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20100402

Little old lady from London-by-the-Sea

Entry 1678 posted in: The Holy Church of Iggy the Inuit


Tranquillity is slowly descending upon the Holy Church of Inuit like smog upon Victorian London. Several brethren and sistren of the Church, and one-time visitors who entered through the front gate to study its baroque interior, have passed some valid information to the Reverend and these will be further investigated in the future.

On the thirteenth of February of this year The Croydon Guardian published a short, hastily noted down, interview with (a quite reluctant) Iggy, titled: Croydon Guardian tracks down elusive rock star muse. The latest post at the Church scrutinises every word she has said: Little old lady from London-by-the-Sea.

20100404

Ariane 6.3 - bugfixing release

Entry 1679 posted in: a. ArianeB


NEW: THE ARIANEB WALKTHROUGHS have now got their own domain:
http://arianeb.atagong.com


Although its maker hoped that ArianeB 6.21 was going to be the last and final release, (s)he has now come up with version 6.3.

It fixes the (known) bugs from 6.21 (January 2010). According to its maker the hardest bug to fix involved some dance / make out interaction that would crash from time to time. The ArianeB blog:

Fixing it required some new code on several pages, which I have tested with no issues. Another bug involving the convenience store changes has also been fixed. (Taken from: dating sim 6.3 nothing but fixes)

one of the 4 altered pictures Dating Ariane Game Walkthroughs

As far as Unfinished Projects could check only a dozen html pages were altered and also a couple of images were refreshed. As none of the situations or storylines have changed we suppose (and hope, really) that the ArianeB 6.21 walkthroughs should still be valid.

They will be checked though and updated if necessary.

All in all its maker finds it is about time to wrap up the ArianeB project so that all the attention could go to something new. We can hardly wait.

ArianeB 6.3 can be played at http://arianeb.com/dategame.htm. The download location can be found on the same page.
The ArianeB blog: Ariane's Life in the Metaverse.
The Ariane Barnes: Aspiring Video Game Star comics (12 episodes).

And, last but not least, the most recent walkthroughs can be reached by clicking the ArianeB Walkthroughs logo at the top right side of this page.

20100410

Double standards or niggers and Jews not allowed

Entry 1680 posted in: 1. General Mish Mash


The last couple of weeks I tried to explain to foreign friends, who had read in Le Monde or la Libé that Flemish politicians openly forbid French speaking people to buy houses in Flanders, that these restrictions were only valid for so-called social housing projects and not for the free market.

But last week Belgian television found out that several Flemish town administrations recommend building project agencies to only sell their houses to Dutch speaking people and to, on a voluntarily basis, hand over a list of interested would-be buyers to the city council before making the deal. This has apparently been going on for ages.

Asking such a thing is of course illegal and the housing agency doesn't need to be cooperative but then the subtle hint is given that the necessary licenses to build the houses will be delayed or - if possible - refused. This is not that far from South-African apartheid sunbathing rules (see image above) or German national-socialists asking for lists of Jewish entrepreneurs in the thirties.

An example of how illegal this is: Belgian anti-racism laws will not allow anyone to refuse to rent a house to a colored person out of racial prejudices and rightly so, but Flemish government now uses crypto-fascist methods to stop the unstoppable French immigration into Flemish territory.

Unlike London, Paris or Berlin it is not considered hip to live in the Belgian capital. During the day Brussels is filled with people who flee the capital en masse as soon as the church bells sound 5 PM, after that, many fear, the minarets take over…

Basically only the immigrants (legal or not), the poor and young live in Brussels. For reasons that would take to long to explain they mostly choose French as their official language. Luckily quite a few of them succeed in ameliorating their (financial) position but as soon as they have reached a certain status these families want to leave the capital faster than Speedy Gonzales and settle in one of the neighboring villages.

It is here that the linguistic clash occurs. Geographically speaking Brussels is a francophone enclave surrounded by Flemish territory. Every year (originally small and rural) Flemish villages are confronted with about a thousand French speaking 'migrants'. Over the past decades this resulted in the demographic fact that several villages have now a French speaking majority although politically and geographically speaking they are a still part of Flanders.

Although Flemish politicians refuse to acknowledge this, a recent study (2009) at Brussels university has pointed out that it is simply impossible to stop Brussels migration towards Flanders. Brussels is an octopus whose arms are grabbing more and more territory whether Flanders likes it or not.

That same study agrees that there is a problem, but also concludes that shortsighted (read: repressive) measures are ineffective. The only way to stop unilingual French infiltration into Flanders is to build a strong Flemish socio-cultural presence in Brussels and even more of importance: build more Flemish schools in Brussels so that future migrants will at least have learned the language of the region they will migrate into.

Although the house-selling rules are obviously in a legal gray zone and openly racist the Flemish vice-minister president Geert Bourgeois sees no problem and even finds these measures positive.

A political editor of the progressive newspaper De Morgen compared these methods to racketeering and was wondering how far Flemish local politicians will dare to go: will they refuse to send out the fire brigade if a French speaking person's house is on fire?

Geert Bourgeois is a member of the federalist N-VA party, but his roots are the (now disbanded) Volksunie party that has always struggled with its image, due to some hardboiled members who refused to hide their sympathy for nazism and apartheid. At least we now know what Bourgeois stands for.

It is not a coincidence that the racketeering measure has leaked out this week. But contrary to what logic should dictate it has not been made public by francophone language activists but by their Flemish counterparts.

Since a couple of months ultra-secret negotiations are going on between Flemish, Walloon and Brussels political hotshots, lead by ex-prime minister Jean-Luc Dehaene, in order to find a solution for the federal (and constitutional) impasse Belgium is in right now. These negotiations are now in its final stage and separatists parties are desperately trying to sabotage these.

It is no secret either that the N-VA (whose ultimate goal it is to split Belgium) is using emergency plans and is, behind the screens, giving instructions to Flemish extremist language groupuscules to heat things up. I'm pretty sure more linguistic fires will be started the next couple of weeks.

But like in any good espionage and counterespionage story these quarrels could have the opposite effect and only strengthen the negotiations to get Belgium out of its troubles, once and for all.


Other Flemish Belgian stories on this blog:
Belgium: WTF? 
Just like Belgium 

20100424

We are all made of stars

Entry 1681 posted in: The Holy Church of Iggy the Inuit


History, as we know it, is the story of royalty and generals and does not contain the memory of the millions who succumbed or who tried to build a normal life.

This also applies to modern popular history. Pink Floyd & Syd Barrett biographies and the so-called Sixties counter-culture studies that have appeared all repeat the memories of a small, nearly incestuous, circle of people who made it, one way or another. You always stumble upon those who have become the royalty and generals of the Underground. Others are less known, the lower rank officers, but still officers.

The rest of this introspective article at the Holy Church of Iggy the Inuit tells the story of Ponji and Pip, who didn't quite make it.

20100430

iPod Random Generator April 2010

Entry 1682 posted in: 9. I, Pod


My iPod statistics for the month of April 2010.

Every month a graph will be published here, the playlist of the month will appear on my MySpace blog and the overview of the year will be glued on my MySpace entrance page. Nothing to be excited about.

For those who still want to know the how and what and where and when I give you this old link: Random Blueß aka sucking for statistics 

And here are the last 10 songs that enjoyed my life:
Driftwood Travis Déjà Vu Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Europa And The Pirate Twins Thomas Dolby The Legacy Iron Maiden Bike Ride To The Moon The Dukes Of Stratosphear Corpses In Their Mouths Ian Brown I'm Bound to Pack it Up The White Stripes Familiar Feeling Moloko Les Mannequins Kraftwerk Real Wild Child (Wild One) Iggy Pop.


If you want to know how the graph looked like last month: iPod Random Generator March 2010