Saturday, December 27, 2003

neues & squeak

What is so new about blogging? Apart from the fact that “blogging” is already several years old, nothing. Having a personal website on which you write is, I would say, almost as old as the web itsself. It just wasn't called blogging but news, diary, whatever.

I did play around with squeak, only as much as to get a superficial impression of it. It seems to be a very nice IDE, they syntax though is a bit unusual to me. I wish it were lisp.

Monday, December 22, 2003

approximation of lisp community size

According to google it's 3 pages or ~30 hits. Whenever you search for websites related to eg. or you get 30 results, which span 3 pages.

Sunday, December 21, 2003


The jam may have been special, but I don't know why, yet.

Things are looking good, for a) there is something to wait for and it ain't christmas and b) eventhough I have to wait, it won't make me crazy cause i know i won't miss anything.

Life is sooo good, and I'm soo happy. I could just say it over and over again.

Thursday, December 18, 2003

sour cherry jam

If you fetch “Sauerkirschmarmelade” from university things are strange. I hope there is more of it, I'll find out tomorrow.

Sunday, December 14, 2003

languages i want to learn

  • finnish
  • swedish
  • latin
  • estonian
  • danish
  • dutch
  • norwegian

I do already know latin from school, but i forgot most of it.

Saturday, December 13, 2003

no tables, please

I edited the template for this blog, removed some “bad” style. First of all the table had to go, I don't why it was used in first place. It's main purpose was to center & limit the layout to 80%, well width: 80%; margin-left: 10%; does the same. It also seperated the headline, links, content, links into different cells. Thats all gone now and done with divs and CSS, and why divs were placed in the cells is a mystery to me, unless some WYSIWYG editor was involved in the creation of that template.

What I'm still planning to do is to set up some sidebar with some links.

Thursday, December 11, 2003

fairy tales

In the seminar I'm visiting, we had a short introduction into estonian literature. The Lector handed round some books, among them two containing estonian fairy tales (in german, I can't read nor speak estonian).
Fairy tales are interesting, usually they're set in a rural scene, in a time when horse-carriages were the standard method of transportation, a time that is unlike ours. But the deeper meaning of those stories still hold true. The stories also contain forgotten things, thing that were common in those days, but have been replaced or abandoned by us. And they are mostly simple and easy, which makes them a nice read.

For some reason there are many old estonian authors which have german names like Friedrich Reinhold Kreutzwald author of the estonian national epic “Kalevipoeg

Tuesday, December 09, 2003


I did a presentation on OWL Web Ontology Language 2 Weeks ago

emacs gui

for myself

 '(default ((t (:background "white"))) t)
 '(zmacs-region ((t (:foreground "white" :background "black"))) t))

(set-face-font 'default "-*-lucidatypewriter-medium-*-*-*-12-*-*-*-*-*-*-*")

I saw emacs20 at the university today (because emacs seems to be a link to 20 instead of 21), and my first impression was “wow, a bitmap like black & white GUI, how do I replicate that in (X)Emacs 21?”. the emacs20 GUI reminds me of lisp pr0n, aka simple, sharp, existing for ages, but like the wheel it's reinvented again and again, but with more colours and of course “better”.

Monday, December 08, 2003

cookies and books

Today I bought three bags of “Braune Kuchen” and three books:

  • Informatik - Eine konstruktive Einführung
  • LISP - Anwendungsgebiete, Grundbegriffe, Geschichte
  • The New UCI LISP Manual

The Informatik Library of my university sold them for € 0,50 each. I wish they had sold Pauls books aswell. There are some problems though. The first & the third one were typesetted with a Typewriter, the LISP code in the second book is badly formatted (spaces missing, few newlines), and all of them don't talk about common lisp, so you'll me things like DE instead of DEFUN.

Whats interesting is that “LISP - Anwendungsgebiete, Grundbegriffe, Geschichte” was written by a Prof. in the GDR.

Sunday, December 07, 2003

point of view

taking a negative look at something will give you negative results, looking at these results results in negative results. circle, bad circle.

A lot of my fear comes from this. I try to imagine a situation, see and follow the bad things, which I don't want. Then I fear this fictitious situation and try to avoid it, which is not only bad because I avoid things which I have to do but this is a start of a vicious circle.

Not thinking too much about consequences, choosing the positive pov and getting positive feedback helps.

no panther review, there are enough

Thursday, December 04, 2003

panther arrived

I forgot the other option, one of my neighbours took the package. I have installed already, but the font settings needs fixing, they were sharper with Jaguar.

if i

if I had stayed at home today, I would have Panther and Keynote by now. I didn't so I wonder where it is, as I didn't get card saying where I can pick it up.

I'm not sure, but I think she's ignoring me, not totally but she's showing less attention.