Sunday, November 30, 2008

the French have the biggest

According to a study that an institute for condom advice in Germany have conducted among 10 477 men in 25 European countries, the French men either have the biggest penises or they are collectively the biggest liars about this subject.

I know exactly what you are thinking of me. But this is in fact interesting, for more than one reason. Would there be some truth in the theory which was born a few years ago but at that time was found difficult to prove... French wine is good for the heart?

Because yes, unlike you may have believed for many years of your life, there is in fact an important link between the penis and the heart. The heart is a pump.

By the way, if the second part of the theory is true, and the French men are merely the biggest liars, it might be interesting to note the French baby-boom next year following the expedition and use of all the complimentary wrong-sized condoms that have been gifted as payment for the participation in this survey.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

classic case of software

These are unrelated doodles. I had some time on my hands when Windows was installing for the fourth time.

The reason I was reinstalling for the fourth time: antivirussoftware on 64 bit XP, is very difficult to find. I am a Symantec customer, but my account only enables me to buy Norton products. Norton does not work on 64 bit. Symantec Enterprise does. But to buy it, you need to contact a sales agent, or rather, send them an email and have one contact you. So I have been waiting for one to contact me for three days now, without any luck.

Other than that it appears the licenses for Enterprise software are only sold in bulk of 5 seats. Competitor McAfee only sells a minimum of 11 seats. I decided to try my luck on the darker side of the market. When I finally found a copy that was immediately available, upon install it turned out to be in Hungarian. It may have been Czech - there were a LOT of cz's in it. It was interesting for two minutes, but strangely - maybe it was the fact that I hardly understood a word - it soon made me feel uncomfortable and halfway in the third minute I decided to remove. However, the damage was done, system startup suddenly was considerably slower than before, and some files did not want to be removed, even after a system restore. I manually edited the registry removing all the keys for the software and tried to delete all the files and folders, but two dll's were impossible to delete. That means they were in use by a program, and they should not have been.

Another lesson learned... never trust a hacked firewall! That is on hindsight about the dumbest thing you can do. And I did, yes, thank you.

One solution remained: re-re-re-reinstall windows!

It won't come as a surprise that of the five licensed software products I run, all reactivated beautifully except.. guess... Autodesk Inventor. But in the end it got done, although it took three phonecalls and talking to four people including the Boss of the Activation Center, because the Boss of Autodesk Himself was at a Sales Exhibition. I must admit that once you get used to it, Autodesks licensing system certainly is the most sociably interactive one and as such not actually unpleasant, although time consuming. They were very friendly. It was a relief to have it done just before the week-end. It might have been a bit uncomfortable if I had had to call all these nice people at home.

Friday, November 28, 2008

the Plan

I ended up staying home and even spoiled the surprise because he was 14 minutes early and I forgot to hide. But he made the miniquiches, we had one each, and he enjoyed his so much that he now wants me to prepare some for him next Thursday, when I will not be here (and he can have both of the quiches!), and he will go to oma's place afterwards.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

I stole this comic

Because he asked for it.

I am still waiting for an activation code for Autodesk Inventor 2008 that I requested 10 days ago now. Autodesk have replied that my contract for this product ended in April when I activated Inventor 2009. However in June, after I decided I did not like R2009 and wanted to go back to R2008, (one of the reasons being that the Autodesk software caused a conflict with my Solid Edge software that Autodesk refused to look into and that UGS could not resolve) I removed R2009 from my system and requested a downgrade to R2008. I had to wait a week but eventually the code was issued. Now after a new clean reinstall of windows, I am trying to get a new activation code, but it's being refused again. Autodesk are saying that when they gave me the activation code in June, they did this with permission of Sales Benelux, and now they will again need permission of Sales Benelux to issue a new code.

Dear Autodesk. This may come as a surprise to you, but I could not care less for the workings of your internal logistics. I don't know, and I do not even WANT to know, the difference in hierarchy between Autodesk and Sales Benelux, and who needs to grant permission for what, to whom. I only want to be able to use the product I paid for.

PS: After eleven days I have finally received my code. Untill the next time, courage.

The official unwritten rule should be: pay once, then pirate the product you paid for in order to enjoy it in leasure. Fortunately the EU see it this way. Oh, so you think that is not how they meant it. Riiiiight, next you'll be trying to tell me there is no SantaClaus.

Why is this and a few blogs the only recent bits I can find in English? Is it a secret to the American press? Ha!

FREEDOM, people.

You've heard of it.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

egg on my face?

Cycling in the rain - or in between rains for that matter... - may be good for your health but it certainly isn't glamorous.

Monday, November 24, 2008

a little nightmare before christmas

The little washing instructions label on the inside-out of his pyama pants look like a little bunny-tail. I think he was only pretending to see a spider, and in reality it was seeing me behind him, grinning, that made him feel a tiny little bit ... uneasy.

Sunday, November 23, 2008


I haven't actually seen much of it yet other than looking out of the window. It has been grey, not very inviting to go out and I have been working. Maybe the snow will still be there tomorrow.

Jaa Jaa Nee der wie de wie de wiet

Mayors for homegrown.

Friday, November 21, 2008


What really was the case: the bag had somehow become untethered and she forgot to double-check before pulling it out of the bigger bag to clean the bag out.

I did not see her wiping grease off her suit. I wonder if those journalist ever really look at the camera footing for the news they vocalize? The stupid bimbos. Believe it or not, I have been feeling ashamed-by-proxy for two days. It just seemed so typical a way for a woman to screw up. I may be over-sensitive but being adressed as "Dear sir" in all my professional correspondence (by people who don't know me) somehow does that to me.

Emser dépêche

Thursday, November 20, 2008

how to do a tattoo

What came before: the superkid had his flu shot. He experienced an excruciating pain in his left arm, and his arm was now paralyzed. (He said.) Then he found an old stick on tattoo.

how to do a tattoo
press it
pull it
draw it

Wednesday, November 19, 2008