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:


QOTD October 12 2014

October 12th, 2014 on 17:29

Josephine demott Robinson: “My one aim was to do a thing well and to excel if possible.”


QOTD October 11 2014

October 11th, 2014 on 21:11

Real Live Preacher: “There isn’t much better in this life than finding a way to spend a few hours in conversation with people you respect and love. You have to carve this time out of your life because you aren’t really living without it.”


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QOTD October 10 2014

October 10th, 2014 on 16:02

Fred R. Barnard: “One picture is worth a thousand words.”


QOTD October 9 2014

October 9th, 2014 on 12:54

Lin Yutang: “Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is a nobler art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of nonessentials.”


QOTD October 8 2014

October 8th, 2014 on 16:21

Kahlil Gibran: “If you reveal your secrets to the wind you should not blame the wind for revealing them to the trees.”


I couldn’t resist…

October 7th, 2014 on 23:55

As an Apple fanboy (and heavy smartphone user :) ) I couldn’t resist the temptation any longer and treated myself with a brand new iPhone 6! Or better said; I just ordered one and it should be delivered in 1-1.5 weeks! Pretty neat as I remember waiting for my old iPhone 5 to be delivered for nearly 2 months in 2012! A nice upgrade that corresponds with my iPhone ownership history of having a new one every two years (a trend which was only broken in 2011 when two iPhones got stolen at the Pohoda festival); I owned the first ever iPhone (which was released only in the USA, though it worked perfectly after a jailbreak :) ), and then went for the iPhone 3GS (skipping the iPhone 3G). Both of them got stolen and I got the iPhone 4, then the iPhone 5 (skipping the iPhone 4S/’for Steve’) and will soon have the iPhone 6 (skipping the iPhone 5S), yay! :)

My ‘old’ iPhone 5 will become my ‘new’ dutch phone and I am not sure what will happen with the slowwww and sluggish iPhone 4. :)

Though first I will send the iPhone 5 for repair as it qualifies in Apples’ free battery replacement program after they determined that a very small percentage of iPhone 5 devices suddenly experience shorter battery life or need to be charged more frequently…ha, ain’t that so! At the moment it lasts just a couple of hours on a full charge, and while some see me as a heavy-user, it definitely should last waaaayyy longer than that! :)