Archive for March, 2010

QOTD March 31 2010

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010
Jane Goodall: “Change happens by listening and then starting a dialogue with the people who are doing something you don’t believe is right.”

OK Go – This Too Shall Pass

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

The band OK Go did it again!! This is an amazing video clip for the song ‘This Too Shall Pass’!!
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Check out one of their previous clips, for the song ‘Here it Goes Again’…true art!

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An hour gives a lot of light

Monday, March 29th, 2010

The extra evening hour we ‘got’ last weekend when daylight saving time moved our clocks one hour forward (although factually an hour was taken from us!), had the impact it was intended for; when I drove back home tonight around 7pm, the sun was still way up over the hills around the house and from inside the car it looked like summer is around the corner! Weather wasn’t that good really, only +2 degrees and even some wet snow just 10 minutes before… ๐Ÿ˜‰

Six years ago: Japan

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

Today exactly six years ago, March 28 2004, I arrived in Japan for an experience of a lifetime; 4 weeks with 5 amazing people on a trip through a culture that is so different and so interesting that it became a life changing event!

We summed the experience up in the recipe below (as put on our website, gse2004.nl):

RECIPE JAPN
One takes:

– a team of 5 people
– 10 preparation meetings
– 20 hours flight to heat up
– 28 days in the land of the rising sun
– 30 fantastic host families
– a dozen patient translators
– 500 business cards
– 60kg presents, like wooden shoes, orange windbreakers with print
– many kiloโ€™s of raw fish (sushi and sashimi)
– 2 days Tokyo
– more than 1400km traveling by car
– around 20 Japanese Rotary Clubs
– 2 powerpoint presentations per week
– 1 laptop
– 3 digital cameras and 1 SLR camera
– around 2,000 photos
– a professional website
– a pinch of Japanese vocabulary
– 50 liter green tea
– 8mg natto (or less)
– 1,000 times โ€˜sumimasenโ€™
– domo domo domo domo arigatoo
– bind all this with a firm dose of team-spirit
– serve with Japanese chopsticks

Et voilร , an experience that tastes for a lifetime!

QOTD March 27 2010

Saturday, March 27th, 2010

Eleanor Roosevelt: “Friendship with oneself is all-important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.”

Formula1, the Ozzie GP

Friday, March 26th, 2010

The Formula One‘ circus has landed in sunny Australia this weekend. As always, the time difference is challenging, although that never stopped me to watch it live in the past years! ๐Ÿ˜‰

This particular Grand Prix race is always a bit special for me since I *was* in Australia 16 years ago, unfortunately just missed the race by one week, but I still saw the city getting ready for the event (still Adelaide in those days), nice!

The Lascivious Biddies – Famous

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Simply a great song; ‘Famous’ by The Lascivious Biddies.

I first heard them on Adam Curry‘s Daily Source Code some years back. With the recent return of the DSC, the biddies came back on my radar too, cool!

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QOTD March 24 2010

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Emily Dickinson: “Forever is composed of nows.”

iGod – chat with God!

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

I am a fan of Apple (all ‘iDevices’) and I believe the ‘Conversations with God‘ books written by Neal Donald Walsch are great…

Now developments in internet technology made it possible to have a chat with God on the net with the ‘iGod‘ application! Funky! ๐Ÿ˜‰

‘Charlie’ moods are back

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Adam, thx! It was great to listen to last Friday’s DSC, the FUBAR Friday festivities led up to a perfect atmosphere for a welcome back to ‘Charlie’ mood!

The one year, six weeks, six days and 13 hours between this show and the last oneย  is washed away, diminished into the ‘days between shows’ that we were used to…amazing how flexible time is and how easy it really is to get back into the vibe!

The DSC#781 ‘Awakening’ piece (excellently edited by ‘Ray On The Charlie’) was a superb run down memory lane and wake-up from snooze moment for some I believe.

For those of you wondering what this ‘secret’ language codes all means; I’d say, take a listen and get on board!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Snow in the spring

Sunday, March 21st, 2010

And just when weather (and today’s date!) makes you believe that spring has started, you wake up, look outside and see it’s snowing again?!?

The same happened two years ago, March 21 2008…interesting.

Pilobolus – shadow dancing

Saturday, March 20th, 2010

Take a peek into the amazing world of shadow dance theater performed by Pilobolus, a world famous dance company (Wikipedia).

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The song’s great too; Summer In The City by The Lovin’ Spoonful.

DSC is back!

Friday, March 19th, 2010

Indeed, this is THE week of the return of the Daily Source Code!

Adam is ‘Back In The Sack‘ and posted DSC #822 just over an hour ago. Hehe, my podcatcher (iTunes) just downloaded it and I have a whole weekend to listen to it, great!!

QOTD March 18 2010

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

Susan J. Bissonette: “An optimist is the human personification of spring.”

DSC this week!

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

I just finished listening to episode 182 of the No Agenda podcast (aka Open Source Radio Show), so I’m totally up to date with the real news behind the mainstream media controlled news! ๐Ÿ˜‰

And, I’m just in time to be ready for Adam’s ‘Daily’ Source Code this week…yeah, that’s right, the show is coming back as promised, and this is gonna be THE week, great! As Adam mentioned on my Facebook page a month ago; patience is a virtue… ๐Ÿ˜‰

I’m interested to hear what direction the show will take…the last episodes (over a year ago) were a prelude for the No Agenda topics (totally awesome). I wonder how regular the DSC will be, I expect it could become ‘almost’ daily again if only Adam would get his ‘Delta Sierra‘ sold, hehe. ๐Ÿ˜‰

So, if you’re in the market for an airplane (the comment says ‘Beautiful 182RG !!! Owner has spared no expense in maintaining this aircraft!’), check out this link on tradewinds.com.

3/4 of a workweek in two days

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

Work this week is totally crazy! I don’t mind working hard at all, I love what I do so no probs there. But to be in the office for 31 hours in just two days (!) is a bit too much in my book…besides the regular things to take care of, most of the time went into making travel expense reports. Obviously I was behind on making them…oh well, the good part is that I will soon be a rich man! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Note to self; do these reports on a more regular basis and, don’t blame the system. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Happy Birthday ‘mom’

Monday, March 15th, 2010

My mother in law celebrates her 61st Birthday today, congratulations!

I can’t be there, but can at least mark the day on the blog (and have a piece of the virtual cake! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ).

So much for the weekend…it’s over already!

Sunday, March 14th, 2010

The lazy Saturday is followed by a not so lazy Sunday; I finished the IKEA fun stuff and it looks good; the stereo-set fits nicely, the TV finally hangs on the wall and all the cables are hidden…job well done!

I just paid some invoices, so the administration is also up to date and with that it is time to zzzzz, another busy week is coming up (hmm, Kissy will fly to New York, some seem to have *all* the fun! ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

Lazy Saturday: IKEA fun and some movies

Saturday, March 13th, 2010

Wow, that has been a LONG time ago; Saturday without any plans or ‘obligations’…I’m enjoying it heaps…and we even got most of the left-over IKEA fun-stuff installed, great!

Ending this lazy day with two movies; a fairy tale (The Brothers Grimm) and some science fiction fiction (2012).

TGIF: Attention โ€“ Drunks

Friday, March 12th, 2010

Mirror.co.uk: “Desperate road safety chiefs in Romania have put up traffic signs warning motorists of drunk pedestrians. Following an increase in traffic accidents involving drunks stumbling into the road the Mayor Petru Antal ordered the signs saying โ€˜Attention โ€“ Drunksโ€™ complete with an image of a reveller on his knees with a bottle.”

“We are a border town and have lots of cars thundering through here all the time…But we also have a very vibrant nightlife and the two don’t mix. We have to target the drivers because by the time they get to this state the pedestrians are beyond caring.”