Showing posts from July, 2007

Dr Kawashima's Brain Training

Gaming for non-gamers... isn't that a bit of a lost cause? Contradiction? Vaporware? Or false advertising?
Either way: it sells! What started off on the Nintendo DS is quickly becoming a crazy, a fad and a hype. Dr Kawashima's Brain Training is simply a set of exercises to keep the brain fit and fast. It's for young players starting at 3 or old players of 93. Anyone can play and games are short and it supposedly is a lot of fun. Mleen already has for the Wii...

Wikidot - Free Wiki Hosting

Need to keep a set notes with a bunch of people? Everyone live somewhere else but you need to document a bunch of stuff and list issues of what's left to do? You must write a piece of documentation for something, but you don't really know where to begin and would like to just dump your minds and log everything you know as well as what you still need to research or solve?
Get yourself a free wiki from Wikidot and get going. You can also install and maintain a wiki yourself, but sometimes you just need to get going and don't want to be bothered with admin details. Wikidot fills that gap!

Europe's floods and fires snapped from space

Floods in UK and fires in Italy are visible from space, ESA says and posts pictures to prove it. However, as hard as it is on people living in the areas, from space it seems hardly noticable. A few strange clouds in the sky over Italy. Makes you wonder...

Scallywags Lebanese-style

Last Thursday, petra and I went to Scallywags - the restaurant where Ahmad cooked for a few friends. He's from Lebanon and usually cooks in Scallywags Beirut, but now that he's in Den Haag, he was sharing his Lebanese cooking style with us. It was delicious! Totally different tastes, some familiar some new, but each equally tasty! As far as I am concerned, I could go for Lebanese cooking on a more regular basis... :)

Introducing sIFR: The Healthy Alternative to Browser Text

I have no idea yet what sIFR is, but at first glance it looks interesting... more later...

Extrema Outdoor 2007

Went to Extrema outdoor saturday and had a great time, despite the shower we had dumped on us around 730pm. By 8pm I was drenched, had lost Anke at the bathrooms (?) and decided to go back to the rest. With many friends scattered over the grounds, I opted to get inside the lakeside stage and dry myself off by dancing around vigorously. :D It worked. An hour later, everyone was back and I was dry. 3voor12, from Dutch broadcaster 3fm, has a nice report about Extrema Outdoor, albeit in Dutch. Sorry.
My pictures are online at smugmug

Web Trend Map 2007 Version 2.0

Information Architects have published a very cool map of current web trends. Who's hot and who is not? What's thir connection, where will they go, what is their forecast and so on. Check the very cool Web Trend Map 2007 Version 2.0 which is in the form of an underground (aka subway) tube map. :) Very original!

Little pick me up if you're sad

If you are having a bad day or are feeling down, sad, a bit blue perhaps or you've simply had a bad day... just watch this video on YouTube about a baby who laughs (at golf on the wii) and I'm sure you can not hold that frown much longer! :D ROFLMAO
The laugh just kills me, it's so infectious. - Peach Open Movie

Project Orange, the open source computer generated movie that premiered last year, will have a sequel: Peach Open Movie... Can't wait! Go Ton! (y)
Wonder what the new Elephants Dream will be called...

Gamasutra - The History of Civilization

If you've ever played SimCity or Civilization, you must read this (long) article on Gamasutra about The History of Civilization... brings back memories!
/me dusts off an old DOS floppy set

Photo Matt really enjoys Pownce

Was just browsing the WordPress blog and noticed that Photo Matt enjoys Pownce. Weird! Luckily Martin mailed me an invite, so I'll let you know. :) Already installed the Mac OS X desktop app...

Pownce: Against All Odds, Pownce Blew Us Away

Pownce, Kevin Rose’s latest startup, which we were extremely skeptical about when it first arrived on the scene less than 24 hours ago. Who needs yet another IM client, we wondered. Well, we still stand by that: it IS just another IM client. But this one simple feature, for an IM-junkie like me, is vital.

And it is this: on Pownce, you can send a message, or a file, or a song, or an event, to one person; or three of your friends; or only your family; or everyone. That’s right, you can engage in private conversations, you can speak to the world, you can have a group of close friends, and a group of associates, and a group of unknown people you just added to your profile, and you can choose when you want to send stuff to any of these groups. With this simple feature Pownce trounces all over Twitter, and comes close to being more useful than most IM clients. Read more on Pownce

Room Eleven – Dutch pride

Martin pointed me to them and provided me with the samples to convince me: Room Eleven is brilliant music. A Dutch band, female vocals, sweet voiced, jazzy, very low threshold so their music just eases into your daily routine and you don't know they're playing until the CD ends. :) And by the 4th repeat, you start wondering: "didn't I already hear this...? Oh well, better be sure." And before you know you wonder again after the 7th repeat. iTunes shows me very bluntly how often I've played a cd... :shame: hihi
Actually, if you like Room Eleven, you'll also probably like Incognito!

Japan Chooses Truly Open Document Fomat (ODF)

The OpenDocument Format Alliance (ODF Alliance) congratulated Japan for adopting a policy under which government ministries and agencies will solicit bids from software vendors whose products support internationally recognized open standards. Given the trouble I've had to read a %$@#!&%# OpenXML (aka OOXML) document made with Office2007, I whole heartedly support this move. :respect:

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Canon will use CMOS in compact digicams too

Canon will start using its excellent CMOS chips in compact digicams as well. Currently, the CMOS designs only appear in more expensive DSLR cameras, whereas cheaper digicams use CCDs.
The CMOS design is more cost effective and makes them less dependent on Sony, who supplies them with CCDs. Research has also proven it can circumvent most negative aspects of the CMOS design... See Reuters for the article.

Philips: Drag & Draw Technology

What if you, or your kids, could draw on any wall in the house? With any color? Any design? Anywhere...?
You'd freak out, wouldn't you?
Well... not anymore. Check out the video of Philips: Drag & Draw Technology. :respect: So cooool!

Create ISOs images in OS X

Mikhail Esteves informed me plain and simple on how to create ISO image files in Mac OS X. It's so simple I didn't think of it.
I was trying to right click and trying to copy it: permission denied. I finally was able to dd a CD, by first unmounting the CD from the command line. That worked but then I was unable to eject or remount the CD, forcing me to reboot after each image. I knew there had to be an easier way. There is: DiskUtility.

Apple: No BS iPhone Review - Gizmodo

Gizmodo has a no-nonsense, no BS, no fluff iPhone Review...
/me continues reading

Nokia N76

Nokia came up with the Nokia N76 to offer the N73 in a flip-top design, improve on the N95 and early designs and make a better N73... :)

Dj Doboy Collection

Was listening to's vocal trance channel and stumbled across DJ Doboy's mixes again. While working and concentrating, I really dig lounge or trance music. Especial Vocal Trance with female vocal sets... it just gets me energized and focused. Weird, I know, don't ask.
Anyway, found a site with the DJ Doboy Collection. I was listening to vocal edition #16, in case you're curious. :) :bounce: :dj:

Hardware component break-down of iPhone

Wondering what's in the iPhone? Want a close up look of its internals? Just check the iPhone SMASH for a complete guide to dissecting the iPhone.

Google Easter Eggs

I never realized Google is programmed by geeks, nerds and other very clever people with a weird sense of humor. I know, I am one of them. So it came to me as a shock that I've never tried any of these Google Easter Eggs. Funny!

Online collaboration workspace for teamwork and project management

Online collaboration workspace for teamwork and project management: "AJAX workspace is a secure Web-based workplace consisting of an integrated suite of simple and easy to use collaboration application. You can efficiently organize yourself, manage projects and work with your entire enterprise, colleagues and team member from one central location. The ideal tool for any type of project management regardless if you are working in a company or if you are working as freelancer from home. "

Juice, the cross-platform podcast receiver.

Recently, I told you about Tiësto's weekly radio show, Club Life, on Radio538. I had downed some podcasts and was happy about them, urging you to get them too.
What I didnt' realize is that my little OS X laptop with iTunes had made things very easy and trivial and that other windoze users without iTunes weren't so lucky. Fortunately, there is Juice, the cross-platform podcast receiver! With it, you can get the podcasts whether you have iTunes or not. In fact, you don't even need iTunes! Cool huh! Goes to show the power of open source software. This thing runs on Windows, Linux, OS X and more and is available in more than 15 languages. Coool B)
BTW, a podcast is nothing more than an RSS feed with music links in them: mp3, aac, wma or whatever. As long as the application can handle them.

babysite van Cleo

An old friend of mine from college turned dad not long ago: babysite van Cleo. Cute website. Nice idea!
Dennis is a proud father having problems only adjusting to the change in priorities in life. :) The girls is most important, then his wife, then the rest. :D LOL

Overview of our Wedding Day

Petra has spend the last 2 weeks selecting, sorting and editing through all of the 1500+ photos that we have of our wedding day! I really really appreciate that, as it was one hell of a job. The result will also be enjoyable in the form of a DVD of 10-12 minutes, but in case you see yourself and want to get it, we have uploaded small versions of the final 300 images that provide an overview of our wedding day.
Apologies for anyone not in these pictures. It's not personal. But we only chose the best pictures (and many were not in focus!) that also contributed to the overall impression.

Update: Wedding photos by Josée, Marleen, Sjoerd, my honeymoon pics, Willy, Jans, Richard (bridal shoot), Suzanne, Martin

Update2: Marleen's photos from March when we went to Fumel to register

Update3: Sjoerd has pics from my bachelor party, Marleen from Petra's hen party

Update4: Petra's edited and sorted photos from the whole weekend

Update5: My sister Isabelle has a bunch of photos too - The Global Broadband Speed Test

Wonder about your broadband speed? Change providers recently or just forgot? Check The Global Broadband Speed Test and be done. Got 25Mb down and 8Mb up at work! Whoooosh! B) Cool

N73 firmware versions

Some guy is listing all known Nokia N73 firmware versions, bugs, known issues and fixes. :respect:
Turns out that I am about a zillion versions behind. :( That's what I get for being an early adopter. When I checked, there was no new version...
BTW, press *#0000# to see which versions you have. This works on all Nokia phones.

Adam Beyer - DJ-set @ Awakenings Festival 2007

VPRO broadcaster has a recording of Adam Beyer's DJ-set @ Awakenings Festival 2007. :) Now if only I could find a way to download and store it... They have more sets too: also Steve Rachmad and Secret Cinema. (y)

Java Embedding Plugin for OSX

Seems I am not alone in this. I recently had problems uploading pictures using a Java applet. It would download but not init. Turns out there is a Java Embedding Plugin for Mac OS X users. Worked for me! I am using Firefox 2.x, BTW, not Safari.

Diesel Show: Underwater Magic with 3D holograms

For their most recent fashion show, Diesel used a unique combination of virtual 3D computer graphics projected into mid-air between the fashion models on the catwalk. The models could then interact with the virtual underwater lifeforms and form a totally unique presentation.
You must see this! And wait for the video to load a bit as it greatly enhances the "WOW - OMG - how cool effect©"!

Why girlfriends are like computer games

See Quote #761414 on


Through, I was introduced to incognito, a British band with sounds like the Norwegian D'Sound. I agree that their similar, but I prefer D'Sound so far. Incognito is more jazzy, similar more to Spyro Gyra or Manhattan Transfer. D'Sound is more funck, more Drum'nBass. Whichever, I like both genres so I'm fine. Downloaded the whole Discography while I was at it... :)

Colossal Squid Caught off Antarctica

Relatively late, but a Colossal Squid Was Caught off Antarctica. It's H U G E! 13 meters! OMG That's the length of our entire livingroom, front to back! Stunning. The post has pictures...

ODF-OpenXML converter

Looking for a way to open OpenOffice documents in Word? Or trying to read an Office2007 document in OpenOffice? You may need theODF - Converter aka translator plugins for MS Word or
The tool installs a plugin in MS Word, allowing you to open .odt documents created with OpenOffice. It also has a translator that lets you open convert an .docx file from Word2007 into an ODF .odt file for

When Americans loose their senses

"New rules being considered by the Mayor's Office of Film, Theater and Broadcasting would require any group of two or more people who want to use a camera in a single public location for more than a half hour to get a city permit and insurance. The same requirements would apply to any group of five or more people who plan to use a tripod in a public location for more than 10 minutes, including the time it takes to set up the equipment."
As my hero Dexter (the teen genius, not the serial killer) used to say: it never fails to surprise me how completely without intelligance yuu are! Read more...

Awakenings Festival 2007

Went to Awakenings Festival in Spaarnwoude yesterday... Had a great time! My last party was 3 months ago... needed it badly! Didn't take my cam so I'm listing PartyFlock's pictures. We had a great day, with good weather: 20 degrees (70 F), cloudy skies and only a bit of a drizzle at one time. The festival was sold out but the area was never full. Adam Beyers rulez! Saw him for the first time live in person. Was great. Steve Rachmad was also good and Secret Cinema as well. The day rocked and after I ate 2 pancakes with sugar I couldn't stop jumping around. LOL
We were with a big group too: Sander, Caro, Liedewij, Jeroen, JW, Syl, Martin, Femke and Sjoerd and Mirel. :hug: Great to see all of you again, especially since it was the first time after our marriage. Hope to see you all again during Extrema in 3 weeks.