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Friday, March 1, 2024

Dune: Part Two

This afternoon, Conny and I went to see the film Dune: Part Two. I feel rather disappointed. I feel that in a sense, Denis Villeneuve, is like Paul in the book. It looks like that when Villeneuve smelled success, he could not withstand the pressure and instead staying true to the book made it into an action film of which we already have so many, one which is full of plot-holes we accept for these kind of films. I will not even start comparing the script to the book, like I did for Dune: Part One. I feel betrayed and feel that he squandered the legacy of Frank Herbert. Just some things that are the opposite of the book:

Maybe, I noticed all these changes because I reread the second half of Dune in the past month. Somehow it feels like how Brain Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson would have written the second half of Dune.

Some more reaction videos to Dune: Part One:

Saturday, March 2, 2024

Wissinks Möl

This afternoon, during our walk, Conny and I visited Wissinks Möl, an post mill that was build by J.H. Wissink and functioned as a gristmill from 1802 till 1921 for farmers in the area. It fell into disrepair and when the ownere wanted take it down, it was moved to village Buurse with the plan to be part of an open air museum. But that did not work out. Then the plan came to restore it at its original location. That happened in 1981. We were given a private tour by one of the millers. It is quite a unique post will having three pairs of millstone. The miller demonstrated the brake and showed the extra wheel to lift up bag of wheat to the mill floor. It was an interesting tour. (A short video of the mill.)

Sunday, March 3, 2024


In the afternoon, Conny and I walked to (and through) the Zonnebeek estate from home. We walked about 9.5 kilometer. The last time we walked there, it was on September 25, 2022, but that time we took the car to park it about halfway. On May 10, 2020, we also went there. It might have been the first time that I went there. Due to the abundant rain of the past month, the water levels in the forest were still quite high. At one place we had to cross over a tree trunk. I first held Conny's hand while she crossed. Next the handed me a big branch that I used to keep my balance. Below the picture looking back after we crossed the location.

Wednesday, March 6, 2024


I spend some time pruning the tree in the back of our backgarden and sawed off a large branch and some smaller with dead wood. Conny helped with cleaning up all the branches. Judging from a picture from April 1, 2022, it must have been about two years ago that I pruned is substantially including sawing some large branches except for the two that went straight up, because they could not be reached from the ladder I was using. Last year, on April 16, I cut the top out of the largest of the two, which required me to 'climb' in the tree, and also cut one of these large branches. Today, I cut the other one. The previous time, I mentioned pruning this tree is on Saturday, February 21, 2015.

Thursday, March 7, 2024


On February 11, I wrote that on Friday 9, the World (60°S-60°N) Daily Sea Surface Temperature reached a record high of 21.2°C. But now that is no longer the case in that graph. Now it shows that the temperature of 21.2°C is reached for March 3-6. Today, it is one year that the North Atlantic (0-60°N, 0-80°W) Daily Sea Surface Temperature has been higher than ever before on record for each day. Still a week and this will also be the World Daily Sea Surface Temperature. And it looks like this wll easily be met. It would not surprise me that it will still take four months before we do not have a new record every day.

Saturday, March 9, 2024

Being too senior

I have had job title of 'Senior Software Developer' for some time now. The predicate 'Senior' as opposed to 'Junor' is not very significant as it is my experience that almost all software developers developers are given the predicate 'Senior' after having ten years of experience. There is not a special exam that you have to take nor are there any official qualifications that you need to meet, except for having relevant work experience. I have seen that some developers, especially those you stay at a company for a long time, do not progress beyond a certain level. I have to admit there are areas in which I am also stuck in my development and might even become worse. It is simply a fact that your mental abilities do decline when you get older, which you can partly compensate by becoming wiser. There are still areas in which I am really struggling, such as deep rooted sense of insecurity. I think that some of the most important abilities of a senior software developer are: Because these are abilities where there is always room for improvement, it is not possible to be too senior in itself. But I do think that it is possible that you become too senior for a certain work environment if the organization fails to recognize your abilities and tries to impose working processes not matching your abilities. This can lead to frustration if you cannot deal with not being recognized for your abilities.

Monday, March 11, 2024


At 17:12:17, I bought the book The Imagination Chamber: Cosnic Rays from Lyra's Universe, part of the His Dark Materials series, written by Philip Pullman in English and published by Scholastic in 2022, ISBN:9780702315510, from bookshop Broekhuis for € 7.95.

Thursday, March 15, 2024

Flower half open

This afternoon, many flowers on out magnolia half opened. We had some sun in the morning, but in the afternoon it started raining. Not sure when they are going to open fully. It rather early, but not the first time that they started to blossem this early.

Saturday, March 16, 2024


Yesterday Conny and I walked past Herenboeren Usseler Es because an archaeological exploration was done there the day before yesterday. That was because there are plans to build a water basin/pond. Everything had now been closed again. This morning there was another issue of the harvest. What you got was determined by the number of mouths you purchased and the choice you made. I came home with (clockwise in the photo and starting at the bottom left):

For dinner we used the curly kail as a simple hotchpotch together with a salad that contains carrots and the wintercress. This week we also baked some rye bread, the pumpernickel like. It tasts like the Frisian rye bread you can buy in the store here.

Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Magnolia flowering

Earlier this afternoon, I smelled the flowers on our magnolia and did not smell anything. But when I came in to the garden around 15:16, I clearly smelled the magnolia. I also noticed that some of the flowers did open completely.


I saw that 달이_눈부신_현진이의_생일 was trending. When you replace the underscores with spaces, Google Translate translates it into: 'Hyunjin's birthday where the moon shines brightly'. I understand that Hyunjin is one of the members of the South Korean boy band Stray Kids, who has his birthday on March 20. This made me read something about Hangul, which is a rather unique writing system, a so-called feature writing system of which there are just a few.

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

How to Change Your Mind

This morning, I finished reading the book How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan, which I started reading on November 24, last year. I bought it on September 7 while attending GOGBOT. The book is about psychedelics. It talks about the history, the therapeutic and the scientific research with respect to psychedelics. The author also described four trips he took with different types of psychedelics. I understand that psychedelics have a strong effect on reducing the activity of the default mode network. I understand that meditation techniques can also surpress the default mode network. It was an interesting read. Although magic mushrooms are forbidden in the Netherlands, magic truffles are (kind of) legal and there are many 'smart shops' where you can buy them.

Thursday, March 21, 2024

Working in the garden

In the afternoon, Conny and I were busy in the the garden. We first went to a local garden center to get some more flower seeds, flower bulbs, (small) fruit trees, fertilizer, a compost sieve, and a bottle of Mrs H.S.Ball's Chutney Hot. We removed some dried flowers. I sieved some compost and used it when planting the fruit trees. We also planted some of the flower bulbs.

Friday, March 22, 2024

Natural well

In the past months, some work has been done under the bicycle path along the road called Hendrik Ter Kuilestraat where water kept on welling up in the past years. I repored something about this on Wednesday, February 7, 2018. It is at location 2 as shown in the picture I described on Thursday, March 26, 2015. I noticed that the area is dry now. But now there is water welling up at the road called Lonnekerbrugstraat as shown in the picture below. This is close to area shown in a picture I mentioned on Tuesday, April 7, 2009 as 'the second spot'.

Sunday, March 24, 2024

Memory layout

I wrote a small C program to find out something more about the memory layout of a program that is being executed on Linux. The program returns different addresses every time it is executed. I think this is because of the address space layout randomization that Linux has implemented. It looks like two memory ranges are used. One for the stack (that grows downwards) and another for the code, the global variables, the string constants, and the heap (that grows upwards). Before the 'main' function is called the stack is filled with the values of environment variables (as returned by the env command) in reverse order, the command line arguments, also in reverse order, the array with pointers to the environment values terminated with a null value, and an array with pointers to the command line arguments, also terminated with a null value. Assuming that the parameters of main are named argc and argv then argv[argc+1] points the value of the first environment variable. The code of the program I used is:

#include <stdio.h>
#include <malloc.h>

void func()
    int a;
    printf("%p &a\n", &a);

int global;
const char *hello = "hello";

int main(int argc, char *argv[], char *env[])
    int m;
    printf("%p &global\n", &global);
    printf("%p hello\n", hello);
    printf("%p world\n", "world");
    printf("%p func\n", func);
    printf("%p argv\n", argv);
    printf("%p &m\n", &m);
    for (int i = 0; i < argc; i++)
        printf("%p %s\n", argv[i], argv[i]);
    printf("%p env\n", env);
    for (; *env != 0; env++)
        printf("%p env %30.30s\n", *env, *env);
    for (int i = 0; i < 10; i++)
        char *a = (char*)malloc(10*i);
        printf("%p alloc\n", a);
    return 0;

Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Typographic Matchmaking

I finished reading the book Typographic Matchmaking: Building cultural bridges with typeface design by Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFarès. I already started reading the book on September 14, 2023 but did not get far. After having read Taras Typeface: Graduation project I wanted to continue reading it but I could not locate the book. Some weeks ago, I found it again and started reading it afresh. I already bought it on February 26, 2016. The book is about the Typographic Matchmaking Pilot Project during which five Arab-Dutch design teams created Arabic companions for Latin fonts. The book starts with an introduction and history of Arabic type followed by a description how the five teams worked together on the project and their results. It also gives some information about the ten type designers involved in the project including some samples of their work. The book also includes a CD with the fonts. It was interesting to read, but even more so for someone who has a greater knowledge of the Arabic script and the various types and of the principles of type design, both of which I am lacking. A short introduction to Arabic type design would have helpfull. I found this interesting page: Writing Systems And Calligraphy Of The World.

Friday, March 29, 2024

Four chestnuts and three heads

Today, I brought four chestnuts and three 3D printed Einstein heads home from my office. The chetsnuts I must have been picked up in the past four years from the street. The 3D printed heads might be based on BUSTA 0585. I got those three heads for a co-worker for coming up with an efficient algorithm for calculating the 3D offset for slicing primarily using the routines of the Clipper library, which is a library for performing operations on polygons.

Saturday, March 30, 2024

Into the City

I went into the city. I visited two exhibitions at Concordia. I first saw the short documentary Kitten or refugee (in Dutch Kitten of vluchteling?) by Tina Farifteh, which also had some fragments of Frans de Waal, you died some weeks ago, about empathy. The second exhibition was Inkspot 2023 with a selection of the best political cartoons that appeared in Dutch newspapers. After this, I went to open day of TkkrLab. There I saw an automated version of RoboRally that had scanners for the cards and and applied the moves automatically using a mechanism below the board. It was build by one of the members of TkkrLab. Quite impressive.

This months interesting links

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