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With this variation on a famous statement by the philosopher Descartes, I would like to express that the act of writing about what happens in my life is important to me.

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

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Sunday, October 10, 2021

Books and such

I brought some books and objects home from the former home now that she lives in a nursing home. Among them:

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Saturday, October 9, 2021

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Friday, October 8, 2021

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Thursday, October 7, 2021

Book

At 16:30, I received the book Rusty Brown written by Chris Ware in English and published by Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group in 2019, ISBN:9780375424328, which I had bought yesterday at 14:58 in the webshop of bookshop Scheltema for € 14.95. I had seen this book last Saturday in the shop.


Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Colour correction

I wrote a script (for the MySample editor) to correct the colours in some pictures of the Afstemming (Balance) works of Peter Struycken. For each of these works he selected twelve colours with equal distance hues and the same brightness and saturation. He spend a long time to balance these at daylight conditions. When you take a picture of these works with a digital camera the balance is lost because the blueish colour become appear more bright and the redish/brown colour become darker. A side effect of the balance becoming lost is that the pattern of the twelve by twelve or twenty by twenty squares gets unintentionally the focus. The photographs of the works and the Afstemming / Balance exhibition were taken by Peter Tijhuis. The script converts the RGB to HSV, adapts the brightness depending on the hue, and converts it back to RGB. The result of the correction is not perfect and probably also depends on the colour settings of the monitor, but is hopefully a little better than the original photographs.


Saturday, October 2, 2021

Afstemming / Balance

In the afternoon, I went to see the exhibition Afstemming / Balance with works by Peter Struycken in andriesse eyck gallery, which has eight of his new works and four earlier works (two from 2016 and two from 2014). The last series of works all have twelve colour either in a twelve by twelve grid or on a twenty by twenty grid. The colours are selected such that they are in balance with eachother with respect to brightness and saturation. The lights in the gallery where off because the works need to be viewed in daylight. Any other light source may destroy the balance. It is not even possible to take pictures (with a digital camera) of these works due to the limitations of the three colour channels of the camera. Some colour just get out of balance destroying the effect of the original works. I met with Peter Struycken and talked about him about the works, most of which took more than two months to be made, and other matters.

Afterwards, I also visited galery Ron Mandos where I saw the exhibition Lesssons of the Hour by Isaac Julien. I also visited the bookstores Boekie Woekie and Scheltema.


Saturday, September 25, 2021

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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Smalenbroek

Conny and I took our bikes to go walking, but decided to bike a little further than we at first had intended. We ended up walking around the Smalenbroek estate. The estate has a Sequoiadendron giganteum, which is about 25 meter tall. We also came across one of the art works of the Textiel Festival Twente 2021, the work Fluisteringen by Meg Mercx.


Sunday, September 19, 2021

Seed pod

While doing some pruning in the garden this afternoon, I discovered a seed pod on our magnolia with one seed, if I am not mistaken. I fear it is still too green to harvest and I decided to leave it untouched and only remove it after all leaves have fallen.


Saturday, September 18, 2021

Two books

At 17:49, I bought the following two books from charity shop Het Goed:


Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Dune: Part One

The evening, Conny and I went to see the movie Dune: Part One. It is an impressive movie. The world shown in this movie feels very realistic to what you get from the book. The special effects, the visuals and the music are stunning. The movie follows the plot of the book quite good. There are no create deviations and the deviations that are there are the kinds you would expect from an adaptation. Especially in the first parts there were some scenes that touched me emotionally, mostly because I knew what was coming, but towards the end it felt a little hurried. I felt that the director was trying to get too much of the tension from the visuals instead from the story telling.


Sunday, September 12, 2021

GOGBOT

In the afternoon, I visited the GOGBOT festival, which this year has the title: Infocalypse Now: Time to Recalibrate Reality. I first got my 'Deep State 9' passport with which I could visit the different festival location. I found the following exhibits worth mentioning: (At Rijksmuseum Twenthe, part of the Deep Truth exhibition:) (At Tetem:)


Thursday, September 9, 2021

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Tuesday, September 7, 2021

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Sunday, September 5, 2021

Chestnut

During our evening walk, Conny found a chestnut and gave it to me. It is the first chestnut of the year that I have encountered. On a side note, the leaves of little chestnut tree have all turn brown already. I should note that the leaves of the larger chestnut trees in our garden are also turning brown.


Thursday, September 2, 2021

Border poles

In the afternoon, Conny and I continues our search for border poles along the Vrijdijk. We found the following border poles (after visiting pole 26-III again): When walking back, we searched for the poles we had missed (28, 30, 31-II, and 31-III), but we could not find them probably due to the heavy over growth that is typical for the end of the summer. Conny picked some elderberries and made some jam out of it at home.


Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Book

At 17:00, I bought the book Beelden in de Berm: vijf-en-tachtig, kunstobjecten, vanuit de auto written by Karin van Munster in Dutch and published by ANWB in 2003, ISBN:9789018016982, from charity shop Het Goed for € 1.75.


Saturday, August 28, 2021

A bit more complicated

The things a bit more complicated than I thought with bootstrapping a C compiler. Yesterday, I found live-bootstrap, which automates all the steps to bootstrap a minimal number of binary seeds to a supported fully functional operating system. The steps are described in the parts.rst file. The file points to the oriansj/stage0-posix repository. (I understand that a fork of the Tiny C Compiler, Bootstrappable TCC/TinyCC, is used.) I decided to study the stage0-posix/x86/mescc-tools-mini-kaem.kaem script. This script asumes the presence of hex0, an executable that transforms a text file with hexadecimal numbers to a binary file. (A high-level representation of the hex0 is the C program hex0.c.) The steps related to the first six phases of the script, with links to the source files, are:

If I understand correctly, the M2 executable is a C cross compiler for multiple platforms, where the cc_X86 is limited C compiler for the X86 platform.


Thursday, August 26, 2021

Book

At 14:19, I bought the book The Lover's Dictionary: A Novel written by David Levithan in English and published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2011, ISBN:9781429994309, from charity shop Het Goed for € 2.25. I bought the book because of the concept of naming the sections with words from a dictionary.

stage2

This afternoon, I spend some time looking at the code in stage2 of stage0 repository, which contains a minimal C compiler, which can compile (a slightly modified version of) Tiny C Compiler, which can be used to compile GCC 4.7.4. In the past week, I have been thinking about a minimal programming language that could be used to implement a minimal C compiler to compile Tiny C. I have been thinking about some extensions of BrainFuck that would be easy to implement in assembly. The extensions I was thinking about was to add instructions to address memory location (where each memory cell contains a 32-bit unsigned value) and some mechanism to define routines that could be called recursively.

The Zen of R2-D2

In the evening, I finshed reading The Zen of R2-D2: Ancient Wisdom from a Galaxy Far, Far Away written by Matthew Bortolin, which I started reading on August 2 after I bought it on Friday, July 9. I did not find the book very interesting with respect to zen. This is primarily because I no longer believe in some of the assumptions on which zen is based. I did find the book interesting with respect to what the author writes about the Star Wars films, in particular episodes VII, VIII, and IX.


Sunday, August 22, 2021

Allée Rentrée

This afternoon, I visited some of the Allée Rentrée locations:


Friday, August 20, 2021

Rijksmuseum Twenthe

This afternoon, I visited Rijksmuseum Twenthe where I saw a number of exhibitions. The first exhibition I visited is Na de Jacht! | After the Hunt!. I found the following works worth mentioning: The next exhibition I encountered is Sheer seeds and monochrome instability by Christiaan Zwanikken. It consists of the works: Then, I saw the exhibition Paradox of the Danish Golden Age. I found the following works worth mentioning:

I also walked through the garden within the museum and smelled the lavender plants and looked at the plants that the artist Claudy Jongstra uses for colouring the wool used in her carpets. At 16:35, I bought the catalogue Na de Jacht: Tien jaar verzamelen in 100 kunstwerken written by Josien Beltman in Dutch published by the museum in 2021 from the museum shop for € 4.95.

On my way home, I visited some of the locations of the Allée Rentrée tour. I saw:

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Thursday, August 19, 2021

Pump not working

The pump of the self watering plant is no longer working as it seems. I am not sure if the problem is with the pump itself or the transistor switching it on.


Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Book

I recieved the book Rijksaankopen 1984 written by Evelyn Beer in Dutch and published by Rijksdienst Beeldende Kunst in May 1985, which I had bought on Saturday, August 14, 2021 at 01:32:03 from indenolifant.nl for € 11.00.


Tuesday, August 17, 2021

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Friday, August 13, 2021

Kunstmuseum Den Haag

This afternoon, Conny and I visited Kunstmuseum Den Haag on invitation by Peter Struycken. With him we visited the exhibition Bob Bonies and Mondrian & De Stijl. From the last exhibition, I found the following works worth mentioning: And then we discovered it was near closing time and that we did not have time to see the other exhibitions. In the evening, we also took a look at his installation De Vlam (The Flame) at The Royal Academy of Art and took some pictures of it.


Thursday, August 12, 2021

Vaccination pass

In countries around the Netherlands, such as France and Germany, restrictions are imposed on citizens who are not vaccinated against COVID-19. Although, I am not against vaccinations, I do find this a troubling development. In the Netherlands, medical conditions are a private matter. For this reason, an employer is not allowed to ask if an employee has been vaccinated. A company doctor has the same professional secrecy as any other doctor and is not allowed to inform the employer about any medical details. Of course, a government is allowed to take action with respect to public health. I also have no problem with having to prove that I am not infectious when wanting to attend a certain event or visit a certain location, because I do not have to reveal that I have been vaccinated or not, because such a proof could also have come from recent test. I also have no problem with the fact that vaccinations are provided for free and that people have to pay for tests. Our government have said in the past that they are not going to force people to become vaccinated, but I am afraid that they too will start requiring proof of vaccination in the future. The paper Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 Delta Variant Among Vaccinated Healthcare Workers, Vietnam in The Lancet, seems to indicate that vaccination is not a guard against becoming infected with a (variant of) COVID-19 and spreading it to others. Governments are motivating the decision to put restrictions on people who are not vaccinated with the argument that a small majority of anti-vaxsers is keeping society from returning to normal. This seems to implies that everyone who is not vaccinated against COVID-19 is an anti-vaxxer, which I think does not need to be the case. Also, if the vaccination degree is so high, one would expect that herd immunity has been reached and that the risk for large outbreaks have been minimized. If that is not the case, it could be that vaccination is not such an effective method for preventing large outbreaks as it has been claimed to be. Also, I am afraid that people who are still doubting whether they should be vaccinated against COVID-19, could decided against it now that governments are putting pressure on them to be vaccinated. It has become clear that governments have made very profitable deals with pharmaceutical companies that have caused those companies to make very large profits without any further risk, because there is no form of compensation for possible negative side (short or long-term) effects of a vaccination. Pharmaceutical companies waive all resposibilities and also governments do not take that responsibility. This makes you wonder on which side governments are: on the side of large and powerfull companies or on the side of their citizens.

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Wednesday, August 11, 2021

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