People tell me I’m a funny guy. And I know I can be funny. I don’t know where it comes from or why I do it but it’s just something that helps me to get through my life or something. A coping mechanism perhaps? So I got that going for me which is nice. Here’s a lovely article I would like you to read. I’m only doing this to prove the idea that some people have of me is not 100% accurate. http://www.businessinsider.com/being-funny-is-associated-with-having-above-average-intelligence-2015-11?international=true&r=US&IR=T
I saw a little preview on DWDD about a new tv-show that was going to air. I was a bit excited because I love then sense of humor of the person who presents the program Ryanne van Dorst. So I decided to watch it, and I’m really loving it. It’s called “Holland!” and it airs on tv but who watches tv anymore these days? So go to NPO.nl and search for Holland. Oh here’s the first episiode by the way.
I caved in, again. I created a new account on the Instagramz. My previous account was hacked and it made it so that I was following thousands of people I didn’t want to follow. So I disabled the account, made a new temporary one in the meantime, and now that my previous account name became available again I re-opened ustoopia at the Instagramz. Not sure yet if I’ll be using it actively a lot but I do know that I’ll be using it to lurk around here and there, now and then.
Blizzard announced at Blizzcon 2017 that a new World of Warcraft called Battle for Azeroth expansion will be released somewhere next year. Awesome introduction cinematic, as always. I’m excited! I think most players are excited. Are you excited? Let me know by leaving a comment below.
The video below shows all the previous World of Warcraft Expansion cinematics in chronological order, including the very first one from 2004. That’s the one that marks my introduction to the game when I first started playing in 2006. Back then I had no idea, or couldn’t even imagine that the game would eventually become such an important part of my life in all the years to come, up to this very day. When I watch that first video nowadays, more than ten years later, it sometimes brings tears to my eyes because it instantly takes me all the way back to that period in my life, and I’m just a sucker for nostalgia.
Good news everyone! Blizzard announced that they will also be releasing classic “Vanilla” servers that are going to be like how the game was when it was first released in 2004 before any expansion was released. I’m really excited about this and very curious when we can expect them online. Below is the introduction video shown at Blizzcon 2017 during the announcement of classic realms that shows all the expansion cinematics in reverse as a way to show that we’re going back in time. How’s that for nostalgia?
The community around World of Warcraft is the best community there is. I’m thankful that I became a part of it and feel honored. I love each and every one of you that helped build this international community to what it is today, even the hordies. For the Alliance!!
I have the game, the awesome community and of course mostly my friends from our guild Vliegende Hollanders to thank for all the good times, laughter, social interaction and the great experience as a whole, in the world… of warcraft. A shout-out to all of you out there who who play or have played the game in the past, and who also feel emotionally attached to the World. I love you all, you’re in my heart. GG.
Where I live there is an important road that leads to other places one of them being the nearest hospital. Now this road has been closed down for over a week already. This was announced weeks in advance and there are signs everywhere. Downside for me is that a lot of the traffic that know their way around here come drive through my street to avoid the road block. A valid option I would also choose to use probably. Yesterday though, I was on my bike and at the nearest traffic lights to the road block, and I saw an ambulance with it’s flashy lights on, and it’s siren blasting loud as fuck, wanting to take a turn towards the road that they noticed as they turned a right, and which made them decide halfway to not take and make a full 180 degrees on the crossover to use a different road that leads out of this godforsaken town. Now, that was a bad choice in my opinion because it means they would be underway longer as if it would have taken them if they would have taken the route that many people are now using. But worst part is that they, as a driver in an ambulance, had no idea that this road block is there, and they should know this because for them it’s the fastest way to the hospital from where they were at that moment. So I felt a bit surprised, but also a bit angry?? And that was a new sensation. Normally I couldn’t care less about a thought like that but this time I was thinking what if it was me in the back of that ambulance and in need of immediate care because my brain was having an anurism due to all the drugs I have taken. (just an example). So I came to the conclusion that I have now reached a point in my life where I actually do care about things like these and I never thought I ever would become that person but there you have it. Life in a nutshell.
Here’s a video from the TV-news in 1994 about the traffic chaos problems around Eindhoven the Netherlands caused by the hard-rock festival Dynamo Open Air that was visited by 125.000 people. Looking at the video now makes me feel really old because I was at this festival with two good friends when I was in my puberty and it all looks so dated looking at it now. I must say it was one of the coolest things I had ever experienced up till then. Actually… it was one of the best festivals that I ever experienced! The mud-slides played an important role in this I guess. I left the festival wearing the exact same clothes I was wearing when we came to the festival a couple days before. And I slept in those same clothes and didn’t shower the whole weekend and I believe I didn’t used a toothbrush that weekend. You can imagine that we came home with an actual “festival scent” of sweat, mud, beer and smoke and whatnot. Totally worth it. It was awesome. I’ve visited plenty of festivals after this one, and I still visit one now and again but I came to the conclusion years ago already that I will never experience another festival that was as great, huge and awesome as this one. I also like to add that moving the yearly returning festival from Eindhoven to some other location was the worst idea ever because that all went down hill for the festival organization pretty fast. Perhaps the uprising of the House-music generation also played a part in this since hard-rock and house music became two separate youth-cultures. Anyways.. good memories, good times, life can be really good at times.
Let me tell you about Laurens. He’s a young Dutch guy with a fresh family and I know him because he also plays the game World of Warcraft. He became a member of our guild for a while and we had the opportunity to get to know him through Discord. He is an intelligent young man, with a great sense of humor and he also carries the ADHD label so he’s very energetic. He is running hard so he can stay ahead of the rest of us at all times. Just because he can, not so much because he feels he needs to stay ahead. Sometimes he can be annoying as fuck because he loves to talk. A lot. Because of this there are people who find him annoying. Personally I don’t mind the talking because the things he talks about vary from very informative useful information to general chat, to sharp funny remarks, to playing with words and just making funny sounds. The only time when I ever found him annoying is when he’s in a “Don’t Care” mood.
Laurens saw the video about my colorblindness that I also posted in my previous post, and decided to start some sort of fund raising project to bring in money for a pair of glasses that will allow a colorblind person to see the world how everybody else sees it. I was really surprised by this because it is the nicest thing a random person that I have met through the internet has ever done for me. It might actually be the nicest thing anybody has ever done for me! Check it out here. Now at first I was touched by the fact that Laurens did this for me. But when I saw that other people that I know from our guild actually donated money I was kinda flabbergasted and it made me feel a bit emotional. I didn’t cry of course because me manly man very manly, but it did touch me and it felt good. To me this proves once again that the World of Warcraft community is the best community out there. Great things can be done and achieved within this virtual realm that we can’t grasp that has the power to bring people together and share and interact and love one and other. Life can be good. Praise the internet hallelujah.
Many people have asked me questions about my colorblindness but I’ve never been able to explain it as clear and informative as the fellow who made this video.
Somebody I know, and who is very dear to me, works as a guide who hosts Ayahuasca ceremonies so naturally I wanted to know more about that and I’ve been watching a lot of stuff on youtube and that included an episode of Eye of the Needle that I posted below.
For me personally my life feels pretty much like the following audio bits. It does get rather depressing in the end, but don’t look too much into that. From where we are standing there is only one linear path ahead of us, and that’s not a bad thing, but it can sadden me. No life without death right? No light without darkness. I could go on and on with more of these alcohol infused sayings but I won’t, for now…
I just saw this video below and I found it to be very positive and inspiring. It’s about a company I “stumbled upon” about 20 years ago, and eventually it transformed in to something more meaningful than “just a company I knew of”. It’s difficult to describe. Let’s just say I’m thankful and proud that I had the privilege to be part of a very unique youth culture that did not last very long but will always be a part of me for as long as I live. This part of my life was really interesting for me personally because of various reasons. I will be sharing more on that at some other time.
I’ve been really busy these last few weeks setting up all sorts of IT related things since I moved to a new home with a 500 mbps fiber connection to the mother-milk-tit we call the internet. I was really getting into learning all there is to know about the 100% free Sophos UTM for Home use. But when I messed up the whole configuration and basically broke it, I decided to forget about Sophos for now and rent my server from a third party in stead of hosting everything myself. I wish I’d done that sooner. All they gave me was a fresh Ubuntu installation and root access through SSH, but that’s all you need really. So I had some fun setting up that server as a webhost with a solid free admin panel. I’m not hosting any big websites or major content. Just some personal sites and a testlab environment that I consider like my personal playground, but for grown-ups.
I also built three game servers. One for Counter-Strike 1.6, one for CS:Source and one for CS:GO. Basic administration for these are done by a pretty descent free admin panel called Bright Game Panel. Also I host a website that will retrieve the game server log files and convert them in to readable stats and shows them nicely on a website running a HLstats clone.
Also a internet radio station that I setup is now live on air for 24/7 and it plays house music from between 1996 and 2006. Mostly the harder styles like techno, hardstyle and hardcore.
The thing that took me a the most effort was to set up was a VPN server on this remote linux server that has no desktop environment. This is pretty easy to setup if you decide to use OpenVPN but the thing is that I don’t want to be forced in using separate client sotware on my workstation/laptop. I wanted to be able to use the windows built-in options to create a VPN connenction. Eventually I managed to get it to work after many hours of reading through forums and such, but I can now safely connect to my remote server and administrate it without the need to open all sorts of exotic ports to it.
Last thing I want to build is a server at a different address that will mirror all the sites I host including the databases so that means I will have to read up a bit more on how to use the replicate function that MySQL offers. Work in progress!
I plan to post additional information about the things I’ve been working on on this website that can be considered as step-by-step guides that everybody is free to use for themselves. But this has lower priority for me right now because next to all my little projects I also want to play some more of the new expansion Legion for World of Warcraft. It was released not long ago and everybody is making progress pretty fast and I don’t want to fall behind tóó far. I’m already behind in the sense that I’m not yet able to join groups for raiding so one of my in-game priorities is to gather better gear so my item-level will be acceptable so that I can join groups and experience the new raid content.
So many things to do, so little… oh no wait I have plenty of time. Perhaps I should stop right here and now with writing for this silly blog of mine and start focusing on what I’ve been writing about.