Archive for the ‘Private’ Category

Happy Birthday to Philip & Napoleon

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

10 years today ;-)

Philip the Halloween Cat

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Moi à Paris, une fois de plus.

Monday, September 27th, 2010

J’ai été sur un court voyage à Paris pour ce week-end. Voici les photos…


Vacation, at last

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Posted some pix of my recent trip to Málaga, Andalusia.


2 hours in Amsterdam

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

9 pictures taken in Amsterdam during my recent trip to Harlemmermeer. I was only in Amsterdam for about 2 hours before I had to catch my train back home.

No Religion

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

Not only am I an atheist, I am also an anti-theist. Especially the deity worshiped by the adherents of the abrahamic religions is, according to their “sacred texts”, an arrogant, vile, and hateful deity, so that it is incomprehensible how an educated, enlightened, modern person can possibly follow such a figure as their role model. To quote Richard Dawkins (whom I only partially agree with but who puts it eloquently into words) I say “The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully”. I do indeed consider following such a deity a flaw of character.

There is simply no justification for adherence to YHWH (or whatever name is assigned Elohim/Allah/Jesus) that is not in violation of the very founding principles of western societies. YHWH and the religions built upon this concept of deity are the antithesis to human equality, individual freedom, and peaceful and environmentally compatible human co-existence.

Over the last 30 years I have experienced all the religionist propaganda and the vain and empty “arguments” they come up with, so I will not descend into discussing all the same over and over again. I have indeed no problem talking or writing articles about these religions and their history and the historical context out of which they developed, but I will not suffer anyone expressing statements that the biblical deity is real or that require the base assumption that the biblical deity is real.

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A New Day

Monday, January 26th, 2009

What a day! The first black US president is sworn in, my mother is finally getting a place for assisted living, a friend of mine is becoming a father again, I keep losing weight, and my life is taking new directions. Quite a way to start out in the new year.
The day before yesterday I had an interview for a new job and tonight I got the news that I was hired. I will sign my new contract on Friday and on Monday I will submit my notice.

Happy New Year ya’ll

Friday, January 2nd, 2009

I wish all of you all the best and luck and love in 2009. Put bad memories made in 2008 aside and head for a fresh start. At least that’s what I’ll try to do. Right now I have no idea what this year might hold for me, but there are some changes that I have to have in my life very soon (or else I might just quit).
On the personal level 2008 was definitely the worst of my entire life. Which may be why I have consumed more alcohol than in the 8 years or so before. Although I had hoped that my move into a new apartment would be a change in my life for the better, it did not at all turn out that way. I still have not arrived and I have no place right now that I would consider “home”. 2008 has been a year of struggling my way back into some kind of socialization. I have revived some old acquaintances and I have stopped sitting at home all by myself. However, I have realized that it is not as easy for me to connect with people as it used to be. I notice a certain kind of superficiality and lack of personal loyalty in people which keeps me from calling someone a real friend. Maybe I just expect the wrong things or others expect things from me that I am unaware of, but this discovery has been somewhat hurtful. I am severely pissed about all the egomaniacs I am surrounded with and I really need to see to reducing my altruism. I can be exploited way to easily when I like someone. Maybe my stance of generally not liking people (or at least not becoming somehow attached to them) of the past few years wasn’t so bad after all. I have not ever been so mentally (and indeed emotionally) exhausted as I have been in 2008 and when there was that one moment in November that could have ended it all I did not even care. That still upsets me.
As far as my software activities go I have done less private software programming and it is in fact continuously getting harder for me to focus enough on software that probably is never going to be used by anyone except me. I will seek a new job and I really hope I can get one that is more fulfilling and bears for me a perspective to some foreseeable ends.

2009 MUST be different. In a positive way.


Friday, December 12th, 2008

One of my cats is having a bladder infection for over a week now. The pH-value in his urine is way too high so that it contains crystals that are hurtful.
He will be getting special food for the next half year and I will just have to wait and see how his condition improves.

update: Philip seems to be back to normal. He has, however, gained a little weight, so in addition to putting him on a diet I’ll have to put him on a diet ;)

The scent of freedom

Thursday, November 20th, 2008

Right now, I am so fed up with my company I’d want to leave at once. Unfortunately my contract forces me to stay at least another 2 months (!!!) after I quit my job. Life sucks. I will try to find a law that enables me to leave in shorter time, and as soon as I have found it, I’ll write my resignation.

OK, I have withdrawn this entry because of fears that the bigwigs at my office might read it. But since I have had some talk with one of them I am pretty sure that they will not come up with something that will keep me there. The way the job has been going since the beginning of this year has been just to much.