The somewhat interesting blog
From 2006 to 2013, I kept a mostly anonymous blog called ‘Zegarkus’. It was mostly an experimental site curating random things that interested me. I managed to get in just over 100 posts during its lifespan, and have imported this posts here on vonnagy.com in 2020. Some of the posts are cringeworthy, but I am fine to leave them as I feel they show how my view on the world has changed. In other regards, I’ve also found some these post to be inspirational even after almost 15 years since I wrote them. Some of my more popular posts included a curation of isometric game engines, treehouses, and ‘homemade’ trucks. Other posts are personal such as entries from my dream journals and views on religion.
Zegarkus was nickname given by a good friend who called ‘Markus Zegarkus‘ – it sounded like a magicians stage name, a fun name for this tiny blog!
- Steampunk Laptop (1/5/2008) - Steampunk is a form of fiction set in an alternate Victorian-era past. Richard Nagy is one such artist who modifies modern devices such as laptops, ipods, phones. His work has been featured in Wired, Gizmodo, Slashdot, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, the NY Times, BoingBoing, Make Magazine and countless other publications including features in Germany, […]
- The Cost of a Long Life (1/1/2008) - Looking for a place in the world to live? Here is an interesting graph from the The UC Atlas of Global Inequality: I am not 100% sure how to interpret it – so if anybody understands the per capita spending (by individual or country?) let me know. Doesn’t look too good for the USA in […]
- Are we real? Are we alone? Why are we here? (12/24/2007) - Here are three excellent, though provoking series by. Channel 4 in the UK narrated by Sir Martin Rees. Provides insight to 3 perplexing questions that many of us have today: Are we real?, Are we Alone?, Why are we here? Are We Real? Are we alone? Why are we here? Updated 2020-09-04 – these […]
- When both faith and reason fail you: Three forms of Knowledge (12/24/2007) - “Plato defined three types of knowing. The is pisis (faith). This means believing in something because someone in authority tells you so… The next higher way of knowing is dianoia (reasoning).. the test of reason and logic… The highest knowing is noesis – direct knowledge. This is the knowing that comes from the divine self.” […]
- Best Country to Live in? Depends on what you want… (12/15/2007) - Every year the UN comes out with a report on the Human Development Index (HDI) which is a measure of a country’s life expectancy, literacy, education and standard of living. However the countries in the list tend to have large social welfare system, which may not appeal to everyone. Best countries to live 2007 (according […]
- Antarctica with no ice (11/29/2007) - Ever curious what Antarctica would like with no ice – see some renderings of this frigic continent without ice. Some maps below show Antarctica as an archipelago, others as a larger landmass… What would happen if all this ice melted? This map taken from: http://www.ig.utexas.edu/outreach/wiredantarctica/lessons/sci_lessons/lesson6s.htm Here is one from http://www.visitandlearn.co.uk/schoollinks/faqs.asp http://library.thinkquest.org/26442/html/terra/antarctic_noice.gif http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Antarctica_Map.png http://www.btinternet.com/~graywallis/
- Isometric Game Engines (11/29/2007) - Ah remember those high graphic computer games before 3D Games became a mainstay? Those were isometric games – basically 2d games with 3d perspective: Many old school great computer games, including some with highly detail graphics have used isometric perspective. I particular liked the Black Isle NeverWinter nights, Torment and Baldurs Gate Graphics. Below are […]
- Incredible Tree Houses of the World (11/25/2007) - Note: this post was cleaned up for dead images on 5.Aug.2012. This will probably be the last time in a long this section will be updated. For more updated source on treehouses, check out this Tumblr blog. What is it about tree houses that inspire such joy and childlike wonder? Is because there is an […]
- Getting Schooled – the failings and revival of modern education (11/13/2007) - I was once a lecturer at an American university – I was 25 years old when I started, just barely out of university myself. I was quite proud that I landed this opportunity at such a young age, but for the next 2 years of my life I found myself in state of bewilderment of […]
- Recover your iPod by turning it into a USB drive (11/11/2007) - My iPod crapped out – along with it 5 years of music including most original songs that I’ve written (for which this ipod had become the only source). My Ipod was not recognised by my laptop and all my music was gone when browsing the Ipod directly. I was not happy at all! If Anyways […]
- Computer Game Design Documents – Word Document Collection (11/9/2007) - I’ve had a look around this great ‘net of ours for some game design documents – I found a great resource for game design documents at gamedev.net, unfortunately, many of the links were broken. So below I have made the resources from the broken links available + have added other resources for computer game design […]
- Online social Networking for those who get off their arse… (11/4/2007) - Originally posted here: http://zegarkus.com/2007/11/04/online-social-networking-for-those-who-get-off-their-arse/ I have never been one for online social networking sites. My god how many are there? Wikipedia currently lists 106 social networking sites. I don’t know how many invitations I received to join Bebo, Facebook, Friendster, Orkut and the ever ubiquitous Facebook. The never appealed to me because they seemed to […]
- Game Development Portals (11/4/2007) - Originally from http://zegarkus.com/2007/11/04/game-development-portals/ I’ve been gone for several months now, but I hope to get a few more posts in the blog going. I decided to quickly post here something I’ve been interested in quite some time: computer game programming. I thought would write a bit about my favourite resources (aside from Google) for programming […]
- More countries that allow dual citizenship (11/3/2007) - I will become a dual citizen this November so out of curiosity, I have been looking at countries that allow dual citizenship. Also refer to my previous post about European countries that allow dual citizenship. Here is recent list from USCitizenship.info and Uclue of other countries outside Europe that allow dual citizenship. Note that the […]
- Dream: United States is underwater 20.March.2007 (4/24/2007) - Originally posted here: http://zegarkus.com/2007/04/24/dream-united-states-is-underwater-20march2007/ Haven’t had any interesting dreams in while – and I have been a bit too busy with other stuff to keep up my blog. Here is a dream from last month thats a bit ‘Apocalyptic’: I was in bed and my mother came in crying and woke me up. She told […]
- European Countries that allow Dual Citizenship (3/18/2007) - originally posted here: http://zegarkus.com/2007/03/18/european-countries-that-allow-dual-citizenship/ Because I am currently going through the process the of dual citizenship between the two countries I have lived in I decided to do a quick investigation of countries in Europe that allow for dual citizenship. Below is list of Countries from Europe that allow dual citizenship with the least of […]
- Dream: Pyramidal light beam 12.March.2007 (3/17/2007) - Orignally posted here: http://zegarkus.com/2007/03/14/dream-pyramidal-light-beam-12march2007/ Wow, February and March of this year I’ve had a lot dreams (I’ve only been able to write the most significant ones here). This one was short but visually compelling: I was climbing a stepped Pyramid. I stood on top I reached the capstone. The I beam of white light came […]
- Dream: Watching the Crocodile Float by 7-March-2007 (3/11/2007) - originally from here:http://zegarkus.com/2007/03/11/dream-watching-the-crocodile/ Dreamt I was flying over a jungle with adventure guide girl. We parachuted out and landed next to a river. While we were there there were several crocodiles about which we killed. I followed her to a beautiful grassy clearing next to the waterfall. My eyes following the white underside of crocodile […]
- Dream: Where did the time go? 13-Feb-2007 (3/11/2007) - Originally posted here: http://zegarkus.com/2007/03/11/where-did-the-time-go/ Here is my dream: I woke up early and all the clocks were wrong, some were flashing, others moving backwards, others moving forwards, others ticking at random intervals. I heard a voice inside my head saying that was in a dimension where time did not matter.