The Night Run

An old friend from Paris came for a visit; it was a very fortunate last minute decision! As he arrived, he noticed there was something going on – I told him about the marathon which seemed a good surprise.

Despite a shower during the evening, the weather was nice so we had some urban walk through the city without being bothered by car traffic, looked for street art, encouraged the runners and enjoyed the drums playing around everywhere. Then we had dinner at el compañero where we shared a plate of tapas with some fajitas. Later on we went back to the show, walked, idled in the parks, while talking and taking pictures and videos.

Download/view the large marathon video.

Sprint in the park In the park while others are running ING in the bin Chat zone Letter boxes Night marathon Runner and cyclist Kinnekswiss at night Tree and shadow Tree shadow Obey Boat
Dancer Stickers Plug'n'trash Trisomie 21 Soyez citoyens? Balloons Lit parking

When we got back home, we talked about geek stuff until 4:30 in the morning.

A Friday evening in the city centre

During the day I met my old class mate Luc and toured him and his wife around the city. It was great! When it was done, I met by accident an old work mate whose daughter is twice as tall each time I see her ;). But this time we stopped for a drink/snack and spent some more time together than just saying “Hi, how are you? See you next time!”

In the evening, I followed Egle and her boyfriend to the city centre. There were many groups playing drum in different places in the city; that was awesome! Stopped for a drink at Konrad Cafe, watched some drums, walked around the city corniche, did some window shopping and had another drink at Banana’s. And once again, I meet some friend I haven’t seen for while, except at the supermarket when I was in a hurry; so we had another drink 😉

Video and pictures:

Drums People Book store
And a drink at Banana's Drums Drums Graffiti letter Window shopping

CFL-29 hike

Thanks to Stefanie for organizing this hiking trip. Everyone in the group was lively and joyful – once again it proved that nice people attract nice people 😉

Meetup was at the train station in Luxembourg City.

The train was so busy – I never saw so many people in a train in this country. We left the train in Colmar-Berg to follow the CFL 29 and we miserably failed right at the beginning. So we walked an extra hour because we didn’t decide to cross the Alzette river. Also, we’ve been very lucky with the weather, yay!



According to the GPS, we walked 14.72 km.

Here’s the cfl29 GPX track file.


The return train was so busy, we had to stay on the steps (the normal fine is three thousand Euros for blocking the way). Arrived in Luxembourg City, I rented a Veloh bike to go back home and suddenly I heard someone shouting my name. It was a old mate from high school who was visiting Luxembourg and we didn’t see each other for at least 15 years. We decided to meet on the next day. Small world 😉

Good bye Java

Since Oracle has some damn policies for distribution, it’s not possible to download it from Links or whatever to my remote server. Another story on how a company destroyed a product…

!!! dev-java/sun-jdk- has fetch restriction turned on.
!!! This probably means that this ebuild's files must be downloaded
!!! manually. See the comments in the ebuild for more information.

* Fetch failed for ‘dev-java/sun-jdk-’, Log file:
* ‘/var/tmp/portage/dev-java/sun-jdk-’
* Package: dev-java/sun-jdk-
* Repository: gentoo
* Maintainer:
* USE: amd64 elibc_glibc kernel_linux multilib source userland_GNU
* FEATURES: sandbox
* Due to Oracle no longer providing the distro-friendly DLJ bundles, the package
* has become fetch restricted again. Alternatives are switching to
* dev-java/icedtea-bin:6 or the source-based dev-java/icedtea:6
* Please download jdk-6u32-linux-x64.bin from:
* and move it to /usr/portage/distfiles

Of course, if you get the the link from the Web page on your local browser, and get the file url on the remote server:

# head jdk-6u32-linux-x64.bin
<title>Unauthorized Request</title>

How I fixed it: emerge -av --depclean dev-java/sun-jdk virtual/jdk virtual/jre dev-java/java-config