Humus: Kichererbsen aus der Dose, Olivenöl, Zitronensaft, gemahlener Kreuzkümmel, Sesampaste (typisch Arabisch), Knoblauch, Pfeffer, evt. scharfer Paprika zum verzieren. Alles pürieren und mit Brot essen.
The weather is hot. Can’t go out and sunbathe by the lake of Zürich before 16:00. I took the day off today because I knew it was going to be hot. Bought lots of healthy food today: (in German) Lattich, Parmesan (für den Lattichsalat), Tomaten, rohe Randen (muss ich mal mit Salat ausprobieren), Yakinori (für Sushi), Kichererbsen in der Dose (für Humus), Ginger, etc. Food shopping is awesome. Later I met Claudia by the lake, and much later we met my stepmom in the Platzspitz park and ate some some vegetarian sushi I had brought along. What a nice evening!
The weather is hot. We have the nicest sunsets.
The weather is hot, but it must have rained over night. I went did Aikido because I don’t work on Fridays. Claudia will come over in a minute and we’ll probably go shopping. I promised her that we’ll go shopping together and buy some new shoes for me. She loves it, I hate it.
The weather was nice, and we didn’t have the heart to go shopping. So we drank coffee and fizzy water and ate some icecream at the Cristallo and spent an hour at the lake.
From 19:00 to 22:00 Claudia taught her Oriental Pop Dance at the oriental dance school she teaches at, when a shoot-out started in a street close by. So she and her students spent 20 minutes in a dark room lying on the floor, calling the police via their mobile phones and waiting for it to end.
Later that night we walked the Langstrasse, went to Letten by the Limmat (a river), met some friends by chance in McDonalds… It was 2:30 when we came back, I think.
Hot. Breakfast at Café Blunt where they have oriental style sofas, shisha to smoke (we don’t do that, but they have it), and there we ate a big breakfast with croissant, toast, Zopf, Vollkornbrot, Holunder Konfitüre, butter, honey, feta, olives, cucumber and tomato with lemon juice, humus, café macchiato, orange juice, mint tea with real mint leaves, yoghurt with fruit, and some dried dates, apples and apricots. Nice.
Claudia went to work at the bazaar of her oriental dance school around noon, while I worked on OddMuse… And now I’m testing some of that stuff here – eg. the links to “today” and “yesterday” in the sidebar, and the random page link. Wrote some docs for OddMuse, too, and started to rework the MeatBall:WikiLog page.
We went to the lake, bought some food one the way, ate it, and 30min later we were in a full blown hailstorm, crushed ice whipping the streets, the sidewalks white with ice and water as if winter had just ended. We waited in a shop entrance jumped over the flooded road and took the tram home.
Later I watched the brazilian movie Cidade de Deus, IMDB:0317248. Interesting movie, fast paced, flashbacks, shootouts, … The funny thing is how the brazilian dialect is hard to understand… ;)
It is now 2:53 – I should sleep. Interesting. The new automatic links on the right made me put my late night hacking onto the early morning next day… Which is technically correct, but weird.
Found another bug! The pinging of weblogs.org doesn’t work as expected. I am a lasy bastard, that’s why OddMuse just uses a GET call to the Ping Site Form . And in order to give users the illusion that it is fast when in fact it is slow, I redirected visitors after an edit and then I called the form… But perhaps the webserver is killing OddMuse while it does the ping once the user has in fact redirected. Argh!
Well, it turns out that weblogs.com doesn’t seem to like my URLs – at least when I submit this page via the form, it complains.
Spent quite some time fixing OddMuse bugs. Sadly, the commenting code had subtle bugs – it would add the default message if somebody just hit “Save”, it would delete all comments if an empty comment was saved, it added a horizontal line even when adding the first comment, etc. But I think I got them all. I was too lazy to write unit tests for this, and I think I’m going to regret this someday.
Spent the afternoon walking through town with Claudia, drinking café macchiato and eating ice cream at the Cristallo.
Zoran, my Croatian movie-making friend invited me over for a new screening of his recent movie with a new soundtrack as well as for a showing of one of his top 5 movies from ex-Jugoslavia (can’t remember whether it was Croatian or not). Sadly I had to wait for Claudia, and she was out training for her tribal (oriental) dancing.
Went to see Hero tonight, IMDB:0299977. Nice colors, and I like Tony Leung Chiu Wai and Maggie Cheung (they played in lots of Wong Kar Wai movies!). But the plot is simple – a legend is being retold. The color coded scenes reminded me of Ran by Kurosawa, and lies as a story element reminded me of Rashomon by Kurosawa. The fighting and music was very much Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. So it steals from some interesting movies, but it didn’t grow beyond.
Working on the path_info stuff for OddMuse; remember, the real goal is to get notification of some MeatBall:WebLogTracker working. I currently gave up on weblogs.com and am trying my luck on blogrolling.com. Doesn’t want to work, though.
I’m helping a friend set up an OddMuse wiki as her weblog . She didn’t know anything about HTML and CSS, but loved to spend hours on formating M$ Word documents. It is amazing how quickly such people can learn CSS by reading other people’s CSS and reading online docs. Nice CSS, eventhough I don’t like the Papyrus font too much. This is also a good test to see how usable OddMuse is for non-geeks.
I’m starting to like the diary on my own homepage, so I’ll probably use the Meatball diary less. I think finding a solution to the “one diary vs. multiple communities” is getting more important for wikis, because if we don’t find a good solution, more and more discussion will retreat to weblogs. And the solutions proposed on some of the pages (MeatBall:RssInclusion, MeatBall:SubscribedChanges) are just not as cool. Perhaps we need something that mixes normal diary (eg. RssInclusion</nowiki> without touching <nowiki>RecentChanges) and the occasional on-topic diary entry targeted at one community only… I’m still now happy with that, though.
Add TrackBack support into the wiki. What that would do is allow us bloggers to blog on. When we have a blog post that’s on-topic with a specific community (or more specificly with a wiki’s topic page) we link to that page. Blogs which support autotrackback will then “ping” the wiki page with the url of the blog entry, the blogger’s name, and most of the blog text. You could add an invariant section to each wiki page to show the trackbacks. So, you’d have the standard wiki page, then a list of sites that’s referenced that wiki page with an excerpt of their comment. That would allow bloggers to put their personal diary on their home page in a single place, and reference the appropriate wiki community – MeatBall:DougAlcorn 17 June 2003
See MeatBall:TrackBack for some thoughts on this.
Some OddMuse problem again: I guess it is no good to use raw UTF-8 for pagenames. RFC 2396 talks about escaping these characters, so I guess I should.
Giving a 20m speech on how using FreeSoftware would barely affect the company I work at. These are my notes for the talk.
Later: I think they liked it.
50 Lizenzen 25’000 Spezifikation 50’000 Realisierung 130’000 Test 70’000 Pilot 30’000 Projektleitung 40’000 Konfigurationsverwaltung 15’000 ——————————— Total 360’000
Die Verwendung von Freier Software erlaubt es uns, diesen Lizenzanteil zu reduzieren.
Ein Exkurs, um zu erklären, was Freie Software ist.
Ein Auto ist offen: Jeder kann unter die Kühlerhaube schauen, jeder kann daran herumschrauben.
Polizist wacht über die Kühlerhaube des Software-Autos.
Um die Software zu verändern, muss der Quellcode ersichtlicht sein.
Falls mit Copyleft:
Für meinen Arbeitgeber und die meisten Softwarehäuser in der Schweiz (Spekulation!):
I keep getting those Emacs garbage collection (GC) crashes. And I hate debugging Emacs itself.
Interesting thing about attention concentration. I added http://lileks.com/ to my list of blogs I read from time to time because of a good piece on ads; I removed him today because I don’t like his stance on the conflict in Israel and Palestine. I prefer reading people that either agree with me on old issues, or have interesting opinions on new issues.
While browsing the web I stumbled upon a photoshop (booh! unfree!) contest site:
I also forgot my shirt in the cinema, and when we came back to the cinema after having walked through the summer night, eating falafel, milk-rice, and drinking some gazosa, they were closing. The doors were locked, but through the glass we saw a group of about 10 people still at the bar. We waited, but they did not deign to open for us. When one of them left after a minute or two, we went in. Claudia warned me, “I bet they’ll tell us it is closed, as if we could not tell by ourselves.” And so it was. Both waitresses told us that they are closed. I replied that that much was obvious, we wanted something else. I explained the problem, and she carelessly looked in a drawer and told me to come back tomorrow. I explained that this would be awkward, and I was sure she had a key and could we not just go quickly and take a look? No, she said, and after all, it was not her that had forgotten something. There was no helping it, I had to come back tomorrow. This appeal to authority – no sir, can’t help it, come back tomorrow – without an explanation, is just what I hate. If she doesn’t want to help, what is she doing in service? Why is she being unfriendly.
Oh well. That was around 1am at the Riff Raff .
I found a very long and interesting article by PhilGreenspun on the subject. What I really liked about the article is the approach to explain why Israel exists instead of explaining the grave injustice of the Palestinian people. I am very concerned about the catastrophic situation Israel has managed to maneuver itself into. Instead of delving into this mess, Phil Greenspun looks at the long term development from the Jewish perspective and concludes:
This, of course, only explains why everybody was glad to expell the Jews to Israel, and why nobody wants them back should the Palestinians “win”. It doesn’t explain the inhumane treatment of the Palestinians at the hands of the Israelis.
Have you seen this piece? Israel ‘sabotaging’ truce negotiations  via the BBC – Best, MarkDilley
Thanks for the pointer. – Alex.
Went shopping with Claudia; she loves it, I hate it. We wanted to buy clothes for me for our holidays in Morocco. Bought trousers and shorts and shirts for CHF 480 (EUR 310). We buy our stuff along the Bahnhofstrasse which many people consider to be an expensive shopping district for tourists -- but it is not. The Swiss buy their clothes there, too. We just pick the right shops. ;)
Investigating an OddMuse bug and finding that it is no bug after all, and instead of fixing code I end up writing some unit tests to prove this. Very cool.
I also decided to dissolve my accessability wiki which I had shown to Arnold Schneider for the Stiftung Zugang Für Alle (association lobbying for access to technology for all, esp. the blind), where I had collected some mails I had written to webmasters complaining about bad usability. I moved these pages to this wiki instead (all of them marked as minor edits, so you must use the showedit=1 parameter  to see them.
And I continue to move old diary entries from Meatball to this wiki, too.
I wonder whether I should offer a way to do MeatBall:TrackBack… Ok, it’s human-made – but you have to trust other people to think carefully before pinging you, and it seems that you have no control (MeatBall:SoftSecurity) to prevent MeatBall:TrackBack spam…
Been satisfying my voyerism by visiting random blogs appearing on http://blo.gs/.
Been fixing OddMuse again, to make it possible to link references to Swiss law. Example:
Art. 2 Abs. 3 URG
This should link to the page Art._2_URG#3 – note the anchor for the paragraph referred to.
In order to create these anchors, I also wrote a new rule for them:
This gets replaced with an anchor having the name “3” and the content “§3”.
All of this as a potential extension in the config file only, of course. I needed this for the openlaw wiki we are trying to start here in Switzerland:
This is where I discovered some more CGI.pm quirks – eg. if you have a pagename containing a dot, such as Art._2_URG, and the dot is URL-encoded as %2e, then CGI.pm will get confused and think that Art._2_URG is the filename, not test.pl or wiki.pl or whatever. I also forgot to replace spaces with underlines, so spaces where being encoded as %20, and then $q->keywords started returning only “Art.” (the first keyword), until I started joining all keywords using a space again… In the end I am not sure what was really required, and I don’t feel like investigating. But I’m leaving the code in, should other people make these mistakes. Fault-tolerant is better.
DaveSifry has a news article for 2001-02-10 on his homepage , announcing the release of a MP3 he comissioned (together with his wife, I assume) for his daughter (I assume). The music is by PaulCuneo. Interesting way to sell music.
Spent the afternoon walking through Zürich with Claudia.
Schanzengraben. This is a sidearm of the Sihl and used to be the moat outside the city fortifications. A corner or two of the old fortifications still exist, but I didn’t take any pictures.
Lindenhof, in Zürich. People play Bocha, chess, and tourists take pictures of the Limmat flowing by. Very nice. When we got there today (2003-06-21), she was dog tired.
Old man standing…
The old town has some really small alleys.
These flowers grow all over town in the little square pieces of open earth around trees. Very beautiful. But I think nobody planted them there. They just grow.
I also had the fire brigade entering the neighbouring building – but it was a false alarm. I suspect an unsuspecting neighbour called them when he saw all the smoke from one of the windows where the Sikhs (at least they look like Sikhs to me) light their incense. Calling them for no reason costs CHF 1500. Ouch!
I read the ElectronicIntifada (ei) and several other sources on a regular basis; usually that means ticking the mails for later reading. ;)
Today was my electronic Intifada day. See 2003-03-19 Israel.
In a general context, I still admire Belgium for it’s law allowing prosecution of war crimes from all over the world, eventhough it seemed to have been severely weakened these last months. Via the electronic Intifada, I’ve come upon an article by Laurie King-Irani, ei: The Sabra and Shatila Case in Belgium: A Guide for the Perplexed .
Oh and my shirt still hasn’t surfaced in the Riff-Raff cinema. Argh! They people are getting friendlier, at least.
Four of us on a little boat on the lake of Zürich, later dozing and chatting on the gras in the shade of huge trees near the Rentenanstalt in a crowd of people worthy of Gran Canaria, and finally highschool reunion in a Mongolian restaurant in Mägenwil (about 1h from Zürich by public transport) – the Swiss pampa! ;)
On #joiito, we've seen some poetry by Kevin Marks , so I contributed one, too:
sweat in summer sticks to your back so down your neck you pour cold water
Reminds me of Haiku writing on #emacs with John Wiegley .
And here's to silly :
Str: 9 Int: 15 Wis: 17 Dex: 11 Con: 11 Chr: 12
I decided that I wanted pictures on the diary entries, if possible. And I decided that I was going to try and take at least a picture a day. You know, get some practice for the eye.
Went to the Zeughausareal; behind it is the Kasernenwiese and these days when the days are long and sunny, Tamils play volleyball and soccer, here (ForeignersInSwitzerland). I went with Claudia to eat some Sushi and watch them play. Claudia was tired, but we had fun.
Played a bit with the camera, by first setting the white point using a green shopping bag.
Walked home as it got darker…
I had to look at some new white trousers and help decide which ones look best.
As you can see, I started messing with the Gimp .
From Philip Greenspun’s Weblog  comes a link to Orion magazine (never heard of it) talking about the the Public Trust Doctrine. The article starts with the story of a huge ditch that diverts water for commercial purposes. This is not allowed according to the public trust doctrine:
The court ordered the cancellation of all permits the commission had issued to developers for water withdrawals, citing a little-known legal principle called the Public Trust Doctrine, which says that common resources such as water are to be held in trust by the state for the use and enjoyment of the general public, rather than private interests. 
It seems that this doctrine is really old and dates back to roman times:
It was codified back in 528 AD, when the Roman Emperor Justinian decided to gather and condense all the unpublished rules and edicts handed down by his predecessors into a unified, coherent code of imperial law. To the task he appointed a commission of ten legal experts, who delivered the Codex Justinianus in 529 and a year later its attendant textbook, known as the Institutes of Justinian, to which the emperor added a few words of his own. Among them were the following: “By the law of nature these things are common to all mankind, the air, running water, the sea and consequently the shores of the sea.”
I wonder what this WeblogRoadmap is supposed to be.
Working, then relaxing and sleeping the Alte Bäckeranlage. And tonight: Salsa in Le Bal.
I took some pictures, but have to upload them first. This is taking time… Grrr.
I probably told you already that I like construction sites. And nightlife. I hate using the flash. Onle Claudia’s face above was manipulated using the Gimp. I like special light conditions such as sunlight shining through leaves or shadows hanging over the streets.
Also note how I wrote a little markup extension for this particular OddMuse configuration to have floating pictures on the left and on the right. Neato!
Mir wurde folgendes Buch empfohlen, als ich ein Gespräch über Juden, Israel, Palästina, den zweiten Weltkrieg, Konzentrationslagern, etc. führte: Anmerkungen zu Hitler von Sebastian Haffner, ISBN 3596234891. Die Sache beschäftigt mich im Moment wieder mehr, weil ich ja Band of Brothers (IMDB:0185906, ASIN:B00008OP0H) auf DVD gesehen habe, wo in einer Episode ein KZ entdeckt wird, und wegen Phil Greenspuns Artikel über die Entwicklung aus Israelischer Sicht (2003-06-19 Israel). Im empfohlenen Buch soll anscheinend auf etwa 150 Seiten versucht werden, Hitlers Entscheide auf seine Persönlichkeit und seine Meinungen zurück zu führen.
Was mich daran erinnert, dass ich Black Hawk Down (ASIN:B0000633M0, IMDB:0265086) nochmal schauen muss. DVD Version kaufen – mit Making-Of? Oder gar Deluxe? Oder doch lieber das Buch? Und von Band of Brothers gibt es ja auch ein Buch…
Die Geschichte von Black Hawk Down ist ja als Buch erschienen, aber das Buch ist eine Neufassung der Zeitungsserie, welche online verfügbar ist:
I still need to practice my Gimp-Fu to be able to improve those pictures. I was unable to get rid of the yellow hue on these pictures.
Yikes! Claudias parents are affraid of terrorists in Morocco, my father is affraid of the sailing conditions on the Atlantic… Not the kind of thing you want to hear a few days before departure.
We’re going to fly to Lisbon, take the bus down to the Algarve and stay for a few nights. We don’t know where, yet, but I think it is going to be Lagos; we’re going to take a room with some private person, that worked fine last time we went there… Uh, must have been 8 or 9 years ago… :/
Anyway, on July 7, we’re going to meet Joel, my friend from Aikido, and Bernhard Schluender, the skipper, and take off for Morocco. We’ll pull in at Tanger and Ceuta, and do day-trips to some towns in the north, eg. Tetouan und Chefchauen. It seems that the touristic areas are further south (Fez, Marakesch, Rabat, Meknes). I should take some time to read about Morocco before we leave on Tuesday. Yikes!
I wonder whether putting pictures online is worth my time… What do you think?
After getting up, we made our way to the Gloria and brunched.
Taking pictures of bypassers…
Spectacular contrast of shark fin and beer belly.
While walking home, I found out that it is Christopher Street Day… I love walking through the crowd; two years ago I did this with a friend of mine and we imagined ourselves to be social vampires, living off the Lebensfreude (joy-of-life) of others.
Damn, I wanted to see Tan De Repente, IMDB:0324158, but I just found out that there is no way I can find the time tomorrow or on Monday before leaving on Tuesday. ggnnn!
At least I’ll see Russian Ark, IMDB:0318034, with Claudia’s brother and his wife tomorrow night.
And tonight I went to see Nueve Reinas, IMDB:0247586.
Here is from Press Release, IFRC, 26 June, 2003 :
One thousand days of violence have killed just over 3,000 people (2,398 Palestinians and 704 Israelis) and left 28,000 injured (23,150 Palestinians and 4,849 Israelis) in Israel and the Palestinian Autonomous and Occupied Territories. This is the human toll since the second Intifada started on September 29, 2000, according to figures from the Palestine Red Crescent (PRCS) and Magen David Adom (MDA), Israel’s equivalent of a Red Cross or Red Crescent Society. […]
One week after the Aqaba summit, the Israeli-Palestinian death toll climbed to 30 with no sign of the violence slowing. Many US commentators blamed the carnage on the Palestinian attacks of June 8, which killed five Israeli occupation soldiers.
In fact, there has not been a single day since the Sharm el-Sheikh and Aqaba summits that the Israeli Army stopped its attacks on Palestinians. For three days before and during the summits Israel attacked the Nablus and Balata refugee camps, wounding dozens of civilians, many of them children. The day after Aqaba, an Israeli death squad assassinated two Hamas activists in Tulkarm, and every day since, the occupying forces have been destroying Palestinian homes – all this before the attacks on Israeli soldiers.
The sad thing comes later in the article, when they quote:
As Arab-American activist Hussein Ibish stated on Fox News in a debate with the Israeli consul-general in New York, “Sharon and Hamas have developed a strategic partnership against peace.”
I think I found a way to go and watch Tan De Repente (IMDB:0324158) anyway. Tomorrow I’ll go to the interwie with the journalist from Sonntagsblick at 14:00, and I’ll meet a friend that is visiting from the US at 17:00 by the lake – so I can go to the movies at 14:45 and still make ends meet.
I also haven’t packed, yet.
Watched Russian Ark (IMDB:0318034) tonight; and the comments on IMDB are about right: While the idea of using one 90min shot for the entire movie is very intersting and does give the film a new quality, there is little story and entertainment. I liked it at the beginning and the rest, when the camera moves between people and constumes and story fragments – and there are many beautiful women in beautiful costumes! – I liked the subtle Europe vs. Russia conflict underlying some of the scenes, and the “ending” of Europe as the dance ends (fantastic pictures, there)… But this conflict idea was also mentioned in very direct terms in one of the weaker parts of the movie, so that kind of spoiled it. Since I am a very visual person when it comes to movies, I still liked it; beautiful people, the look of intrigue, the dance of the camera and the people, it sort of made up for the plot problem.
We went brunching at the Irchel Park today. Now you need to know that withing this particular circle of friends, we have two knights, Sir Glod and Sir Evelus, while the rest of us are just part of the entourage. And Sir Glod and Sir Evelus have their own castle, even. And today was the day to build it:
1:24 in the morning. I should pack. Pack! Instead, I implemented RSS 3.0 for Oddmuse… (WeblogRoadmap) I’ll never learn.
I went to see Tan De Repente (IMDB:0324158) after a short interview with a journalist from the Sontagsblick (together with Daniel Boos of trash.net). A hot and sunny day, and I was in a tiny cinema with two big fans blowing down some air, watching this black and white Argentinian movie about girls – shy and fat, skinny and demanding, tough, old, artistic girls… and an innocent irrelevant man. I liked it very much.
I saw two friends today who have been living in Los Alamos these last months…  We once lived in a Wohngemeinschaft; it is one of the beautiful things in life that some friendships last for years eventhough you don’t have to keep in touch.
I packed. We are ready to go!