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Pessimisme kun je leren!

Lovely anthology of dutch verse by Lévi Weemoedt (Izak Jacobus van Wijk) selected by Őzcan Akyol.
Easy to read and accessible little book of verse / poetry. Also for those who never read poetry before and/or those who are learning the dutch language.
The “pessimism” in this little book will bring a smile to your face.

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Android changes

At the end of 2010 I bought my first android device, a Samsung Galaxy S Wifi 5.0. A 5 inch device with no phone function. A mini tablet so to speak. To replace my old usb mp3 players, which were very limited as far as storage was concerned and didn’t have internal speakers. You might remember these little players:

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Light up flagpole for my trike

Although it has been about 6 months since I’ve last rode my trike, the cycling bug starts biting again. It seems that this bug may slumber but will never die (fortunately). In the meantime, it’s wintertime. So short days and many dark hours. Especially for an convicted early bird like me. That’s why I’ve been looking into lighted flagpoles for my trike to get a bit more visibility and safety.

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Santana – Black Magic Woman live

It’s been years since I’ve last bought a vinyl record. But recently I came across a live Santana album at the Aldi. A concert from 1978. And as I’ve recently bought a record player again I thought “Let’s get this one”. To me, playing these vinyl records has it’s own charm: wiping the dust of the record, putting the needle into the groove, relax and enjoy! 😎

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Clear enough! Right?

For the last couple of weeks at work, I’ve been busy moving the warehouse from one building to another. It’s proven to be quite the job, also because of less than perfect communication and co-operation from those “on the higher levels”. But me being me, I’m going for it with. Putting some muscle into it with some music and a big wink to reality. Just going for it…

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New garden shed

While it’s pouring with rain here at the moment, I’m happy that we finished in time building a new garden shed. The shed that came with the house when we moved in here 13 years ago had seen better days, so we demolished it last year. Only the floor remained.

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Back to vinyl

Last week I bought myself a new toy for some “old-fashioned” entertainment:
A record player!
So time to blow the dust off of the old vinyl. A big box with long-play records and a little case filled to the brim with 45 rpm singles. It’s gonna be a trip down memory lane while listening to and digitizing my musical preferences from my youth.

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Winamp: still my favourite music app

First, let this old fart explain something to those who don’t recognize this logo or know the the name “Winamp” . Once upon a time (that used to mean more than 30 years ago, nowadays it’s hardly a decade ago 🙄 ) there was a piece of software to organise your music files and listen to them, called Winamp. A very nice and versatile piece of software I might add. With the rise of the Android smartphones, an app was published. But at one time, Winamp died (not a clue as to why, but if anyone wants to find out, you might find the answer in the still active forum) it was even before streaming and such became a “thing”.

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Hidden surprise

Sometimes a hidden surprise pops up that brings back a lot of memories. Today my wife was organizing a folders containing some old genealogy information. Also in that folder was an old song from the Engineer Corps from the Dutch army. This made me remember my time in the army with the 11th Engineering Battalion in the late 80’s. Man what a long time ago! 🙄

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Anthem of Zeelandic Flanders

As some of you might know by now, I am from Zeelandic Flanders or Zeeuws-Vlaanderen. And proud of it! A beautiful part of The Netherlands (just!) Shielded by the Western Skeldt (Westerschelde) on the north, Belgium border on the south and divided into two by the channel from Gent to Terneuzen (or from Terneuzen to Gent if you so desire. 😉

It’s an area with history, several dialects, beautiful scenery (photo’s of which I’ll post with my cycling and walking posts) and proud people. Who often tend to be more Flemish than dutch, despite the lyrics in the anthem. We also have an everlasting love / hate relationship with the Belgians and the dutch and even the Germans! 😛

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In the claws of the flu

This week hasn’t been a very good one. I’ve been sniffling since last weekend, but last Tuesday, on my way to work, I stopped to fill up my car and I started sweating all over while shaking on my legs. So I rested a bit a the gas station and went back to see the doctor. She confirmed my suspicion that is was the flu. Advice was to stay at home and rest

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Book: Spain to Norway on a bike called Reggie

The third traveloque by Andrew P Sykes. This time about his trip from the most southern spot of Europe (in Spain) to the most northern point in Norway (the Nordkapp). It’s an easy to read book, but compared to other travelogues I’ve read it takes a bit of getting used to as some parts seem to hop from one moment and place in time to another. A bit confusing in the beginning but you’ll get used to that as the journey continues.

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No more distro hopping?

For quite some time now, al the computers here have GNU/Linux as an operating system. The only bit resembling MS Windows is Wine on a laptop in case we should need to run some Windows software. But up till now, we never had the need for it. There is plenty of choice in free GNU/Linux software, so we can always find a good alternative.

Talking about choice, there is an enormous variety in GNU/Linux distributions which might be a bit overwhelming for a GNU/Linux beginner. I’ve been playing around with several distro’s myself (still am to be honest), always looking for a distro that fits my needs and feels good. Always searching, until recently. Just when I started to feel more like a distro-hopper than a computer user, I realized that during my search I always came back to the same distro that’s already running on my laptop.

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The weird thing about birthdays

On the last day of another year of living, some strange thoughts bubble up in my mind. One thing I’ve noticed over the years is that the younger you are the more you look forward to your birthday. And when you get older, that enthusiasm decreases very fast. Mental health on the other hand seems to go along a reverse line. When you’re young every birthday gets you a bit closer to adulthood and wisdom comes with age, or so they say. However, the older you get the bigger the change that infancy returns. For some a bit sooner than for others of course. 😉

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The sad demise of a little blue bird

I’ve had a twitter account for a couple of years. It was fun at first, even interesting from time to time. Having contact with like-minded people over the world. And posting messages with maximum 140 character never was a problem. A nice challenge even. But slowly the little blue birds timeline started changing (in my opinion that is).

More and more political babbling, “begging-tweets” for charities, people only interested in their own so called super achievement of afflictions. Interaction with others became less and less and one by one accounts I was following disappeared from my timeline.

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