1. My site
eyes, my health and Nederlog
A few general reflections on my site, my eyes, my health and Nederlog,
without definite conclusions, other than that most that I write is hypothetical
rather than dogmatic. If you want to skip it, there is also a bit on an interesting web-browser, that does give
quite another perspective.
1. My site and Nederlog
Since January I
have about 20% fewer visitors, but the downloads are the same or more,
and the time people spend on reading my site is also about the same, as
is the number of hits.
I must guess at an explanation,
and suppose I got last year more Dutch readers who were interested in
my opinions about Diederik Stapel
and the Dutch universities, and who were pissed off when it turned out
I can scold as well as the members of the ASVA - a leftist student
organization in the University of Amsterdam, in fact an organization
for careerists who pretended to be marxists as long as that helped them make a career
- who told me for years I must be "a fascist" because I said I
was not a marxist.
Alternatively, some may not have liked what I wrote about politics.
Well... I am not sorry about the ASVA: They have showed me that the
human foundations on which totalitarianism
grows can be found everywhere, under any political or religious public
disguise, and with any pretext.
And I am still the only Dutch person removed from a Dutch
university because of his published ideas since 1945:
This also happened in spite of
"your illness, the
seriousness of which we in no way underestimate", as the sadistic
Board of Directors, who very probably stole tens of millions of
guilders from the accounts they refused to administer according to the
Dutch laws, assured me in writing.
In a sense, I am proud of that, at least for the courage of standing up
and saying what I thought, in spite of "your illness, the seriousness
of which we in no way underestimate", but it also showed
me there are very few like me in Holland, if any, and I should not
expect that I ever can get a majority behind me while I write or say
what I think.
This cannot be helped, but does not make my life easier.
As to my opinions about politics: Unlike many, I have no
political allegiances of any kind, and also not many strong
So let me just say this:
I try to make sense of things as well as I can, which is a lot worse
than I could if my health were better, and generally what I offer
are hypotheses rather than dogmatic certainties.
This is one of the reasons my Nederlogs are dated (a practice that is
not by far as common as it should be on the internet): At such and such
a date I thought and wrote so and so - and at that time this was the
best I could do on the subject, with such information, health and
possibilities as I then had.
What I write is part of a conversation with my readers, rather
than a set of dogmatic certainties on my part - though I do have some
dogmatic certainties, such as that the dogmatic certainties people
offer are usually based on delusions.
My eyes, my health and Nederlog
I do not know
whether I will continue with Nederlog, at least in the same vein as I
have done for quite a few years.
For this, there are several reasons, five of which are as follows.
First, there is less of a personal need: I have achieved a small part
of what I wanted, viz. that I'll be left in peace until I am 65, when I
will qualify for a - very probably very miserable - pension.
Second, what I write seems to make very little difference in fact. As
it happens, I did not expect to make much of a difference, and I also
never sought publicity , but there is no
external social stimulus to continue as I have done.
Third, at the moment I am again having more problems with my eyes,
though by and large still a lot less than I had between between June
and November 2012. But it does set limits to what I can do with a
computer, and it is unpleasant and painful. (See keratoconjunctivitis
sicca, if you are interested. It is a more common complaint with
people with ME/CFS.)
Fourth, I can only do so much, which is generally little, and I do want
to try to write out some of my ideas that do not fit in the context of
a Nederlog. (But this may be unrealistic and
dangerous: I destroyed part of my remaining health for several years
after 2000, when I tried to force myself to write out ideas on logic,
and failed to do so. The ideas are good, but my health is not.)
Fifth, I am depressed, less about myself than about the state of the
world, the state of men's minds on average, and the awful lot of rot
that lead banks, corporations and governments, that I can also change
in no way. Also, I do not see how I can change anything for the better
for people with ME/CFS. 
So... I don't know whether I will continue as I've done with Nederlog.
It depends, and I don't know. You'll have to see in case you're
interested (and some are), and so have I.
3. About Lynx
What I still do like a lot is Linux, and what I regret
is that I did not switch a lot sooner to it.
There are many reasons why I like Linux, which I will not list, except
that one of it is that I learned quite a lot about quite a few
programs that I would not have done if I were still using MS Windows -
which in fact I can't, even if I wanted, because I can't tweak that
inferior OS to make it work with such eyes as I have.
But here is one of the things I liked, that I never checked out on
The above link is to the
Wikipedia article about if, from which I quote the first paragraph,
minus notes, and the first paragraph of the first link:
Lynx is a
highly configurable text-based web browser for use on
cursor-addressable character cell terminals.
It is the oldest web browser currently in general use and development,
having started in 1992 and as of 2013, 21 years later, still in use and
web browser is a web browser that renders only the text of web pages,
and ignores graphic content. Usually, they render
pages faster than web browsers that include graphics because graphics
need additional bandwidth.
It is helpful because of my
eyes, but it is also interesting because it avoids a lot of clutter:
You get the real textual information on a website and avoid the rest -
which offers an interesting alternative perspective. It also avoids html tables: You really get the
text, more or less as what you get when you save a web page as text
and not as html.
Lynx is also available for MS Windows, but I never tried it there. On Ubuntu
it was installed and works unproblematically (in a terminal
window: Type "lynx" or "lynx" followed by a specific url, such as www.maartensz.org
(sufficient information for Lynx) followed by Enter. It also works for
files on your hard disk.
What is quite interesting is to see the same - or perhaps "the same" -
page in a graphical browser and in Lynx: It really gives a quite different perspective,
and it shows how much is packaging or make-up rather than real
There are no illustrations in Lynx (unless in ascii-format), but then
that is usually not necessary to get the message. Sometimes one does
not get all of the message for that reason, but it also helps
to get what is essential and to avoid loosing time on the rest. And it
often gives a quite different perspective and impression, which is - sometimes -
interesting and useful, and is instructive in general. 
 Mostly because that is dangerous for me: See ME in Amsterdam if you
 I expect major problems for many
patients, and the main reasons I have less to fear than others are my
age, my site, my degrees, my intelligence and my facility with words.
 E.g.: Trying it out
on the NRC website, I found that this site does start "downloading an
application" I do get a warning about in Lynx, to which I can
say Y/N, but I get no warning in Firefox. (And NRC, once a good
Dutch daily, that I read for 40 years, is a major mess in many ways
since the new editor took over, since when I do not read it on paper
anymore. So perhaps I should only visit its site with Lynx, for I do
NOT want applications being downloaded to my hard disk without warning.)
(that I prefer
to call M.E.: The "/CFS" is added to facilitate search machines) which
is a disease I have since 1.1.1979: