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Paul

I don't want to be old that way

Sometimes you hear about, or talk to people whose parents don't recognise them any more. That sounds sad. It's even more sad when it happens to you. Like it did to me today. Dad was talking to me for a while already when suddenly he said, "The other one is coming too." I asked him whom he was talking about. "Paul. He lives far away, and he has cats." Do I want to be old…

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Zo wil ik niet oud zijn

Je hoort wel eens van, en spreekt wel eens mensen die niet meer door hun ouders worden herkend. Dat klinkt heel rot. Nog rotter is als het jezelf overkomt. Zoals mij vandaag. Mijn vader zat al even met me te praten toen hij opeens opmerkte dat 'die andere' ook nog zou komen. Ik vroeg hem wie hij bedoelde. "Paul. Die woont ver weg, en die heeft katten." Wil ik zo oud worden? Wie denkt hij…

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A bird and its bag

This morning I drove to work as usual. At some point I suddenly saw a blackbird fly off. It carried something in its beak. The something was a plastic bag it had found in a field. Birds should not find plastic bags in fields. Plastic bags are bad news for animals and I loathe people who toss their 'useless' plastic bags down wherever they stand. They don't think. These people have no idea what they…

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Senntiment. Yes. Senn again.

I know, I've talked about Senn before. During my vacation in San Francisco and Santa Rosa I learnt almost everything there is to know about this (for me) still amazing film. Let's start with the image up here. On the left is "We", a character wonderfully played by Wylie Herman. I was fortunate enough to meet him in person and be an extra for a few seconds in a film he is working on with…

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About life and death

Life is an amazing thing. You hardly ever stand still to realise that because it's a given thing, and so common that there is no reason to reflect on it, usually. It is however something I try to appreciate as much as I can. Why, you may ask. Well, there is this opposite of life and that is death. Have you witnessed death? As in someone dying? I have. Several times. The last time it…

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Cool

Yes. You know cool. The cool things and certainly the cool people. Who doesn't want to be cool? I don't want to be cool. Someone who's cool is always in control. Nothing can shock, excite, touch, harm or soften such a person. They are always "chill" which fits with the "cool". This kind of "cool" equates to someone who is desperately out of touch with their emotions. And that is not cool.

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Tinnitus

A short documentary created to raise awareness surrounding the hearing condition Tinnitus. *Warning* this film contains tinnitus 'sounds' that viewers may find uncomfortable. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHSW1JREAM4 And yes. I suffer from tinnitus.

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Technology WTF

A while ago I was looking at configuration stuff for Citrix because somehow the ICA client in the browser stopped passing through my login credentials to the Citrix server. (I didn't find them by the way.) During the search did I stumble upon this funny bit which I thought was worth sharing. I've got a production app that runs under Citrix. Due to various problems, a two-hour batch job that the app runs has tb…

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Another one on god. The christian one, I mean.

Adam, Eve, the snake and the famous apple We all know this one. The woman taking an apple from the tree of knowledge even though this mighty god told them not to take it. What surprises me is that this god isn't able to keep that snake away from the garden, or at least make it shut up. After all, in this story it wasn't Eve who got the apple by herself, she was pestered…

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Don't try this at home

I don't agree with this. If something dangerous or downright stupid is done, we should not warn people to 'not try this at home'. Let them try it. Let them remove themselves from the gene pool and create a fresh line-up for the Darwin awards. Now don't take that what I wrote too seriously. Just seriously enough. I'm convinced that the governmental institutions are creating a bunch of robots who do exactly what they decree.

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