I woke up early this morning; a helicopter was hovering overhead. These things make a lot of noise when they're not moving on!
I walked throught Frankendael to the Middenweg.
When I got to the Kruislaan, I took the #40 bus to work. While waiting for the bus I was talking to my colleague J who lives around the corner from me. Usually he takes the bike to work; not so today. Why not? "The riot police was evicting the squatters in the house across the road and I couldn't get to the bicycle storage".
That's why that helicopter woke me up; it was there for the eviction. Good thing I walked through Frankendael; if I had gone through Pretoriusstraat I would have been turned away by the police.
When we got to work the sun was just peeking over the horizon behind the UvA buildings.
At work I spent the whole day going through Apache configuration files to prepare for the big website switch. It is fairly complex: multiple domains, multiple machines, some secure layers, some plain. New version of Apache and PHP; a CMS on one machine and old-fashioned html on the other and both have to work simultaneously. I think I've got it sorted now, but only the real switch will tell. Maybe I should move to Patagonia if it doesn't work…
I walked home via the Indische Buurt. On the corner of Molukkenstraat they're building a new block of apartments. All have been sold already. I wonder who's holding the mortgage on them.
Passing under the railroad going to Polderweg I saw they'd put plywood sheets up in the tunnel. I peeked behind the sheets: they're painting the walls a nice, flat grey.
This tunnel —and the area around it— is one of the most graffiti-painted areas in the east. I think both the virgin plywood and the wall behind it will not stay blank for long…
This is what you see when you walk out of the tunnel.
For dinner I got a mozarella salad from AH. I'm getting really fond of these mozarella salads; they taste wonderful with the balsamico vinegar!
Friend Mic just sent me a link to an important website: http://hasthelargehadroncolliderdestroyedtheworldyet.com/
If you're a geek, nerd or programmer, please also look at the source of that page!