"Don't throw your cigarette butts in the urinals. It makes them
soggy and difficult to light."
Tom Sharpe, "Wilt on High"
THE FINISHING OF "ST NEWS" VOLUME 9 ISSUE 2
(the text is an ACC / DBA co-production)
edited by Richard Karsmakers
Friday, July 22nd 1994
The birthday of Jason Becker, guitar talent extraordinaire
suffering from the lethal A.L.S. Lou Gehrig Syndrome nerve
When it rains it pours. When I woke up this morning people on
the radio told me today the temperature would be as much as 30°
Celsius. Please understand me well - if there's a bit of wind and
I can sit on the balcony all day with a cold beer, some liquorice
and a good book (or two) to read, I don't mind too much. However,
today is the last day prior to The Finishing of ST NEWS Volume 9
Issue 2. I still have one more article to write - the
introduction to my "Book Reviews" - and this morning my Falcon
space bar went on the fritz. A good thing I still have my MEGA
ST, which I have now moved next to the Falcon. It was going to be
used tomorrow anyway, for the purpose of this real-time article,
but it's useful now already.
Listening to disc 2 of the AC/DC "Live" set, quite excellent
though not my own, while trying desperately to adjust, in sortof
real-time too, to the MEGA ST keyboard (which is a QWERTZ one,
German, as opposed to my UK Falcon keyboard). It types pretty
I just called Jurek Ceglarek, customer support supervisor of
Atari Benelux, and asked him what could be done about my Falcon
keyboard problems. He immediately offered to send me a few
switches that could easily be used to replace the busted space
bar one, which might even find themselves in my mailbox tomorrow
Tomorrow Alexander "Bonus" de Vries and Sietse "Slimer" Postma
of Disk Busters Association (DBA) will arrive at my place to
witness The Finishing. As a matter of fact, with their aid I plan
to build in a "Falcon internal speaker is on/off; do you want it
to remain so, or change it?" option. Slimer told me Bonus is
their coder, and their magazine has said option.
The main problem at the moment is Jeff Minter. For the last five
days I've been calling him throughout the day to check if he's
home. I am trying to get an interview with him into this ST NEWS,
and if I can get hold of him by, say, 1 PM, I can still get it
to work. He can do the interview replies, send it to me by email
and I can fetch the stuff from my email account at around 4 PM.
That way I can get it in. But I am afraid Jeff is still in the
States, where he was supposed to spend five days at Atari
Corporation involving the "Virtual Light Machine" to be built
into the Jaguar CD ROM. He told me, about two weeks ago, he'd be
back early this week and might get some chances at doing the
interview provided Atari hadn't given him another near-impossible
assignment. He should have been home now. I still have some
hopes going. I will continue calling him about every hour until
about 2 PM I think.
If he's still not home by then, the interview will simply have
to be postponed to the next issue (i.e. the one in which you're
reading this real-time effort).
Tomorrow you shall be sufficiently acquainted with the process
of The Finishing, something involving "Pack Ice", "Disturb", "1st
Word Plus" and "GfA Basic", as well as (hopefully) some Plantiac,
Muier Schipper Bitter, and a load of drinknuts.
I hope tomorrow and the day after will be cool. I suppose they
will be. I am already looking forward to The Finishing of ST NEWS
Volume 9 Issue 3, because that shall be done with none other than
Chris Holland of "Maggie" located at my abode.
For now, I think I would first like to acquaint you with my
In the back room there are two desks put together like an "L"
with the top of the "L" facing north. The vertical part of the
"L" has the Falcon, with the chair of its potential operator on
the east (to the right of the "L"). The MEGA ST that I'm using
now is located on the horizontal bit, with the chair located to
the south (below the "L"). A wall stretching north-east is
located directly against the left of the vertical part of the
"L". On that wall are posters of Yngwie Malmsteen and Jason
Becker, an Australia Wildlife Calendar currently displaying an
Australian Sea Lion, and a postcard kind of thing with "42" on
The curtains are partly drawn to keep out the heat. All
available windows are thrown open to let in some precious bits of
breeze, but it's not to sufficient avail.
Miranda is now cleaning the small room (not the smallest though)
where the two guests will be able to put themselves to sleep. It
should be pretty comfortable, at least a lot better than at the
average computer coding conference I would hazard to say.
I think I'll go and have a lot at what the postman has brought
(if he's been already, that is).
I just called Jeff's home address again, to no avail. So I
called the Llamasoft office itself (in Tadley) and asked how
things were going. Well, as it turned out, Jeff had been back in
the UK from last Monday on, and he had come back from the US with
pleurisy, a rather painful infection of the lungs. So it was
pretty obvious that he wasn't going to be able to get the
interview replies over to me by 4 PM Dutch time, although he
wasn't present at the moment to confirm that. So the interview
will be postponed to the next issue. A bit of a shame, of course,
but at least that will make sure the next issue (i.e. the one
you're reading now) will already be interesting by default.
The health of the person who is almost single-handedly
responsible for the huge Jaguar success is far more important
than anything else. I regretted having bothered him so much over
recent months but, hey, ST NEWS will be around for another issue
I should guess.
Saturday, July 23rd 1994
I just got out of bed and showered. Today, the weather forecast
service announced smugly, Dutch weather could be classified as a
"heat wave". I am not happy with it.
I still have lots of work to do. Yesterday afternoon, as I did
my usual pre-ST NEWS email session, I found in my mailbox a
concert report by Karl-Anders 0ygard - a Roskilde Festival
article! I still have to do the layout of that (which is a bit of
a bastard as he used very wide tables to list the artists playing
on each day, whereas ST NEWS is limited to 65 columns).
I'll just have to get it over with.
If everything goes according to plan, the two DBA dudes should
have left about half an hour ago. I think they'll take 2 or 2.5
hours to get here.
All windows in the house are wide open. It's quite windy inside
now. I also switched on my industrial strength fan. A small pic
of James Hetfield on the wall does not seem to like it much,
fluttering and flapping berzerkedly, but I do.
I finished editing Karl-Anders' article. All this is done on the
same MEGA ST as the writing of this real-time article because
editing an entire article is too strenuous with a busted space
Stuff that still needs to be done: The introduction to my book
reviews, the adding of a quote to the Roskilde festival article,
and possibly some more depending on what will drop in the mail
today. Hopefully I will be able to fix the Falcon later today
The soundtrack at the moment is the debut album of the Stray
Cats. I saw "Grease" on TV a few days ago and ever since that
experience I wanted to get the Stray Cats in my CD player
It is already getting slightly warm here. I hate this weather.
The soundtrack has changed to Pan-Thy-Monium's excellent "Dawn
of Dreams". I am still writing the introduction to the book
reviews. I have had something not unlike writer's block for a few
weeks as far as this story was concerned, but things are now
developing sortof naturally.
Pan-Thy-Monium kick ass!
They probably missed a junction somewhere, I guess. The heat in
this room is slowly increasing, and the introductory story is
going great. It's a horror story and I think it might be pretty
scary. The soundtrack had changed to an even more ass-kicking
band, with Napalm Death's "Fear Emptiness Despair". I think I'd
better get my dose of metal now, for the DBA guys might be into
hip hop (bwaargh!) for all I know.
The introductory story is finished, the mailman has not brought
anything interesting (no keyboard switches, no additional
articles I had sortof expected from John "ex-STEN" Weller), and
the weird Frisian folk have still not enabled my welcoming them.
Off to the Falcon where I have some miscellaneous small things
Considering the fact that we had agreed for them be on my
doorstep between 11 and 12 I suppose you could say they are too
I am afraid they have arrived: Alexander and Sietse, also known
respectively (though not respectfully) as Bonus and Slimer of
"DBA Magazine". It is getting increasingly warm so I think there
won't be a lot of writing done today. Maybe this evening or
Yeah, we're here and I'm searching for the keys on this German
keyboard. Well, I'm going to leave you now and in the capable
hands of Bonus (because it's too hot to type more)...
Slim Slimer of the DBA
They asked me to write something so I will do so. That being me,
Bonus, the driver of the team. Boy, it was really hot in the car.
The water temperature meter almost reached boiling level. At one
instance we had a quick stop at a city map of Utrecht and the car
wouldn't start anymore. But after a quick hit with a hammer on
the starting engine it brought us where we are now, at Richard's
place. The view from here is great...
Well, we (Alexander, Moi and Richard) are watching the packing
of ST NEWS (and editing). How exciting...
Bonus is sitting behind his Falcon playing around with it.
Richard is building an internal on/off routine in the ST NEWS
source code. This doesn't happen without some troubles and bugs -
well you can't have it all at once. Well it seems that it works
I'm typing behind this Mega 2 ST with da' strange keyboard while
listening to ZZ Top's "Eliminator" (which is more to Bonus'
After these lines of text it is now 15:12 (pretty fast huh)...
Bonus' Falcon has been installed some time ago, quite a few
small bits of stuff have been added to the ST NEWS articles. I
have also added code to allow for the Falcon internal speaker to
be switched on/off. It's getting increasingly warm. This might
have been caused in part by Bonus, who has taken off his
sneakers. But the presence of 3 computers, one stereo tower and
two blowers (that just sortof move the hot air around) won't help
ST NEWS is pretty much near-finished. I just ran "DiSTurb"
again. This is a special utility written by Stefan quite a few
years ago, enabling the computer to take over most of the mind-
killing business that has to be done when finishing ST NEWS. By
pressing F1 all documents were copied from their word processing
directory to a special buffer directory where they were
compressed (packed) about 50% off. Pressing F2 transforms these
packed files into one large "articles" file ready for use with ST
NEWS, now some 754801 bytes in size and containing slightly more
than a massive 1.5 Mb of articles when uncompressed.
Bonus' Falcon is copying. How come computer freaks gathering
always containg a lot of copying?
So now I have some time again to type something. Well, what
shall I type? Something about Pinkeltje... No, that's something
you can only find in a "DBA Magazine" (lucky you). Now my Falcon
is copying some small files for Slimer and after that I can code
(?) again. So maybe I'll be back somewhat later today...
What a surprise...Kai Holst, one of the New Nutties and
programmer of the "Antidote" shareware virus killer, just called.
After getting a wet ear from connecting the phone with it for a
prolonged time in this heat, having talked to him for something
like half an hour, he had informed me of some bugs in the "UVK"
and some suggestions for ST NEWS that had, thank god (that I
don't believe in at all) already all been implemented.
I am sweaty. The DBA chaps are listening to sound modules
(MODs). I am going to see if I can get some of 'em that seem
especially worth while. They appear to have made about three MOD
disks filled with music ripped from some Falcon demos and
normally not available separately.
We're going to turn off all systems, allowing them to cool off a
bit and eat some vanilla ice cream on the balcony. With chocolate
droolings on top.
Back from outside. We spent most of the time sitting on the
balcony. After having finished the ice cream we merely sat
sighing deeply, with the other guys gazing at one of my opposite
neighbours (a rather OK female that discretion forbids me to
reveal more about). We have in the mean time ordered pizza. In
about 25 minutes I suppose they will arrive.
The pizzas arrived some time ago and most of them are in us now.
Only Bonus is still eating. He seems a bit slower than the rest.
Simultaneously, we are checking each other's hard disks for stuff
that might be worth copying. Only legal stuff, of course, as both
DBA and ACC are reknown for their semi-religious fervour in the
battle against piracy (I don't think this is sarcasm).
Back to one...
Lethargy rules! Bonus is still feeding himself pizza bits,
Slimer is playing "Lasers and Men". He is begging me to be
allowed to copy it but, unfortunately, it's a registered version.
If only I wasn't that honest... He known someone where he can get
the PD version, so he makes a mental note not to forget to get it
The thing that springs to mind right away, and that is perhaps a
bit boring to speak about, is the heat. It is still getting
warmer and warmer, or at least so it seems.
It's too hot to write for this article.
It seems I no longer have the right to use my own Falcon. Slimer
is still looting and plundering my hard disk. It seems I have
become slightly superfluous. But...er...don't I have to finish ST
NEWS actually, sortof?
Who me, looting and plundering? Naaaaahhhhh, no way, not me! I'm
the most honest man on this earth (well except for Alexander that
Anyway, Alex and Richard are busy with their compies trying to
accomplish some sort of XGA viewer on a VGA monitor. Well, it
seems to work now, because several pics come flying by on the
The good old inspiration bug has popped up in my brain and it
blocks my thoughts.
So let's do a realtime observation then...
Here comes another truly real-time impression of the activities
Bonus is searching for a file in "GfA Basic".
Richard is now pulling disks from his drawer.
Bonus has left his seat, wanders around and talks a bit.
Bonus is now looking at this screen with a dumb expression on
Miranda (Richard's girlfriend) is calling several people, which
Richard doesn't seem to like!
Richard is formating some disks now.
Bonus has left and boots his Falcon again and again and again
Richard is dealing programs with Bonus, and they boot the
demo from the Mugwumps. The StarTrek intro is running
now, which Richard seems to enjoy very much.
Richard is now doing epileptic movements on the beat of the
Bonus is staring at the greetings screen now (with the thought
in his mind: I can do that in "GfA"!).
Bonus is optimizing his code for the XGA displayer, but he
turns towards Richard's VGA screen, bored.
Richard seems to have trouble filling ST NEWS while he talks to
"Maggie" editor CIH on the phone (who called a few
Bonus is now browsing through his files searching for the
proper files to load.
Richard is still talking to CIH, while Bonus displays a rhino on
This all happens with approx. 4 seconds intervals. OK, on with
Bonus is pouring some Coke in a glass and actually drinks it!
Richard is still talking to CIH, while I leave to fill my glass
with some Coke too.
Slimer's on the phone with CIH now, promising to send some stuff
back and forth. I am now busy adding some stuff to ST NEWS
because there's some space left. Not enough to add programs or
anything, but enough for another fairly large article or two.
From what I have read above, the stuff written down by esteemed
Mr. Slimer, things must strike you as very boring. Maybe they
I was talking to CIH and he sounds like nice bloke, I promised
him to send him the latest issue of "DBA magazine".
He, of course, promised to send me the next "Maggie"!
Yep, Bonus is here again, finally ready with his small XGA
displayer and talking with Richard about "Red Dwarf". I hope
there are a lot more people like us that love this superb series.
Anyway, what more shall I tell you? A small story maybe?
OK, there are a lot of people that have asked me why I chose
Bonus Software for a name. It goes a long way back to my school
time. We had a hour off so we went to the local arcade. There was
this pinball machine with a small defect. So we played it for a
time and suddenly the machine went on TILT. I just had the best
score of the lot so I was rather...
** Break here: I just heard that Richard watches a series called
"Beverly Hills 90210", give me a break - juuuucckk, well, OK **
...pissed of so I gave the machine an enormous kick. The tilt
went away, and we now got 20 credits extra while a big word,
BONUS, kept on blinking. Guess what, since that day I was called
Bonus. The Software was added to it several years later when I
bought my first computer. That was a Timex 1000, the upgraded
version of an ZX 81. It had 2 Kb of free memory. Although I
didn't do much on that machine the first program had the credits
in it. A later machine was an older Atari 400, the kind with the
flat keyboard. I wrote a lot of small games for it and some of
them where published in magazines or PD libraries.
After that I went on to an 800 XL, ST, STE and now on the
Falcon, but one thing is still the same - my name.
So now you know why I am called Bonus Software. OK, I admit that
it isn't the best of names but I can live with it. So what more
can I tell...a lot, but maybe later.
---> What's this? ---> ('OOOOOooooo....
Yes it's ASCII art, called a snake...
Strange dude, this Bonus Software, with a strange name indeed.
Anyway, I won't bore you with the background of my name because
it's just nicked from "Ghostbusters", so nothing deep here...
Well, let's turn around and watch some exciting commercials :=O
We are now watching "Bef-erly Hills" and it is kinda, sortof
actually, well, somehow...fun?
It's hard to describe it, but it is somewhere between boring and
fun. Richard seems to be having fun watching this stuff; strange
for a guy who hates commercial things! Well, he must be doing it
for his girlfriend then... (actually I am not - come on, every
sentient life form is certainly entitled to some oddities, and
this is one of mine, ED.)
Lotsa sentimental stuff is droolin' by! Pills, car radios, bad
acting, LSD, lotsa tears and Bonus making everything even
By the way, Brandon's eyes don't seem to be standing straight in
his head (that Brenda, actually, ED.)!
Well, it's evening now and I'm becoming alive a bit, which
clearly shines through in this text I presume! It's my dark side
that slowly comes floating up now!
"Speed Speed Speed Speed Speed Speed Speed Speed, I need Speed!"
(Real-time part of "Bef-erly Hills")
"Beverly Hills 90210" has ended. Sweat has made my T-shirt cling
to my body, and ST NEWS is finished (I did that during the first
few minutes of the TV series). Later tonight, and perhaps
tomorrow morning, I will check things more thoroughly to see if
there are some bugs left. I don't think there'll be, but you
never know, do you?
It is conceivable that tomorrow we'll go for a swim. The news
just mentioned that this month of July was the hottest of the
century. In July 1983 the average temperature was 20.1 degrees,
and this month it's 20.4 (so far; we've still got a week to go).
It's been the hottest month of July since 1783, when the average
temperature was supposed to have been 20.6 degrees (all
temperatures in degrees Celcius, of course).
Oh fate, oh fate, why dost thou want me to finish ST NEWS in
I hate warmth like this! Even with all windows and doors flung
wide open, the temperature refuses to drop. The expected average
night temperature for tonight is 19 degrees. I would like 19
degrees in the daytime!
Miranda just told me it's rather cool outside now. I think we'll
go outside again. Bonus has just discovered my Falcon-hacked
(thanks Pele!) version of "Super Sprint". Slimer tells me he used
to be quite excellent at it. Maybe we'll play it a bit later. I
for one am going outside now.
Sunday, July 24th 1994
We've been outside for hours, reminiscing, talking about the
days of old when everything was so much better. You would be
amazed at the topics discussed, varying from piracy, police,
Foundation for the Protection of Software, girls, sleeping under
a starlit sky, cars, the army, and a whole host of stuff that was
somehow deemed interesting for as long as it lasted. Crisps and
beernuts were devoured, as well as rather copious amounts of Cola
and quite a bit of Coliac (though Bonus is somewhat of a tea-
totaller). These DBA guys are actually quite nice, I find. At
23:50 we went back inside to play "Super Sprint", and now the
both of them are playing it with Miranda. Bonus is constantly
complaining about the lack of being able to tear a car from an
oil spot when using keyboard controls. It's quite entertaining to
see them all at it.
The temperature (yeah, I'm going to go on at it again) inside is
now sortof OK. We've had to close some windows because we didn't
want to have a huge amount of insects assailing us. I am getting
a bit sleepy but I think I can cope for another while. Tomorrow
it will be very hot again so we'll have to get up reasonably in
time to actually do something before we go to the swimming pool.
"Shit." (Miranda quote)
"Super Sprint" is a very addictive game. I am very glad Pele of
Lemmings (is that right?) wanted to hack my copy so it now works
on the Falcon. Now I only need to get "Blood Money" to run.
"Llamatron", "Bubble Bobble" and "Super Sprint" work already.
"Blood Money" is the odd thing out.
I have only drunk small amounts of alcohol so far. Probably
about 1/5th of a litre of Plantiac and just about as much Muier
Schipper Bitter (during "Beverly Hills 90210"). I am as sober as
the proverbial buddhist monk though.
Miranda just won a track of "Super Sprint", beating Slimer. He
just walked off, suddenly wanting to do something else. He claims
his self-esteem has vanished.
Miranda seems to have a field day.
"It's bad to lose from a girl, isn't it?" (Miranda quote)
RhhaaAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA Boohoo, boo, sniff, sniff!
Tell me that isn't true, tell me that it isn't! I lost, I lost
from a girl!
Well, I actually played this game years ago and they (Richard &
Miranda) played it quite a bit recently.
Metallica is filling the airwaves around me now.
Break: Time to empty my bladder first!
Back again, time for another real-time observation of the
Alex and Miranda are still playing "Super Sprint" and Miranda
Pretty patethic methinks, sad but true!
More perspiration than inspiration.
Miranda cried jubilantly. She just beat both DBA men at
"Super Sprint", both men clutching to their joysticks frantically
and her just being at the keys. She reckons it's quite an
achievement, and I tend to agree.
Even as I write this, however, she's already lost (i.e. came in
fourth) in the next game.
"Nomad, vagabond, call me what you will!" (Metallica quote)
For all I care I should be in bed now. "Metallica" plays on, and
all of them are playing "Super Sprint" again.
"Hee, ik kan wel gewoon ophouwe joh. Dit is gewoon een bug, kan
nie anders." (Slimer quote, stuck with his car on the side of a
track, a well-known "Super Sprint" bug each avid player will be
Slimer is currently beating the lot at "Super Sprint". Miranda
is, as usual, a good second. Bonus is his usual keyboard-based
self. Metallica is still playing, "shuffle play" momentarily
hurling "Holier than Thou" at the assembled eardrums.
This "Super Sprint" works without the intervention of
contraptions the likes of "Backwards", by the way. Just boot it,
that's all. Any of you out there, if you want your copy of "Super
Sprint" to work on the Falcon just send me your original disk and
I will copy the fixed copy atop it. I don't think that's actually
illegal. Just be sure: Original disks only! And don't forget to
include reply postage and that kind of thing (2 IRCs usually, but
3 IRCs if you live outside Europe).
Now and again I stun myself by pouring a healthy swig of
Plantiac in my oral cavity. Although not as exquisitely tasteful
as Muier Schipper Bitter, it is no doubt still the drink!
Yes, revenge is a sweet thing, the laughing has stopped! Finally
victory is mine at last <sadistic laugh>! This Richard bloke is
writing sophisticated stuff with almost half a bottle of Plantiac
flowing through his veins. But it seems to help him win all the
races that Alex, Miranda and him are playing at the moment.
Plantiac seems to work like some kind of drug on this guy!
Maybe I have to have a go at it and see what happens...
Yes, now I can type something again. Just won a race with "Super
Sprint" using the keys! After that I managed to become 2nd twice
and after that disaster came on me again. So now I can type
something again here...
Shall I go and play again? Naaah, just let them play. Slimer has
been defeated and now he tells Richard that he will make a virus
for the Falcon that can't be found by his virus killer. If you
ask me, "Fat chance!"
Now they are discovering a small bug in the program again, I
think they are all getting very tired of this game but since
there aren't too many games on the Falcon that work we will have
to do with this one. It's a very addictive game, easy to play,
rather nice graphix and playability at the highest level. The
whole game should be rewritten for the Falcon with much more
colors and better sound so if anybody out there has a few hours
to spare I would say give it your best shot...
Heeeey, this realtime article is getting longer then expected if
you ask me, but then again nobody does... Well I will get back to
the battle field... :0)
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An ASCII rainfront (would be very nice with this very hot
"Metallica" ended and I died. Bonus is back fumbling at a
joystick again (I believe it is his own, for when I played with
it just then I felt a certain stiffness mine doesn't have (oo-
er!)). I have put the Whistler Courbois Whistler debut in the CD
player upon Bonus' request not to throw something as heavy as the
previous CD. It seems blatantly obvious to me that Bonus has a
very poor music taste indeed. So far, the only CD played with his
wholehearted approval was ZZ Top.
Speaking of Bonus, I think his ASCII rainfront fuckin' sucks
(People who know me know what it takes for me to use the word
"Super Sprint" is very addictive indeed. As a matter of fact it
is addictive beyond my desire to stay awake. I think I might have
to exercise my veto here and tell everyone to hack off and hit
their respective sacks!
WCW rule (at least for the moment)!
I would like to refute claims of Mr. Slimer proclaiming me to be
filled with half a bottle of Plantiac. First, the bottle was
plenty empty when I started drinking and, second, my previous own
claims of having drunk about 1/5th of a litre are infinitely more
I think veto time has come upon us. I will check them out, see
when they're all dead, then tell them I want to go to bed,
A veto hits the people present, after which sleep does so, too.
Much later than expected - what with no curtains drawn and all
bedroom doors and windows wide open - sleep loses them, and the
veto is revoked.
The traditional Sunday waking-up soundtrack, Sodom's "Agent
Orange", is currently playing at a gentle volume level. I am not
sure whether the DBA chaps are in favour of it, but to me it's an
essential part of The Finishing Experience, as vital as, say,
"Digital Insanity's ST news Utilities Rewritten Blatantly". It's
a shame that Stefan isn't here to enjoy all of this first-hand.
He is currently in London where his sister has celebrated her
birthday yesterday evening, I seem to recall.
Sounds are arising from the small room where the two Northerners
have been cryogenized for the night. It's a miracle they, like
Miranda and me, slept this long actually. The curtains were all
open and the sun was glaring in viciuously.
I hope they like this kind of music. I am here sitting behind
the keyboard, by the way, unwashed, unshaven, and almost
offensively all nude except for...er...a semi-designer's (HEMA)
loincloth covering some of the less sightly bits of me.
The temperature is still sortof OK here. I think I'll have a go
at rearranging the two fans so that they get a better source of
somewhat cooler air instead of just recycling the hot dampness
inside the house that barely contains oxygene and that hold
rather too much opressive sweaty scents I imagine.
Anyway, good morning to the world. I have woken up and I'm ready
to spend the whole day swimming (minus a small bit that will have
to be spent finishing ST NEWS, of course).
Sodom roolz too!
Showered and refreshed, I sit here waiting for the rest of the
house to get showered and refreshed, too, after which I assume
we'll try to stuff something akin breakfast in our various
Actually I have nothing to some metal in the morning (the stuff
I heard is quite OK).
Almost every morning when I go to my work, I put on my
headphones and nuke my ears with some heavy stuff, ranging from
Metallica to stuff like Soundgarden...
Sodom is now playing and they sound quite good (no kiddin'). I
must go out and widen my vision on music some more .....
Well, it seems that Alexander has also survived the shower. It
was bloody warm last night but we managed to sleep through it.
I have a head like an airport, everything seems to be buzzing
around. No wonder if you if someone turns on the music at 10:00
with some metal music playing. I always wake up in complet
silence and after a half hour or so I just might turn up some
But further from that I have survived the night. I already woke
up at around 7:00, boy what a time, but I just turned around and
had another round of sleep.
Will get to you later again...
He really does look like an airport, I only hope that no Boeing
747 comes crashing down on him!
Bobo (that's what Sietse affectionately calls Bonus, ED.) is now
looking at Richard's monitor with a stupid expression on his
face, as the guy frantically types(!) away on his keyboard.
Ritchie suggests that he (i.e. Bonus) must drink more alcoholic
liquids; this seems to help against the buzzing in his head!
I think that Bonus doesn't agree on this, as he is a non-alcohol
addict! However, he does has some weird hobbies, like "tentje
bouwen" at night.
Pretty strange dude, but he seems to be OK. Time for some
Vangelis' "Blade Runner" (not the bootleg) is adding atmosphere
to this day as I have my Falcon momentarily run "DiSTurb" for the
final time. I spent part of the day so far checking all articles
and there was one mistake in it somewhere. I corrected it, and
now all articles are finished. There are now a total of 85
articles, almost 1.6 Mb in size.
Just a sec...have to change the articles into one huge chunk
file (by pressing "F2" on the Falcon)...
ST NEWS is truly finished.
Actually, it wasn't. I had formatted the disk with an extra
track that was suddenly rendered unnecessary because there were
18 Kb left on the disk. Also, I had used a special only-16-
directory-entries format by means of "FastCopy Pro". Now I just
did an 11 SPT 80 track double-sided disk and put the stuff on
there. There's even space for both a NEWDESK.INF and DESKTOP.INF
Bonus is checking out some dinosaur-related books in my
bookcase, and Sietse is playing "Super Sprint" (now why doesn't
that surprise me?).
ST NEWS is now actually, truly finished. And there are 4096
bytes free, which I think is very reasonable.
Incidentally, it is getting warmer again.
Demis Roussos is polluting the airwaves with islam orientated
chanting (one of the "Blade Runner" songs has this atmosphere,
ED.)! Richard tells me he heard somewhere that Utrecht is a holy
Islam city because the necessary 7 mosques are here.
Are we happy? NO!
Richard wants to study Arab instead of English because it seems
to be the language of the future!
Though luck for us, that is!
Pantera is now playing, after my serious request, and I'm coming
out of my 'sleep mode'! This is much better than the previous CD!
I bet that Richard didn't knew that I dig this stuff (this not
exactly Hip Hop, now is it?).
Well you can't have it all.
I have printed out 23 copies of a standard letter that will have
to be sent to the 23 people that will need to receive ST NEWS by
mail. I am currently in the process of copying the disks onto the
least crap disks, as usual, and later in the afternoon I might
get around to sending them off as well.
Things are looking bleak with regard to the availability of
coolness in this house for the remainder of the day (and most
likely for the remainder of the next few days too). I am looking
forward to hurling my body into grotesque amounts of chlorated age
too oh, allowing that temporary coolness to caress my battered
And, of course, I will use the slide a lot! See if we can scare
off a few little kids perhaps!
Your anatomy?! Let's talk about my anatomy...
On the other hand, let's not!
Still copying, still getting hotter, still more perspiration and
less inspiration (to coin one of Slimer's phrases).
Yo, I think it was the other way around! (Was it? ED.)
Bobo is now playing "Snake" (a secret DBA project) and seems to
enjoy himself very much. Although it's quite hard to play with
all the stuff on the screen.
I don't recall having done anything in the recent bit of time,
but somehow I kept occupied. Still copying ST NEWS issues, too.
I just stop playing our small "Snake" game, rather nice but a
long way from finished. It uses 256 colours with sampled sound
and some more options. But maybe you can see it when it is ready
(whenever that will be I don't know). There are now plans to go
swimming so I will have to stop typing this b.llsh!t. bze <--
Shitty German keyboard z and y are wrong !i!
We seem to go for a swim now !
The party, with the exception of Miranda who had felt not too
brilliant because the continuous presence of people prevented her
from crapping properly, goes off to the swimming pool. A much-
needed and quite cool experience.
We have just returned from the swimming pool, which was a
really cool experience (literally, not particularly
"I feel like a bottle of bleach." (Sietse quote)
I will have to go out again to get some munch stuff. Guess what?
After pizza I think today it's French Fries. I think I'll find
out who wants what and then get it.
Wow, back from the swimming pool, which was a nice experience
because the last time I went swimming was a long time ago. But
you never loose the ability to swim; it's just like riding a
bike. I must do this again some day, hhmmm, maybe I can ask a
certain girl I know? Richard is out to get some Fries and other
junkfood. We can't wait for his return (?)...
Junkfood is the best!
We are now going to eat!
The food is now in us (burp)...
Yes all that swimming makes you very very hungry. But all is
well now, the food was great (junk with lotsa saus and grease).
Currently we are having a small discusion about what girls want,
in the sense of "what kind of man". Silly thing to talk about.
Let's go back to the swimming part, which was great. Going
down the water slide was lots of fun indeed, woooww what a speed.
We should do that again next time although that might not be
until around November. I think it will be cold by then but what
the heck! Oh, well, I think it's about time we went home again,
because Slimer has to take a train to get home...
OK, we seem to be near the end of this visit. I think it's time
to pack our bags!
Indeed it appears to be. Bonus' Falcon is unplugged, diskette
box locked, and various items - including socks, pairs of
trousers and sleeping bags - are put into transportation
facilitators so be carried down into the Ford Escort 1600 GSi
("Ahem, ahem, cough, cough, if it's one of the 24 that are made
in the Netherlands I'd like to have it known that it's actually
an RSi", Bonus quote)...er...1600 RSi Bonus is proud to call his
own. The sun has probably made it a nicely hot greenhouse again.
I for one am glad that I can just stay where I am. I don't need
to travel back home for a few hours. I can just sit and put ST
NEWS disks in envelopes, have Miranda lick some stamps and then
send all stuff off.
It seems they are mostly ready now. Guess who will probably have
to carry Bonus' heavy colour monitor down again? Incidentally, he
has the very same Grundig PM 015 RGB colour monitor that I still
They are now talking about MODs!? Anyway, we packed our bags and
are going to leave now...
Bye from Bonus und Slimer (DBA ©1994)
They have entered the car, packed and all, and are off. Silence
pervades the house now. Miranda thinks it's too warm to utter too
many words now, and these new friends are off to the north again.
I might be there with a finishing of the next "DBA Magazine", or
I might not. We'll see.
As it is, The Finishing is now over. Tonight there will be one
large washing-up, and a lot of TV watching ("Star Trek: The Next
Generation", "Whoops!" and, I seem to recall, a rerun of
So this is the end (my friend). My friend (the end).
And indeed, this was the end of a really hot weekend. Not long
after they had gone I switched on my Falcon with my usual boot
disk, to discover it caused four bombs to appear. After booting
without the disk and checking it with the "Ultimate Virus Killer"
it revealed the presence of "Ghost Virus I". Sometime the evening
before they had already given me a disk containing "Ghost Virus
The End of The Finishing of ST NEWS Volume 9 Issue 2
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