Showing posts from October, 2012

Google Throws Open Doors to Its Top-Secret Data Center

Google Throws Open Doors to Its Top-Secret Data Center is a great piece by on Google's data center philosophy, architecture and design decisions. Having been part of the design of KPN's modern(ized) data centers and contributed to that vision on my own terms, I can only bow down with deep respect for what they've accomplished and wish I can someday become part of that team and learn. Simply learn. It's so cool what they do and how that it's almost religious experience. And I'm not even religious! :)

This 14-Year-Old Dutch Kid Is a Lego Genius

This 14-Year-Old Kid Is a Lego Genius

Just check the tanks that he builds!!!

List of freely available programming (e)books

List of freely available programming books is a massive list of free (e)books for tons of programming languages. Massive, really means m a s s i v e in this case.

My favorites on SoundCloud gotten a bit active on SoundCloud. Turns out most of my favorite Techno DJs and producers are active there and recently a whole slew of livesets have appeared there. Some use it as their archive and publish old recordings or bootlegs that no one is going to publish anyway so they might as well do it themselves for their fans. Others actively make tracks or sets available to fans. Either way, a ton of free mp3 (although not all are available as download). So check my growing list of favorites on SoundCloud. You may also want to check out who I follow and hopefully find some of your own favorites too!

Domaine La Bérangeraie

Last weekend I visited my parents' in Fumel again. Was long overdue. Last year was hectic and with my new job I just didn't know when I could leave. But it was long enough and we booked a weekend away with Transavia.

While at the Pure Markt in Amsterdam, I ran into a wineshop (Biovin) that sells Cahors wines from a vineyard in Puy l'Eveque. So I decided to pay them a visit. While Domaine l'Antenet makes a nice Cahors wine, the winery looks a bit daft. A friend of my dad recommended we visit this biological vineyard near Puy l'Eveque, in Grézels, called Bérangeraie. They have been winning several medals for best Cahors wine or best wine from the Acquitaine and so on. So we stopped by and were treated to a royal wine tasting! The lady owner talked for 1.5 hrs while we tasted 6 excellent Cahors wines: 4 AOC Cahors and 2 Vin de Pays (a Merlot and a Cahors rosé). The wines are outstanding and excellent Cahors wines. They use the Malbec and Merlot grapes, as prescribed b…