Monday, January 09, 2006

Scurrile Things

Just some things that occured on work last few days:

Guy without brain (I)

A guy came into our office to move in. After handing over the keys to him he asked: "So, I'm allowed to move in, now?"
I: "No, unfortunately, you are not allowed to move in until you got the keys."
He: "Well, when will I get the keys?"
GNNNNH!!!!


Opening door needs a diploma

Because of the chilly temperatures (about 0°C and below) outside, we shut the door during consultation times, but everyone is able to open it by simply pushing the door open. We even have a sign at the door reading "Push" - AT EYE LEVEL!!!
You just don't wanna count how often the doorbell rings...
Is reading that difficult?


Caretakers have to be mindreaders

Recently, another guy came in. He stood in front of me and began to stare. I stared back with a asking glance. After about 30 seconds the guy said: "Oh, I must have forgotten to ask..."
$%&$"%§$% !!!


Guy without brain (II)

I entered a room to check the radiator, because the tenant complained that it wasn't functioning. The first thing I noticed: The window was opened. I stepped over to the radiator and found it turned off.
The tenant was actually at home, so I had the chance to ask him why the radiator wasn't functioning. He told me, that it was always cold in his room (I guess the room-temperature at the time I've been there was about 12°C). I asked him if he tried to turn on the radiator and close the window. He answered: "I don't want to close the window..." (Okay o.O) "... because I like to have fresh air in my room." (d'oh!!!)
So I asked: "And what about the radiator...?"
He: "It's up and running."
I: "No, it isn't."
He: "Yes, it is, I turned it on just before you came here."
I: "Actually, you must have turned it off - it is currently turned off."
He: "Really? But the star on the thermostat DOES mean that it is keeping my room warm..."
I: "glglglglgl...."
Fortunately I didn't have a knife with me...

Saturday, December 10, 2005

considering last 4 months...

Hey again!

Yeah, I know... I haven't been posting things for quite a while now. Let's say, I've been very busy with keeping my own stuff running somehow...

I've undergone some severe changes in the past four months. I get the urge to tell you the things which were really elemental.

First of all - unfortunately - I had to split up with my girlfriend. I'm still feeling bad for this reason, but I didn't have another chance. It's just too bad, if someone you love hurts you. And it's much worse, when she does it the second time... I think most of you will understand...

Let's get back to the things I've missed to blog...:

Wacken
The festival was great. Again, I missed about 50% of the bands I wanted to see at first... Who cares! Unfortunately, weather was pretty bad - we had loads of mud there because it rained very much. I even had to dispose of my shoes in the train on our return journey. Nevertheless I decided to go to the Summer Breeze Festival, which was scheduled two weeks later.

Summer Breeze
Well... Another great Festival - I didn't miss any band I initially wanted to see ;)
Okay, not completely true, I missed Therion! And I still want to decapitate myself because of that... Weather was not as bad as in Wacken but at least it didn't rain THAT much. Thanks to Guruz we had an easy ride to the festival and back again. Thanks mate! You were (are!) a great driver, even if some stooge was driving you crazy ;)

Civilian service (german: Zivildienst)
Muhaha... Very funny stuff! I'm working with the caretaker team of a dormatory. I think I'm somehow enjoying the job, just because of the various things which are occuring there. You won't believe how stupid scholars can be. I don't believe it myself. I don't get it, how someone, who has the authorisation to gain a higher education (e.g. german "Abitur", which I "own" myself) isn't able to charge up a chipcard at a charging terminal with only a slot for the chipcard, a slot to put in some coins and a slot where unrecognized or unaccepted coins are returned... Just for example.
I think I'll post most funny occurences in my job here!

New computer...
I recently bought a new computer with following configuration:
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 3200+
RAM: 1024 MB
Mainboard: ASUS A8N-E
HD: Maxtor, 300GB, UATA-6
GPU: ATI Radeon X550 (to be replaced next 3-5 months)

At the moment, I'm running three "different" operating systems: MS Windows XP (32Bit), Ubuntu 5.10 i386 and Ubuntu 5.10 x86_64.
Unfortunately, Windows XP 64Bit doesn't support my wireless LAN card, and the manufacturer (LG...) doesn't support it anymore as well (LG-Network sucks, don't buy wireless products manufactured by LG!)... Therefore WinXP 64Bit isn't a considerable choice for me at the moment, even though this OS is running smoother than standard WinXP.

Monday, August 22, 2005

Free Multiplayer Online Games

Just stumbled across this nice list of online playable games... Enjoy!
Free Multiplayer Online Games

Sunday, July 10, 2005

W:O:A 2005

Finally I got my ticket for the Wacken Open Air 2005. I'm really looking forward to it.

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Star Wars Episode III: The Revenge of the Sith

Finally I got the time necessary and the opportunity to watch Star Wars Episode III.

Allthough the movie outguns episode I and II considered storyline, visual effects and depth of the dialogs I still have plenty to complain about.
Compared to episodes IV-VI where every character has its own, sensible personality, most of the characters in episodes I-III aren't really worked out, seem shallow and simply bland.
Interesting cross-talks between Sith and Jedi during light sabre fights are completely missing all over episodes I-III.

In my opinion, George Lucas simply focused too much on visual effects than on the storyline itself. There are plenty of battles - but mostly these are just battles, completely lacking dialogs, just showing colorful laser pulses and well-designed androids - which, naturally, are as stupid as a dead rat.

Let's take a look on R2D2 - doesn't it seem slightly illogical, that he has the ability to use his thrusters to fly around in episode III, whereas he needs to be "forced" around in episodes IV-VI?
Another look at Palpatine. Yes, he is evil. Yes, he has huge powers. But why does he grow older, when he uses the dark-side-of-the-force-flashes on himself (because reflected on himself by a light sabre), but when he uses them on others, they don't? Why is he just gaggling insanely all the time while fighting against Yoda, leaving the impression that he's just a crazy lunatic, whereas in episodes IV-VI he embodies a power-hungry, ruthless but highly intelligent Master of the dark side of the Force?

These are just some of the things I don't like at episodes I-III.

On the other hand, episode III still has some advantages compared to the other episodes.
The splitted personality of Anakin Skywalker, for example, reaches its climax in episode III (just as expected, but still on some surprising manner).
It's clear, that Yoda is the most powerful of all Jedi, but in episode III you can literally feel this matter of fact - and even feel with him, when most of the Jedi get slaughtered down.

So much about Star Wars. I still like episodes IV-VI best, but honestly they wouldn't be complete without episodes I-III. :)

Just let's hope the next George Lucas movie is not like the last three ones ;)

Monday, June 06, 2005

Debian Stable 3.1

Finally they made it - Debian Stable got 3.1! The Former "Testing" distribution codenamed "Sarge" is now the official stable Debian release.

My congratulations to the Debian Team!

Apple goes Intel

Funny thing, next year first Intel-CPU (that means x86) equipped Macs conquer the market.
Does that mean Mac OS will natively run on a PC, too? I'd love it :)

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Machinae Supremacy!

I've just obtained the Album Deus Ex Machinae by Machinae Supremacy. It's great (though I only have listened to 4 tracks so far). :D

Machinae Supremacy is a swedish alternative rock band which combines heavy metal music with game music of e.g. an old C64 - they call it SiD-Metal (SID is the sound format used by C64, Amiga, Atari...)
Got curious? Just visit their website and check out the download section - there are plenty of tracks for free download!

Re-Volt

At the weekend I rediscovered my former favorite racing game: Re-Volt by Acclaim.
It's a nice arcade racing game where you have to drive rc-racers through various well-designed tracks (a museum or a supermarket, for example). I guess I'm already addicted to this game again ;)

Visit this page if you want to learn more about Re-Volt...