I took some pictures today of the remains of the collapsed towercrane. The site was guarded (although the guard decided to stay out of my pictures). It will be quite a project to remove the wreckage when investigations are done. In the last picture you indeed look right into the (empty at the time of the collapse) classroom.
I did some hacking today on Snowcam, whacking the stylesheet to differentiate in the order of elements in the html source versus the order of elements on the page, and adding a bunch of webcams at wintersport resorts all over the world, because I'm in the mood for the upcoming wintersport holiday in Morzine. Now looking at snowreports and Morzine webcams daily. I found out that the site looks awful in IE6 and fiddled with the stylesheet until it worked.
After the big news about the tower crane collapsing in Utrecht (Dutch) which was two buildings down from where I work. I had to be in a building right next to the remains of the crane today. Weird sight: everyone gone from the site (I saw a few people which looked like they were from the building company that owned the crane). And I saw at least two people with yet another job I don't want to swap with: guards who made sure nobody entered the closed off area. From what I hear from others, the location is guarded 24 hours per day.
For a while I had the webcam running from work pointing at a moderately nice view from the Kruyt gebouw pointing at the construction work for the new 'FE' building of the Hogeschool Utrecht. Since I used my standard webcam-scripts, there is a full archive, now online: Archive of webcam pictures from when the cam was in the Kruyt building. Enjoy, or something. I like this one: 8 am morning fog in October.
Simon Hania van xs4all heeft een goed stuk geschreven over de voorstellen voor bewaarplicht in Nederland, de privacy implicaties er van en de kosten. Interresant leesvoer voor iedere betrokkene.
We went snowboarding last night at De Uithof in Den Haag (absolutely not related to the part of Utrecht named de Uithof where I work). I took it easy, a friend came along who tried snowboarding for the first time (normally he skies on wintersport holidays). He learned faster than the snowboard class taking place while we were there!
Jason Scott pulled a nice stunt when he was confronted with loads and loads of links to an image on his site.. he Goatse'd them all.. and found out in the process that the real culprut was a stupid design site offering 'free myspace layouts'. I had the same happening with idefix.net in 2002 and wrote about deep linking and bandwidth theft. As Jason shows: you link to my urlspace, I control what comes back, and you may not like it.
Telemarketeer calls are annoying, but from time to time we get one of the extra annoying kind: The does not want to talk to the answering machine kind, who hang up quite fast. Result: even when we're home to grab the phone, they still hang up. Irritating.
The series The Secret Life of Machines has been posted to google video: The Secret Life of Machines. Fun to watch, really british.
Found this gem:"Media hysteria about e-mail stalking and the threat to children on the Internet"in The Best and Worst of 1994 and Predictions for '95. Some things haven't changed in 12 years, it's just called "MySpace" now. Source: Nothing To Say: The Internet Year In Review - 1994.
A spammer has used a sender address in one of my domains as From: address, so I get to see all the bounces, and in some cases the original e-mail gets bounced along so I get to view the original. The spam itself uses an image that is supposed to defeat any OCR attempt by anti-spam software, but I have a hard time viewing the image myself... stock symbol and description gimped away because I don't want to become a stock criminal myself.
I've been thinking about building a weather-station / ntp server with solar power for a while, and decided to start documenting the design, the ideas and the (lack of) progress. Named project sundial because it uses the sun to tell time, just in a somewhat convoluted way.
Happy new year! Gelukkig nieuw jaar! I had a great new years eve with friends, and took pictures of the fireworks (the Dutch have the habit to set of fireworks to start of the new year). A special gelukkig nieuw jaar to the listeners from Chub Creek, my favourite Canadian podcast! .. I made another guest appearance on Chub Creek.