Seasons galore: articles and hayfever

It seems to be the time of year for two seasons:

First of all it’s hayfever season again. Just after the hazel has blossomed (the one with the yellowish boogers hanging from the tree), it’s now time for just about any other tree to grow flowers and start spreading pollen. As you can guess, I suffer from hayfever. Big time. BIG time. And it’s getting worse every year. Now I am literally and as a figure of speech sick and tired of it. Today I had an appointment at the Allergy Centre Utrecht (where Utrecht is both a province and city in The Netherlands) to do something about it. I’ve endured it for about 15 years now, but I’ve finally grown tired of the sneezing, the headaches and the bleeding noses. In september of this year I will be starting a desensibilization treatment, which will take about 3 to 5 years. They’ll put pollen and other bad stuff in my body every week for the first 3 months, working from a low to lethal dosis in a matter of a month. This will continue for at least 3 years, but only every month after the first 3. Sure hope that it will help. It can’t get any worse anyway. Oh, I forgot, it does and it will if I don’t do anything about it. To be continued.

The second season is that of articles:

  • My thumbnails article has (finally) appeared on the new and improved ASPToday website. Check it out quickly if you want to see my face (warning: view at own risk) at their homepage. It’s a paid site, so sorry about not being able to read the entire article if you’re not a member.
  • The second part of my Web Services in Office XP article has been published in the (Dutch) Office Magazine.
  • I’ve managed to produce the first half of an article on writing XML documentation in .NET, building the Html Help 2.0 files and integrating these into VS.NET 2003 in various ways, including with a setup. It’s for the Dutch Visual Basic Group and they will host it on their website. It should be finished within the week.

So, what season will be next? Surely it will involve some nice weather, won’t it? It might also be conference season. More on that tomorrow.

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