Sportive success

The weekend before last (being Saturday February 14th and Sunday February 15th) my girlfriend and I participated in a tournament at Delft.

It’s called the Delft ABCD 2009 tournament, and enables players of all four levels to compete against each other in the levely scenery of the hall.
We have attended the tournament before, yet weren’t able to win anything. Last year I ended up losing the semi-final in the men’s singles, and didn’t get far with the other disciplines (mixed doubles or men’s doubles).

This year, all is different! I played in the C-level, which isn’t too bad. I’m wishing I could do better, but the B-level is just very tough. Maybe next year?
Together with a dear friend, we lost the men’s doubles game just before the semi-finals (3rd round) which was kind of disappointing. Luckily we lost to the winners of the tournament, so all’s not lost.
The men’s singles didn’t work out differently from last year; I lost the semi-final match. (Also to the winner of the tournament, although that’s a bad excuse.)

What cheered me up though was the fact that my girlfriend and I won the semi-final in the mixed doubles! So we were obliged to compete in the finals of a tournament! A first for us.
Sunday, around 4 PM (and about 2.5 hours late) we started playing the final match, and gloriously won! I’m still amazed at this. πŸ™‚

Here’s the proof of my losing the semi-final and winning the tournament for mixed doubles on the C-level!
Winners & my tournament.

Next weekend is the next tournament. We’ll see what happens there!

The most depressing time of year

I couldn’t put it more accurately I guess, but from where I stand it’s true.

Autumn is the most depressing time of year. Lots of wind, rain and cold stuff. But still too warm to get the snowy wintery fun that is due in a few months.
Suffering from colds throughout the entire Autumn seems to be my destiny this year, as my head has been clogged up non-stop for quite some time now. Ugh. Also, I’m refusing to be home sick at all, so it might just be me then. πŸ™‚

August has arrived

It being the first day of the new month always lets me reflect the previous month. A lot of stuff has happened in July, of which not all was good.

At this very moment though, the guy from the supplier is installing our lavabo and the previously mentioned accessories and he’s due to be done in a few hours.
I’m really eager to see what it’s like and how it fits in the small space that is our bathroom.

Luckily, I’ve been able to get past all Oracle-install issues and finally got DBXE, SoaSuite 10.1.3.3, JDev 10.1.3.3 and BAM 10.1.3.3 running one the very same box.
All is working well, and with 10.1.3.4 being released just a few days ago, I’m due to do some more installing and upgrading soon. I’ll post some hints and tips to do some tedious jobs when installing the software, as it nearly always fails to install properly on the first try. πŸ˜‰

*runs to the coffee machine*

Counting down the days

Yes, yet another major event is planned in the near future: the 16th, we get the keys to our very own house.

The last few weeks have been all about frantically trying to obtain all necessary stuff to fill the rooms with, and we are nearing completion there. I’ve added a little countdown on the sidebar to your right, just to add to the tension that is growing on me. We’ve past the two-week mark the day before yesterday, and I’m really looking forward to it.

So: free coffee for those willing to help us out painting!
You know how to get in contact… πŸ™‚

Graduation time!

Tomorrow (Thursday 22nd of May) at noon, the time has come. After a six-year period of studying at my university, I’m about to graduate.

I’m actually kind of nervous right now, even though I should be lying in bed sleeping.
Blegh. It’s one of very few times I’m nervous about presenting, and it especially strikes me as odd, as I only go there to get a higher grade, as they wouldn’t go through all the hassle of a graduation party when it’s not certain.
Right?

Edit: 2008-05-22 @ 22:30
Guess who graduated?
Yours truly, and I have been awarded an 8 (out of 10) for the thesis. Happy!

Getting close

As of the 16th, it’s only a mere month before I can rightfully be declared a home-owner. Oh well, at least a home-co-owner since we both will own half of it.
Secondly, I will legally have a partner. It’s pretty weird to know you’re going to legally bind yourself to another person, regardless of the fact you perhaps even intended to do so in the future. It’s a first for me at least, and I’ve been busy getting my head around it for a month now. Don’t get me wrong here, I don’t feel regrets, sorrow or straightforward down about it, it’s the right thing to do (even when the house is ignored).

Committing apparently is not my strong point, although the women of the world probably have found out it’s a guy thing before me.

Back to cheerful stuff: this Saturday, we’ve made arrangements to do some redecorating and rebuilding in the house. For those who don’t already know what’s about to happen: I’m not going to tell you until you’re able to see the pictures. All I’m going to tell is this: next Wednesday final measurements will be made and hopefully the work will be conducted right after we obtain the key to the house. I’m delighted! πŸ˜‰

It's a festive week

This week, several things have happened, which do not happen often.

Firstly, I got two separate acknowledgements that our mortgage is accepted by the institution lending us the money, and they do not see any reasons why not to let us be able to buy our house. Yay! We now own a vast amount of money. πŸ™‚

Secondly, but not least: ’twas my birthday! 24 is the magic number, and there’s no more pie πŸ˜‰

The English Disease

I know it’s kind of weird to discuss a defect of Dutch-writing people in English, but it bothered me that much I just had to mention it. So here goes. My personal rant on misspelling and general neglecting of rules in writing Dutch.

Whenever someone is ranting on a defect, there’s a website on that subject. This is also true for the wrongful use of spaces in Dutch writing. The website www.stopspatiegebruik.nl specifically targets the errors like “spatie gebruik”, “kern competentie” and “ontwerp keuze”. We Dutchies all know these should be “spatiegebruik”, “kerncompetentie”, “ontwerpkeuze” yet there are hordes of people determined to neglect it and expect anyone to know what is meant.

Thing is: you’d expect certain spelling and grammar errors in text written by people with lower education. When working with people who, without exception either are bachelors or masters, it comes as a surprise. You’d expect these people to have been able to write according to the rules at some point in their lives. Why not now?

So here you go: when you have to correct 50 or so spelling errors in the near-final (and probably 10th) revision of a document, something is wrong. Is this true in your organization (or client-organization)?

Relocation

Recetly, you might have exerienced some sluggishness and a hickup.
Timmo: sorry I lost your reply!

Due to a migration of this site to a new and improved install of the server, with more secure versions of PHP and mySQL, some mishaps occurred with the old system. A DB had to be put back from the backup, and thus I lost a few things. This new install should perform better, and have less future issues due to the ‘hardened’ environment.

So, here we are. New day, new month, new install. Enjoy!