did not write anything.
Hopefully, today will be better.
While eating my lunch
Sometimes I am surprised how easily I can get depressed or upset
about small thing in my life (like the new
water heater we got).
While biking to work this morning, I thought about my place in society
(in the world) as a `scientist'. What does my work contribute to the real
problems in the world? I mean the starving children, the prosecution of
honest people, the selfishness of people, and so on.
Did you ever notice how less attention these issues get on the WWW?
We spend so much money on arms, but also on fundamental research.
If I see the amounts of money spend on
elementary particles research, I wonder: what's the use of this
knowledge? And of course there are still people that can come up with
sound reasons for doing it, otherwise such projects would not have been
(Or am I looking in the wrong places.)
I hope you get my point.