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Entries of year 2004

A day of reflection

A sunny afternoon three years ago I sat in my office writing code in C++. It was September 11. I happened to catch a newsflash and instantly turned on the TV. Before my eyes was a real-time image I will never forget: a burning tower in the heart of my favorite city on Earth, New York.

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George Lucas does it again

In a galaxy not so far away the Star Wars OT has finally arrived in a eagerly anticipated DVD collector’s box. However, the owls are not what they seem. Be aware of the fact that these versions are the special editions, re-released in 1997, clotted along with new horrific modifications. Why does the box say 1977/1980/1983 when it’s actually the special editions from 1997?

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Typing data by hand

I remember the old days when young people sat hooked in front of a TV screen manually copying a lot of assembly code from a printed listing in a magazine. Just imagine typing thousands of lines like “DATA 0E, 1F, 3C, 2D, 45, 2F, 63, 3A, 0F, 21, 54, 8F, FF, FE, 31, A0” and so on. I was one of them.

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Alone in Kyoto

"I tried my best to sneak across the building, but the floor revealed me each time. I suppose I would make a lousy ninja."

Good morning Montenegro

"One would almost think that all this secrecy was made on purpose to keep the hordes of tourists away. Let them all perish in the crowds of Dubrovnik while the people of Montenegro can enjoy their beautiful country on their own. Or something like that."

Historic locations in Gothenburg

"Hundreds of houses were quickly build, but unfortunately all of it was burned to the ground in 1611 by Danish forces."

Having champagne in Champagne

"We roamed the damp and chilly tunnels and stumbled upon a large barrel delivered by Napoleon himself."

I still love you, New York

"Now I’m back and our roles are somewhat reversed. Like River Song and the Doctor, we meet again under different circumstances."

Eating my way through Basque country

"Not too bad to wash it all down with a local Txakoli, the young white wine typical of the Basque country."