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The Dreaded Red Arrow

Friday, April 18th, 2008

Ok, this is the last one for now, I promise. Not that anyone cares anyway.

I have been thinking about the purpose of MS Paint. Yes, it’s nice to have a primitive way of quickly creating something graphical when there’s no “real” software installed. Yes, I know you can actually do awesome pixel art with Paint. Yes, I am aware of The Power of Paint. However I’m pretty sure that 97% of the time, MS Paint is used for one purpose and one purpose only: slapping crappy, waggly mouse-drawn lines in glaring 0xff0000 over photos, screenshots and maps, usually padded with gigantic JPEG artefacts. Most of the time, it’s an arrow.

Call me guilty as charged.

The Dreaded Red Arrow

PS: Yes it’s actually 0xff7e00, I know.


Friday, April 18th, 2008

Here’s another thing that came to my mind a moment ago. I’m currently kind of in a low-motivation phase. I go through that sort of thing rather often. I’ve actually got work to do, but I just become frustrated with it very quickly, because it just doesn’t work out the way I want it to be. That’s why I allow my mind to stray and turn to the vastness that is The Internet. I’m really good at browsing forums for hours, wading through discussion threads several pages long, and finding joy in other people fiercely argueing about random issues. I guess I shouldn’t write this on a publicly accessible page, but for some time I was active on the forums of The Flat Earth Society engageing in pointless arguements on how to proof to people who are either completely ignorant or just trolls (I’m still not sure to this day) that the Earth is indeed spherical. It’s fine to challenge things we take for a fact, but it’s incomprehensible to me how people can take it so seriously. It’s just generally true that argueing on the internet is pointless, since nobody will ever change their opinion (usually anyway.) Still, I find it somewhat fun to engage in such activities.

Another forum I was spending too much time with the last couple of days was Toytown Germany, a website targeted at English-speaking folks living in Germany. There’s a topic on their forum called Germans: why are you here?, asking why Germans are active on this forum, which is particularily targeted at US/UK/AUS/CAN etc. citizens. The original poster argues that he doesn’t want to see any Germans on the board, because he already has to deal with them on a daily basis in real life. He just wants a place where he can freely express his (negative) opinion about Germany, without Germans jumping in, starting to explain and defend themselves. I’m not planning on registering at that forum, but I know that I’ve spent a lot of time on there, because I’m really obsessed with wanting to know how others view “my country” (damn this sounds pathetic, I’m not really a patriot.) I remeber reading somewhere in connection with the World Championship 2006 that that’s the case for a lot of Germans actually. They are really concerned about how they are perceived by others in the global community. Well, I just find it interesting to get another perspective on things which I’m taking for granted.

Ok, so this is the point where others would possibly turn this blog entry into something really deep and interesting. I, however, am not that kind of person.

Another one of those.

Friday, April 18th, 2008

Hello dear non-existent reader.

So I decided to start a blog. I know I will probably never update it or only like once a year, so there’s really no point in having it in the first place. A simple website would do the job as well. It’s not really a rational decision, I just felt like doing it. Maybe because everybody else does, too.

The thing is, I’m no good at writing at all. I usually never have much to talk about. However, sometimes I somehow feel the urge to just write down some random things that are occupying me. Things nobody will be interested in anyway. But hey, I don’t care.

One reason for doing it might be that I want to work on improving my English. That’s why I’ve decided to write in English for now instead of German. I’m fairly good at reading/understanding English, but I really don’t write/speak that much English anymore. I realized it today when helping out p4 with an English application. I’ve become way too slow at forming sentences in English.

So, what else is there that I can bore you with. Oh yes, I finally came around to uploading a couple of new photos to Wikipedia again today. They’re pretty boring pictures of old-ish cars actually. But fear not, I certainly won’t spare you all of the details why I’m doing this! One day, I decided it would be nice to actually contribute something to Wikipedia. I use it fairly often, reading up … stuff. Since I don’t feel qualified enough to actually contribute whole articles to specific topics, I thought I could at least provide images. I’m not entirely sure how I came up with photographing classic cars. I’m not that into cars actually, I don’t have one and I don’t like driving. Maybe it has to do with my obsession with toy cars as a child. I think it’s also partly because I like to collect things. I sometimes specifically go outside to spot old cars. It feels like going on a hunt, scouting out the best locations for my photographic prey. Must be some relic from the stoneage, hunting and collecting. It sounds stupid, but it just gives me a little bit of satisfaction when I find some vehicle worth photographing, and adding it to the Wikipedia gallery. I’m weird.

On another note, this blog here is the first time ever I successfully installed a PHP application. Until a couple of weeks ago, I didn’t even know my webhost had PHP/MySQL. My account only includes one database though, with a 100MB quota. I’ve been thinking about installing a PHP-genealogy software, so this would probably conflict with my blog.

I’m still trying to come up with a witty name for this blog. I’ll probably just change it whenever I feel like it anyway. I’m inconsistent like that. Anyway, I think it’s due time I’m ending this entry. If you made it all the way to this sentence, there must be something seriously wrong with you. Do something productive!

PS: I sure enough edited the hell out of this entry. Why do I never realize typos earlier?