Hi people! I'm Ishtar, in real life referred to as Henri Karrenbeld,
but to some people I am still known as 'Ishtar'.
In case you already know most of this stuff, the newest info update is here, down at the bottom of the page.
There's also news about Albion MUD.
The name 'Ishtar' might suggest that I'm female, which in fact I am not,
as you can see from my picture above. I got myself this net-alias when
I needed a good name for an elvish character in an AD&D roleplaying
compaign. Thinking that 'Ishtar' sounded nicely Elvish I chose that one.
I took the name from a character featuring in several books of the SF
writer Robert A. Heinlein. However 'Ishtar' also shows up in the following
- A character in a book by Heinlein (female)
- A horrible desert adventure movie
- A shoarma bar in Hengelo (a city in the east of the Netherlands close to Enschede
which is the city where I lived before I moved to Utrecht in 1999)
- An ancient goddess (of fertility and natural decay, one might say:
"Sex and Death" (female))
- One of the mother goddesses of witchcraft (female)
- A band called 'Ishtar Band' which plays Syrian music
Until februari 1996 I was a PhD student in Chemical Technology
at the University of Twente
at the department of
Chemical Physics, which has been absorbed later into Computational Chemistry
and has recently be renamed into
"Computational Dispersion Rheology"
I didn't finish my thesis, but in october 1997 I started on a special study
where 4 years of theory of computer science were compressed into 1 year
of study. All this was organized by the local (un)employment office
and the Hogeschool Enschede. Also,
they don't really exist anymore and are called
"Saxion Hogescholen" these days.
Then, after having finished the year of study, I was more or less a regular
student of the school and achieved my degree in
computer science (a BSc) with the CS department
in the spring of 1998.
So, after I'd finished my study the Hogeschool Enschede and received my professional
degree in software engineering, so now I am entitled to the degree of Bachelor in
Information and Communications Technology in
addition to my previous degree of a Master Of Science in Chemistry.
Consequently, on April 1st 1998 I've started my new job as a software engineer
with the company Xirion. Again, they don't exist anymore; They've been taken
over and been incorporated in Solidium.
You can reach me there at
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
We need a much more recent picture.
If you like to do some electronic conversation with me, send me Email on
this address (H.Karrenbeld@a1.nl).
If you want to be sure only I can read your messages get PGP and use one of my
PGP public keys.
One of my hobbies if playing MUD, I can be found as 'Ishtar' on this
Albion ---- A mud in Iceland.
We had a Summer 2000 (S2K) meeting in California
in August 2000. And there's some scans of that.
More pictures: Scans of visiting South Eastern Australia (Victoria).
Albion has it's own web page these days.
Pictures of some of the people on Albion Mud, and of some of the people that
played on another Icelandic Mud, which is now down unfortunately, called
Nameless Mud can be found
here (Albion) and
Unfortunately the admins of the site seem to have taken down the Nameless
You might want to have a look at some Web pages of other MUDders of Albion.
This list has shortened and shortened lately, since MUDs have become less
popular in general, in favour of ICQ/MSN and whatever other systems there
are to chat on the Internet.
Albion Update (2009)
Unfortunately Albion went down in 2003, but in August 2009 Vanyel and Tazz managed to get Albion back up, running at Tazz' place. Available at telnet://albion.philtanner.com:4000/. We're still working at it. But most of it is functional. We don't have a complete new 'Management' yet.
I still work for Solidium, that has
subcontracted me to KLM for over a year
now. I work in one of the groups being responsible for the middleware in the KLM
Webfarm, called "WebTools".
More recently, I started a Weblog at LiveJournal. Most of the postings
there from me are 'Friends-only', so you'll need an account and have me add you
to my friends-list.
So, Solidium, was bought lock, stock and barrel by
Ordina, but I'm still subcontracted to KLM, still with the "Webtools" group.
2007 2008 2009) 4.5 5 over 6 years now already I'm doing lots of Aikido, which resulted in me being 2nd 1st kyu (that's comparable to a "blue belt" "brown belt", for systems that do coloured belts, which we don't) black belt (1st dan) these days.
And there's internet BBS'es; They're cool places! Visit some of them
if you feel like chatting.
You can find me on Monolith BBS sometimes, and often on Global Village BBS.
can be reached using telnet.
Further instructions are given at the login prompt.
also gives telnet access
Some of my friends also have homepages on this server: (or at least these days they have their redirects still running *hmpf*)
Created by Henri Karrenbeld <H.Karrenbeld@a1.nl>
Last updated: Thursday, 03-Sep-2009 13:55:53 CEST.