31 December 07 - 15:53

Turning the page of time

Today is that one day in a year when we turn the imaginary page of time...page 2007 in the 'book of life and the world' has almost been written, all experiences of the past year are in it.

Good to know that they are stored in a safe place, our memories...one can always look back, read and learn.

Writing things down and then turning the page mainly means that things can be put to rest...it's time to go on and look to the future, something which comes automatically if you start to live your life now, in the present...



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30 December 07 - 18:07

QOTD December 30 2007

Kurt Cobain: "Wanting to be someone you're not is a waste of the person you are."



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29 December 07 - 21:00

01.02.2008; end of a browser era

TechCrunch: "A Sad Milestone: AOL To Discontinue Netscape Browser Development... ...Please observe a moment of silence for the Netscape browser. Netscape Navigator, the browser that launched the commercial Internet in October 1994, will die on February 1, 2008.".

I remember my first browsing steps in 1993 into that new thing called the 'world wide web'...I was using the Mosaic, a browser developed at the NCSA (National Center for Supercomputing Applications) by a team lead by Marc Andreessen, who is indeed, the co-founder of Netscape Communications. Netscape became the browser of choice, it marks the start of the growing world wide web era.

Browsing in those days was reserved for a limited group of people, which made it something special...Netscape represents that period in my life, it certainly has an emotional value for me.

Microsoft killed the Netscape browser by integrating its own IE browser (yes, the Internet Exploder Explorer) with its operating system. Despite AOL purchasing Netscape Communications in 1998, the browser lost traction...its spin-off Mozilla Firefox even replaced Netscape's earlier position as #2.

The last best news out of Netscape camp was Jason Calacanis' effort as Netscape CEO to make it THE social news website of choice. Things seemed to improve and Netscape gained traction as portal...however, after Jason quit AOL last year, it became clear that without his vision, CEO 2.0 leadership and energy the end was near...



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28 December 07 - 21:25

One year ago...

Amazing how life can turn within one year...today is the first 'anniversary' of my resignation from my previous job! :)

So far nothing but good, that's what happens when you follow your heart!



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27 December 07 - 10:26

Ron Paul Endorsement by Adam Curry

Nice wake-up call, on 'third' Xmas day...*and* for 2008, so; WAKE UP people in the U.S. of A.!



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26 December 07 - 19:10

Boxing or Skiing?

Second Christmas day (aka Boxing Day) turned out to be Second Skiing day! :)

We went to Tryvann, close to the Holmenkollen ski jump...the 10cm fresh snow from last night made conditions perfect for boarding!

Also got my season pass, so I can ski or board anytime I like...hang loose!!



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25 December 07 - 11:54

Ho ho ho...Merry Xmas!

I have been 'dreaming 'bout a white Christmas' for YEARS...even decided to move to Norway to increase my chances.

So, here we are...the whole world has been white for the last two weeks, we're good to go...then yesterday temperature rose above zero and we woke up this morning in a green world...aahhhhhh!!!

Anyway, just wanted to say: God Jul, Prettige Kerstdagen & Merry Xmas y'all!!



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25 December 07 - 11:54

Ho ho ho...Merry Xmas!

I have been 'dreaming 'bout a white Christmas' for YEARS...even decided to move to Norway to increase my chances.

So, here we are...the whole world has been white for the last two weeks, we're good to go...then yesterday temperature rose above zero and we woke up this morning in a green world...aahhhhhh!!!

Anyway, just wanted to say: God Jul, Prettige Kerstdagen & Merry Xmas y'all!!



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23 December 07 - 19:35

That ain't Xmas!!

Via Dvorak Uncensored...that is NOT the typical Xmas thought you'd wish for these days...people, get a grip!



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22 December 07 - 18:28

Global Orgasm Day

I hope everyone remembered that today is Global Orgasm Day! ;)

Three reasons for Global Orgasm; Peace, Gender & Social Justice and Global Warming...



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21 December 07 - 17:21

Christmas vibe

Yeah, I did get the Xmas vibes today; been playing random Xmas tunes in the office all day, found most of them via seeqpod.com...a great website for mp3-search! :)

So, what's your favorite Xmas song?



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20 December 07 - 12:20

Flying home for Xmas

Having Chris Rea's Xmas classic in mind; I'll be flying home for Xmas...

...leaving on a jet plane!



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19 December 07 - 22:48

How many of me?

Never thought there would be someone (in the US at least) who would have the same name as me.

Apparently there is...one!


HowManyOfMe.com
Logo There is
1
person with my name
in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?



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19 December 07 - 15:55

QOTD December 19 2007

Arthur Schopenhauer: "Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see."



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18 December 07 - 23:25

Hotelblues

What better than a hotelroom, roomservice, a laptop, broadband internet and an evening to spare? Hehe, I've got the hotelblues...nice to catch up on feedreading!

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17 December 07 - 19:03

Migrate raymondpoort.com domain, part 2

As mentioned earlier, I cancelled the contract for my .com domain and will migrate to (most likely) GoDaddy. This means I've got some work to do to prep things and try to keep downtime as low as possible by the time the domain will be migrated. This will probably be early January, certainly before the 12th, when the current contract expires!



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16 December 07 - 20:09

House ready for renting out!

We've done a lot of work this weekend, prepping the house for renting out from January. Thanks to everyone helping us out...I love you, I love you, I love you!

We moved out our belongings, painted all walls of the bedrooms and put a laminate floor in the same rooms, making them look absolutely GREAT! It was a nice family job; did it together with my father, brother and brother in law...quite a team!

Just finished cleaning the entire house, we're good to go!



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15 December 07 - 22:27

QOTD December 15 2007

Woodrow Wilson: "You are not here merely to make a living. You are here to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, and with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world. You impoverish yourself if you forget this errand."



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14 December 07 - 09:54

Skype installed again

Since I will work in the dutch office coming week, I decided to uhh 'violate' the local IT policy in our norwegian office...just installed Skype again, after de-installing it 1.5 months ago...sorry guys, I just need to be able to have easy access to my non Norwegian co-workers!!!

Cross fingers that the Big Brother IT partner here doesn't find out! :)



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13 December 07 - 17:50

Facebook messages

A requested and more than welcome change in Facebooks messaging policy:

Somewhere last week they start sending the standard email, notifying you of a new Facebook message INCLUDING the message contents!

Before you only got the notification and had to login to your Facebook account to actually read the message. Now you can see the whole message and only have to login incase you want/need to respond.

Hmm, the next step? Being able to respond to the message by replying directly from the notification email! Guess that won't happen, since Facebook would loose too many page views that way, or?



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12 December 07 - 23:54

Tempur bed, part 2

Got a call from the tempur sales lady...apparently the factory is not able to deliver the bed we ordered in 2.20m long (WTF??)...need to decide what to do next; take the 2.10m version, the other (older) model in 2.20m or, uhmm, cancel the order? :(

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12 December 07 - 11:34

Blogpost not posted?!?

Hmm, last nights entry didn't get posted as it normally should?!? I've got no clue why, it probably got into sleeping mode...;)

I corrected this, so it's up again!



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11 December 07 - 18:24

Tempur bed

We have been in need of a new bed ever since we left The Netherlands...the luxurious 1.80m x 2.20m box spring bed didn't make it in the moving van and ended up at my sisters place.

Since we *love* sleeping (despite the fact I am a nightcrawler :)), we decided to go for one of the best beds out in the market these days, a Tempur bed. Last weekend, on our way to the Xmas fair in the Oslo center with my parents, we stopped by the Tempur store and...uhhh, bought it 'just like that'!

Don't ask me how much it costs...it EASILY covers the top 3 items on my Apple geek-wishlist (17" MacBook Pro, 24" iMac *and* iPhone)...aahhhhh! ;)

Delivery will take roughly 10 weeks, which has to do with the 'oversized' 2.20m length of the bed (a must for my divine 2m body hehe).



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10 December 07 - 21:44

24

My dutch ex-colleagues gave me the first three seasons of '24' at our farewell party in September...they said it would be nice for the long, dark evenings in Norwegian wintertime. Well, those evenings did come and got us hooked to the series! :)

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09 December 07 - 12:46

QOTD December 9

Vaclav Havel: "The truth is not simply what you think it is; it is also the circumstances in which it is said, and to whom, why and how it is said."



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08 December 07 - 23:02

Julebord, fylleangst, Xmas fair and Sinterklaas

Interesting cultural mix today;

Am suffering from fylleangst on this day after Julebord...uhh, not really actually since I managed to behave (oh, behave! :)), well, except from being back home around 7 this morning, oof! :)

After just some hours of sleep we went to a Xmas fair in Oslo City, HO-HO-HO...and this evening we celebrated the traditional Sinterklaas event.

Loads of fun!



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07 December 07 - 16:18

Julebord

Tonight is 'Julebord'...the traditional Norwegian Xmas party with work. Litterally the word translates to 'Christmas table', the actual meaning however is: 'drink till you drop on expense of your boss'! :)

The day after is apparently followed by 'fylleangst', in other words...the hangover and fear of what actually happened the night before (did you really yell at your boss?? How will the response be the first day at work?? :))

Am excited to learn more about Norwegian culture again, I'm outta here!!



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06 December 07 - 20:06

Twitter spam

Yesterday I got 'hit' with what I will call Twitter spam. It was the first time, at least for me, worth a blogpost. :)

Twitter, as other Social Networking apps, lives by enlarging your friend-network and growing the circle (or bubble? :)), while putting (semi-?) interesting stuff on it.

All fine and OK so far, until the moment you start seeing 'people' following you (on Twitter) who haven't put any tweets up (ever) and are following 1000+ people...the site listed in their profile then turns out to be linking to an ad-page, persuading you to buy toys for your kids for Xmas...yeah, that sounds like Twitter spam to me...pity. :(



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05 December 07 - 17:49

Sinterklaas in Norway?!?

I really hope that Sinterklaas will find the way to our home tonight.

 


It's a pretty long way from The Netherlands all the way up north to Norway...it would be great if we can continue this dutch tradition of exchanging presents! :)

Actually, I'm pretty sure he will find his way as I just finished my rhymes! hehe



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04 December 07 - 22:01

no Marilyn Manson :(

Darn! I'll be in NL for work in the week of December 17...normally no drama, only joy, this time however it means that I'll miss out on Marilyn Manson's concert in Oslo...and was so looking forward to this one! :( :(

Timing is really off; the week before he will perform in NL...that is coming week, when I'm still in Norway...damn again!



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03 December 07 - 23:19

Kransekake

My 'kransekake' was delivered today...I was told this is a typical Norwegian traditional dessert for the Xmas Season.

I couldn't resist ordering one since I need to be part of this culture one way or the other, right? :)

It looks like this:



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02 December 07 - 20:58

QOTD December 2 2007

Mitch Albom: "The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in."



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01 December 07 - 17:00

Twitter updates broken?!?

Just noticed that the 'last 10 Tweets' script in the sidebar is apparently broken...will try to fix it again!

UPDATE: ok, guess I'm seeing ghost here...the updates are up again, and I didn't touch a thing?!? WEIRD stuff for a Saturday afternoon!  Please comment if the updates are not shown for you...there's something fishy going on here...



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