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zondag 20 april 2014

Easter 2014

A great at my parents' house.

The secret code for today is: 202-87-202

zondag 23 maart 2014


My brother and I had diner this evening. When we passed the Musuemplein, underway to the restaurant, it was transformed in Fort Knox for the arrival of President Obama tomorrow. He'll visit the Rijksmuseum.

UPDATE: It looked like this when he arrived. 

zaterdag 22 maart 2014

Letting Go

20th August, 1982: ABBA records TDBYC, their last recording.
20th August, 1986: I buy KT's album HoL.
21st March, 2014: KT announces a series of live shows-.

I won't go, I let go.

zondag 9 juni 2013

Tomorrow Night, Tomorrow Night

Barbra Streisand is The Real Thing. I've been lost to her music ever since I saw a making-of documentary about Yentl in 1983. When she did her first ever European concerts outside the UK, back in 2007, I seriously considered going to Berlin for the show there on June 30, 2007. I didn't go, and I regretted it ever since.

Tomorrow I will see Streisand in Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam. The first gig there was sold out in 15 minutes. I paid a princely 295 euros to see her, and it is a fulfillment of a long-cherished dream. Up until two months ago, I never thought it would ever happen. 

woensdag 24 maart 2010

Here's To Life

No complaints and no regrets
I still believe in chasing dreams and placing bets
And I have learned that all you give is all you get
So give it all you've got

I had my share, I drank my fill
And even though I'm satisfied, I'm hungry still
To see what's down another road, beyond a hill
And do it all again

So here's to life
And every joy it brings
Here's to life
To dreamers and their dreams

Funny how the time just flies
How love can go from warm hellos to sad goodbyes
And leave you with the memories you've memorized
To keep your winters warm

But there's no yes in yesterday
And who knows what tomorrow brings, or takes away
As long as I'm still in the game, I want to play
For laughs, for life, for love

So here's to life
And every joy it brings
Here's to life
To dreamers and their dreams
May all your storms be weathered
And all that's good get better

Here's to life
Here's to love
And here's to you

dinsdag 9 februari 2010

White Roses From Farmville

Gosh. Has it really been a week since my last post? This time, it's FarmVille's fault. It happens to be the most popular game on Facebook and it's highly addictive. I'm hooked. This week, I'm making lots of 'money' by harvesting roses for Valentine's day. My advice to you: stay away from FarmVille. It will eat ya!

And now off to harvest another crop.

donderdag 21 januari 2010

My Computer

So the old girl was really at the end of her life. My old computer served over seven years, and that's an eternity in IT-time. The new one is absolutely fantastic. Strong, fast and ready for the future. Visually, the flat-screen monitor is the most striking part. My previous monitor was still a tube with a big fat ass. Those flatscreens are also feather-light in weight. The internal memory is 12 times larger than the old one, which means ultra-fast synchronizing of music and video-files between the desktop and the external harddrive. And Windows 7 means ultra-stability. It was a good idea to skip Vista and wait for the new OS. Graphics and sound are crisp and clear. A true delight. These are the specs:

Inspiron 545 Minitower with Piano Black Bezel,
Processor : Intel Pentium Dual Core E5300(2.6GHz,800MHz,2MB),
Resource DVD : Inspiron Desktop 545 Diagnostics and Drivers,
Memory : 6144MB (2x2048 + 2x1024) 800MHz DDR2 Dual Channel,
Media Card Reader : 19-in-1,
Hard Drive 750GB Serial ATA non Raid (7200 Rpm),
DVD+/-RW (Read/Write) 16X and DVD-ROM (Reader) 16X IDE,
Optical Software : ROXIO Software - Creator / MYDVD (software install, no media),
Power DVD 8.2,
Power Cord : European 2M,
Display : 23inch ST2310 European Black (1920x1080) High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI)
Graphics : 512 MB ATI Radeon HD 4350,
Audio Integrated HDA Dolby Digital capability,
Modem Internal V.92 PCI (Data, Fax),
Dell Black 2 Button USB Scroll Optical Mouse,
Keyboard : Dutch (QWERTY) Dell Entry USB Black,
Operating System : Dutch Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium (64 BIT),
Dutch - MS Works 9.0 630-11567,
Software : Datasafe Local 2.0 Basic 640-11633,
Dutch Antivirus McAfee 10 - 2 Yrs Subscription 650-11102,
Standard Service - 1 year of coverage included with your PC,
DataSafe Online Backup 2GB,
DataSafe Online size - 2GB Trial,
Inspiron Desktop 545 MT Order - Netherlands HSB,
Inspiron DT - System Only 990-15143,
Speakers : Dell AY410 Multimedia Desktop Speaker System Euro Black (Kit)

donderdag 19 februari 2009

Infinity Is A Great Place To Start

"Choose your enemies carefully, 'cause they will define you/ Make then interesting, because in some ways they will mind you/ They're not there in the beginning, but when your story ends/ Gonna last longer with you than your friends."
These are the last lines from U2's upcoming album 'No Line On The Horizon'. There's that intriguing minimalistic sleeve and the snippets I heard so far make me presume this is a very innovative new album. But more about that later. In an interview with The Observer (UK) Bono reflects on these lines and comes up with some interesting thoughts:
"The main obstacle in the way of our band we always saw as ourselves and our limitations. We never blamed the record company. We never blamed the radio [laughs]. You never heard that from us in 25 years. It was always, can we be better? Can we make the song better, the show? What you're really dealing with then are the obstacles to realising your own potential. They are nearly always of a psychological, if not a spiritual, nature. The spectres that hold you back, they were our enemies."

"(...) The mark of succeeding for us is.... erm, let me try and get this right because it's important. Joy, for me, is the spilling over of a life well-lived."

" [Peripheral vision] is the theme of the record. And, in one sense, it's a very tough-minded theme, even, some have said, bleak, but I don't think so. (...) It's like, well, you think of the heartache of the invasion of Iraq, or the heartache of taking on heroin, which we've known from friends who have taken that drug, and you think of the wasted energy in a life that comes from just taking on the wrong fight. It could be with your lover. There it was and you blew it. You just didn't know what you had. That's why I love the opening of the album - No Line on the Horizon. There's no end in sight. It's infinity, it's optimistic. [sings]
'I know a girl who's like the sea.' The sea and the sky become the same colour and you lose the horizon line as it disappears into infinity. Infinity is a great place to start."