US presidential elections
on the site:
1.000.000 hits a year
4. Update GNU/Linux/Ubuntu
The first week
of November 2012 I spent mostly updating my Philosophical
Here is a final update on that update, and some other updates on things
that - I feel that - matter, namely the US presidential elections, my
sites and their visitors, GNU/Linux/Ubuntu, and
my eye problems plus a bit of personal history and background that I
recall fondly, that also explains the background to the present text.
There are other things that matter, but I leave these to another time.
In fact, I did
get all of the Philosophical
Dictionary reformatted back to decent
shape on November 6, as I told my readers yesterday, which was
This was unexpected, because before that I had been doing my best, but
could not do more than a few letters - between 50 and a 100 files -
each day, and had to pay for that effort with more sore eyes.
Not so on November 6: I did all of the second half of the Dictionary -
around 330 files - in a day, which surprised and pleased me.
So now my Philosophical
Dictionary should be
properly readable again [*],
which does please me, because I think it is sensible, because I put a
considerable amount of effort into it, and also because I think
everyone who postures being a philosopher - and I use the word
"posture" on purpose: most academic philosophers are mere posturers,
and are not really honest folks interested in knowledge or morality -
and indeed everyone who really thinks he is one should do the
same as I did, simply to clarify his own language to himself and his
There are more reasons I am pleased, but this will do for the moment.
I wrote before
about and around the US presidential elections, e.g. here
"U.S. pretty darned
more Gore Vidal + notes
on August 15, but I admit for me it was mostly an academic issue, in
the sense that I can't really do much or anything about it, not being
an American, and also not being a proud member of the large brainless,
and ignorant tribe that believes voting is good for you, believes the
lies they are fed by the media, and/or believe that voting
is something "a responsible citizen" should do, or indeed is something
citizen owes to others. (What you should do, if you pretend to be a
responsible citizen, is to inform yourself, rationally and
scientifically, to the best of your personal abilities, and have a
sound knowledge of
science, history and politics.
If you have that, it's up to you what to
do with that and who to vote for; if you have not made the
required effort, I'd rather you do not vote, but instead spend
life on things that probably matter more to you, like sport or bingo,
since it would then seem to me that is what you are naturally
Then again, I am glad Obama won, not because I think he was a great
president who was remarkable for keeping word, for I think he neither
was the one nor did the other, but because I think Romney looks and
sounds like a frightening freak, indeed quite like similar looking
Mormon types I met in Amsterdam around 1970, who tried to convert
Dutchmen to the rather insane sounding Mormon faith, who all looked
like Romney: As if there is a machine inside their skin, and not a
And there are more reasons to be glad Obama won:
His opponents, such as Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly look
like utter nut cases but pretended for four years to speak for the
American people, and did so with an enormous amount of lies and
postures, where it seemed that absolutely anything could be said and
claimed and defended, regardless of any fact, any science, any rational
knowledge, indeed any moral position, as long as what these liars and
posturers said did fit the Republican or the Tea Party agenda.
So I am glad this band of brazen liars, fools, madmen, and
propagandists did not succeed misleading the majority.
Also, there is a chance - not a large one, I grant you - that public
discussions in the US media get a little more rational, more grown up,
more sensible, less partisan or less middle of the road conformistic,
and that the branch of mad fanatics, of the ilk of Beck and Limbaugh,
gets less of a following, if only because "if we believe in
absurdities, we will commit atrocities".
In case you care: Here are links to two videos by The Young Turks, who
are more glad than I am, and indeed more directly concerned:
Update on the site: 1.000.000 hits a year in Denmark?!
There is a
considerable chance that this year my smallest site, which is in
Denmark since I was thoroughy exposed to the manner of Dutch degenerate
yahoos of Dutch telecom that took over the formerly
site in 2002 (where I have had a site since 1996) who started lying and
misleading right from the
beginning, and who do not even supply decent site statistics, will reach 1 million hits a year this year,
means 2740 hits a day, on average, and namely since the site got this
considerably more on average.
This also implies that, just on that one site, on average I am
read more than 48 hours each 24 hours, which is probably at least
as much on the Dutch site - which I don't know, because the
Dutch telecom yahoos acted these last ten years that I have been
them as if they think that their customers are such despicable shits
that they don't deserve anything like ordinary politeness, common
honesty, moral decency, or
even minimal commecrial service, but then I also have been pestered
this year by something like one
or two mails a week to the effect that some
of commercial liars and
propagandists "welcome the opportunity to cooperate
with you to make your site even better", no doubt by
plastering it with
advertisement shit, and no doubt without ever having even looked at my
Anyway... I am pleased.
4. Update GNU/Linux/Ubuntu
the other things I am still quite pleased with is GNU/Linux/Ubuntu - as
I call it, because that seems fair - and namely because it is a much
better and more pleasant OS than is MS Windows, that makes me
considerably more productive, and also because it is only because
Ubuntu has an option for High Contrast Reverse, that inverts
white in its menus, and also has better color optioms in
in MS Windows, that I have been able to use my computer at all, the
last six months with quite
sore and troublesome eyes.
I am still using the distributed version of GNU/Linux/Ubuntu I started with in
May of this year, that meanwhile got considerably updated. One reason
to do so is that it is quite good. Also, a reason not to
upgrade to the
next version, that appeared in October, is that Continental Ltd.,
the firm that is behind Ubuntu, made the decision to add in Amazone
books as a firm that the users of Ubuntu share data with if they search
somehing, in that last version of Ubuntu. It is true Linux-savvy users
can switch this off, but I find
this not a morally right decision, even if I can understand
need for money: allowing commercial firms to spy on
users is NOT a morally decent way to make money, in my view!
Indeed, if this becomes a standard policy, I will use another
do not want to be spied on by commercial assholes, and I do not
be made the target of personalized advertisement campaigns. Period!
If I can pay, I am willing to pay for a good Linux OS, but
only on condition that it is not a sell out to commercial
that the OS is not used to spy on its users.
After all, that is an important part of my reasons not to want and not
to use the pimpish MS Windows.
5. Update eye problems
Actually, most that would fit
here I said above or in the
next and final item,
but the summary is
that I have been quite miserable since late May / early June with
painful and very limiting eye problems, and that at long last it seems
to have improved some, which is a considerable relief, since it really
felt as if my eyes were like abrasions, through which I was forced to
look upon the world.
It still does, now and again, but less so, and I can do more with them
than I could for months on end. That is also the reason I changed the
colors of Notebook late October:
It is still a compromise between what I can look at without
problems soon (namely: the present blueish green or greenish blue
the present black text, that has color code #339999) and what most of
my readers would like (which is a white or at least whitish background
- and I do sympathize).
I do as I can, most of the time, not as I want - but I try to do the
best I can, most of the time. And if I can write my texts on white
backgrounds without getting sore eyes I will do so: The reason I don't
is not that I don't want to, but that I can't.
In fact, today I have supplied - experimentally, for the time being - a
background I really like for personal reasons: A somewhat squashed
version of the Dovre-panorama that the municipality of the
village and province Dovre put on line, that I found yesterday. [**]
As it happens, I lived there in 1975, indeed not far from the
perspective from which the background image was taken, and I have very
good memories of
that time, around
four years before I fell ill, since when I did not
live as fully, as well, as healthy and as happily as I did then.
jeg elsker dette landet" as the Norwegian nation anthem has it,
almost - which is something I can not say about Holland: Its
nature is far more ugly, and its citizens and bureaucrats behaved far
more awfully against me than did the Norwegians, probably because
I wrote and spoke the
truth, against a
majority of despicable and degenerate Dutch political careerists of my
generation, who gleefully
and intentionally destroyed the universities and the
chances of everybody in
the Dutch generations coming after them on a passable education,
only so that they could live like parasites - which they did.
P.S. My eye
leave the text on my eye problems for the moment as a P.S., to
clarify why I
use such colors as I do, and why I have, for the time being, mostly
stopped editing my site.
October 15, 2012: My eye problems
are the reason this page has the colors it does have: It is very
difficult to look at white and light backgrounds with such eyes as I
presently have. See also: Why
colors as they are?
The diagnosis is keratoconjunctivitis
sicca (possibly as a part of Sjoegren's
syndrome). It is less than it was, for months, but not as I should
like it to be.
settings of NOTEBOOK aka NB seem the best compromise between what my
eyes can handle, and what most readers like to see.
they have been
changed repeatedly, as have the links below to
change the background (but not the color of the text box).
of October 13,
2012, the standard setting for the text box is white
text on a
darkslategrey background while the standard background is maroon.
Version October 28, 2012:
Black text on #339999.
Version November 8, 2012: Changed background
(Background colors work no more.) I may changes this again, depending
on my eyes. I may even return to Nederlog!
November 10, 2012: Black text on #CCCCFF, changed background
fact, most of what is read in Nederlog is written in Dutch and - as far
as I can see - most of that got selected because I wrote about
something my readers are interested in, which means, as is indeed true,
that quite a lot of old Nederlogs are being read daily.
[**] Probably it will not
be a constant background, but it is a nice view and a nice memory for me, and indeed I do
intend to write some more about Dovre
and Norway, and in such contexts it will probably reappear.
necessary corrections have to be made later.