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Where Are The Pizzas?

We’ve got fire, we’ve got an oven. Now where are the pizzas?
Talking about manuals; the installation manual of my two brandnew toiletseats was incomprehensible to begin with.
On top of that somebody (number 242) sticked a note on a plastic bag filled with bolts and nuts that said: ‘this box contains two extra rubber plugs, but we do advise NOT to use them’.
I couldn’t find the rubber plugs anywhere, but I did have a good seat when I finally could test one of them. Forgot to shot a pic, so have a look at my new cooking area instead. After all, before being able to test toilet seats you have to cook something, right?
Two more days of cutting boards for the cabinets, sanding, painting, cleaning, and then, finally . . . saturday morning moving . . .

The Black Aldis

With the finish of my renovation marathon almost there – moving back into our old house next Saturday – comes time. Time which I could spend keeping myself busy with my sound.
While I’m writing this in TextMate on the iMac the Airport streams my collection of narco tango’s an classic rock – iTunes is almost always on shuffle – to our 25 year old Pioneer combo. The Sony boxes that were connected to it in the past went kaflooie one day. One of them started rumbling like a erupting volcano, and when I touched one of the speaker cones it fell apart in some kind of thick dust and mouse poo.
Translation in Dutch at @ DutchCowboys

Finally Finishing

Three years and two months gone, one more week to go: next Saturday we’ll be moving into our old house. The renovation took more time than originally planned, but reasons galore. Beforehand we did not know we were going to South America twice during the renovations – three months last year, two months this year. But as the lease on our temporary living was extended twice without asking, (and for the last year without any rent to pay) there was no need for hurry.
Having said that: there is now! Next Friday gas, water and electricity will be cut, next Saturday we’lle be moving with a little help from some friends. Demolition of the block at Speelhuislaan will be starting Monday September 4.
Are we ready and done? Well, almost. Yesterday and today at old Van Goor the oak flooring is polished and covered in high gloss polyurethane twice. It looks brilliant, but you can smell it two blocks upwind, and we’re not allowed to step on it till noon Saturday. So we spend Friday afternoon sorting out stuff that has been unpacked on the attic for three years.
I’ve dumped four boxes of old computer books (Programming Pascal 1980, Dos For Dummies, PHP, MySQL, Windows 95, lots of Linux and BeOs manuals and so on) at a local charity, as well as bags full of old laptops, 8 Mb flash cards (two pics form my current Ixus would fill them) cables, plugs, ISDN and ADSL modems, and much more. Feel much better now that it’s all gone.
Next week finishing of the floor to ceiling colonial cabinets I’ve build downstairs, and painting, lots of painting. And some more trips to the junkyard, I’m afraid.
Check out the Finally Finishing Album in my ImageFolio.

Is Google a Mr. of a Mrs?


The HP Garage is California Historic Landmark No. 976 — Birthplace of Silicon Valley. (1939 photo)

I’ve asked the question on the Movable Type Community Forum, some time ago, when my server almost collapsed under comment spam form porn- and viagra sellers: male or female?
While the thread in question, like everything else that ever will be written in the future, can be found by Google in a second: Is a server a he, or a she, like a ship?
Translation in Dutch at @ DutchCowboys

Smuttiness in disguise

We’re seeing quite a lot of different things things during an average shift of website publishing, editing, moderating and deleting.
Some article comments are little jewels from visitors who earn a job as a journalist, to be moderated next to the rubbish from the full time shit stirrers, who we’d rather ban from the website forever.
Translation in Dutch at @ DutchCowboys

Pay This Post! Now!

I think you’re perfect, how do you like me? Also online now: an old boy network, where everybody jolly hits shoulders, letting the whole world know how great the other old boy is.
It’s the new blogging where every blog boy links and pings the other blog boy, the target is money for everybody (and chicks for free).
Pay Per Post is an American website that contacts bloggers with those who sell something. As always, I’m sitting here, wondering what to think about it.
Translation in Dutch at @ DutchCowboys

Read on!

Humility is a virtue. I’ll never reach the level of columnist Bob X. Cringely when it comes to computers and networking. As a matter of fact I also have to pass when it comes to quantity.
In his july 20 column – They Wrap Fish, Don’t They? – he mentions he has been writing for the World Wide Web since April 1997, which is about as long as anyone on continuous duty can claim: 480+ columns, totalling just over 800.000 words. As it turns out, Bob X. isn’t shy of comparing himself with a higher level, pointing out at least one version of the King James Bible consists of 783.137 words. (I assume there’s a digital version).
Translation in Dutch at @ DutchCowboys