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# 2006-12-01 Finde Spieler

Tja, wo finde ich noch mehr Spieler? Auf meinem Doodle sind im Moment fünf Leute eingetragen, aber besser wären natürlich zehn! Dann könnte man nämlich wirklich jede Woche in wechselnder Besetzung spielen.

Leider funktioniert die SpielerZentrale nicht wirklich. Schade!

Heute habe ich im Rien Ne Vas Plus im Oberdorf vorbeigeschaut, und auf dem dortigen Anschlagbrett keinen einzigen Zettel gefunden. Scheint alles vom Laden selber aufgehängt worden zu sein. Wie deprimierend.

Den da hier habe ich nun im Quartierzentrum vom Kreis 4, im Restaurant B in der Bäckeranlage aufgehängt:

Für ein Papier & Stift Rollenspiel alter Schule muss natürlich auch eine Papier & Stift Einladung sein…

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Vielleicht können wir bereits anfragen, oder? Und dann die neue Spieler im laufenden Spiel einbauen. Man sieht, ich bin schon ganz ungeduldig

– Chris 2006-12-01 18:58 UTC

Klar! Aber ich hätte schon gerne mindestens drei Spieler neben dem Spielleiter. Und das gibt es erst am 18. Dezember! Ich hätte schon sehr gerne am Montag 4. Dezember gespielt.

AlexSchroeder 2006-12-01 20:51 UTC

Die Sache sieht immer besser aus. Die Spielerzentrale funktioniert auch wieder, und so habe ich noch ein paar Emails an Leute in der Region Zürich geschickt. Würde mich freuen, wenn es dann auch wirklich bei allen klappt.

AlexSchroeder 2006-12-03 18:04 UTC

# 2006-12-02 Pirates

Before starting on the Japanese-inspired Kitsunemori campaign, I was planning to do a Pirates campaign. I now discovered on EN World a thread with a campaign diary, Pirates of the Caribbean: A Skull & Bones Campaign. I shall read some of it for inspiration.

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I’m having a hard time finding a big selection of Japanese traditional music at cede.ch – the online shop I usually use. And ArcMusic seems pretty limited. [1] I didn’t find any Ainu music, for example. I’m just scanning for keywords, of course. But shouldn’t I be seeing Noh, Kabuki, Bunraku, Gagaku, Bugaku?

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Ich kann heute ein paar CDs mitnehmen.

– Chris 2006-12-04 17:42 UTC

Vielen Dank!

AlexSchroeder 2006-12-05 10:56 UTC

# 2006-12-04 The Shire

A friend of ours put up some pictures from somewhere in Switzerland. I think those are the kind of pictures that made Claudia’s brother’s wife’s aunt & uncle exclaim “It looks just like the Shire!!” when they saw Switzerland. 😊

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2ni 2006-12-04 13:54 UTC

And you are looking south to the mountain Säntis, which is here: http://map.search.ch/hundwil?x=184&y=1002&z=64&poi=berg,pass

2ni 2006-12-04 13:57 UTC

# 2006-12-06 Töggeli Chaschte

In der Wohnung hat es keinen Platz für einen Pingpong Tisch. Aber ein “Töggelichaschte” würde sicher noch irgendwo reinpassen…

Nur CHF 560 für das Einsteigermodell!

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Ich würde Dir nen garlando empfehlen. Das ist der, den man in der CH vermutlich am meisten antrifft. Wir haben nen solchen im Büro. Darfst natürlich gerne mal vorbeikommen auf ein Spiel! Wir haben ne “Garlando deluxe”. Kostet aber gegen chf 1500

2ni 2006-12-07 08:01 UTC

# 2006-12-07 New Camera

My new camera arrived! It’s a Pentax K100D as suggested by GreyWulf. And December 9, next fliCHr meetup. Maybe I should go. Even if the weather forecast is terrible.

Update: It seems that I am not alone.

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Diese Kamera kannst du wahrscheinlich nicht nach Rio mitnehmen, zu gefaehrlich. Das Portraet ist gut gelungen.

– Helmut Schroeder 2006-12-07 20:11 UTC

Aw c’mon Alex! You’ve got to tell us more than that!

What do you think of the camera so far? What are your first impressions? Will you ever talk to me again for recommending it?

GreyWulf 2006-12-07 23:23 UTC

I only had a few seconds! Tomorrow we’ll know more. And don’t worry, Robin, the recommendation will have no effect on your reputation.

AlexSchroeder 2006-12-07 23:41 UTC

Hey cool. As I’m in Lucerne tomorrow, I might come as well to fliCHr…

2ni 2006-12-08 08:17 UTC

So did you like your camera? Did you get to see Pentax Optio W20 BTW?

V 2006-12-08 12:37 UTC

Nope… All I read was the stuff on 2006-11-26 Reading Camera Reviews.

AlexSchroeder 2006-12-08 16:35 UTC

Gah. We had an old school meeting today, and I was packed with 4kg of bread and a Fondue Rechaud and thought the new camera was too heavy. So I took along my Exilim S2. Shame on me!

AlexSchroeder 2006-12-08 22:50 UTC

Solution for next time: Eat the bread and fondue, carry the camera. Simple, really

GreyWulf 2006-12-09 19:51 UTC

Well, here’s one I took today, with the new camera. The weather was cold and shitty drizzle fell during the entire Flickr Switzerland meet-up. I went home early because the cold was getting to me. And yesterday’s demonic cheese + white wine mix…

AlexSchroeder 2006-12-10 00:34 UTC

Man hört viel gutes von dieser Kamera. Kommst du auch einmal an ein züriflickrdrinks? Dann möchte ich gerne die Kamera anschauen

StefanBucher 2006-12-10 13:57 UTC

Klar doch.

AlexSchroeder 2006-12-10 15:26 UTC

# 2006-12-09 Oblivion

The game Oblivion still looks awesome. It makes me a bit sad that I have never played it ever since my little brother came to visit, interrupting my Oblivion routine.

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# 2006-12-11 Early Christmas

Today I was to meet Claudia after she had been shopping for presents at a Tram stop, but then a friend of her needed keys to a room, and I was about to go shopping for flower pots, and then I met her, and we were all in a rush, and she handed me a present and her bag and asked me to carry it home while she helped her friend. And then I realized two things: 1. This was my present, and 2. the packaging looked exactly like the present I had bought for her. Later that evening, I told her. She wanted to see it. I fetched it. And so it was. We opened the presents then and there and had a good laugh. 😊 14¾ years and a day can do this to you…

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Well, you have known eachother for 15 years, but was there any additional information you were both fed that prepared you for this coincidence? In other words, had you spoken of this gift to eachother, or remarked of it while passing it in a store window? Or was this really the result of fully authentic, spontaneous, and subconcious shopping?

Finally, what was the gift you both gave eachother?

AaronHawley 2006-12-11 22:45 UTC

It was not out of the blue… We had a Lush catalog lying around; she had shown it to me and wanted us to go there one of these days. Then we both secretly picked it as a good idea for a Christmas present, and never mentioned it again. Both of us, as it turns out, looked at the catalog, and put it back exactly as it was such as not to arouse any suspicion…

We gave each other a box of around ten items to use when taking a bath.

AlexSchroeder 2006-12-12 00:13 UTC

V 2006-12-13 05:03 UTC

# 2006-12-12 Planet Woes

My Journal RSS with full page text is being syndicated by PlanetEmacsen. When I look at my pages in that list, however, I see that they seem to be in random order. I figured out why:

The Oddmuse:Journal RSS Extension produces an RSS feed with the same pages in the same order as on my Diary page. Thus, pages should be sorted by the date in their title. If I make minor changes to the pages, their timestamp is updated, however. And the timestamp is passed on to the RSS feed (as pubDate element), and Planet Emacsen resorts all pages received based on their pubDate.

What should I do: Take it like a man, or lie about the pubDate by providing the pubDate of the last major change?

Assuming I could design my own feed aggregator that expected to deal with wikis, how would I design it? Wikis really don’t afford strict chronological reading. As pages are edited, you need to provide some context for the edit. And most people don’t like to read a steady stream of diffs coming their way… So it would have to send edit pages, or parts of pages, maybe highlighting the changes inline instead of providing a diff at the beginning? I’m not sure. I like the diff at the beginning when browsing pages from Recent Changes. And from there I can always go back and click on the history link. Perhaps I should link to the history from the diff at the top of the page. (You only get to see the diff if you click on the diff links on RecentChanges, or if you include diff=1 in the parameters for the RSS feed!)

Currently the default for Recent Changes is to list only major edits. This would suggest that my feed for the planet should also use the pubDate of the last major change.

Update: I decided to lie. Now all my pages starting with a date (and those are the only ones considered by the Journal RSS Extension) are published with a pubDate of 0:00:00 on that same day.

Update: It turns out that if I create new pages for past events, such as our holidays in Bangkok 2006, these pages no longer turn up on the planet – as the pubDate is now the date of the event being talked about. It doesn’t get any easier, does it…

Update: I changed it again. Now I’m serving the date of the last major edit as pubDate.

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I had a similar challenge over this on my wiki; I’ve mixed tags, page clusters and weblog-3.pl together and use bits of the rss code to build a monster which pulls elements with the same cluster/tag and displays them in reverse date order.

Now, months later, I don’t know what I was thinking But hey, it works, kinda.I can use real page names (ie, no date in the title) and still get a bloggish set of entries. The code is ugly, sprawling and I’m sure I could re-write it much better. I was just amazed it worked first time, so left it well alone

Anyhow. It does mean that if I edit a post as a major change it gets “promoted” to the top of the list again. I kept meaning to go back and fix that, but didn’t. I just mark all edits as a Minor change unless I explicitly want it to go to the top again. That works well enough for me.

I’ve put a copy of the blogging by cluters code here. Along with the Last Edited module (to put the date under the title), it works ok.

Maybe the solution is to use the Creation Date module to put the date into the RSS instead of using the last edited date. Hmmmm……

GreyWulf 2006-12-12 13:21 UTC

I guess an alternative for the people who use dates in their page names would be to add code to journal-rss.pl that will try to find a date in the page title, and convert it to a timestamp instead of using $Page{ts}. People extracting the date from the RSS feed will see that I write all my pages at 0:00 GMT, but other than that, it would make sense, more or less.  if (GetParam('match', '^\d\d\d\d-\d\d-\d\d') eq '^\d\d\d\d-\d\d-\d\d' and$id =~ /^(\d\d\d\d)-(\d\d)-(\d\d)/) {
require POSIX;
$Page{ts} = POSIX::mktime(0, 0, 0,$3, $2 - 1,$1 - 1900);
}

But then:

                 ↘
<title>2006-12-12</title>
<description>Hello. </description>
<pubDate>Mon, 11 Dec 2006 23:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
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    if (GetParam('match', '^\d\d\d\d-\d\d-\d\d') eq '^\d\d\d\d-\d\d-\d\d'
and not GetParam('ts', 0)
and $id =~ /^(\d\d\d\d)-(\d\d)-(\d\d)/) { require POSIX; local$ENV{TZ} = ''; # force GMT for mktime!
$Page{ts} = POSIX::mktime(0, 0, 0,$3, $2 - 1,$1 - 1900);
}

AlexSchroeder 2006-12-12 14:36 UTC

Now that I think about it, maybe I should use 23:59:59 instead of 0:00:00 for my posts so they stay on top!

AlexSchroeder 2006-12-12 15:20 UTC

The alternative would be to filter RecentChanges appropriately… Hm.

AlexSchroeder 2006-12-12 15:24 UTC

These sorts of problems were part of the motivation for Atom having both atom:published and atom:updated. I can try to fiddle with the planet to see if it can sort on different date fields…

EdwardOConnor 2006-12-12 17:47 UTC

Well, I can do the same kind of fiddling on my side. No need for you to change anything. The question is: What would you expect? I think what you would expect is that my articles appear at the top of the list on Planet Emacsen, and move down as time passes. If the article gets revised, paragraphs added, typos fixed – you want those changes to be reflected on Planet Emacsen, but you don’t really want to see my article pop to the top of the list again, right?

That’s how I implemented it now.

AlexSchroeder 2006-12-13 00:03 UTC

In Atom, atom:updated is only supposed to be changed on “significant” edits – I’d expect such edits to cause the article to pop to the top. If the edit wasn’t significant, the idea is that atom:updated wouldn’t change.

Relatedly, the Atom WG has app:edited in the protocol draft – it should change every time something is edited, not just on “significant” edits.

EdwardOConnor 2006-12-13 00:15 UTC

After much hesitating I decided that you are right and changed the code again. It now works like atom:updated.

AlexSchroeder 2006-12-21 21:48 UTC

# 2006-12-13 Japanese Source Texts

For my roleplaying pleasure, I’m reading through some Japanese folk tales. Basically I’m using Japanische Volksmärchen by Horst Hammitzsch (Hrsg) at the moment. Today I stumbled upon the Texts website. They have all sorts of texts, including various Nō plays such as Ukai or translations of the Qur’an and the Hadith – but they basically want you to purchase a CD costing around USD 40. How strange. Did he produce these e-Books? Or did he use texts from the Gutenberg Project?

While googling for “Ukai” I ended up on the QuirkyJapan website. Should I ever visit Japan, I’ll have to come back and study it in detail.

Some more googling found the list of suggested literature to read for degree in Japanology at a German university (Studienberatung Japanlogie Uni Trier). Also something to come back to if I want to learn more about Japan. Then again, I haven’t finished The Making of Modern Japan by Jansen.

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# 2006-12-14 Brettspiele und Postspiele

Gestern hätten wir ja eigentlich Rollenspielabend gehabt, aber einer der Spieler hat sich krank gemeldet. Also sind ich und Zeno in den Spielclub an der Zentralstrasse 34 gegangen (Quartierverein Kreis 3). Genial! Für CHF 5 kann man Kaffee trinken, Kekse essen, und spielen. Es waren einige Leute da (inkl. Beat Liechti, der Inhaber vom Rien Ne Vas Plus, der früher zu seeligen AD&D 2nd ed Zeiten im Jackpot und später im Nordliechtli gearbeitet hat), auch M. ist noch gekommen… Ich habe mit Zeno, R., und D. zwei Spiele gespielt: Himalaya und Samurai. Beiden waren recht interessant, und insbesondere Samurai hat dann noch den Anstoss zu einer Spieldesigndiskussion gegeben. Sehr unterhaltsam. Machen wir wieder einmal. Jeden zweiten Mittwoch habe ich ja leider im Moment auf Claudias Wunsch einen Rueda Kurs. Und eigentlich habe ich ja lieber Rollenspiele. Sollte das aber ausfallen, werde ich gerne wieder gehen.

Die anschliessende Bemerkung von M., dass er an einem Web Spiel arbeite, hat mich dazu bewogen, meine GermanAtlantis Seiten von meinem Geocities Archiv auf diesen Wiki zu zügeln. Das waren noch Zeiten… Ich spielte Kensanata, den Anführer der Jünger des Blauen Mondes, einem Gründungsmitglied der Bruderschaft Hekolats. Von dort kommt mein nick “Kensanata”, den ich online so oft verwende.

# 2006-12-18 Japanese Armour

Looking for some information on Japanese armour, I came upon the Nihon Katchū Seisakuben – “An Online Japanese Armour Manual”. Should you ever be inclined to produce your own Japanese armour, or the names used for the various parts, that would be the place to start, I guess.

I want to produce an armour equipment list suitable for my game, similar to the Kitsunemori weapon list (PDF) I wrote.

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Super Seite.

Während unserem letzten Japanaufenthalt haben wir übigens auch eine Rüstung gekauft. Ist etwa 500 Jahre alt und wartet jetzt in einer Kiste auf einen Platz zum aufstellen. Die Rüstung ofiziell zu exportieren war kein Problem, die zu jeder Rüstung gehörende Holztruhe durften wir aber nicht ausführen: Altes Holz darf - wegen irgendwelchen Insekten - nicht exportiert werden.

– Chris 2006-12-18 18:42 UTC

Wow!

AlexSchroeder 2006-12-19 10:31 UTC

# 2006-12-21 Alastair Reynolds

A while ago I mooched two books… Relevation Space by Alastair Reynolds and Chasm City by Alastair Reynolds. I’m not sure what to make of them. Both were books around six hundred pages or more. I enjoyed them, and nevertheless I feel a little cheated at the end. There’s an emptiness being left behind. Perhaps the books were too long. The plot was good, but not perfectly executed. There would be passages too long or to inconsequential, time spent constructing hooks that would not be resolved. Perhaps Reynolds plans to use them for future books. It’s hard to put into words. I think I’m going to switch away from Science Fiction books for a while and return to Japanese stuff. I’ve got some books here waiting to be read…

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# 2006-12-21 Reading Oddmuse Log Files

I’m trying to think of a good architecture for one of the items on my Oddmuse:Plans page:

Think about replacing the “slurp” access to the RC log files with a mechanism seeking from the end of the file.

The problem is that the array of raw log lines is an interface I’m using for several extensions. So that’s tricky. Using a callback is also tricky, because there’s filtering of log entries that has to be done, and there’s the rollback entries that are supposed to mask things that happened in the past. This seems to suggest an approach where you start reading the log files from the end. I’ll have to think about this some more…

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Why not just read the logfile in as an array then reverse() it? Or is RC size an issue so an array isn’t practical?

GreyWulf 2006-12-22 02:13 UTC

That’s still slurping. I think he wants random-access to the end of the file.

AaronHawley 2006-12-22 05:25 UTC

Yeah, I need to conserve RAM or the process will get killed by the web server.

AlexSchroeder 2006-12-22 09:26 UTC

# 2006-12-21 Züri Flickr Meeting

I’ve been to another Flickr meeting. New faces! The blonde girl on the picture is also called Claudia. So if you’re going to click on it and explore some of the related pictures, just keep that in mind.

I only spent about an hour there, since I had to leave for Rueda classes. I think Claudia likes it so much, we’ll have to go every second week. They’re alternating between “intermedio” and “show”. A friend of ours loves to go there as well. He’s been doing this for a long time now, and goes every week. Claudia thinks she might go with him every other week. As for me: Too… much… !! I really recommend Salsa dancing. It’s fun. Movements flowing easily, the music guiding you, it’s wonderful when you can get lost in it. At first, I didn’t want to learn it and I didn’t like the music. By now, however, I think it is one of the best things that has happened to me.

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Comments on 2006-12-21 Züri Flickr Meeting

Sorry, I couldn’t join. I had a biz -meeting and -dinner in Immensee . Did they enjoy their drinks you offered?

2ni 2006-12-21 20:47 UTC

I paid at least CHF 500.- and expect no less of you the next time!

AlexSchroeder 2006-12-21 21:13 UTC

Boah. A lot! Well if every new member pays that fee

– Anonymous 2006-12-22 09:30 UTC

# 2006-12-22 Last Minute Presents

For all the geeks out there who cannot decide what to give to their girlfriends, here’s something that I did a few years back that worked really well:

2. Get a pen.
3. Pick a few tasks you usually don’t like to do, but don’t really mind doing, or tasks that your loved one doesn’t like to do. Some ideas: Cooking, shopping for clothes or shoes, going out dancing, etc.
4. Pick a few mundane things that your loved one might want to buy or have, that don’t really make a good present. Some ideas: Clothes or shoes (you know where I’m coming from…), restaurants.
6. Put the stuff on the index cards, with humorous variations.
7. Wrap cards & you’re done!

Example cards:

1. The Pot (plus little pot drawing) – couch potato cooks for innocent lamb…
2. The Pan (plus little pan drawing) – prince cooks for princess…
3. Destination: Africa (plus little elephant drawing)
4. Destination: Near East (plus little burkha drawing)
5. Foreign Cooks! (plus little chef drawing) – only valid with a destination card: invitation to an appropriate restaurant
6. Flight Power! (plus little airplane drawing) – only valid with a destination card: ticket for holidays in an appropriate country is forthcoming
7. Winter Shoes (plus little boot drawing) – cheese-lover offers a pair of winter shoes or boots
8. Smiling Porter (plus grinning guy carrying two bags) – porter offers to carry bags for an afternoon shopping tour, always smiling!
9. Pervert (plus underwear drawing) – New underwear found in secret location
10. Ruler of the Night (plus vampire drawing) – I get to say where we’re going to tonight
11. Small Miracle (plus watch drawing) – we stay for an extra half hour
12. Large Miracle (plus watch drawing) – we stay for an extra hour (cannot be combined with other cards)

Whenever Claudia wants to use one of these cards, she quietly hands it over and I solemnly tear it to pieces, and do as I am told. She was quite impressed.

Comments on 2006-12-22 Last Minute Presents

Awesome! Simply awesome. 😊

NoufalIbrahim 2006-12-22 17:02 UTC

# 2006-12-23 Japanese Woodprints

I don’t know how I ended up on David Bull’s Woodblock Printing page. I was researching Japanese castles for my RPG, I guess. I came upon some wonderful drawings of castles, and while recycling some new terms in both text and image searches, I ended up on David Bull’s Encyclopedia of Woodblock Printmaking, started to look at some of his favorite prints. Be sure to read how you can “subscribe” to his production if you are interested in purchasing prints. Or just start browsing the Mokuhankan Catalogue, looking at the prints, reading the comments that go along with them… I then decided to send the artist an email, telling him how much I appreciated the site, and got back a reply pointing me to his Surimono Albums Download Page – where you can download 150 dpi images of his prints and PDF files with the accompanying texts. And all of this under a Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license! He is so obviously getting it – how to reach out to people on the Net, how to write about his work, how to practice his craft, how do share it, how to use copyright, how to make money – I wish him all the best! And now forgive me as I spend some more time browsing his websites…

To be honest, I’m considering becoming a subscriber.

What a fortuitous turn of events. It reminds me of my first expedition into Google Space trying to find some information on Tengus (2006-11-29 Finding the Tengu) which led me to Utagawa Kuniyoshi (歌川国芳) – “one of the last great masters of the Japanese ukiyo-e style of woodblock prints and painting” according to Wikipedia. And as is wont on Wikipedia, external links luring me on to the Kuniyoshi Project. Here’s an example:

And some time later, David Bull sees the reference to Kuniyoshi and asks me whether I know Moira Hahn. I didn’t. But her strong colors and Japan-inspired furries are fascinating.

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Junko hat heute auch eine interessante Seite gesehen: http://www.wuta-won.com/handmade/gara.html

Handgemache T-Shirts aus Japan, auf der Rückseite steht (in der Regel) der Name. Junko kann gerne welche bestellen. Kostet 80 CHF (mit Versand etc.). Einfach Grösse, Beispiel-Shirt (Name des jpg) und Text (in Katakana, Hiragana oder Kanji) an meine Mail-Adresse.

– Chris 2006-12-23 21:21 UTC

# 2006-12-25 Cloud of Sparrows

I enjoyed Cloud of Sparrows by Takashi Matsuoka, an American of Japanese descent born in Hawaii. The story involves a Great Lord with a prophetic gift, Americans in Japan, love and deceit, and except for two scenes of unnecessary cruelty it was a good read. In fact, it was a better read than I was expecting, as I only mooched these books because they turned up as results for a search of mine – I was looking for Genji Monogatari, The Tale of Genji. The “Background” page on this last site contains recommendations for a few books. Before I get started on Genji Monogatari I should make sure to get a better background in Heian Japan…

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# 2006-12-25 Forgotten Things

I spent Christmas with Claudia’s parents, aunt, cousines, and grandmother and forgot my new camera there… But all is not lost! Before leaving, I copied some new pictures to my harddisk, and now I uploaded them to Flickr.

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# 2006-12-25 Printing Pictures

Hm… Flickr links to QOOP for picture books. When I went through the motions, it cost me USD 12.99 + 10.71 shipping. Ouch. I hate it when shipping is so expensive. If only there were a better service in Switzerland that had as nice an interface as QOOP! Since USD 23.70 is CHF 29.91 and similar sized orders in Switzerland (printmyphotobook.ch, bookfactory.ch) start at CHF 39, I decided to order from QOOP and pay shipping charges… Globalization ahoi!

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# 2006-12-26 Monopolizing Planet Emacsen

Since I must be the only geek up early with his beloved still asleep, I get to monopolize PlanetEmacsen. All your posts are belong to us!!

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# 2006-12-26 Record Companies Gone Bonkers

Shame on you if you bought a single CD from Sony BMG, EMI, Warner Music Group, Universal Music Group, Arista Records, or Capitol Records. Unfortunately, that includes me.

Via JanneJalkanen. I agree with his closing statement: “Yeah. Merry Christmas. Fuckers.

I guess it was to be expected after this one:

The difference being that the US legal system is totally fucked as well. Wikipedia:United States copyright law says “Statutory damages range from $750 per work to$150,000 per work”. And I guess it’s true: “In a case where the copyright owner sustains the burden of proving, and the court finds, that infringement was committed willfully, the court in its discretion may increase the award of statutory damages to a sum of not more than \$150,000.” – Copyright Law of the United States of America, § 504 c 2

And so the music industry is trying to grab 150k per infringing track. And we’re paying them to do it, in a roundabout way. Shame on us.

Copyright grants a monopoly. Where have the checks and balances gone that are supposed to go with them?

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Ever since I’ve gone to Bangkok this year (Bangkok 2006) I’ve been out of touch with the news. Today I spent some time catching up on TelePolis. Ugh.

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# 2006-12-28 Autumn Bridge

A sudden spell of food poisoning after Christmas allowed me to read Autumn Bridge by Takashi Matsuoka. I liked it. Samurais and Geishas followed me into my feverish dreams.

There was less cruelty than in Cloud of Sparrows. I also liked how the continuous jumping back and forth in time provided for a peaceful resolution to the matter of fate & death. Reading future chapters makes it possible to empathize with the characters when reading past chapters. It was quite intriguing. And the arrangements of the chapters was certainly no easy task, for it was captivating until the very end.

Recommended – if you fancy some cliché Japan-fiction…

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# 2006-12-29 Ukiyoe

Remember the woodprints I wrote about? (2006-12-23 Japanese Woodprints) Here in Zürich we have a museum – my favorite museum – specializing in “non-European art”, the Rietberg Museum. They are also publishers of their own catalogues. And that’s where I ordered Masterpieces of Ukiyoke from the Rietberg Museum Zurich, the catalogue for the exhibition from 1993-10-22 to 1993-11-28 at the Nara Prefectural Museum of Art in Japan. I loved the service. I ordered it a few days ago, and received it in my mail today – even though this is the holiday season and I fully expected to wait two weeks…

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Habe nie von diesem Museum gehoert in meiner “schweizer Zeit”. Schade! War ich da immer so beschaeftigt, oder so ignorant? Finde ich sehr interessant die Ausstellungsstuecke.

– Helmut Schroeder 2007-01-02 14:15 UTC

Woran es liegt, mag ich nicht zu sagen… aber das Museum existiert seit 1952. Eigentlich erstaunlich, dass du es nicht kennst, denn die ursprünglichen Besitzer waren gute Freunde von Richard Wagner: “Besonders eingenommen waren die Wesendoncks vom Komponisten Richard Wagner, der 1849 als Flüchtling nach Zürich gekommen war. […] Mathilde Wesendonck hat den Komponisten – glaubt man den glühenden Briefen und Liebesbeteuerungen, die er während seines sechzehnmonatigen Aufenthalts auf dem ‘Grünen Hügel’ an seine Muse geschrieben hat – völlig in ihren Bann gezogen. Inspiriert von dieser Liebe vollendete er die Urschrift von ‘Tristan und Isolde’ und brachte erste Kompositionsentwürfe und Motive für diese Oper zu Papier.” [1]

AlexSchroeder 2007-01-02 18:23 UTC

Die Rolle der Wesendonck’s im Leben von Richard Wagner war mir wohl bekannt, doch hab ich nie ihre Villa besucht, noch wusste ich, dass es heute ein Museum beherbergt. Die Wesendonck’s haben ihn ja finanziell sehr unterstuetzt und Richard Wagner hat sich dann revanchiert, indem er sich in die Frau verknallt hat!!! Ich glaube er musste sogar das Haus fluchtartig verlassen, als die Sache aufkam, wenn ich mich richtig erinnere. Sie hat sich auch in Gedichten versucht und er hat sich bemuessigt gefunden, die Texte zu vertonen, daraus wurden die heute sehr bekannten Wesendonck Lieder. Ich glaube, er hat aber bemerkt, dass die Gedichte in Inhalt und Ausdruck nur Mittelmass waren.

– Helmut Schroeder 2007-01-03 18:57 UTC

# 2006-12-31 Nausicaä

Yesterday we went to see another movie from Ghibli studios: Nausicaä (1984). When it started, I was surprised to see the WWF logo for a second. As the movie progressed, I understood. I loved how the heroine strove hard to find a third way – a way that does not support one aggressor or the other, but reaches beyond. She understood what I’ve said on this site again and again, paraphrasing Christa Wolf: What good is it to fight your enemies if you have to become like them in order to win?

Very recommended.

I really need to see more movies from Ghibli. I’ll take a look at the Ghibli Fansite and head over to my local DVD exchange website…

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I saw back in the 90s sometime. I was too young to understand it totally but it was one of the animes that I distinctly remember.

NoufalIbrahim 2007-01-01 05:50 UTC

This is also one of my favorites. Princess Mononoke is also very enjoyable.

MichaelOlson 2007-01-01 16:08 UTC

Totally! I loved Princess Mononoke (1997) & Spirited Away (2001). Howl’s Castle (2004) was not as superb but merely very good.

AlexSchroeder 2007-01-01 16:14 UTC

You might want to read the manga too; The only manga (as far I know) that Miyazaki has written. You wouldn’t know it from reading it, though. – LionKimbro

LionKimbro 2007-01-02 01:13 UTC

I like となりのトトロ (Tonari no Totoro) very much. A movie meant for children - and loved by all japanese.

– Chris 2007-01-04 22:02 UTC