paganpaul: (zeitgeist)
Right. So the European prime ministers and all them have reached a new conclusion to the debt-problems. Note the word debt. There is going to be some kind of fund with a lot of money (€1000.0000.0000.0000), which all countries are going to add to.
All these countries have failing economies, and they are going to pull some money from their failing internals to put into a fund that will do something for everyone. They assume. This will of course increase the money-problem (read: more debt).
Greece's money problems are cut in half (they do not have to pay back half the money they got from the other European countries). Does this not increase the money-problem for the others? (More debt.)
And finally, the Dutch prime minister stated reinforcing the emergency fund (that thing with too many zeroes) now has the firing power of a bazooka. Any idea who will get hit by that? And we are going to have "a growing economy". In my layman's words that would mean that more money will go round (and end up in the same bulging pockets as where most is already. Which, amazingly, will increase debt.
We live in debt. And as long as this lunatic circus of increasing, more, and faster money is kept in place, it will only get worse.

Laugh at communities like the Amish and such, but in that respect I think they are better off than most of us. The idea of a self-supporting community with no money and no debts is becoming more and more appealing.

Hooray

Oct. 11th, 2011 08:23 pm
paganpaul: (Writing)
My own domain with the writer's blog etc. is up!

Here.

:-)
paganpaul: (huis)
I have to share this. I am happy about the place where I live.

A few times already, in the last few days, I passed a sign "Apples, 2 Kilos, 1 €". Beneath it, a large blue plastic basket with sacks of apples in it. Each 2 kilos. And a cup next to the basket. With Euro coins in it.

There was no one with the apples or the money, they just put it there and left it up to the honesty of the people passing by to pay for the apples.

Something very very simple like that makes me happy. I took a sack of apples. And left 2 euros.
paganpaul: (Default)
I have two boxes.

The label on the small one reads: "My problems".
The label on the large one reads: "Not my problems".
paganpaul: (Default)
Don't be such a wuss

Uhm...

Home again.

Sep. 1st, 2011 08:05 pm
paganpaul: (Default)
 Yes, I made it through the strain and stress of the vacation. (Or rather: too bad, it is over already.)

To prevent you from having to read many thousands of words, I put up a selection of pictures on my website for you to enjoy. Remember - each one tells a thousand words. ;-)

Longbow

Jun. 25th, 2011 05:56 pm
paganpaul: (Default)
Yes, today was the day. I went to a workshop to make my own longbow. I wanted to do that since a long time, and finally, today...

I intended to take a set of pictures of the process, but there was not much to see (more to do), and also the rain interfered with having the camera close by, so there are only a few pictures, and most of them are of the finished product, in my house.

You can find the set here on Flickr.

And yes. It is a long bow. It is longer than I am.

Making the bow was very interesting. We started little after 9 in the morning, and by 3:30 in the afternoon it was done and we (Simon the bowmaker and I) went into a field, set up a target and shot at it. It was the first time for me to use a wooden bow, and I am quite pleased how well it went. Simon said I was doing well for a first timer with that bow. :-)

The bow is now standing in the living room, to dry. When it is all dry I need to sand it a few times and then either oil or lacquer it. I plan on the lacquer, but I need to get some that works on flexible surfaces.

I had a really great time. Even when it rained all the while. (I worked under a tree which kept most rain away from me for a long time.)
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paganpaul: (Writing)
(Original post at Wordpress.)


Why am I giving my books away? Because yes, everything I have published so far is available for free.

Many people have asked me why I don't charge money for my writing. "After all, it is your hard work that went into it, that should be rewarded."

Well, dear readers and people who seem to be worried about my well-being, it is rewarded.

Not by financials, I agree, but by the sheer number of downloads that I see happening. Yes, I get a kick out of that. Now, that is all very nice, I hear you say, but kicks won't keep you alive for long! Very true. For that I have my job. At this moment I have a nice job in IT and that pays my bills, my mortgage and everything else I like (and trust me, I like a lot!).

Will having more money make me... eat more, better or healthier? I doubt that, especially the more. Live faster or better? More doubts. Living fast is something I try to avoid, anyway. Write better? Hardly. I am happy the way things are now. Oh, certainly, I would love to be a professional writer and live off the fruits of my creativity in that arena, but I am realistic enough to know there are only few who manage that. Many professional authors get by just barely and have to take other jobs or assignments that pay better, to keep their life going.

No. I'll take many downloads and constructive reviews instead, next to my daytime job. That way I am able and free to write what I want, when I want and how I want it. And judging from the feedback I have received on my writing, I am not doing that badly.

One more revelation: I collect quotes and proverbs, as they are often miracles of language-use and I adore those things. I chose this one as a good ending for this post:

"If you want to know how god thinks about money, look at the people that have it."
paganpaul: (Gadgets)
This is cool:

Let's see if we're grokking this: Samsung is not only telling the dev community it's okay to place custom ROMs on its flagship device, it's actually encouraging the practice by handing out free phones? Atinm, the developer responsible for prepping CyanogenMod on the Captivate and Vibrant, took to Twitter to praise the manufacturer for sending him a free Galaxy S II. From the looks of it, Samsung sent the phone to a select number of devs intent on building an official release of CM7 for the GSII. Unlocking bootloaders has already become the new fancy with manufacturers like HTC, Motorola, and Sony Ericsson jumping on the bandwagon, but this is the first time we've heard of a company doling out free devices to the custom ROM community. Does this mean that, instead of enforcing TouchWiz with an iron fist, Samsung is looking at how this practice could actually benefit consumers? We doubt this will be the case for all of the company's future Android phones, but wouldn't you love to live in a world where it was?

Original at Engadget

Hilda

Jun. 3rd, 2011 09:11 pm
paganpaul: (Default)
Hooray.

Book number 6, "Hilda - Lycadea" is officially available through Smashwords now.

The gory details:
ISBN: 978-1-4580-2772-6
Title: Hilda - Lycadea
Author: Paul Kater

paganpaul: (Default)
Motorway (A73)
A view from a bridge, on the A73 motorway.

Curve
Nice little line-up of lights

Power lines
Somehow this one intrigued me and had to be made!

Nature and man's influence
A bridge in nature. (Took the first 2 pictures from this bridge.)

(Click a picture to see a larger one. :-)
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paganpaul: (Avatar)
I am dedicated. I ordered this statue today.


In other news, I have a long weekend. Today is a christian holiday so no work for Pagans either, and tomorrow the shop's closed as well. I am not complaining, trust me. Work there goes well. I sometimes wonder how these people managed to keep the system going without me. Then I realise that they did not. That is why I am there. *grin*

Had a nice long bike ride this afternoon. The weather was great, and so was the amount of wind I had to fight at times. Most of that, naturally, on the way back...

Last weekend I watched Avatar. That makes 39...

And shocker: last night I calculated that the 5 Hilda books I put on Smashwords so far have been downloaded over 8000 times already!
And talking about Hilda, what do you think of the cover art I made for the new book?

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This is awesome.

Original and more at the steampunk tribune.
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paganpaul: (huis)
Here's a random picture I thought I'd share.
IMAG0028
This is a signpost I passed this morning, as I was out on a 10km bike ride.
Schuttersweg means "road of the shooters". The "shooters" is a reference to the old shooting guilds.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schutterij says:
Schutterij (German: Schützenverein) refers to a voluntary city guard or citizen militia in the medieval and early modern Netherlands, intended to protect the town or city from attack and act in case of revolt or fire. Their training grounds were often on open spaces within the city, near the city walls, but, when the weather did not allow, inside a church. They are mostly grouped according to their district and to the weapon that they used: bow, crossbow or gun. Together, its members are called a Schuttersgilde. It is now a title applied to ceremonial shooting clubs and to the country's Olympic rifle team.

The "Schutterij" is still very big in the south of the Netherlands, especially the provinces Brabant (where I live) and Limburg.

Right, St. Agathaweg is the road to St. Agatha, a very small village/community that falls under the jurisdiction of Cuijk. And obviously the Cuijkseweg is the road to Cuijk. Which is the one I took to get home and out of the strong cold wind. *grin*

Location of signpost
The red dot shows where the signpost is. :-) And I am slowly thawing, thanks to a wonderful cuppa tea.
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The Toyota Auris Full Hybrid.

More pictures )

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paganpaul: (Rare mensen)
In one of history's more absurd acts of totalitarianism, China has banned Buddhist monks in Tibet from reincarnating without government permission. According to a statement issued by the State Administration for Religious Affairs, the law, which goes into effect next month and strictly stipulates the procedures by which one is to reincarnate, is "an important move to institutionalize management of reincarnation." But beyond the irony lies China's true motive: to cut off the influence of the Dalai Lama, Tibet's exiled spiritual and political leader, and to quell the region's Buddhist religious establishment more than 50 years after China invaded the small Himalayan country. By barring any Buddhist monk living outside China from seeking reincarnation, the law effectively gives Chinese authorities the power to choose the next Dalai Lama, whose soul, by tradition, is reborn as a new human to continue the work of relieving suffering.

At 72, the Dalai Lama, who has lived in India since 1959, is beginning to plan his succession, saying that he refuses to be reborn in Tibet so long as it's under Chinese control. Assuming he's able to master the feat of controlling his rebirth, as Dalai Lamas supposedly have for the last 600 years, the situation is shaping up in which there could be two Dalai Lamas: one picked by the Chinese government, the other by Buddhist monks. "It will be a very hot issue," says Paul Harrison, a Buddhism scholar at Stanford. "The Dalai Lama has been the prime symbol of unity and national identity in Tibet, and so it's quite likely the battle for his incarnation will be a lot more important than the others."

(Original story here.)
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paganpaul: (Avatar)
Right. Most people will now wonder what that is all about.

It is the name for the LearnNavi.org "we learn Na'vi" project.

Each Friday evening we have a class, on Teamspeak, and there we learn to read, write, speak and listen to Na'vi. Which is great and cool for those interested, and often not simple.

This evening I got a compliment about my Na'vi-written weblog, "because you write so much".

Uhm, I objected that there are only very short entries in it.

"Yes," our karyu (teacher) said, "but you update it so often, almost every day. Not many Na'vi blogs are kept up to date so well."

Okay, I admit that I felt pretty proud of that.
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On the "Battersea Barge", with Unwoman, after her concert.

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London

Feb. 11th, 2011 08:42 pm
paganpaul: (Default)
Alas. All good things must end, they say.
The visit to London was wonderful. Meeting my friend Carol, seeing Totem (Cirque du Soleil) in the Royal Albert Hall, visiting Kensington Palace and the Royal Observatory, meeting up with friends near Luton, dinners out, and a hotel with a direct view on Tower Bridge.
Even the weather was amazingly good the first 2 days: there was sunshine!
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Lots of fallen branches and such, thanks to the storm we had. The walk was quite breezy too.
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