Archief voor April, 2005
PCB stands for Printed Circuit Board. To make a long story short: I made this design (scheme and PCB) for a friend of mine. He wanted a 7-segments-display to show what gear his (tuned) car is in. When I say tuned I mean “tuned”, he disassembled the total car about 4 times, it’s like 15 years old (a Golf 2 GTI I think) and most of it is custom and/or handmade. Anyway, whenever he shifts his gearbox he has these cool digits following his every move
This is what it looked like before assembly:
This is what it looked like after assembly, top and bottom:
And this is what the PCB’s that failed looked like. The product I’m using to make the PCB’s was too old and not powerful enough (not anymore, it had served for too long :)), so I had to change it.
This is a 7-segments-display for those of you that haven’t heard of it yet:
You can find these in tons of electrical products from televisions to clocks etc.
It is completely custom made (by me </proud>) and if you’re interested just mail me and I’ll send you the scheme (made in Eagle btw). It consist of 27 simple diodes, 7 resistors, some electric wire, a PCB and lots of solder
It was built using the “diodematrix” principle, very simple yet effective. I was going to program a PIC, but this seemed cheaper and it works on 12 volts (a PIC needs a pretty stable 5V). More info on demand.
April 28th, 2005
I got this quote in by RSS today:
<microgal> and whiter than white
<kronovohr> so…you’re like #GGGGGG?
April 28th, 2005
Simple yet effective.
April 26th, 2005
Recently I heard that Irma has HIV. If you don’t know Irma, she’s 1 of the 9 singles on the latest Temptation Island (which is titled “Indescent Proposals”). The show is a production of Kanakna for VT4.
This is the original version:
Schokkende ontdekking nieuwe reeks “Temptation Island”.
Amsterdam - Tot ieders verbazing is de recentste en voorlopig laatste reeks van de top VT4 reeks “Temptation Island” op een drama geindigd waneer verleidster Irma uit Nederland positief getest werd op het HIV-virus. Al snel gaf ze met groot betreur toe dat ze onveilige seks had met ruim 6 van de vrijgezelle mannen die ze liever anoniem wezen te blijven. “Ik had er geen benul van en kwam tot de schokkende ontdekking toen ik bloed wilde geven bij een lokaal goed doel” zegt de Nederlandse die momenteel als bediende werkt in een restaurant te Amsterdam. De 6 mannen zijn op de hoogte gebracht en zullen binnenkort zelf een HIV-test ondergaan.
In english that would go like:
Shocking discovery new series “Temptation Island”.
Amsterdam - The most recent and for now last series of the top-serie on vt4 “Temptation Island” has ended in a drama when seducer Irma from the Netherlands took a postive HIV-test. She soon admitted she had been having sex with at least 6 of the single males whoms names she wants to keep private. “I had no idea until I wanted to donate blood for a local charity organisation” says Irma, she works in a restaurant as a clerk in Amsterdam for the moment. The 6 men are informed and will be taking a HIV-test in the near future.
I read this in Kerygma’s blog in this post and this post, and on Nephie’s blog in this post. You have to be damn retarded to have unsafe sex with 6 complete strangers in less than 2 weeks.
It is no longer a rumour, an employee at VRT confirmed that this appeared in newspaper.
Kanakna officially denies the rumour.
It is not true. VT4 will officially deny the rumour later today. It never was in the newspaper, it was only spread by mail.
April 26th, 2005
My sister walks into the room with the portable phone in her hand.
Sister: “It’s for you, I think it’s a survey kinda thing, you might wanna get rid of her”
Why don’t women understand that people on the other side of the phone can understand whatever you’re saying perfectly, even when you’re not holding the microphone to your mouth? I felt sorry for the lady already, and I felt like helping her. I guess about 90% of the people they call aren’t interested, so I was gonna make her day.
She: “Good afternoon sir”
She: “… independant research company … market … males between 19 and 25 … Your sister (if that was your sister) told me you are in that category, is that correct?”
Me: “Yes, it is”
She: “May I have a few minutes of your time?”
Me: “Of course, why not”
I just KNOW she wasn’t prepared for that answer (which is normal when 90% tell you to get lost), it was proven by her next sentence:
*5 seconds of silence*
She: “I’m just booting up the program”
*4 seconds of silence*
She: “And filling out some information”
*5 seconds of typing*
She: “May I ask your age?”
Me: “Of course… Euh…”
I don’t know why, but I always get confused when people ask my age, I’m never sure. After all, it changes every year.
Me: “I’m turning 22 in 2 weeks, so I’m more 22 than 21 but officialy: 21″
Hehe, she was confused too now
She: “Next question sir, do you have friends or relatives working in the following business sections:
The tabacco-selling industry, reporting and/or television, …”
I don’t remember all of them, all I remember is that I didn’t know a lot of people in any of those categories, but I wanted to help her out so I did my best and found someone in the reporting and television category.
She: “I’m sorry sir, but the rules are we have to end this conversation now”
I was like “double U tee F mate?“, so I replied
Me: “May I ask why? Just out of interest”
She: “I don’t know sir, it’s the rules.”
Me: “Pssshhhh, for once you find someone that wants to help you…”
She: “That’s true. It’s scandalous”
There you go, we broke the ice (I love to make telephone-people feel good, because I know how hard it is after working in telemarketing for about 2 months). Now SHE got curious.
She: “Just out of curiousity, do you smoke?”
Me: “Not anymore”
She: “When did you quit smoking?”
Me: “Almost 2 years ago.”
She: “Well, it’s a survey for smokers and people that quit less than 6 months ago.”
Me: “You have a nice day”
Next time, I’ll say I’m not interested, because when I am, I’m just not good enough :p
April 25th, 2005
Yes, they do.
It is physically imposible for a bird (any bird) to produce this specimen. It has to be a flying cow, horse, hippo, elephant, anything but a bird. It’s also possible that it was the government with some biological weapon, or an analprobing alien that wants to know how we people react on thing like this.
I wanted to post this about 5 days ago, but my parents were on vacation in France and so I didn’t have a digital camera here. I took these pictures yesterday and I am glad I did, because a few hours ago the rain washed it off (ah, I love the rain when it does a good job).
You’re looking at a picture taken in my room, it’s the inside of my window. In the background you can see some backyards in my neighbourhood. You can’t see them very well though, because there is a HUGE PILE OF SHIT BLOCKING YOUR VIEW!
I don’t know if you can see it on the picture, but the “thing” measures 39 centimeters, without the trail. THIRTY NINE CENTIMETERS! That’s 15.35 inches, wow To be absolutely correct I would have to give you numbers in 3 dimensions, or at least in 2, but instead I give you the pictures, after all a picture says more than 1.000 words.
April 25th, 2005
I went to Brussels today (capital city of Belgium for the ignorant) because Milow was playing live at the Ancien Belgique for Humo’s Rock Rally. I didn’t know any of the bands that were coming exept for Milow (the others were Barbie Bangkok, Madensuyu, Absynthe Minded and The Van Jets). I heard “of” the other bands, but I was there to hear Milow, and so I left after 30 minutes (I had a lot of other stuff to do).
The concert started at about 5.10pm which is quite early, and Milow told the audience that he and the other bands that had to play early were affraid not too many people would show up, but he was happily surprised to see that many faces (I don’t know how many we were). The place wasn’t too crowded, but that didn’t stop him from playing his ass off, it was G R E A T. All you could here was Milow and his strings. He played a song or 6 and got a long applause. I think the audience was astonished, I know I was, to me he compares to Sarah Bettens (and her brother ofcourse), one of the few bands (as K’s Choice aka The Choice) to have written songs that move me emotionally.
Before he played the last song he said something like “The bands playing after me DO rock”, I didn’t hear him say “unlike me”, but I suspect he was thinking it. I think he rocked, and I only heard positive reactions in the audience close to me.
Visit his site, download his songs, download the videoclip, buy his singles/albums (to come?) and go see him live.
PS: I heard about Milow thrue Pietel’s website only a few weeks ago. I’m a fan!
April 23rd, 2005