Mink Machine

Entries of year 2006

It’s alive!

The server maintenance took a while longer than originally planned since I ran into every single error known to man. I was actually quite amazed that so many components could cause so much trouble at the same time. The only thing that worked flawlessly was the power chord… Finally all cable gremlins and software spirits seems to be in place again. Sorry for the downtime.

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Razzie and Oscar nominees 2006

Time for the Razzie Awards 2006! I remember last year when Halle Berry actually showed up to accept her award for Worst Actress in Catwoman. The starting field is not as great (or bad) as last year, but there are a few gems such as Jessica Alba (nominated Worst Actress for both her invisible role in Fantastic Four and her role in Into the Blue), Burt Reynolds (also nominated twice!), Paris Hilton and of course the uncanny Uwe Boll as Worst Director.

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Securing the mink garden

With a lot of visitors per day to this site, excluding an average of 90 written spam entries the same day, it takes some toll on my web garden. Due to several reasons I’ve decided to momentarily increase the level of protection on this site.

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Top developer blogs of 2005

I have read a lot of blog entries concerning web development and more during the last year, most likely over several dozen each day. It sums up to quite a lot of hours invested, and since I unfortunately don’t have unlimited time on my hands, rather the other way around, I have to choose carefully.

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Featured stories

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."

Memories of Skye

"The countryside is charming and some places even have coffee."

Aliens in Nevada and New Mexico

"We turned around and went down another dirt road, past countless Joshua trees until our car was covered in dirt and we finally arrived at the Front Gate of Area 51."

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."

Roaming in Valletta

"I passed the statue of Jean de Valette, the 49th Grand Master who laid the foundation stone to Valletta in 1566, to gaze at the golden interior of St. John’s Co-Cathedral, where he is buried in the crypt."

Wazzup in Vaduz

"Vaduz Castle is overlooking the town from a hill, a short walk from the center. It’s really a postcard view with the alps in the background, which I’m sure the prince enjoys as he sips his morning coffee while towering above his loyal subjects."