QOTD October 25 2014

October 25th, 2014 on 11:36

Lawana Blackwell: “Patterning your life around other’s opinions is nothing more than slavery.”


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QOTD October 24 2014

October 24th, 2014 on 21:07

Andrea Bocelli: “All that counts in life is intention.”


iPhone 6 is IN! :)

October 23rd, 2014 on 22:58

As I wrote earlier, ‘I couldn’t resist‘ and treated myself with a brand new iPhone 6, today the ‘long’ wait was over and it got delivered!

Anyone who ever purchased something from Apple the past decade knows how a beautiful experience the unboxing of any of their goodies is, and this was no exception. Ha, no wonder, Apple even has a specialsecret packaging room:) , a team that spends a LOT of time on improving user experience from the moment that the purchase is made and the unboxing begins. The box itself looks arty, the various parts fit beautifully inside the box, and obviously all attention goes to THE product when the box is opened! The unboxing prepares you and sets the bar for the user experience that customers love so much. It is a great thing about Apple products; everything just works, I love it! (it just takes time to sync 60+Gb he he)

Happy geek! :)




QOTD October 23 2014

October 23rd, 2014 on 09:49

Oprah Winfrey: “I believe that one of life’s greatest risks is never daring to risk.”


The Facebook dilemma

October 22nd, 2014 on 23:48

It is a known fact; people (not all! :) ) boost up their lives on Facebook, pretend it is nicer, funnier, better, more exciting then it really is. Competing with your fellow Facebook friends on who is getting the most Likes and/or Comments, in a way much comparable with the ‘I want to have a bigger car than my neighbour’ rat-race in (Western) society. What a waste of time and energy…

Facebook is currently *the* biggest ‘six degrees of separation‘ network, giving you the ability to (re)connect with friends, real friends, meet new people and connect with them, their lives…ain’t that beautiful? But, is really used to that extend? To really connect and interact?

For a second, wake-up and realize that most of this is entertainment for the masses, one big cover over your eyes to blindsight you from the real world, the truth and what really matters in life…

So, how much time do you spend on Facebook and what does it give you really?


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QOTD October 22 2014

October 22nd, 2014 on 13:42

Benjamin Franklin: “Wish not so much to live long as to live well.”


QOTD October 21 2014

October 21st, 2014 on 15:29

Sholem Asch: “Not the power to remember, but its very opposite, the power to forget, is a necessary condition for our existence.”


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QOTD October 20 2014

October 20th, 2014 on 11:02

General Douglas MacArthur: “There is no security on this earth, there is only opportunity.”


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Installed Mac OS X Yosemite

October 19th, 2014 on 23:07

Following the release of Apple’s new Mac OS X operating system, Yosemite, last Thursday, I took a leap and installed it on both my MacBook Air and iMac. Especially the iMac install was a *big* leap, as I currently don’t have enough storage space to fully backup the nearly 3TB I have on the machine. :) The MacBook Air install was therefore a trial and since the installation went more than super smooth, it was nothing more than a calculated risk. :)

I have to say, Yosemite is doing good so far; my MacBook Air feels snappier and battery life improved?! I also like to look and feel and…it will be even better when iOS 8.1 is released for my iDevices tomorrow; some nifty features bundled as ‘Continuity’ will bring OS X and iOS closer together than ever! The ability to continue things I started on my iPhone on my iMac called Handoff (such as writing emails, working on documents, etc.), answering calls and sending text messages from my iMac/MacBook Air though my cellular connection on the iPhone, are as said; nifty features. :)

Also, my storage ‘challenge’ will be solved soon, either via a NAS (am looking into a Synology or QNAP), or through a new Mac mini (updated last Thursday too :) ) combined with a Drobo 5D DAS…I need Terabytessssss hahaha (just 1,5 year ago I thought the iMac’s 3TB would be sufficient enough for a longggg time).


QOTD October 19 2014

October 19th, 2014 on 14:56

Phyllis Mcginley: “A hobby a day keeps the doldrums away.”


First snow of the year

October 18th, 2014 on 23:38

So, it is mid October and (last Thursday) the first snow of the season arrived, already! Then again, it hasn’t been a lot, one might say it didn’t qualify for real snow coming to town as it barely covered the trees, ah!

Oh well, the temperatures dropped to around 0C so it starts to feel like winter (while NL has had the warmest October 18 ever measured with a whopping 23C!).

Though some of the white stuff stayed for a few days, the attempt to turn my garden into winter wonderland did not succeed, at all!! :)


QOTD October 18 2014

October 18th, 2014 on 10:26

Jennifer Hudson: “You have to want weight-loss success so badly that no mountain, river, or ocean could keep you from reaching your goals. If you have that drive, passion, and commitment, there is no way you won’t get there.”


Birthday Boy at Kindergarten

October 17th, 2014 on 23:14

Misha celebrated his 3rd Birthday in the kindergarten today and after two years with ‘healthy’ treats (a ‘hedgehog’ with cucumber, grapes, tomato, a small piece of typical dutch cake (eierkoek), surrounded by raisins in 2012, and last year a fleet of Viking Ships filled with healthy goods (raisins, a banana, grape, cucumber and tomato), this years treat was a ‘not-so-hot-air’ balloon filled with fun ‘goodies’ for kids (a pencil, eraser, little drawing book, rubber stamp, small plastic toy and dutch ‘Jip & Janneke’ raisins). Misha had a great time giving, and all the kids loved it, as you can see from what they wrote on the heart that they gave him (in norwegian obviously :) )…yeah, another great day, everybody happy! :)


QOTD October 17 2014

October 17th, 2014 on 11:03

Florida Scott-Maxwell: “You need only claim the event of your life to make yourself yours. When you truly possess all you have been and done, which may take some time, you are fierce with reality.”


QOTD October 16 2014

October 16th, 2014 on 11:10

David Shore: “People choose the paths that grant them the greatest rewards for the least amount of effort.”


QOTD October 15 2014

October 15th, 2014 on 13:01

Emmet Fox: “There is no difficulty that enough love will not conquer; no disease that enough love will not heal; no door that enough love will not open.”


A hair-raising message

October 14th, 2014 on 23:54

Earlier this year a Swedish shampoo ad blew the world away, the same technique was used to show something completely different…confronting!


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QOTD October 14 2014

October 14th, 2014 on 21:21

Evelyn Underhill: “After all it is those who have a deep and real inner life who are best able to deal with the irritating details of outer life.”


QOTD October 13 2014

October 13th, 2014 on 22:22

Trey Parker and Matt Stone: “Love isn’t a decision. It’s a feeling. If we could decide who we loved, it would be much simpler, but much less magical.”


Four generations and back home, for a month!

October 12th, 2014 on 23:33

I came back home yesterday after an intense 2.5 weeks of traveling, partying, work, a wedding in Mallorca, Misha’s Birthday, more work with some insomniatic all nighters, a quick stop at home, more work, Kristel’s wedding and now home home with my angel…for a month, yay!! :)

I am really looking forward to spend quality time with Misha the coming period, three years old now so never a dull moment, I love it! :) Quality time was also the visit to my 94 year old (!) grandma last week, it is always good to see her, and while life is not easy for her these days, I feel fortunate to have her around and being able to see and talk to her…below a follow-up to the four generations photo from 2011: