• Posted on May 2, 2013 at 11:56 pm

Yours truly has been without Internet recently. It’s amazing what a period of having crappy Internet connections can do to a mind. While tweets even fit through the smallest pipe most other content wasn’t accessible. This is actually a good thing. It clears some of the thoughts that clog your brain throughout the busy days with lots of routine, interruptions and information.

There are three things I do when being away. I have a look around. When being in your day job or at home there’s not much time for simply looking at something. You always have to be somewhere on time. No glimpsing, no observing, lots and lots of getting from A to B and not wasting time. Shame. Then there is writing. Writing something for the sake of spilling words is great. Just putting words on a page. No goal, no agenda, no thoughts of your audience in mind. Fun. And then there is photography. Just take the camera, walk around, have a hard look at what you can see, find a good spot and take a picture. Go where few people would go. Use angles few people would use. Rediscover the world.

We all should do this more often.

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  • Posted on January 1, 2013 at 5:01 am

You have reached the blog of Nightlynx. Unfortunately I cannot take your browsing request at the moment, because I am still asleep, being lost in the city, slightly drunk, saving the world, hiding in the bathroom to read a graphic novel, making stuff up, talking to my imaginary friends or most probably a bit of everything. If you have a question about 2013, please leave a message after the *beep*.


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  • Posted on December 25, 2012 at 12:54 pm

I don’t give much on birthdays of people who died thousands of years ago. I hardly knew them anyway. I like snow and Winter, though. You can gather this from my Twitter background image. I am a child of Winter, and this has a lot to do with the characteristics of the season. Ice and snow keeps people at home. You are less likely to meet someone (apart from cities that defy the seasons due to technical advantage). People are so busy spending time with their family or at church, so they leave you alone. Perfect.

This is the time when thoughts can roam free.

True Silent Night

  • Posted on December 25, 2010 at 1:09 am

I logged off early yesterday and will do so in a moment. I just had to write one more e-mail and read another one. That’s why I got stuck in the blog editor. Finally I can appreciate the silence of the night. I’m a night person. I wear the cloak of the night as a shield, just because the noise of the day stops. And so this is a truly silent night today for next to anyone has stopped and went away. The only thing that’s missing is snow. That would be perfect. Maybe next year then.

Speaking of silence, I nearly finished the prototype of the XMPP (Jabber protocol) robot I am trying to code. Having software communicate via XMPP has its advantages. A side effect is to explore the C++ gloox library which is really a fantastic piece of code. Getting a client to work doesn’t take much time. You just have to extend your client class with the funtionality you need and you’re done. Another nice thing about gloox and XMPP is that SSL/TLS is already included (provided you use XMPP servers that are configured to use SSL/TLS). Coding will continue on Monday.

Now is the time to enjoy the silence.


  • Posted on July 15, 2010 at 9:51 pm

Two good news: a) It’s raining. b) I dumped Xalan/Xerces in favour of libxslt from the GNOME project.

Text Decoding – Progressing

  • Posted on June 13, 2010 at 9:27 pm

The new document class takes form. I now have a prototype that can extract meta information from the filesystem (not that hard), detect/guess the encoding in case of pure text files (with the help of the ICU library), strip markup language (by replacing all tags) and detect/convert PDF documents (with the help of the PoDoFo PDF library). Converting HTML to text is a bit of a hack in C++. Maybe it is easier to use XSLT and let a XML library do the transformation as a whole. In theory HTML was built for this. However I still need to strip the tags of unknown XML documents in case someone wants to index XML stuff.

I forgot to extract the meta information from the HTML header. RegEx++; Dublin Core or non-standard tags, that is the question.

Schneemann gefunden!

  • Posted on June 3, 2010 at 7:01 pm

Ich habe schon seit über 5 Jahren alle meine Workstations und Server per Default auf UTF-8 konfiguriert. Meine kompletten Desktops verwenden UTF-8 in der Ein- und Ausgabe. Trotzdem habe ich bis heute den Schneemann verpaßt:

lynx@nightfall:~/ unicode ☃
UTF-8: e2 98 83 UTF-16BE: 2603 Decimal: ☃

Category: So (Symbol, Other)
Bidi: ON (Other Neutrals)

Klar sind es zuviele Zeichen, um alle zu kennen, aber jetzt steht Herden von Schneemännern nichts mehr im Weg. ☺

Back from Paris

  • Posted on March 18, 2010 at 6:51 pm
Go Green advertisement in a sex shop in Paris, France.

Go Green!

Yours truly has been to Paris. It was quite a safari, believe me. The Lynx and the Lioness took hundreds of photographs (including the Go Green! gem show in this post; it was found in a very cosy sex shop) and walked lots of kilometres. The weather ranged from mediocre to sunny. The coffee ranged from non-existent to quite fine (they do have floating Starbucks coffee shops there, that appear and disappear at random). The mood of the natives ranged from «Je parle d’Anglais aussi.» up to «Let’s switch to English, because your French sucks.». The photo collection will be online soon is now online. I don’t know yet how to convert the images (not technically, it’s merely how to select them and which ones and so on).

P.S.: The placing of inline images in postings sucks big time.

Sinnvolle Proteste gegen australische Zensur

  • Posted on July 16, 2009 at 5:22 pm

Während in Deutschland vom dortigen Regime schrittweise die Demokratie aufgibt und Freiheit abgeschafft wird, regt sich in Australien Widerstand gegen die geplante Zensur der australischen Internetzugänge. Speziell für die Zensurministerin Frau von der Leyen sei angemerkt: Der Protest geht von Gruppen aus, die sich für den Schutz von Kindern einsetzen. Haben Sie das verstanden, Frau von der Leyen? Nochmal für Sie, Frau Ministerin,  zum Ausdrucken: Kinderschutzorganisationen sprechen sich gegen die Zensur in Australien aus! (Bitte konzentrieren Sie sich auf die hervorgehobenen Buchstaben und lenken Sie nicht ab. Danke!) Ich bin sehr erfreut, kann es aber kaum glauben. Die Hitze spielt meinem Hirn sicher einen Streich.

Die Organisationen Save the Children und National Children’s & Youth Law Centre haben sich den Gruppen der Zensurgegner angeschlossen. Die gemeinsame Aussage lautet im Originalton: „We argue that the tens of millions of dollars that such a scheme will cost should instead be diverted to appropriate child protection authorities and police to prevent the abuse of children, and towards effective community-based education strategies that give children and parents the skills to protect themselves. Further, PC-level filtering software should be promoted to and provided to parents that wish to protect their children from inappropriate internet content.”

Für die Internetausdrucker der Zensurparteien zusammengefaßt: Man möchte das Geld, welches die Zensurinfrastruktur verschlingen würde, lieber den Behörden geben, die für den Schutz von Kindern zuständig sind (ja, unter anderem die Polizei). Man setzt auf Aufklärung und Weiterbildung für Kindern und Eltern, damit diese sich selbst schützen können. In Deutschland wäre das undenkbar. Mündige Bürger, die Ideen haben und an der Zukunft arbeiten möchten, sind dort unerwünscht. Ich hoffe nur, daß die australische Regierung noch einen Funken Verstand hat und sich dieses Vorschlags annimmt. Gerade auf diesem Gebiet ist es extrem vorteilhaft aufgeklärte Gemeinschaften zu schaffen, die die Probleme gut genug kennen, um ihnen begegnen zu können. Das ist allemal besser als ständig Angst und Haß zu predigen.

Viel Glück, Australien!