Bye bye Facebook

Today I will be removing my account from Facebook. Alongside with several thousands of other people in the Netherlands. Arjen Lubach, a famous talk-show host, has made a special event for this. In this informative video he explains in detail what Facebook has been up to and what they are capable of and have been doing with our data. This was no news for me but it’s good that a larger audience is also informed now. I’m hoping that many people will join this event so we can actually make a statement by removing ourselves from the Facebook.

Update: It’s done! I’m no longer on the Facebook. The Volkskrant wrote a nice article about the ZML event this evening. Check it out here.

Access to alpha for Battle for Azeroth

Today I received an e-mail from Blizzard informing me that I have been selected to participate in the alpha test version for the upcoming expansion Battle for Azeroth. I hope this means that I will automatically also get access to the beta version that will be released soon. I’m not going to try the alpha version because well… it’s alpha. I’m not even sure if I will be trying the beta version or not. I had beta access before the last expansion was released and I didn’t really care much for it. But it’s nice to see that Blizzard is rewarding me, and other players that have been playing the game for about a decade.

I’m in love with the New Girl

I’ve fallen in love! You might say that this is great for me, and I should probably be happy. The thing is though; I’ve fallen in love with a non existing person… again. I’m totally in love with a character in a TV-series called New Girl. The name of the actress is Zooey Deschanel, and she’s really pretty, but of course looks aren’t everything. The actress is not the person I’m in love with. That would just be silly right? Cause I have no idea what she’s really like. Not that falling in love with a non existing character that she plays is any less silly but ok.. I’m in over my ears in love with Jessica Day. She’s the perfect woman for me. She’s smart, funny, weird, clumsy, shameless, nerdy and she looks exactly like her actress Zooey so she’s also sexy and very good-looking. Now this is not the first time that I’ve fallen in love with a non existing person. I guess I should have learned my lesson by now and not let it happen again but this one caught me totally by surprise.

A while back I was really tired and almost ready to go to bed, so I didn’t want to watch the next episode of a show that I was binge-watching on Netflix because I was afraid I might not be able to watch it till the end. So I decided to watch a show that I had really low expectations of and was only 20 minutes per episode. I was under the impression that New Girl would be a regular American sitcom with bad humor and that was exactly what I was looking for at that moment. Turns out that this show is actually pretty funny, if not hilarious. Usually those regular sitcoms I mentioned don’t make me laugh out loud, or at all. But after watching a few episodes of the New Girl I noticed that I was literally laughing out loud at least once or twice per episode. The more you get to know the characters the funnier they become as the series progresses. I stopped watching the show that I was binge-watching earlier and I started binge-watching the New Girl. After a while I noticed that I was thinking to myself that this Jessica character would be the ideal partner for me. One season later I had to conclude that I completely fell for Jessica and that I LOVE HER! All this sounds pretty desperate right? It is.. It really is. I blame the writers! Damn you writers!!
Unfortunately we don’t have the technology yet that allows us to have a virtual partner that lives in a computer and uses holograms for appearance, like shown in this scene from the Blade Runner 2049 movie as an example. As soon as technology has caught up with my needs as a anti-social person, and I’m certain it will some day, I hope it will be possible to upload a template file for a new virtual partner. After watching New Girl I already know what this template file should be based on. I might even call her Jess once this virtual partner comes to “life”. I really want this to happen during my lifetime. So come on technology! I have needs as a person and I want to be loved, even if it’s not real, as long as it feels real. So hurry it up will ya technology! Make this a real thing please.

Adriaan van Dis speaks with Stephen Fry

Adriaan van Dis speaks with Stephen Fry in this very last interview Adriaan will do during our yearly returning event that lasts a week and is all about books. Adriaan has had many very interesting conversations with famous writers. Like many times before this talk is also very interesting. In my opinion.

DWDD – Hier is Adriaan van Dis – 20180308

The McDonnell Douglas KDC-10

Today at work I recorded this video where a McDonnell Douglas KDC-10 from our national air-force lands at Eindhoven Airport. This is a bad ass plane!! They had a training day and did several “fake” landings. After the wheels touched the ground it would hit the throttle and immediately fly up again. This is to save fuel because an actual landing and another take-off again would cost a lót more fuel, and time. So I guess this proves that our defense department does actually put some effort in to thinking about how to use our hard earned tax payer’s money in the most efficient way. So we’ve got that going for us, which is nice.