Atheist, technopagan and vegan.

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Paul

For some it's just a flash-drive

If you've ever been around computers, you probably know what this is. A flash-drive. USB-stick. Name it what you want. It used to be my Dad's. There is music on it. Music I put on it for him, because in his last days he couldn't do much more than listen to it. The music on it isn't my kind of music, but I will never be able to wipe it off this USB-drive because the…

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Paul

Interesting article on air travel today

Yep, I read an interesting article. It asked why aeroplane flights (which are quite polluting) were so cheap compared to train travel which takes long and is definitely expensive. They compared a flight from Amsterdam to Prague for €40 to a train journey of 11 hours, costing €180. (This can be reduced to €100 but that is still 2.5 times the price of a plane ticket.) To make a change, trains should become MUCH faster.

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Paul

We're not going to space anytime soon.

You may think I'm crazy for saying that, because the USA sends things into space. Japan sends things into space. Russia, China and India are doing the same thing. Europe is also in the game. So why aren't we going to space soon? Because of exactly that. Each country does the same thing, invents the same thing, spends time and resources on the same thing. What a friggin' waste! Imagine what progress could be made…

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Creating the impatient consumer

I'm sure you've all noticed how people want to have things faster and faster. You go on the Internet, hit your favourite outlet website, you click buy, and by the time the confirmation mail has reached you, you want it in your hand. Companies are catering to that. Amazon, for instance, is using drones to get stuff to the eager customer as soon as possible. After couriers for same day delivery, they now aim for…

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End of a year, start of a film

Yesterday I ended the year with a film. I don't watch many films, so this is kind of special. The film I watched was "Lucy", with Scarlett Johansson. I accidentally came across this film as I was paging through the Google Play store and discovered it. The comments for the film were quite mixed and also intriguing enough for me to decide to rent it and see it for myself. I'm glad I found this…

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Guten Tag, Gutenberg

I've tried this new editor a few times. It has advantages. It also has serious issues for me. I'm once more trying it in this post, since 'lots of changes have been made', so I heard. Do you use Wordpress? Do you use (and like) Gutenberg? How easy was the switch for you? Right. I see one of my main issues with Gutenberg is still there. It's a mystery to me how to add an…

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What do you think about naturism? And what do you know about it?

Naturism. The internet is loaded with it... ...but it's not naturism. According to the internet at large, naturism is sex, porn, bad stuff, naked people doing 'the unmentionable' (whatever that is, because there are plenty of words - check any dictionary). The internet is quite clever, but the people filling it often aren't using the right words for what they're spreading. Unfortunately, using the 'wrong' words is the best way to attract lots of visitors.

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The health and beauty industry thinks you're all ugly.

Yes. All of you. Ugly. Unworthy. The health and beauty industry is probably amazed that you have the nerve to show yourselves in broad daylight. The health and beauty industry keeps telling you to shape up a little, invest a bit more in your looks, because you have to be young forever. Right? You have to! And do you know how many people believe that? How many people chase those impossible goals? Too many. Even…

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Mijn jaarlijkse donatie. My yearly donation.

(English text further down.) Elk jaar tegen het eind van het jaar kies ik een goed doel en daar geef ik een mooi bedrag aan. Drie keer raden welk het dit jaar was. (Als je meer dan 1 keer nodig hebt moet je echt eens beter opletten.) Ik doe dit in plaats van kerstkaarten. Die zijn goedbedoeld maar komen uiteindelijk in dozen en bij het oud papier terecht. Zonde van het papier, de inkt en…

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Living forever. How quaint. But what are the consequences?

Living forever. The Pros and Cons. More and more I hear and read things about how scientists are getting closer to the genes that need to be changed to make people live longer. At this moment there are people who live to over 100 years, but that's clearly not enough. I wonder how many people want to live forever. Of course having the body and mind of a 30-or-so-year old. Cool, right? Of course this…

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