📚 Gilles Deleuze, A Stoic

When one thinks of Gilles Deleuze, Stoicism might not be the first thing that comes to mind.

Indeed. The Logic of Sense is now definitely one of the first books on my reading list.

🎥 Over the Moon (2020) ★★

The film started as My Neighbor Totoro, then quickly transformed in a Alice in Wonderland-like trip, with not so subtle hints of Wreck it Ralph, Inside Out, Frozen 1 (and 2). And if that wasn’t enough: even some creepy cameos by a couple of Angry Birds

🎵 My week in Music (week #43 2020)

Sault, Dinosaur Jr., Actress, Jefferson Airplane, Bernard Herrmann, Roberta Flack & Donna Hathaway, Joachim Van den Hove… I knew I had a broad musical taste, but this past week was quite extreme in this regard.

🎵 My week in music (week #42 2020)

Swell - 41 is still one of my favourite albums by one of my favourite bands of the 90s. The combination of field recording, spoken word and a very recognisable indie sound had a profound effect on me at the time.

🎥 Burn After Reading (2008) ★★★ ½

CIA Supervisor: Jesus Fucking Christ. What did we learn, Palmer? Palmer: I don’t know sir. CIA Supervisor: I don’t fucking know either. I guess we learned not to do it again. I’m fucked if I know what we did. Palmer: Yes sir, it’s hard to say.

Love working on these little side projects in the evening. Motion triggered Raspberry Pi Hedgehog surveillance camera for in our garden in the making 🌱📷🦔

🎵 My week in music (week #41 2020)

I was amazed by the recording (and / or mastering) quality of Ella: The Lost Berlin Tapes (Live). Never heard this quality before from the 60s.

🎥 Unorthodox (2020) ★★★★

Just when you think of cancelling your Netflix subscription, a great mini series like this makes it worth it again. Magnificent acting by lead actress Shira Haas.

🗞The President’s Taxes. Some serious investigative journalism by The New York Times, that reads like a fairytale.

“It was springtime at President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club, and the favor-seekers were swarming”

(The article and infographics alone are worth my online subscription)

🍂🍁🦔🌱 We found new traces of hedgehogs in our garden, so, in the spirit of World Animal Day, my daughter and I installed our upgraded hedgehog feeding station this morning! Much better than last year’s version. Next up: a Raspberry Pi-powered night vision wildlife camera!

🎵 My week in music (week #40 2020)

In the Heart of the Moon (2005) remains one of my favourite albums ever.

“Just before the sessions began, Touré (…) was made the mayor of his home town of Niafunké. Diabaté, ever the griot, celebrates this with a brand new piece entitled Monsieur Le Maire De Niafunké.”

🎥 Mindhunter (2017-2019) ★★★★ ½

This past weeks, I finally took the time to watch the second season of Mindhunter. What a great show by David Fincher e.a., full of multiple fictional storylines, played by a top notch cast, against the backdrop of the Atlanta murders of ‘79–‘81.

Stuffed pattypan squash with crème fraiche, mustard and parsley, topped with grilled parmesan cheese.

Close encounter with strange and fascinating organisms during a walk in the forest.

🎵 My week in music (week #39 2020)

Managed to listen to only one album this past week, and it wasn’t even music but soundscapes and spoken word. But I wholeheartedly recommend this album to anyone!

Soundwalk Collective with Patti Smith - Peradam (feat. Anoushka Shankar, Tenzin Choegyal & Charlotte Gainsbourg)

🌱🍂 Autumn has arrived! First batch of patisson (pattypan squash) from our garden.

”In fine cuisine, its tender flesh is sometimes scooped out and mixed with flavorings, such as garlic, prior to reinsertion“

Can’t wait to start cooking them.

“I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.”

Anne Frank 💬📚

I’m slowly progressing with Anne Frank’s Diary of a young girl (my first reading in my adult lifetime). This quote is encouraging me to keep writing my diary whenever possible.

🎵 My week in music (week #38 2020)

Was a bit underwhelmed by Sarah Davachi’s new album. Jozef van Wissem’s meditative lute music gave me some much needed rest and relaxation in a busy work week. Also rediscovered the great sound of Future Islands.

🎵 My week in music (week #37 2020)

I liked watching this interview with Mick Jagger and Adam Granduciel. They talked about the War on Drugs-remix of the track Scarlet on the just released re-issue of Goats Head Soup, but also about writing music and upcoming new albums(!).

🎥 Silent Rage (1982) ★★ ½

Watching a mediocre B movie with Chuck Norris to wrap up the weekend. Great shot though from this mixup of horror, action, sci fi and crime movie directed by Michael Miller.

Beautifully coloured Common Copper spotted across the street.

“Music is the only language in which you cannot say a mean or sarcastic thing”

John Erskine 💬🎵

🎵 My week in music (week 36 2020)

Listened to a mix of classical and folk music this past week. Of all romantic composers, Scandinavian figureheads like Edvard Grieg seem to best capture the influence of nature and folklore in their music.

”After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.”

Aldous Huxley 💬🎵

Radicchio salad with dried dates, halloumi cheese, mustard seeds and red onions.