Arnold Hoogerwerf

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2021-11-28: 🌱🦔 I’m experimenting a bit more with live streaming from within our hedgehog house in the garden …

2021-11-28: 🎵🎥 Elvis: That’s the way it is (1970) ★★★½ Great documentary with a lot of behind the scenes and …

2021-11-16: 📚 Very excited to read this book I got as a gift from friends! Written by one of my favourite …

2021-11-14: 🎵 Today, I had a lot of fun upgrading and rearranging my home studio. Even with a fairly simple …

2021-11-13: 🌱 I’m glad I took a moment to photograph some lovely autumn colours in our garden on this dreary …

2021-11-06: 🎥 Black Panther (2018) ★★★½ Enjoying my favourite IPA Gulpener Ur-Hop, while watching our next …

2021-11-05: 🌱 Made a simple yet very tasty pumpkin soup from the biggest pumpkin we harvested from our garden.

2021-11-04: I just discovered this 13th century poem by Rumi, and it made a very profound impression on me… 🙏 …

2021-11-03: 🎵I Don’t Live Here Anymore - The War on Drugs ★★★★ I couldn’t resist to play the second …

2021-10-30: 🎥 The French Dispatch (2021) ★★★★ Had a great night out with some old friends yesterday. It had been …

2021-10-22: 🎵 Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band - Night Moves (1976) ★★★★½ My favourite classic rock album …

2021-10-21: Visit with the family to the Re_Nature contemporary art festival, ‘s Hertogenbosch.

2021-10-18: 😱Just purchased the new ‘entry level’ 14” MacBook Pro, minutes after the announcement. That could …

2021-10-17: 🎥 Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) ★★

2021-10-17: Homemade potato chips made by me and my youngest daughter. Oven baked and with a top secret recipe …

2021-10-16: 🌱 Today’s harvest. Two different apple varieties, one pumpkin (variety unknown) and some more …

2021-10-10: 🌱 First harvest of almonds from our garden.

2021-10-10: Yesterday, we enjoyed a nice private canal cruise with friends on the canals of Utrecht. The city …

2021-10-03: 🎥 Sex, Drugs & Bicycles (2020) ★★½ Documentary by Jonathan Blank on Dutch culture and social …

2021-10-03: 🥾 Short walk near Oud-Maarsseveen, in pouring rain. The Dutch language has a lot of different …

2021-10-02: 🎥 Nebraska (2013) ★★★★ Tonight, we watched another great film by Alexander Payne. Beautifully shot …

2021-09-28: 🌱 This is one plant. Amazing how just one little pumpkin seed manages to take over almost our whole …

2021-09-25: Pretty happy with the new semi-permanent setup of the electronic drum kit in my youngest daughter’s …

2021-09-24: 🎥 The Descendants (2011) ★★★★ Loved this film by Alexander Payne. Despite the very tragic story, …

2021-09-19: 🌱🦔 Making progress with a new version of our hedgehog garden camera. This time I’m hoping to get a …

2021-09-19: 🎵Another beauty from my favourite Belgian band: LUCY - Dez Mona & B.O.X

2021-09-12: 🥾 Short walk with the family in Westerheide nature reserve. We very much enjoyed this year’s …

2021-09-10: 🌱 Fermented plum sauce made with the first harvest of plums from our own garden.

2021-09-05: 🌱 Can’t think of a better colour palette that captures the mood of this bright and friendly sunday …

2021-09-03: 🌱 Untainted pumpkin flower. Love the five-fold symmetry.

2021-09-03: 🌱 Our living room Melissa seems to be glowing because of the evening sun shining through its leaves.

2021-08-23: 🥾🎵Short walk around one of my favourite polders. The Teckop polder is designated as a stiltegebied …

2021-08-23: 🎥 Thor (2011) ★★½ Now both of our kids are getting old enough for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I …

2021-08-22: 🎵 I decided to change my quasi automated week in music to my month in music, to make it feel less …

2021-08-21: 🎵This legendary DJ-Kicks album by Kruder & Dorfmeister turned 25 years old this week. At that …

2021-08-20: 🌱 Silhouette of a moth.

2021-08-15: Performance by Nina Glockner at RAUM Utrecht.

2021-08-14: 🌱 Lazy afternoon in the garden.

2021-08-14: 📚 After years (!) of off and on reading, I finally finished A Phenomenology of Landscape (1997) by …

2021-08-13: We went to a great exhibition at AVL Mundo in Rotterdam today: Fake Me Hard. On the cutting-edge of …

2021-08-10: 🌱 Fresh pumpkin tendril in the morning light. Fascinating phenomenon..! “The mechanism of …

2021-08-08: 🎵Afro-Harping (1968) by Dorothy Ashby ★★★★ One of the most peculiar soul / jazz albums ever made, …

2021-08-05: 🎵 Made some great field recordings today of the Waddenzee at low tide. The weather was calm, so were …

2021-08-04: 🌬🪁☁️☀️❤️ Lovely daughter, kiting on a dyke.

2021-08-04: I ❤️ Terschelling. 👟 This morning, I enjoyed a short run around Midsland, almost 10 years since my …

2021-08-01: On our way to the next destination of our summer holiday. Always a good feeling to drive down the …

2021-07-28: Enjoying a relaxing day at home. Making a lacto-fermented mango chutney, while watching the summer …

2021-07-27: Made a variation on a Coulibiac, a stuffed pastry shell with salmon, cabbage, rice, eggs, mushrooms, …

2021-07-27: “Photography is truth. The cinema is truth, twenty four times a second.“ Jean-Luc Godard 💬

2021-07-26: 📚🎵 Re-reading In the Field - The Art of Field Recording. I recently upgraded my audio recording kit, …

2021-07-25: 🎥 Yesterday, we finished the second (and final) season of Feel Good. After a somewhat lukewarm start …

2021-07-24: On our way back from a great first week of our holiday, we went to beautiful Museum De Fundatie in …

2021-07-18: 🎵Due to its geographical location in the northeast, Norg must be one of the quietest places in the …

2021-07-17: Enjoying our little hideout for the summer! 🌳🦌🌲

2021-07-13: Whisper Aero. Great name for a startup. The startup, which came out of stealth this week, is aiming …

2021-07-11: 🎵 🎥 Mister Soul: a story about Donny Hathaway (2020) ★★★½ Very intriguing documentary by Dutch …

2021-07-10: 🌱 Found this little heroine underneath our picnic table. She managed to get to full bloom from …

2021-07-10: 🌱 Billie the cat, greeting me from above.

2021-07-10: 🌱 Homegrown breakfast

2021-07-03: In true Dutch fashion I repaired (almost) all family bicycles at once today😅!

2021-07-02: 🌱 Roasting aubergines in the wood stove in our garden.

2021-06-28: Maximus ‘High Hops’ I.P.A. ★★★★

2021-06-28: 🌱 Blooming goatsbeard in our garden.

2021-06-24: 🌱 Daily batch of raspberries from our garden.

2021-06-19: 🎥 Luca (2021) ★★★½

2021-06-19: 🎵 Several Blue Note classics from the 60s have been remastered in Dolby Atmos and to me, …

2021-06-17: 🌱 The summer has yet to start, but the new pumpkins are already coming along nicely.

2021-06-12: “As we live our lives ever more publicly, we have come to prioritize arguing—the flashy, viral, …

2021-06-09: Took a little detour to the outskirts of Utrecht today. It was more than worth it. Blauwkapel, …

2021-06-08: 🎵 Testing out the new Spatial Audio features of Apple Music. I like the genre-specific playlists …

2021-06-06: 🎥 Yesterday, we watched the first season of Feel Good and we loved it. Excited for season 2! The …

2021-06-05: 🎥 Iris (2001) ★★★★ True story of the lifelong romance between novelist Iris Murdoch and her husband …

2021-05-30: 🎵 My week in music (week #21 2021) Alex Paterson and one time collaborator Andy Falconer on their …

2021-05-29: Watching today’s mountain stage of the Giro d’Italia while enjoying one of my favourite Belgian …

2021-05-25: ”Eventually terrible memories turn into great ones. So if they call you, embrace them. If they hold …

2021-05-23: 🦔🌱 Recently ‘our’ hedgehog woke up from hibernation. To help it get its strength up …

2021-05-23: Our two kittens have been spayed recently and are now old enough to go outside on their own. …

2021-05-16: 🎵My week in music (week #19 2021) Very much enjoyed the new album Medieval Femme by Fatima Al …

2021-05-15: 🌱 Just like some other older plants in our garden, our climbing hydrangea will be fully blooming for …

2021-05-15: 📚 The current situation in Gaza made me think again about this thought provoking book by Dominique …

2021-05-14: Pretty happy with the results of my dinner table renovation project.

2021-05-05: The only ads I really would like to see!! Signal >> Blog >> The Instagram ads Facebook …

2021-05-04: 🎥 Lost in Translation (2003) ★★★★½

2021-05-04: 🎥 On the Rocks (2020) ★★★ Certainly not Sofia Coppola’s (or Bill Murray’s) best movie, …

2021-05-04: Dadaist poem by my 8-year-old daughter. ♥️

2021-05-03: 🌱 The blauwe druifjes (grape hyacinths) in our garden are blooming remarkably long and beautiful …

2021-04-26: 🌱 Today, I saw several Bombylius Major (large bee-flies) sunbathing in our garden. Not a bee, but a …

2021-04-25: 🌱 Apple tree in full bloom.

2021-04-22: 🍺 Brewdog’s Dead Pony Club session IPA. ★★★★ Strange name, excellent low-alcoholic beer.

2021-04-18: 🎵 My week in music (week #15 2021) This album is an excellent sampler of early sixties jazz by “The …

2021-04-17: 🎥 Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain (2001) ★★★★★ Tonight, we watched Amélie with the whole family, …

2021-04-13: Just received two of these (tiny!) ESP32 CAM modules through the mail. Crazy cheap, built-in WiFi, …

2021-04-11: 📚 Finished reading The places that scare you by Pema Chödrön. This book proved to be an excellent …

2021-04-09: 🌱 Plum flowers. Big chance we finally will get a good harvest this year (for the first time in 5 …

2021-03-27: 📚 currently reading: Fantoomgroei

2021-03-25: I’m embarking on a new cooking adventure: exploring the fine art of fermenting with this …

2021-03-21: 🎵 My week in music (week #10 & 11 2021) Two new albums that stood out to me were Aai by Mouse on …

2021-03-21: We had general elections last week and it didn’t turn out the way I hoped: the left got decimated, …

2021-03-14: 🌱🐝 Bumblebee queen feeding on our blooming almond tree (totally ignoring the prepared bumblebee …

2021-03-12: 🎵 🇳🇱 Lou Ottens, inventor of the cassette tape, dies aged 94 He not only invented the cassette, but …

2021-03-07: 🎵My week in music (week #8 & #9 2021) Last week I discovered the atmospheric sounds of Sarah …

2021-03-04: 🎥 Captain Marvel (2019) ★★½ 90s music in The Marvel Universe… It just didn’t work for me.

2021-03-03: 🎥 Billie Eilish: The World’s a little Blurry (2021) ★★★½ Katy Perry, backstage with Billie …

2021-02-28: 🌱🦔 Meanwhile our little hedgehog is still fast asleep, hibernating in its shelter. Couldn’t resist …

2021-02-28: 🌱 🐝 Cleaning and preparing our bumblebee houses for the new season. Some people already spotted …

2021-02-26: 🎥 Nomadland (2020) ★★★★½ Definitely one of the best films of the past year. Written, directed ánd …

2021-02-25: 🍺 Razende Swaen Tripel by our local brewery De Leckere ★★★★

2021-02-25: 🌱 Just a matter of days before the new gardening season breaks loose…

2021-02-21: 🥾 Some last traces of snow and ice served as proof that it was still winter, but otherwise it felt …

2021-02-21: 🎵 My week in music (week #7 2021) I’m getting at an age where a lot of my longtime musical …

2021-02-20: Sometimes you just need to follow the recipe! (From Flavour by Yotam Ottolenghi & Ixta …

2021-02-18: ❤️ I really like the NASA Perseverance Mars mission logo.

2021-02-16: 🎥 Star Trek: The Search for Spock (1984) ★★★

2021-02-14: 🎵 My week in music (week #5 & 6 2021) The past two weeks I delved into the beautiful sounds and …

2021-02-13: 🎥 Call Me by Your Name (2017) ★★★★½

2021-02-12: 🎵 RIP Chick Corea. I vividly remember first listening to his music. The CD Verve Jazz Masters Vol. …

2021-02-10: 🎥 Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan (1982) ★★★½

2021-02-05: 🎥 Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) ★★★ I was pretty sceptical at first, but it was way better …

2021-02-03: 🎥 The Fly (1986) ★★★★ I almost forgot that I had already seen this film in my teenage years. Jeff …

2021-01-31: 🎵 One of the positive side effects of the pandemic: we just made a last minute decision to attend a …

2021-01-31: 🎵 My week in music (week #3 & #4 2021) I took some time to update my meditation playlist with …

2021-01-24: 🎥 Animal House (1978) ★★★ A bit underwhelming, but typically John Landis. And at least John Belushi …

2021-01-23: Yesterday, we were pleasantly surprised when a friend decided to watch an exclusive livestream of a …

2021-01-22: 🎥 Dog Day Afternoon (1975) ★★★★

2021-01-19: 🎥 Trading Places (1983) ★★★½ This comedy is about as 80s as you can get. A lot of humour aged very …

2021-01-17: Pretty happy with our first month of supplying solar power to the grid. It’s a modest start, …

2021-01-17: 🎵 My week in music (week #2 2021) David Byrne / Talking Heads are among my favourite artists ever. I …

2021-01-16: 🎵 I’m not an avid fan of Jacob Collier, let alone that I ever really listened to Charlie …

2021-01-10: 🎵 My week in music (week #1 2021) Thundercat’s music is definitely not for every occasion, but It is …

2021-01-10: 🗞 Great essay by Timothy Snyder: The American Abyss “The Republican Party is a coalition of …

2021-01-10: 🎥 I.M. (2020) ★★★★½ The true story of the all-consuming love between writer Connie Palmen and …

2021-01-03: 🎵 My week in music (week #53 2020) Of course, in the last week of the year, I listened to a several …

2021-01-02: 🥾 Made a nice walk with friends and the family in nature reserve De Stulp near beautiful Lage …

2020-12-28: 🥾 Short walk on estate Landgoed Broekhuizen, Leersum

2020-12-27: 🎵 My week in music (week #52 2020) Finally sat down to give Bob Dylan’s Murder Most Foul a …

2020-12-26: 📚Currently reading: Natuurdagboek by Nescio.

2020-12-26: 🎥 Critical Care (1997) ★★★ If you watch this as entertainment, this is not a good film. But as a …

2020-12-25: 🎥 Soul (2020) ★★★★½ What a great new Pixar movie! We watched it with the whole family on Disney+ the …

2020-12-25: 🎥 A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) ★★★★

2020-12-23: ❤️ this stoic tweet: With no intellectual framing: A bad day ➡️ a day A stupid person ➡️ a person …

2020-12-20: 🎵 My week in music (week #51 2020) Highlight of the week was definitely Sounds of Sudan (1986). I …

2020-12-19: 🎥 The Mandalorian ★★★★ I’m not a big Star Wars fan, but The Mandalorian was totally worth the watch. …

2020-12-18: 🎄Made a short visit with my youngest daughter to the ‘world’s tallest Christmas tree’ (370 m): the …

2020-12-13: 🎵 My week in music (week #50 2020) Particularly enjoyed Paolo Conte’s Azzurro and Gli Impermeabili. …

2020-12-13: 🎥 The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) ★★★½

2020-12-12: We really live in the anthropocene: Global human-made mass exceeds all living biomass

2020-12-11: 🎵Cabaret Voltaire are still going strong. Love their latest album Shadow of Fear ❤️

2020-12-11: I’ve been writing in my personal journal for 2 years now and I must say it truly changed my life. I …

2020-12-10: 🎵 Now playing Actress - Turin (feat. Aura T-09) ❤️

2020-12-08: 🎥 Mother Dao, the turtlelike (1995) ★★★★ Entirely consisting of archival footage, this intense …

2020-12-06: 🎵 My week in music (week #49 2020) The Bleep Top 10 Albums of the Year 2020 list is one of my …

2020-12-05: 🌱 Had a nice day cleaning up our garden for the incoming winter. Our 🦔 guest is probably already …

2020-12-04: 🎥 Kerstmis in Floradorp (1997) ★★★★ A great documentary by René Roelofs on Christmas celebrations in …

2020-12-03: 🎥 🇳🇴🎄The Norwegian series Jul i Svingen (Christmas in Svingen) (2006) has a cult-status over here in …

2020-12-02: 🎵 Love the ‘Build your Radio Station’ feature of Concertino!

2020-12-01: The chosen ones. It took some time, but I’m really getting used to using Siri and the new Widget …

2020-11-30: 🦔🌱 Our little hedgehog is preparing for hibernation in our garden! Carrying leaves and other …

2020-11-30: 📚Thrilling excerpt from John Lennon, 1980: The Last Days in the Life in Smithsonian Magazine. I just …

2020-11-29: 🎵 The Prodigal Son - Ry Cooder (2018) ★★★★★ What a boss. Nobody’s fault but mine is my favourite, a …

2020-11-29: 🎵My week in music (week #48 2020) These little ones were just added to my collection of decent …

2020-11-28: 🎵 Alphons Diepenbrock: Symphonische Suite ‘Elektra’ Alphons Diepenbrock (1862 - 1921) …

2020-11-25: 🦔🌱 New hedgehog adventures from our garden. Our adorable little hedgehog really seems to be …

2020-11-23: 🎵My week in music (week #47 2020) Listened to a lot of great work from the 80s by percussionist …

2020-11-23: 🗞 Great interactive article on ubiquitous generative adversarial networks in The New York Times …

2020-11-18: 🎥 Little Women (2019) ★★★ Excellent acting by Saoirse Ronan. The intertwined storylines with lots of …

2020-11-15: 🎵 My week in music (week #46) Dirty Sanchez is the best song on Iggy Pop’s Free, though the lyrics …

2020-11-15: 🦔🌱(This one is for @macgenie 😀) New footage from the hedgehog cam in our garden. The little creature …

2020-11-14: 🥾 Old oak and wind turbine. Polder Benschop, Utrecht.

2020-11-13: Homemade stroopwafels !

2020-11-12: ”Where’s that bee and where’s that honey? Where’s my God and where’s my …

2020-11-11: The older I get, the more I am affected by the daylight-saving time changes. A few weeks later, I …

2020-11-09: 🦔 📹🌱 First test with the hedgehog surveillance cam in our backyard turned out to be successful. …

2020-11-08: 🎵 My week in music (week #45 2020) Pole - Fading ”Inspired by his mother’s Alzheimer’s, the German …

2020-11-06: This is getting out of control…

2020-11-05: 🌱🦔 First prototype of my weather proof hedgehog surveillance cam is almost ready to be installed in …

2020-11-01: 🎵 My week in music (week #44 2020)

2020-10-29: 🎥 The Trial of the Chicago 7 ★★★★ Aaron Sorkin at his best as a screenplay writer. The real events …

2020-10-28: 🎥 Film Ist (1997) ★★★★★ Gustav Deutsch explores the essence of film in a multitude of ways. I …

2020-10-26: 📚 Gilles Deleuze, A Stoic When one thinks of Gilles Deleuze, Stoicism might not be the first thing …

2020-10-25: 🎥 Over the Moon (2020) ★★ The film started as My Neighbor Totoro, then quickly transformed in a …

2020-10-25: 🎵 My week in Music (week #43 2020) Sault, Dinosaur Jr., Actress, Jefferson Airplane, Bernard …

2020-10-19: 🎵 My week in music (week #42 2020) Swell - 41 is still one of my favourite albums by one of my …

2020-10-17: 🎥 Burn After Reading (2008) ★★★ ½ CIA Supervisor: Jesus Fucking Christ. What did we learn, Palmer? …

2020-10-14: Love working on these little side projects in the evening. Motion triggered Raspberry Pi Hedgehog …

2020-10-14: 🎵 My week in music (week #41 2020) I was amazed by the recording (and / or mastering) quality of …

2020-10-10: 🎥 Unorthodox (2020) ★★★★ Just when you think of cancelling your Netflix subscription, a great mini …

2020-10-10: 🗞The President’s Taxes. Some serious investigative journalism by The New York Times, that reads like …

2020-10-04: 🍂🍁🦔🌱 We found new traces of hedgehogs in our garden, so, in the spirit of World Animal Day, my …

2020-10-04: 🎵 My week in music (week #40 2020) In the Heart of the Moon (2005) remains one of my favourite …

2020-10-03: 🎥 Mindhunter (2017-2019) ★★★★ ½ This past weeks, I finally took the time to watch the second season …

2020-09-28: Stuffed pattypan squash with crème fraiche, mustard and parsley, topped with grilled parmesan …

2020-09-27: 🥾 Close encounter with strange and fascinating organisms during a walk in the forest.

2020-09-27: 🎵 My week in music (week #39 2020) Managed to listen to only one album this past week, and it wasn’t …

2020-09-27: 🌱🍂 Autumn has arrived! First batch of patisson (pattypan squash) from our garden. ”In fine cuisine, …

2020-09-20: “I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.” Anne Frank 💬📚 …

2020-09-20: 🎵 My week in music (week #38 2020) Was a bit underwhelmed by Sarah Davachi’s new album. Jozef van …

2020-09-13: 🎵 My week in music (week #37 2020) I liked watching this interview with Mick Jagger and Adam …

2020-09-06: 🎥 Silent Rage (1982) ★★ ½ Watching a mediocre B movie with Chuck Norris to wrap up the weekend. …

2020-09-06: Beautifully coloured Common Copper spotted across the street.

2020-09-06: “Music is the only language in which you cannot say a mean or sarcastic thing” John …

2020-09-06: 🎵 My week in music (week 36 2020) Listened to a mix of classical and folk music this past week. Of …

2020-09-02: ”After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.” Aldous …

2020-09-01: Radicchio salad with dried dates, halloumi cheese, mustard seeds and red onions.

2020-08-30: 🎵 My week in music (week #35 2020) Deep Cuts by The Knife still sounds as contemporary as it did …

2020-08-29: That lazy feeling of an afternoon nap on the couch while listening to sounds of ‘motards’ and …

2020-08-26: 🎵 I wrote earlier about Concertino, the great project by Open Opus, that makes classical music ‘just …

2020-08-21: Enjoying our last week of the summer holiday in beautiful Zürich🇨🇭

2020-08-16: Currently reading in the hammock in our garden: On the Shortness of Life by Seneca 📚

2020-08-16: 🎵 My week in music (week #33 2020) I didn’t listen to a lot because of our short holiday amid the …

2020-08-13: 🥾 Had a nice walk in the beautiful Millingerwaard, along the floodplains of the Rhine and Waal …

2020-08-12: Made a visit to Museum Het Valkhof in Nijmegen, where archeology and modern art meet. Especially …

2020-08-10: 🌱 Blue emperor dragonfly resting on withered white roses.

2020-08-09: 🎵 My week in music (week #32 2020) Amidst the heatwave, while tidying up our study a bit (in …

2020-08-08: 🎥 Desi (2000) ★★★★ Beautiful documentary about Desi, a young girl in Amsterdam. Everyday after …

2020-08-06: Currently reading: Space and place by Yi-fu Tuan 📚 So far, it’s a very inspiring read. The book …

2020-08-03: 💬 Excellent episode of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, about U.S. History (although it could be …

2020-08-02: 🎵 My week in music (week #31 2020) Enjoyed listening to the reissue of African Rhythms 1970-1982 by …

2020-08-01: 🎥 X Files: X-Cops (S7E12) ★★★★ I wonder if they used the original Cops crew for the actual shooting …

2020-08-01: 🌱 Blooming Chinese meadow-rue in our garden.

2020-08-01: 🌱 First Indian Cress flower in our front garden. Known for Das Elisabeth Linné-Phänomen. Its colour …

2020-07-31: 🌱 Freshly-harvested raspberries from our garden.

2020-07-29: Microbes in the “deadest” part of Earth redefine boundaries of life Microbes may be …

2020-07-27: 🎥 North and South I’m rewatching one of my childhood favourites. I was expecting the worst, but I …

2020-07-26: 🎵 My week in music (week #30 2020). Highlight of the week was ‘Hound Dog’ Taylor, a ‘true’ blues …

2020-07-25: Love this ‘stoic’ quote by Viktor Frankl: “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that …

2020-07-23: 🌱 This year promises to be a record year for the raspberries in our garden.

2020-07-20: 📚 From A to B and Back Again - The Philosophy of Andy Warhol ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

2020-07-19: 🎵 My week in music (week #29 2020) Listening to Jonny Greenwood’s excellent soundtrack for Norwegian …

2020-07-19: Perhaps? nytimes.com: “Perhaps one of the greatest failures of presidential leadership in …

2020-07-17: 📚 Books to read (or to finally finish) this summer: Andy Warhol - From A to B and back again - The …

2020-07-17: 🚴‍♂️ Will be cycling across the Green Heart of Holland today, en route to our holiday destination on …

2020-07-12: 📚💬 I keep on quoting Andy Warhol. In unexpected ways he can be like a kindred spirit of mine whilst …

2020-07-12: 🎵My week in music (week #28 2020) Listened to an older work by Sarah Davachi, anxiously awaiting her …

2020-07-08: The best description (by Ben Dolnick in the NYT) I’ve read so far of our collective experience of …

2020-07-05: 🎵My week in music (week #27 2020) The Trip (2006), curated by Jarvis Cocker and Steve Mackey is one …

2020-06-30: 🎥 Scarface (1932) ★ ★ ★ ★ Apart from enjoying a great classic gangster movie, I also got intrigued …

2020-06-28: 🎵My week in music (week #26 2020) Listened a lot to Alva Noto this week. Bleep.com: ”Much like …

2020-06-24: 🎵 My week in music (week #25 2020)

2020-06-16: 📚 Currently reading On the happy life / On the shortness of life by Seneca. A great book with a lot …

2020-06-14: 🎵 My week in music (week #24 2020)

2020-06-10: 📚 Currently reading Space and Place - The perspective of Experience (1977) by Yi-Fu Tuan, as part of …

2020-06-07: 🎵 My week in music (week #23 2020) Enjoyed this new issue of Bach’s Concertos for Harpsichord and …

2020-06-03: 🌱 Explosion of white roses in our garden.

2020-05-31: 🎥 🎵 My week in music (week #22 2020) I very much enjoyed watching the classic “Live in Siracuse” …

2020-05-27: 🌱🐸Today, our tadpole-raising-mission came successfully to an end! We released the tiny little frogs …

2020-05-24: 🎵 My week in music (week #21 2020) It would have been a quiet week music wise, but the death of Mory …

2020-05-24: “American money is very well-designed, really. I like it better than any other kind of money. …

2020-05-24: 🎥 Onward (2020) ★★ ½ Just a great new Pixar feature meant to be watched by the whole family.

2020-05-23: 🎥 Hala (2019) ★★★ A solid, somewhat monotonous coming-of-age-film about Hala, a young Pakistani …

2020-05-22: 🎵 R.I.P. Mory Kanté, the great griot voice of African music. Different versions of Yeke Yeke …

2020-05-17: 🎵 My week in music (week #20 2020) Favourite handpicked playlist I listened to this week: “Early …

2020-05-10: ”We aren’t allowed to have any opinions. People can tell you to keep your mouth shut, but it doesn’t …

2020-05-10: 🎵 My week in music (week #19 2020) Didn’t listen to much, but was struck by the death of two 20th …

2020-05-10: 🌱 Mint moth on our blooming thymus

2020-05-09: 🌱 First white roses of the season in our backyard. Many more to come.

2020-05-09: “Rage is a really fun place to dance from - expressions of anger sublimated into something beautiful …

2020-05-08: ”We are reviled but we do not intend to speak evil in return. We are in desperate straits but do not …

2020-05-07: “Dear friends, much pain has been endured in the past, and that pain is no longer designated to …

2020-05-06: ”What is the most beautiful in virile men is something feminine; what is most beautiful in feminine …

2020-05-05: “I drank because I wanted to drown my sorrows, but now the damned things have learned to swim.” …

2020-05-04: “I look at an ant and I see myself: a native South African, endowed by nature with a strength much …

2020-05-04: Right after posting my first entry for this week’s micro.blog challenge, I suddenly realised that …

2020-05-04: “How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it” Marcus Aurelius 💬

2020-05-04: 🌱 Having fun raising tadpoles with my youngest daughter 🐸

2020-05-04: 🎥 Jack (1996) ★★ A 10 year old kid, trapped in an old man’s body. One of the oddest films directed …

2020-05-04: Did some overdue home improvement and combined it with this year’s spring cleaning. We finally …

2020-05-03: 🎵My week in music (week #18 2020). Played a lot of random music from my library this week. I love …

2020-05-01: 🎥 Nightfall (1957) ★★★

2020-04-30: 🌱 Fragrant pink flowers of the lilac in our garden.

2020-04-30: ”A person can cry or laugh. Always when you’re crying you could be laughing, you have the choice. …

2020-04-26: 🎵My week in music (week #17 2020) Didn’t listen to a lot of music due to a crazy busy online work …

2020-04-25: 🌱Homemade ravioli with homegrown sage, oregano, parsley, celery and even some ‘homegrown’ stinging …

2020-04-21: 🌱 Blooming cornflower and clematis in our garden.

2020-04-20: Disappointed that the public/private joint venture privatetracer.org was withdrawn out of the …

2020-04-20: Great comment by an IT professional on the lack of expertise with respect to privacy technology …

2020-04-19: 🌱Blooming blueberry in our garden.

2020-04-19: 🎵My week in music (week #16 2020) Listened to a random and eclectic mix this week. Highlights: Teiji …

2020-04-17: 🎥 Jumanji (1995) ★★½

2020-04-16: xkcd: RIP John Conway

2020-04-16: A much better mindset for the long run: “Everyone wants to know when this will end,” said Devi …

2020-04-12: 🎵My week in music (week #15 2020). I particularly enjoyed Alva Noto’s just released cover version of …

2020-04-11: 🌱 Shield bug on blooming apple tree.

2020-04-09: 🎥 Jesus Christ Superstar (1973) ★★½ I watched the film I remembered so vividly from my teenage years …

2020-04-06: 🌱 Blooming rosemary in our garden

2020-04-05: 🎵My week in music (week #14 2020)

2020-04-05: BBC News: Coronavirus: Why Dutch lockdown may be a high-risk strategy “The Netherlands has tried to …

2020-04-03: 🎵R.I.P. Bill Withers… As a young kid, playing Lean on Me on the piano made me believe that I …

2020-03-29: 🎵R.I.P. Krzysztof Penderecki… Listening to A Polish Requiem: XII. Agnus Dei

2020-03-29: 🎵 My week in music (week #13 2020)

2020-03-28: 🎥 The Post (2017) ★★★

2020-03-27: 🎥 The Morning Show (2019) ★★★½ Great acting by a top notch cast (including even Jennifer Aniston). …

2020-03-27: 🌱 Blooming plum

2020-03-25: “I’ve never met a person I couldn’t call a beauty” Andy Warhol 💬

2020-03-24: 🎥 E06S05 of Better Call Saul was the best episode of the series yet. Story wise, the Saul vs. …

2020-03-24: 🌱 Pricking out the germinated seedlings from the nearby park.

2020-03-23: 🎥 Up next in our Quarantine Ghibli Film Watching Experience was: Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989). ★★★ …

2020-03-22: 🎵My week in music (week #12 2020)

2020-03-17: 🌱 Magnolia in bloom

2020-03-17: Total lockdown vs. herd immunity So, yesterday was quite a surreal day over here in the Netherlands. It was the first, sunny day of …

2020-03-16: It’s median age. Age and Coronavirus - Professor Robert “Of the oldest 50 countries, 43 have …

2020-03-15: Homemade bread with linseed, rye and sunflower seeds.

2020-03-15: 🎵 My week in music (week #11 2020)

2020-03-15: 🎥 As part of our social distancing regime, we’re watching Ghibli films on Netflix with the family. …

2020-03-14: 🎵♥️ Sixteen Oceans - Four Tet (2020)

2020-03-11: 🌱 First bee of the season in our blooming almond tree.

2020-03-08: 🎵 My week in music (week #10 2020)

2020-03-07: 🎵 McCoy Tyner, Jazz Piano Powerhouse, Is Dead at 81 - The New York Times ”When you are thinking of …

2020-03-05: Great advice from Craig Federighi in his lecture at UC Berkeley: “Assess the situation, make a …

2020-03-05: 🎵♥️ Suddenly - Caribou ♥️

2020-03-04: 🎥 My neighbor Totoro (1988) ★★★

2020-03-04: 📚Currently reading The Act of Will by Roberto Assagioli.

2020-03-01: Looking back at an interesting February Photo Blogging Challenge. It mostly worked out the way I had …

2020-03-01: It’s easy to get cynical about the sustainability goals of our governments, but I’m grateful that my …

2020-03-01: ”There comes a time when silence is betrayal.” Martin Luther King jr. 💬

2020-03-01: 🎵 My week in music (week #9 2020)

2020-02-29: 🎥 Downtown ‘81 (2000) ★★★★ Jean-Michel Basquiat, Debbie Harry, Arto Lindsay, John Lurie, Vincent …

2020-02-29: Jopen - Hop zij met ons gluten free IPA. ★★★

2020-02-29: Houtzaagmolen De Ster (1739), Utrecht. Wood sawmills from the 17th and 18th centuries were able to …

2020-02-28: View from below rail station Utrecht Vaartsche Rijn

2020-02-27: Watching a flock of geese, together. Kamerik Polder, Utrecht.

2020-02-27: Had a great day at Museum Voorlinden, Wassenaar. We very much enjoyed works by Louise Bourgeois, …

2020-02-26: Bruntscameren (1621), Utrecht. These “God’s chambers” were small houses with only one room. They …

2020-02-25: Medieval ingenuity: wharfs along the canal, used to unload merchandise from the ship straight into …

2020-02-24: Double helix-shaped watchtower in Máxima Park, Utrecht

2020-02-23: Entrance of Utrecht Central Station.

2020-02-23: 🎵My week in music (week #8 2020)

2020-02-23: 🌱 Sowing seeds collected from the nearby park.

2020-02-22: Visual spectacle on Stadhuisbrug, Utrecht.

2020-02-21: Progress (depending on how you look at it…). Utrecht is the fastest growing city in Europe: …

2020-02-21: 📚Very excited to read From A to B and Back Again - The philosophy of Andy Warhol (1975)

2020-02-21: 📚Currently reading Steal like an artist by Austin Kleon.

2020-02-21: “Everything has been said before, but since nobody listens we have to keep going back and beginning …

2020-02-20: In the scale of things, the St. Martin’s Cathedral (or Dom church) is a small cathedral, but this …

2020-02-19: Three solar system objects aligned in space. Solar eclipse of 20 March 2015, as seen from the garden …

2020-02-18: Interesting reflection on the opposing side. Rhijnoord viaduct, Rijksstraatweg Utrecht

2020-02-17: From way back, when the world still was a couple of degrees cooler… Julianapark, Utrecht …

2020-02-16: 🎥 Django (1966) ★★★★

2020-02-16: Much unrest on a day of rest. Strijkviertel, Utrecht

2020-02-16: 🎵My week in music (week #7 2020)

2020-02-15: In balance. Gone with the wind, by HeHe (Helen Evans and Heiko Hansen). Near Utrecht Central …

2020-02-14: Warmth. Julianapark, Utrecht.

2020-02-13: Moonrise over Domplein, Utrecht (2014)

2020-02-12: Attachment of a hammock to an old church, now in use as a breeding ground for creativity. …

2020-02-11: Plain Dutch landscape. Kamerik polder, Utrecht.

2020-02-10: “Fietsstraat, auto te gast” traffic sign, Kanaalweg, Utrecht. This road sign indicates that a road …

2020-02-09: Banklok, Buurtoren, Utrecht. For centuries, the most important city bell of the municipality of …

2020-02-09: 🎵My week in music (week #6 2020)

2020-02-08: Sunset causing interesting contrast effect on bottom of clouds. Haarzuilens, Utrecht, 2016.

2020-02-07: 🎥 Socrates (1971) ★★★½. Probably not the best work of Rossellini, but certainly an impressive …

2020-02-07: The new Utrecht Central Station from above. Taken from atop the Moreelse Brug bicycle bridge.

2020-02-06: Snowdrops and crocuses, the first blooming plants of the season, in front of my new workplace, De …

2020-02-05: Huis Oog in Al (1664), Utrecht. A former ‘buitenplaats’. Now a hidden treasure in the city.

2020-02-04: Sonnenborgh Observatory Utrecht. A place to spot stars. At this historic 19th-century observatory, …

2020-02-03: Johan Wagenaarkade, Utrecht. Household and street lights reflect on the surface of the …

2020-02-02: v. Vollenhoven & Co East Indies Pale Ale. ★★★

2020-02-02: I decided to combine the February Photo Blogging Challenge with my New Year’s resolution to post …

2020-02-02: Three sights in one view: bridges over the Amsterdam-Rhine Canal, Utrecht.

2020-02-02: 🎵 My week in music (week #5 2020)

2020-02-01: “He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how” Friedrich Nietzsche 💬

2020-02-01: Dafne Schippers bicycle bridge, Utrecht

2020-02-01: Dafne Schippers bicycle bridge, an open entrance into downtown Utrecht, by NEXT Architects

2020-01-28: “Music is everything one listens to with the intention of listening to music” Luciano Berio 💬

2020-01-27: 🥾 Short walk near De Bilt.

2020-01-26: “When we are no longer able to change the situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” Viktor …

2020-01-26: 🎵 My week in music (week #4 2020)

2020-01-25: Making a very easy soup tonight with courgettes, spring onions, lemon and mint.

2020-01-25: 🎥 Currently watching A message from Akira Kurosawa (2000) ★★★ Pretty informative documentary on his …

2020-01-25: ”The practice of art isn’t to make a living, it’s to make your soul grow” Kurt Vonnegut 💬

2020-01-22: 🎵 Listening to one of the oddest (and one of my favourite) World Music albums ever: Fly, Fly My …

2020-01-21: This Lowlander I.P.A. is one of my favourite Dutch beers of late.

2020-01-19: 🎵 My week in music (week #3 2020)

2020-01-19: 🎥 The Crown (Season 3) ★★★★ Loved reading the trivia on IMDb: Changing her eye color in …

2020-01-12: 🎥 Rashomon (1950) by Akira Kurosawa ★★★★★ 4 contradictory accounts of one incident: a classic in …

2020-01-12: 🎵 My week in music (week #2 2020)

2020-01-11: Cooking Indonesian tonight. Inspired by recipes from a Dutch classic Indonesian cookbook from the …

2020-01-10: Full moon through clouds

2020-01-05: 🎵 My week in music (week #1 2020)

2020-01-05: 🎵🎥 Monterey Pop (1968) ★ ★ ★ ★ The documentary ends with a classic raga performance by Ravi Shankar. …

2020-01-04: 🎥 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) ★ ★ ★ ½ We watched the final chapter yesterday to finish …

2020-01-04: 🎥 Star Wars: The last Jedi (2017) ★ ★ ★ ½

2019-12-30: 🎵 My favourite Rock album of 2019: Diabolique - l’Épée

2019-12-30: My favourite Hip Hop/Rap album of 2019: GREY Area - Little Simz

2019-12-29: 🎵 My week in music (week #52)

2019-12-27: My favourite Alternative album of the year 2019 is schlagenheim by black midi. A very unique sound …

2019-12-27: My best R&B/Soul album of the year 2019: Black Pumas

2019-12-25: My favourite electronica album of the year 2019 has to be Utility by Barker. Contemporary, but also …

2019-12-24: Preparing pasta dough for tomorrow’s Christmas dinner and testing out the new pasta machine.

2019-12-22: 🎥 La Jetée (1962) ★ ★ ★ ★ ½.

2019-12-21: 📚 Finished pt. 1 of Man’s search for meaning by Victor Frankl and it really is a life changing book. …

2019-12-21: 🎵 My week in music (week #51)

2019-12-21: 🎥 Kansas City Confidential (1952) ★ ★ ★

2019-12-15: 🎵 My week in music (week #50)

2019-12-08: 🎥 Andrey Tarkovsky: A Cinema Prayer (2019) ★ ★ ★ ½. A carefully made documentary by his own son, …

2019-12-08: 🎵 My week in music (week #49)

2019-12-07: 🎥 Star Wars - Revenge of the Sith (2005) ★ ★

2019-12-07: Urban Fringe #1 (soundscape)

2019-12-01: 🎵 My week in music (week #48)

2019-11-30: Made a short visit with the family to ‘Self-publish or be damned’ at AG Utrecht. A beautiful ode to …

2019-11-28: 🎥 Avengers: Endgame (2019) ★ ★ ★ ½

2019-11-24: 🎵 I hadn’t heard of the tragic story following the death of Guru in 2010. Glad it all worked out …

2019-11-24: 🎵 My week in music (week #47)

2019-11-17: 🎵 My week in music (week #46)

2019-11-14: 🎵 Concertino appears to be a very promising project, that wants to make Apple Music finally usable …

2019-11-12: 🎥 Return of the Jedi (1980) ★ ★ ★

2019-11-10: 🥾 Sunday afternoon walk in one of the oldest Ash forests of Western Europe. In use as a coppiced …

2019-11-10: 🎵 My week in music (week #45)

2019-11-09: This is not the best Hitchcock film, but I loved the monumental murder scene on the steps in the …

2019-11-09: Love this idea of six seasons in a year by Kurt Vonnegut Kurt Vonnegut: “There Are Six Seasons …

2019-11-07: Video and sound workshop on ‘Identity’ at Academy of Theatre and Dance Amsterdam Had a great start of a new video and sound workshop at the Academy of Theatre and Dance in …

2019-11-06: Already miss summer… (Bucharest sunset, august 2019)

2019-11-03: 🎵 My week in music (week #44)

2019-11-03: 📚 Yet another book on my wish list. Reporting a year after the fact would be unheard of today Mr …

2019-10-29: 🥾 Afternoon walk

2019-10-27: 🎵 My week in music (week #43)

2019-10-25: World’s oldest pearl found in Abu Dhabi “The discovery of the oldest pearl in the world in Abu …

2019-10-24: ”We have a highly flexible approach to outsiders: we are capable of being highly tolerant – …

2019-10-21: Our little hedgehog feeding station experiment worked! 🦔 🍂 🌱

2019-10-20: 🎥 The Empire Strikes Back (1980) ★ ★ ★ ★

2019-10-20: My daughter and I just built a hedgehog feeding station. 🌱

2019-10-20: 🎵 My week in music (week #42)

2019-10-18: 🎵Just introduced my 11-year-old daughter to the early work of Massive Attack. She enjoyed it very …

2019-10-13: 🎥 Star Wars (1977) ★ ★ ★ ½

2019-10-13: 🎥 Spider-man - Into the Spider-verse (2018) ★ ★ ★ ½

2019-10-13: 🎵 My week in music (week #41)

2019-10-13: 🌱 Home grown apple pie

2019-10-12: 🌱 Little creature

2019-10-11: 🎥 El Camino (2019). ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

2019-10-11: 🎥 El Camino was everything I had hoped for. It ended on a hopeful note, and the brief flashback with …

2019-10-06: Ran 10k today, during Holland’s oldest street run: Singelloop Utrecht.

2019-10-06: My week in music 🎵

2019-10-06: 🎥 Rogue One (2016) ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

2019-10-04: Veertien Nederlandse natuurbeschermingsorganisaties reageren in een open brief op de stikstofcrisis. …

2019-10-04: There’s nothing like waking up on a rainy day with a new album by Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds. 🎵 …

2019-10-03: 🎥 It’s been a long time since I’ve been so eagerly waiting for an upcoming movie premiere. The …

2019-10-03: 🎵 Iggy Pop’s latest album is getting mixed reviews, but I’m loving it.

2019-09-29: 🥾 We found a variety of beautiful mushrooms (some of them very smelly) on our first autumn walk in …

2019-09-25: Hi @manton, love the new version of the micro.blog app, but I’m unable to log in to my Wordpress …