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History of a financial masterstroke

About five years ago, I decided to buy some shares of a game developer company. I learned a lot from this:

Primarily how to burn my money effectively. :)


I just failed my first examination at the university. It was the 47th exam I had, but I never failed before. Well, there has to be a first time, right? I'm feeling bad anyway.

Booth Babes Bad?

Sorry that after this post I'm blogging something similar here. This year at the E3, the worlds greatest computer game expo, you won't see any booth babes. Because they are forbidding this. How strange is that? On gamedev.net, somebody wrote "America! Home of the sexually disfunctional people!", and slowly I think he's right. Game expo without babes? Very unusual. Also, reminds me on this ad:
If your eyes are not that good: The small text below reads: "And verbal?".

Irrlicht on MacOS

Announcing a new feature of the Irrlicht Engine coming to a file server of sourceforge.net near you in the next few days:

irrlicht on macOs

Big thanks go to Etienne Petitjean for this!

C++ namespaces

Every time I have to work with foreign code and have to type something like this
UIWaterFlr_FileDetectionJK_CalenderCtrl_GrtBtn* a = 
new UIWaterFlr_FileDetectionJK_CalenderCtrl_GrtBtn();
..I have the feeling I die a little bit inside. Please, guys. God invented namespaces for this.

Sex is bad, killing and torturing people is ok

Somehow I still don't get why some nations think that children should be protected to get in contact with porn, whereas it is totally ok to let them watch movies where people kill each other brutally.
Sex is fun! It is not bad. Killing is bad. IMO.

Subject? Who cares.

Just got mail from my university:
From: somebody@someInstitute.tuwien.ac.at
To: eSomeNumbers@student.tuwien.ac.at
Sent: Sunday, January 15, 2006 9:05 AM
Subject: bla

You sucessfully registered yourself for the exam.
I changed the email adresses above. But not the subject. bla?
Update: Funny, TU students seem to be able to guess the institute the mail came from without problems. :)

Script sharing

Mein erster deutscher Eintrag, auf Englisch macht er nicht so viel Sinn:
Das gemeinsame Verwenden von
Unterlagen (script sharing) ist nicht gestattet.
Boah, gut dass sie 'script sharing' in Klammern dazugeschrieben haben, sonst hätte ich echt nicht gewusst was sie meinen.

New blog links

I just updated links to other blogs I regulary read on the right of this page. (Of course I read other blogs too, but the list would get too long) Changelog:

Added Fefe's Blog (very nice real life conspiracy links, german only)
Added Der Shopblogger (cool guy, running a shop, blogging about it, german only)
Added SteveStreeting's Blog (developer of another, slight more popular ;) 3d engine, posts long but interesting texts from time to time)

Removed Peter Pilz (boring, in lots of cases too small minded politic critics)
Removed matt's blog (no updates)


What can I do to motivate myself to go on learning? I still don't have an academic title (4 exams remaining) and I still can't start learning. I rather play games, code 3d engines and do other stuff. I just cancelled the next math exam. Argl. I'm sooo lazy. And it is unpleasant that my friends are finishing their studies, like Martin currently. At least I helped him a bit with his thesis (proofreading), and he used Irrlicht in it. :)

In Extremo concert in Gothic

At the weekend, I attended a concert of the german folk metal band In Extremo. About 3 or 4 times. Because it was a virtual concert, which only takes place in the german version of the RPG Gothic by Piranha Bytes. Unfortunately, it's not in the english/interational version, and so most non german speaking players won't see this, which is a bit sad because the band really rocks and the music fits perfectly into the game. And because all these non german players only would see screenshots of it, I took a short video of it. I hope it is legally ok, I only recorded about 7 seconds. :) Download it here (1.6 MB) (Warning: very low audio quality).


irrlicht rocks

(Without words, shamelessly copied from the Irrlicht Engine forum.)

Old hardware

Just read a blog entry of a student with a story about developing a 3D demo, mentioning that his hardware is pretty old. He's got a Radeon 9800 Pro.
I'm developing a quite popular 3D engine, and I've got a Radeon 9200 SE. So if his one is old, what's mine? Phew. Did I metion that I coded the first few Irrlicht engine releases only using the onboard 2.5D hardware of my Notebook? :) I think I'm a little minimalist when it comes to hardware upgrades.

Krimhild has gone completely mad

This year it is the first time where a lot of snow is falling in Vienna. At least since I am living here. A lot of snow is falling down in front of the window of my room, and it is f*cking cold. But Krimhild, my roommate, is totally unimpressed by this. Since beginning of December '05, she is growing bigger and bigger, and is creating 11 - in words eleven - blossoms on two impressive huge stems (as far as I am counting). They are looking like this:

Very interesting. More interesting is that - according to some pages on the internet - carnivorous plants usually only do this during summer and if they have a very good time. Which I don't think Krimhild has, because - also according to the internet - I am doing everything the wrong way. Krimhild is standing directly above the heater, she doesn't get any food and not that much water (I'm quite clumsy). Not to mention sunlight, not a lot of it is coming through my window. Anyway, maybe this means she likes me, nice. But this could also mean that she simply wants to die and this is her last blaze up, before deceasing, hope not :)
Here's another picture, with my hand and a battery, to indicate the size of the stems:


Remember He-Man, the Masters of the Universe? Penny Arcade really IS funny somtimes. *rotfl*