Antwerpen is pretty.

On a whim we decided to drive down to Antwerpen on Saturday. This is one of the most beautiful and pleasant cities I have had the privilege of spending time in. In spite of its size and age, the city has a very vibrant atmosphere and the night-life is deeeevine.

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Python does rule

I’ve always been a fan of python. So much so that I’ve embedded it in large C++ applications of mine to enable weird and wonderful extensions. However, I’ve always thought of it as just as scripting language, albeit a very flexible and clean one. These past few days I’ve been spending some time with more serious Python and Tix (Tk megawidgets) applications programming and I must say, I am really impressed.

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Rudolph has arrived! I’ve been as sick as a dog these past few days. Your standard MoFo winter cold, but then with a baseball-bat and sneakers. It seems to have subsided quite quickly, probably partly due to the megadoses of vitamins I have been taking and the 10 hours of sleep every night. I actually did not have time for this, as I’m attending a mathematical morphology course by the likes of Rein van den Boomgaard, Lucas van Vliet, Henk Heijmans and Pierre Soille.

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an old gem…

I rediscovered a very old favourite in one of the SF short-story collections that I had bought at a local second-hand bookshop. Find and read “Specialist” by Robert Sheckley. Published in 1953, this story will remain timeless.

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Addendum

What I was actually trying to say last night but failed to because my eloquence had fallen from my bicycle as I was splining home was that Leffe Trippels and Stolichnaya make for an extremely effective sojourn to the bar. Thank you.

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Gooooooo Zimbabwe!

“Zimbabwe’s state grain board has impounded more than 36 000 tons of maize from commercial farmers, accusing them of hoarding, state media reported on Monday.” – see this article. Read it all, it’s a tribute to the shining intellects (NOT) of our brothers down there. To make it even worse, 6000 tons were seized from a German-owned farm. Joseph Made, genius and agriculture minister, is quoted as saying: “We cannot have a situation where people are starving while others are withholding maize.

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