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Fri, 27 Oct 2006
zoo linz (again) (0 comments)
it's the (first, second) third time zombiequeen and i have been to this small, but really lovely zoo close to linz, on the poestlingberg. they have a large amount of animals and the sizes of the cages seem to be very ok for the animals. according to the behaviour of the animals, they seem to live with that very well - no stimming, no signs of auto-aggressions. zombiequeen especially wanted to see the alpacas (she already fell in love with these animals in walding) and "garo", a little panda bear we saw for the first time (though i doubt this really is a panda-bear, but the sign said so, and it looks so absolutely damn cute). garo used to hide the other times we have been to the zoo, but today garo was a real poser - lucky us! alpaca // panda bear(?) "garo"
i was specifically interested in getting good pictures of the lynx this time. and i'm glad i got what i was looking for. i guess it was the warm weather and the sunshine that almost all animals were in their outdoor cages instead of the indoor-cages, they usually stayed in when we visited the zoo. also we got to see apes delousing each other on spots where one normally wouldn't expect lice. but they all seemed to enjoy it, so i guess there's nothing wrong with that. lynx // delousing apes
see more pics here.

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Wed, 25 Oct 2006
edimax ew-7317ldg.txt (1 comments)
last week was my graduation, and as a present from our "alma mater" (read: university of applied science hagenberg) we got an edimax ew-7317ldg - an absolute cool device. it is a wi-fi scanner and an usb-wlan adaptor for USB. the scanner works in stand-alone mode too, the wlan adaptor of course only when connected to a usb bus ;) edimax ew-7317ldg
since i do not have any windows installed, and my laptop runs debian i tried to find out how to get the stick working. and here it is (ok, those that are not interested in tech-talk, skip this bLog-entry, there will be no non-tech info below this point): although there's support for zd1211 and zd1211rw in kernel 2.6.18 these versions did not work for me - there was a firmware-conflict. instead i used the debian package "zd1211-source", which installs the tarball (also available at the download-section at the zd1211 homepage) plus a few helper files that makes installation on debian easier (yeah, the "./debian/rules" stuff, for those familiar with debian). no matter in which you install the drivers, it is absolutely necessary to change a setting in the included Makefile! "ZD1211REV_B=0" has to be changed to "ZD1211REV_B=1" otherwise the driver wont work. after doing the change, run either "make && make install" or use the debian way, via "apt-get install zd1211-source; cd /usr/src/modules/zd1211; ./debian/rules binary-modules; dpkg -i ../../zd1211-module-2.bla.fasel-tralal_la; modprobe zd1211b;". after loading the module, dmesg or /var/log/message should show up this:
Oct 25 23:00:15 nostromo kernel: ZD1211B - http://zd1211.ath.cx/ - SVN_TRUNK Oct 25 23:00:15 nostromo kernel: Based on www.zydas.com.tw driver version 2.4.0.0 Oct 25 23:00:15 nostromo kernel: usb 4-3: reset high speed USB device using ehci_hcd and address 24 Oct 25 23:00:16 nostromo kernel: Release Ver = 4802 Oct 25 23:00:16 nostromo kernel: AiroHa RF Oct 25 23:00:16 nostromo kernel: AllowedChannel = 000107ff Oct 25 23:00:16 nostromo kernel: Region:48 Oct 25 23:00:16 nostromo kernel: usbcore: registered new driver zd1211b
if not, it's probably because some other zd1211-module version is loaded, like zd1211 or zd1211rw. unloading all zd1211-modules and reloading the correct module should solve it. next, a "ifconfig wlan0 up" should bring up this log-message.
Oct 25 23:02:26 nostromo kernel: ADDRCONF(NETDEV_UP): wlan0: link is not ready
next, configure wlan0 as any other wlan device via iwconfig(8), like adding a specific essid via "iwconfig wlan0 essid nostromo". once done, output of "iwconfig wlan0" should look like this:
wlan0 802.11b/g NIC ESSID:"nostromo" Mode:Managed Frequency:2.457 GHz Access Point: UU:VV:WW:XX:YY:ZZ [...]
voila, online! :)

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Sun, 22 Oct 2006
zoo walding (0 comments)
today zombiequeen and i enjoyed a warm, sunny, and beautiful autumn-day in walding. they have a zoo there, unfortunately not as big as we both expected or were hoping. elephants, sheeps, goats, birds, monkeys, ocelot, cats, pigs, ducks, rabbits, alpacas, zebras, camels, llamas, and some others i forgot to mention here. we also wanted to see the tiger and the puma they had there, but unfortunately both of them died recently (december and november, most probably 2005?). afterwards we drove to aschach, drank a coffee and took a walk at the riverside of the danube. there we had fun skimming some stones, and doing some hobby ornithology. black-white llama // ocelot (purring)
more pics are available here.

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Thu, 19 Oct 2006
f*** Nostromo      HR Giger (0 comments)
sue, i know her from an IRC-channel i hang in for quite a long time now, stayed at my flat for the weekend during the ars electronica festival. in return i got a very cool present from her. a poster from the giger-exhibition in vienna. the poster already is damn cool (i didn't buy one when i was at the exhibition myself - see the appropriate bLog-entry here), but even cooler is the signature on it, by hans ruedi giger himself! "f*** Nostromo HR Giger", it says. "f***" most probably stands for "fuer", but maybe it's also "fuck" - who knows. in any way, it's absolutely yammi! i still have to decide on which wall i will put it.

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Tue, 17 Oct 2006
"lange nacht der museen 2006" (0 comments)
although we planned not to visit any LNdM in vienna again in 2005, we have been in vienna on this day. so we decided to visit only one museum since getting to other museums took us so long last year. therefore we drove to the city at 21:30 to meet with h4nni and "hoppelchen" (yop, that's the way h4nni calls her friend matthias). then we went to a pub to get some coffee (or beer, for the bavarian part of our crew). since the two were visiting museums since 18:00 they were already exhausted. they gave us their tickets (yippieh!), as they drove home afterwards. so, at about 00:00 we entered the natural history museum vienna. this year it was the first floor we had a closer look at, as last year we were in the basement. h4nni and h0ppelchen // natural history museum
as usual, more pics are here. unfortunately there was not too much time left, so i have taken only a few pics.

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Sun, 15 Oct 2006
holidays in hersonissos, crete! (0 comments)
here's the promised report from the holidays in crete with zombiequeen - i know a little late, but somehow i had no time to write it, up to now. day 1: unfortunately our flight had two and a half hours delay for departure. so we arrived at 01:30, local time, at the hotel. pretty exhausting so far. at the airport in vienna, waiting // the shuttle-bus to our hotel
but fortunately we had plenty of time to relax for the rest of the day, as it was rainy, dull, and cloudy all day long. so we examined the surrounding area a bit and had a nice walk at the seaside, which was very close to our hotel (i think it was about 250m walk). the hotel was ok, the food they served - we had half-board - was excellent and about half of the stuff they offered at the buffet every evening was traditional food, which we both enjoyed. every day they served something different - yammi. we'd fatten up if we would have stayed longer. local specialities and... // ...parts of a traditional costume
day 2: sunday was the first day with sunshine, beach, pool and a small trip to the next village, hersonissos - pronounced as "chersonnisos" by the locals, and "schersonnisoss" by the germans - h00ray for "mallorka" (mallorca), "sewilla" (sevilla), "schina" (china) and "schemieh" (chemistry). it took us about 10 minutes to get there. the funny thing about hersonnisos is, that i've already been there. in 2001, with my former colleagues from MTD97. it was our diploma trip. what a fortunate coincidence it was another diploma trip (though this time only with my girlfriend zombiequeen) that brought me to this village again. quite a few things had changed in hersonnisos, but most of the things still were familiar to me, like several shops, mcdonalds, the bars and pubs along the sea-side, the little church, etc. also the shop where i got my "/dev/nos" t-shirt printed, still existed - with the same dude behind the plotter. below you can see a picture of the hotel ("ilios"), we stayed at in 2001. hotel "ilios" and... // ...at the harbour of hersonnisos
day 3: on monday we booked a guided tour through south crete. the bus fetched us at 07:20 from the hotel and brought us to the archaelogical site of faistos, an old excavation site which once belonged to ... ...uhm... ahm... actually i forgot all the exciting and cool stories the guide told us. anyway, ancient stones, ancient walls, ancient writings carved in stone (law code of gortyn - the eldest writing in... don't remember anymore). ah yeah, and the remains of some guy were burried there, but they were brought elsewhere because of... hm... some other guys who wanted the first guy to be forgotten (or so the story goes). pretty cool story, aeh? strike the pose... // ...at the archaeological excavation in faistos
next stop was at the caves of matala, former tomb-caves and caves used for dwelling. later the caves hosted hippies that lived directly at the seashore in those caves, several meters above the sea. the caves themselves were quite low and small, i really had troubles to imagine the way they lived there. rumour has it, there's one last hippie in this area (but probably not living in one of those caves anymore, since they all seemed abandoned). he would have gone mad anyway, since nowadays matala is quite tourist-orientated. beach of matala, with the... // hippie-caves next to the shore
next stop was in spili, a "typical crete village" (as all the other villages we took a break in, with each of our guided tours). in fact, they typically look like tourist ghettos. tons of busses, bringing tourists to buy all the "typical crete handcraft/food/etc". well, we've seen this one, we've seen it all - typically. a typical gas-station, and... // typical electricity equipment in spili
day 4: tuesday was some kind of a guided catastrophy. we planned to hike the samaria gorge, an 18km long walk to the shore, where a boat is waiting for you at the exit to take you to the nearest bigger harbour. our bus trip started at 05:20 and it took us several hours to fetch all the others that wanted to take this tour too. but after about 5 hours of bus driving our guide told us we can not take the tour through the samaria gorge as it was too stormy for the boat to land at the gorge's exit. therefore we decided to drive to the imbros gorge instead. this gorge is only 11km long, and an easier variant of the gorge we originally planned to walk through. the estimated time to pass the gorge was 4 hours, we did it in 3 hours and the bavarian school-class that booked this tour too, finished it in about 2 hours. we both really enjoyed this hiking day, though it was a bit exhausting to sit in a bus for approximately 13 hours to get to your destinations. alternative ways to pass the gorge, and... // the exit
on our way home we had stops in a typical crete village (of course), another excavation site (i unfortunately forgot the name), and another historic and important place (although it seemed more like they put a statue of some guy there just to make the bus stop at just another tavern to get tourists buy drinks, snacks and souvenirs). another ancient ruin // sunset in crete
day 5: next day, wednesday, again ancient ruins, but this time of much bigger scale: knossos. i've already been there on my second holidays on crete back in 2002, but - as for the first time - it was impressive again, like the technology (e.g. sewage water system), the size, building houses with several floors and getting all the raw material there to build such a huge palace. pretty cool was a little cat that sat on a way where hundreds of tourists walked along. some ignoring, some petting the cat. i stopped in front of the cat, kneeled down to stroke the cat, as the cutie suddenly jumped on my knees, lying down, closing the eyes, purring and snoozing. no shyness at all - i was amazed. unfortunately the guide did not wait, so i had to drop the cat off again *sigh*. tourists, and... // cats in knossos
although our trip to crete was post season hundreds of tourists were there. but gladly it was not too hot so waiting at all the high-lights was not too annoying. next stop where the caves of psychro. a quite big and impressive stalactite cave. i really enjoyed staying in the caves since the temperature inside was very pleasing - about 16° celsius. too cold for zombiequeen, who therefore left the cave pretty fast. the entrance, and... // inside the psychro cave
afterwards we visited a typical tavern in a typical village to take a typical break. while most of the tour-members had some typical greek food, we had a typical greek coffee. the last station for this day was another region, famous for its windmills. i forgot the name. at this time of the year there are no active windmills anymore, so the bus stopped at some old windmill-ruins. again this trip was nice, and we both enjoyed it, just as all the other trips. that was it for the active part of this holiday. maybe i should mention that students have free entry to all museum, excavation sites and historical places. so the only thing we had to pay entry for was the imbros gorge - so studying SEC finally was profitable. day 6: our trips were done, so we only did smaller excursions to hersonnisos and malia, the two villages lying east and west from our hotel, both 10mins per foot away. beach impressions, part 1 and... // part 2
day 7: we left early in the morning to get the bus to the airport. at about 13:00 localtime we arrived in vienna again. to get more visual impressions, feel free to click here. thanks to my girlfriend, who made this holiday a really beautiful trip to crete. i really enjoyed every single second of it.

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Sun, 01 Oct 2006
10 years anniversary! (1 comments)
approximately on the 1st of october 1996 i attended my first lecture at the university of applied science in hagenberg. besides that, elections have been hold today, and i returned from my holiday from crete, greece (there will be a separate bLog-entry on this one within the next few days).

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