Thursday, March 31, 2005
My school looks really beautiful in the nice weather! My institute is the blue building that is located on Blauwborgje street. That is where I study! =)
Wednesday, March 30, 2005
Dij zunne is weer te zuggen!
I went to school in order to work on my Advanced Computer Graphics and Virtual Environments project with Martijn. We got a good piece further!
We are working on implementing a proof-of-concept of the imposers idea. Imposers is a widely used technique in 3D games for minimizing the amount of polygons to render for each frame. The idea is based on the fact that if something (an object) is far away and you don't change the view angle looking at the object too much, well, then the object will look basically the same. The idea is then not to re-render the object (which can consist of many polygons), but instead render the object to a texture and then show this texture instead (on a billboard). Only when the view angle (and similar things) change too much we re-render the object. This makes us save a lot of computing power, which means that we can render more complex scenes real-time! Anyway, we will see how far we get tomorrow!
Now I just got home from my lecture about Groningen Low Saxon... I have an exam next week so tonight I will try studying a bit further. The course is of course a bit more difficult for me than the other students as I am no native Dutchmen nor Groninger! and thus have none of the languages as my mother tongue... Taking that into account I think I am doing well ... Lets hope I will do the exam well as well :) At least I asked the teacher a question and he answered and told me that he wouldn't elaborate any further as it was actually one of his exam questions! Yes, 1 point in the house :P
The teacher was quite nice. When I entered the lecture room he greated me in Danish =D and later he gave me a book that he wrote! Cool! Thanks a lot!
Dij zunne is weer te zuggen
Doarmit bin k slim blied
Lekker zel k in t gras liggen
Da's ook op hoge tied
k Staai boeten de deur te kieken
k Vuil dij waarme locht rond mie hen
k Kiek noar t woater, noar dieken
t Is weer zummer, zummer as k dij ken
Minsen lopen bie mie laangs
Stevels en regenjassen zugst nait meer
t-shirts en shorts binnen nou /in/
mit daank aan t schiere weer...
Tuesday, March 29, 2005
Feeling a bit depressed - feeling so alone
Right now it feels like I haven't seen Lívia for weeks. She is on my mind most of the time (if not all the time)... and when I realize that she was here yesterday, I kind of wish I had enjoyed the time with her even more than I did, though that is not possible, because I enjoyed it sooo unbelievable much. I guess I just miss her so. I really do... It is so great being with her that I have realized that I can no more be without her... it just hurts sooo much. I wish I could take the phone and call her, or jump on the train as the first thing tomorrow... but that would just be an act of craziness. I don't have the money for that, and I need to save and do things the right way so that I can stay with her permanently. I will be with her soon and I just cannot wait. Things will really change for me... it will be so great! I wondered today how it would be if I knew that she would come to my place around 8 o' clock. I think it would make me a lot more motivated. It will be so much easier studying when I know that in 3 hours she is coming and then I can relax and do things with her, instead of knowing that the evening will be doll...and without her by my side...
I have now lived on my own the last six a half year and so far I have enjoyed a lot of things on my own... it has been no problem cooking, watching tv alone etc, though it of course is nicer doing with others. I know that I am a person that needs contact with other people, but after I have met Lívia I know how nice things can be with her and it sets a whole new standard for my life. I want to enjoy life with her, that is the way I am happy =)
I guess I am rambling... sorry about that. The truth is just that I miss you my Lívia. SOOO REALLY REALLY MUCH!
Monday, March 28, 2005
Friday, March 25, 2005
Grille, det skal man da når det er forår!
Precisely, when the clock turned 5 pm I was there and Frank opened the door for me. There weren't that many people then, but soon after more appeared...and I think we ended up being around 10 people or so. Unfortunately it started raining :( Well, we still really wanted to BBQ, so we just stayed outside in the rain and it turned out to be quite cozy...well, who cannot stand a little rain? after all it wasn't really cold, at least not by the grill! It was a weird evening... suddenly it became dark and we was sitting in the light of the fire... Quite nice, but we all had the idea that the clock was around 1 am or so, but when we looked at the watch it turned out to be 21:00 :| How is that possible?! Anyway, around 23:00 I went home and the rest went to the city... I hope they will enjoy it!
At least, I will enjoy tomorrow a lot! =)
Tuesday, March 22, 2005
I always went to bed late because of homework, but it was more because I was kind of lazy and first really started working seriously after 21:00 'o clock. Luckily, this semester will soon be over ... the summer is coming and soon I will be working instead. Then, at least, I can work hard at work and relax and not worry about homework when my official working day is over. Plus, I will be with my love... wauw...it will be so lovely =)
I really, really dislike scientific papers...
Anyway, I spend the last many hours thinking about a subject, figuring out what the requirements are, plus scanning though a bounch of articles. So far I came up with the following abstract which I hope will be accepted by the teachers:
Frameworks: When to use and what to keep in mind
Some of the main objectives of software engineering are to improve software quality, reduce costs, as well as facilitate easy maintainance and evolution of the product in mind. Code re-use is a way to fullfill these objectives. Code re-use reduces costs as less new code have to be developed, it improves software quality as the code will be used more and more widely tested. It also helps with maintainability and product evolution, as writing re-usable code requires the developer to code more modular. In this essay we will introduce the concept of object-oriented frameworks and look into when it might be advantageous to design and use such a framework. We will also look into the problems associated with developing such a framework. As a real life example, we will look into the experiences gained when developing the open-source toolkit GTK+, a framework for developing graphical user interfaces for the Linux desktop in particular. We will look at the problem encountered while designing GTK+, plus what solutions that have been used to overcome these.
Another week successfully completed
Well, this week seems to bring a huge workload as well, but it started out quite good, so I think I will be able to finish most before Friday! Yah! Because of Easter the whole Monday is free for me and my girlfriend to enjoy =) Maybe we should do some thing Easter related ... We'll see...
Saturday, Jelle came by in order to cook dinner for me. Well, actually we were supposed to do it together, but my sweetie was online at a Internet café (just in order to talk to me; really sweet!!!) and I really really wanted to talk to her as well. I did warn Jelle about it on forehand, so it was no problem at all :) Now I just have to cook for him next week or so... hehe.. Anyway, my complements for the cook! The dinner was delicious!
Later I went to his house to drink a couple of beers, eat some chips and frikandellen with his cousin (I think it was) and one of his friends. We also played a card game, and all in all it was a nice cozy evening =)
Friday, March 18, 2005
Wednesday, March 16, 2005
Danskere, ak og ve...
Well... of course I waited, but since it was quite cold I went to buy a cup of coffee... that is until I realized that they wanted euro 2.5 :| Oh well, no coffee then. I looked a bit around to see if it was cheaper elsewhere and I saw a group of people who seemed Danish to me.
Curious as I am, I placed myself close to them in order to listen if they spoke Danish or not. They indeed did, and the first I heard was 'Oh that guy there is so typical German! (The guy then pointed at me) You see? Long hair in the neck blah blah blah blah etc.'
Well, it is true that it was popular to have that in Germany 15 years ago or so (something which we called tysker hår) as well as in Sweden (where we called it svensker garn, a bit more negative sounding as most Danes hate the Swedes for no obvious reason), but I hate when people generalize and talk negatively about people from other countries - and the person indeed said what he said with a negative voice. I kind of regret not saying something back, like 'Hey, don't talk behind people's back - at least when you don't know whether they understand what you say', but unfortunately I didn't feel like doing that in the situation.
On my way back to Groningen I had to wait 40 minutes at München Hbf. As friendly as he is, Christian Meyer came to visit me and guide me a bit around in the city... quite nice of him. I really enjoyed it! Danke sehr meine Freund!
Today I am quite tired. I had to do a lecture today for 1-1.5 hours (a so-called hoorcollege) and I spend most of yesterday preparing the missing parts of my presentation. It has been quite hard work as I had to read and understand lots of stuff that I never worked with before and I didn't really have the time to do so. Luckily, I pulled myself together and made some quite good slides ... around 40 I think. The actual lecture went quite okayish. The subject was Global Illumination, and I think that most people got an idea what it is all about!
Tuesday, March 15, 2005
Thursday, March 10, 2005
GNOME 2.10 is released!
A short update
To something else...GNOME 2.10 is released!!! Congratulations people! I just read the Danish press annoucement and noticed that they thanked me :) I hope to work more on GNOME again, but it will probably be work related due to the problems stated above :)
Monday, March 07, 2005
not just now and then
You're the best that ever happened to me;
soon you'll be in my arms again
If I have to climb the highest mountain,
that is what I'll do for you
I really, truly love you, and you know
that my words are true
There are so many things
I want to do with you; us together
Everything feels so great;
I really hope this will last for ever
There are so many things
I want to do with you and only with you
Lívia, my love, you're my dream come true.
Sunday, March 06, 2005
Friday, March 04, 2005
Ameland, here we come!!! =)
Waarom ben ik nu zo lui...?
I heard rumours that Cleanlook might become the new default GNOME theme. That theme is just looking lovely!
Lovely, oh that word makes me think about my sweetie...now I cannot talk to her for 2-3 days :S ... oh, lets hope that I have fun on Ameland and that the time will go quickly... which means that before I know it I will be by her side again! I wish you a good weekend my love! I will surely miss u...actually I am already =) Muaaaah!!!
Thursday, March 03, 2005
Kann ich eine Gummistiefel kaufen, bitte...
Now I just opened a packet, that I had received today... or maybe yesterday. I didn't really have time to look in the mail yet, but the sender gave me a hint by email! Yay, cool, I got all the song texts to all the Skik songs as well as a CD with some band from the Achterhoek. Cool! Thanks a lot Ingmar! I really appreciate it, but will have to examine it closer on monday!
Vamos a la playa ...uhhmm, øh, Ameland I mean =)
It also seems that I need to buy myself a pair of real rubber boots for my trip to Ameland this weekend...hmm, lets hope they are not too expensive, because this will probably be the first and last time I will use them =) Actually, I am really looking forward to the trip! I will be on Ameland the whole weekend... and I will surely report about it when I get home.
Wednesday, March 02, 2005
Neve, nieve, ...og jeg fryser stadigt...
Firefox + Marriam Webster
For many reasons, that I won't discuss here, I use Mozilla Firefox as my preferred browser instead of Internet Explorer. Firefox is really taking the web with storm! and today I read that Marriam-Webster - my favorite online English dictionary - have made 5 extensions for Firefox that makes it even easier to look up words! Cool! You can find them here.
Sneeuw...Schnee...sne...snø... ih hvor er det koldt
Biking in snow is apparently quite dangerous...I felt two times and hurted myself quite badly...I guess my leg got a bit blue. As a nice side-effect :S, my gloves got soaked and it was colder biking with them on that without using gloves at all :S
When I arrived at school I was immediately attacked by snowballs. Andre threw one that landed right in my neck...well, soon Monique and Thomas followed and I had to join :) so we had a little snow fight just in front of the school :P
Maybe I will add some pictures of it later =)