Archive | December 2006

A quicky …

Just wanted to let you guys know that I made a Gmail-account for the blog and a possibly upcoming podcast. More about this soon.

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Ho ho ho … Wiiiiii

If there is one thing you should hate about this fair little country of ours it has to be the rain. It’s the eleventh of december and rain is pooring from the sky. Jup … rain … no snow. If it weren’t for the holiday decoration, christmas would be a pretty fuckin sad event in this weather we have. And now that I brought it up: Christmas decorations. Some people in this country (and probably the rest of the world too) have no taste at all when it comes to these things. Why you ask ? Here in Belgium people hang a santa-doll on a rope from their upstairs-windows. It started with one in the entire street, no problem, I mean, what can you say ? Some people just don’t have taste and that’s that. If they want to make santa look like a freaking burglar so be it. But noooo, the next year already they all started copying that one person and voila ! Christmas is fucked (I can use the f-bomb, it’s my blog, right ? I better check the general wordpress agreements on that). Anyway, all these santa-burglars leave me with only one desire : to burn them all ! I’ll try to make a few shots of these horrific ornaments when I have the chance and will then post them on this here blog (not a grammatical error, it’s an expression. Right ?).
Anyway enough with the black thoughts, let’s move on to something more cheerful.

Another thing I would like to discuss to nintendo Wii. First off, the thing rocks ! It’s the kick-ass tech toy for the holidays. The most interactive controller ever made, fun gameplay, basic but solid functions AND cheap, this can’t be but nintendo’s work. I’m not going to tell you about all the functions and that stuff, you can find all that info on this pretty damn good wikipedia-page. I just wanted to say that I love the interactive concept of the Wii. At least it will make sure that the next generation won’t be as obese as hell when they hit 18. These games will make them as strong as greek gods because playing on the Wii is pretty damn intensive, talking about exercise that is.
There are a few things I don’t like about it though: the fact that the thing doesn’t play DVD’s or CD’s, that there is no keyboard for it (yet) to turn it into a fully functional media center and finally that the console comes with only one controller while this clearly is a console to have some fun with friends and family.

New Theme

I changed the blog theme … it’s the greenery theme by lemoned. I liked the last one, but I think that this one is lighter and possibly easier to read. Comments are always welcome.

Gil

*Silence*

Jaaaames Kim (as he would say it) is no more with us. The rescue workers found his body about an hour ago. My thoughts are with the family and his co-workers at cnet.com. James Kim was a very cheerful man that knew an answer to every possible question you could have on digital audio and I will always remember him as the guy that introduced me to the iPod.

Cheers James !

    James Kim

James Kim

I have been frequent visitor of cnet.com ever since I discovered it 3 years ago. All the news I got on MP3 players and related products I got from one man … James Kim. Now James has been missing for 10 days in the woods of Oregon. I don’t know the whole story … point is his wife Kati and two daughters were found in the car yesterday , but James is still missing since he had gone out for help some time earlier. I know that those who don’t live in the area can’t really help, and although I am for from a religious person … I “pray” for this man to be found alive in the upcoming days. I can sort of say I know what it feels like to be trapped in the mountains since I had a (be it still much less of a deal) similar accident snowboarding this february, but I will not go into details on that. I just wanted to say … James … I’m thinking of ya buddy …

    James Kim and his 2 daughters

WTF ?

I have been looking at the post I did yesterday again and I must say that I’m amazed how fluently I was able to type that text. I have been checking it for typo’s, haven’t found any yet , if you guys find some please let me know. I know that it’s not that interesting of a topic for most of you (talking about podcasting that is). Anyway, I was really on a rant there yesterday and I want to have that again. There’s only one problem: these topics don’t come to me like that. It’s weird, I always have this urge to type interesting texts for the blog, but it’s hard to think of a topic that I can really elaborate on. What I want to propose is that you, my dearest lads and lassies who allow my pieces of nonsense to enter your life now and then, give some topics you want me to talk about from time to time. Even though a blog is about the thoughts and events of the writer that doesn’t mean that the people who read it can’t have their say in it, certainly with this little thing we like to call the internet. I think that when you all have a say in this … the future of this blog is a bit more certain and might be more entertaining for you all to read. And look ! You already did it ! By making me think about the fact that you guys might be so kind as to give me some topics to discuss, you have put me on another one of my rants. The people are giving me weird looks because of my rapid typing … but fuck you lady ! these fingers are on fire :p! Did I already tell you guys that I love trains ? I’m on my way to my house in Mechelen now, which gives me the benefit of being able to take the modern double-decker train that goes to Brussels. These things are awesome. There are plugs to charge your laptop or cell phone, little comfortable tables attached to the back of the chair in front of you that are at the perfect height for working on your laptop. I hope more of these trains will come in use on our tiny but strong Belgian railway system. Did you guys know that one of the first steam- trains drove from Brussels to Mechelen? Our 1st king, Leopold the first, came from England and brought along the steam-locomotive in the 1830’s, when our nation was founded. Don’t think that Belgium is a modern country though, we were known as the Belgians from way back in roman time. Jules Cesar said that the Belgian people were the bravest of all tribes in Gaul. That might have been so, but why then were we under the reign of foreign countries ‘till the 1830’s ? Wow, look at that, I can go from one bullshit fact into another and still it kinda makes sense … or not ? Why don’t you just leave me a little comment …
Laters
Gil

ps: attached is a picture I took in the bicycle-compartment of one of the carriages’ lower deck a few weeks ago.

Where am I going with this … ?

I’m quite proud of what I have established with this blog. In the past 3 months there have been 759 unique (from different IP’s) views of my rants. I hope that you all have enjoyed the articles that I wrote so far and will do in the future. I know that the posting hasn’t been so frequent as it used to be in these past few weeks, but as you can imagine the stress around the upcoming examinations is building up gradually. But I won’t be bothering you with my endless rants about that.

This weekend I downloaded Audicity for mac ( I had already tried the program when I still had a pc). I must say that for podcasting purposes Audicity is much better than garageband (although for creating songs GB still is the best). The Audicity interface is simple and isn’t about adding pictures and bookmarks and all that. I don’t like that stuff in podcasts. if you don’t want to listen to the whole thing then just don’t listen to it at all people ! Anyway, where was I going with this … oh yeah , I set up my Philips Microphone in a stand on my desk again and feel the itch to start this whole podcasting thingy all over.

Maybe a little bit on my history in podcasting. I have been listening to podcast for more than a year and a half. I love this new medium that we have but hate Podshow and all that is related. If I had to disect podcasting I would divide it up into two groups. Firstly the people who want to get the word out there like Bicyclemark … or entertain like Keith and The Girl. Secondly those people who just want to use it as another way for companies to screw up broadcasting …  which, sadly enough, is what you do ,Adam Curry. Man .. where was I going ? … oh yeah … the first podcasts I listened to where Josh In Japan (who seams to have left the mic in the clauset for now) and Bicyclemark … someone who wants to give underreported news the credit it deserves … anyway, I have ranted about that before. After a while I started to get interested in recording bits myself and putting them on the good old net. I got some info about doing that from Rob, host of the dutch Robkast Podcast. A new world openened for me … I put myself to it and created “Belgium FM”, I had a logo, I had a blog, I had … a blast. That was about a year ago, but Belgium FM did not last for very long. The main issue with this was as always with things I start on the net … CONTENT. You should not underestimate the importance of good old content. For more info just google Belgium FM … there still might be some bits up … although I think that the episodes have all been removed.  After that I had a little break in podcasting … but listening to “the moon masters podcast” the idea grew of creating a podcast with a co-host … I met Boris from Zaventem and we tried it out … again this wouldn’t last long. ZGENIA crashed even before lift-off. We had one show and haven’t talked since. Causes for this are the lack of time … experience … and again .. content.

 This brings me to this weekend again. I put the microphone on my desk and looked at it. I fired up Audacity, configured the thing and hit record. Slowly I start pronouncing those magical words: “Test … one… two … three … test”. Ladies and gentlemen of my beloved audience … I want to do it one more time and do it good this time. What do you guys think ? Comments as always are greatly appreciated.

 Thanks for sticking with me through this pretty long post :p For those who made it, you’re very courageous.

 ps: the highest number of visits in one day has been raised by one. Last week 27  people paid me a visit in one day.