29 October 2005


And another disk gone...

Either it's the brand or me, or some stupid coincidence, but after the dead harddisk in my server two months ago, the /home partition on my desktop now has the exact same problem. A DriveSeekError, lost sectors, and loads of unconnected inodes. And of course the shop won't be open until Monday afternoon. I'm hoping that I'll still be able to copy all my personal files off it (going to try that tomorrow when I'm more awake), and that I can then bring the drive back and get a new one. Wish me luck...

25 October 2005


Free time, at last?

Okay, so the boat week was exhausting, last week was just packed. Preparing Saturday's BAPC took more time than we had expected (and we did expect that...), but the event was great. Although the 40-odd teams managed to crash the judging system during the test session, the real contest saw no problems worth mentioning and we only had to give two textual clarifications.
Only one team did not manage to solve a single problem, and the best teams got 6 out of 8. Indeed two problems were very hard. Nevertheless everyone was quite content, the last people staying for talks and drinks in the centre of Delft until half past two...

This week: relaxing, preparing the exam on differential equations, and finally taking some time to work on the KDE docs as well. Oh, and cleaning up the mess my house currently is, in the meanwhile sorting out the NFB snailmail archives from the last years as well. And preparing the NFB members' meeting.

Hmm... Now where's my spare time?


14 October 2005


Reflections on the SD Colloquium

I've just come home from the Colloquium on Sustainable Development, also called the "boat week" for the (obvious) reasons that most of the sessions took place at the boat which was at our disposal, and that it was spread over Mondaf through Friday.
Not often in my life have I been so mentally exhausted. One full week with streamloads of information, thinking, discussing, forming and breaking opinions. Oh, and going out 4 evenings in a row doesn't help either ;) But it was definitely worth the effort. I'm really energetic and enthousiastic at the moment, and have seen so much interesting stuff. One. Great. Experience.

10 October 2005


Looks like busy :)

Those were two action-packed weeks ... in the good sense of the word, luckily.

The Delft Programming Championships, our local qualifiers for the BAPC, got a good deal of teams and we're happy that most teams did manage to solve one or more problems - it seems that the problem set was a little too difficult. Nevertheless we got good hope for "the real thing" on October 22nd, by pure coincidence my birthday :)

Then there's the disc. October 2nd was the last outdoor league day and the NFB board organised a "Big Bang" in which every player got a promotional bag with the task to bring one new member to disc sports in the Netherlands. Doubling your amount of members (the plan is to have 1000 members in a couple of years, instead of 450 now) cannot be done by 5 or 10 people. It can if everyone helps - given the ways to do so. We (the board) also have to prepare for the members' meeting next month, where we'll propose our strategy continuation plans.

And of course, studies. In an hour I'll be leaving for Amsterdam, the starting point of the week-long Colloquium in Sustainable Development, a Masters' course especially meant (and required) for people who wish to add a substantial amount of Sustainable Development research to their graduation path. We'll travel by boat to Kampen, Deventer, Arnhem and Utrecht, visiting various companies and doing a couple of lectures and discussions on SD.

So, I'm off... and as you might have guessed, you should behave :)

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