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22 January 2012 @ 08:50 pm

Following from my earlier post (DW/LJ), I don't know if everybody has seen the Fast Company article "The Return of LiveJournal" yet, which created some stir. Even better, theljstaff has posted a link to the article!

My personal theory is that it's a wonderfully subversive act on the part of the English-speaking LJ staff, who have constantly been kept out of the loop, not been explained the whys and wherefores of the changes, and not been given any say in the matter whatsoever. (That, or they are either incredibly stupid, which I don't believe, or incredibly rude, which I don't believe either. Igrick c.s. yes, the volunteers and other helpful staff, no.)

Although they did not quote it in the entry, they could trust on LJ'ers being good readers. Everybody pounced on this little tidbit:

LiveJournal's leadership has made it clear that their future American business strategy lies in generating new traffic rather than catering to the service's current small-but-loyal membership.

You know, I may even start missing the LJ drama a bit when everybody has abandoned ship and LJ's wreck has sunk to the bottom of the Internet ocean. I think I'll get over it, though.

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07 January 2012 @ 12:40 am

I was linked to an English translation of a very interesting interview LJ's Russian overlord igrick gave to the Russian Forbes.

It is full of contradictory statements. His business decisions don't make any sense to me, unless, as one commenter in the news group said, he's really trying to sink LJ and write it off as a loss.

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31 October 2010 @ 01:37 pm

Harry Mulisch, the last of 'the great three' of Dutch post-war writers, died last night at age 83. Internationally he is probably best known for his novels The Assault and The Discovery of Heaven.

Mulisch looking very dapper on his 80th birthday (photo: WFA)

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14 May 2010 @ 05:36 pm

After nine days of garbage collectors being on strike the city centre is becoming extremely filthy. The tourists don't seem to mind too much though, I saw several of them photographing each other in front of the rubbish heaps.

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Link to original post in day_on_earth

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19 January 2010 @ 11:57 pm

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01 December 2009 @ 08:37 pm

I couldn't find my favourite Ramses song on YouTube ("De een wil de ander"), so here is my second favourite. There is a live version on YT, but the audio is out of synch and anyway I prefer the studio version because it sounds less jazzy. But alas, no video. I have this single in my collection BTW (inherited it from my mum, without the autographs though).


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05 November 2008 @ 01:37 pm

(And the rest of the world!)

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27 September 2008 @ 07:23 pm

RIP Paul Newman

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26 June 2005 @ 02:11 am

At last we had a thundery shower this early morning, and the weather today was a lot cooler, with some wind.

I went for a walk in the park and it smelled lovely and fresh. However, the dampness had brought out a large number of slugs, and I had to be careful not to step on any. There were already many casualties lying about. Also a little mole, right in the middle of the path. Aww.

I was so busy watching out for slugs that I did not notice an overhanging branch, and when my head brushed the leaves I got a cold shower in my neck, hehe.

On the way back I saw a pigeon that had obviously been ripped apart. Bloodied remnants lay everywhere. (It was the puma! I'm sure of it!*)

I had stayed at my mum's overnight and when I went back home on the tram I saw a dead crow on the motorway. Another crow was sitting on the side of the road. Whether it kept watch over its mate or just waited for traffic to pass so it could take a nibble, I do not know.

When I came home, the temperature inside had dropped to 25°C. Hurrah! I had religiously kept the light-proof curtains closed each day until around 14:30, when the sun had left my windows, and even so the temperature had gradually managed to climb to 27°C. This morning I almost had a panic attack when I realized I had forgotten to close the curtains before leaving yesterday afternoon. I dreaded to think what my room would feel like when the sun could shine in freely. But fortunately the sky was overcast and remained that way for most of the day.

I kept my window and front door open for a while, thereby creating a draught which made the temperature drop to 24°C. It's funny, when it had climbed to 24°C I thought it was too warm, but now it's back down there it feels rather nice and cool. :)

In other news, I sort of watched the 8th episode of Carnivàle tonight and I still can't say I care for it much.

*Note to readers abroad: there is a puma at large on the Veluwe (a nature reserve in the east of the Netherlands). Despite numerous sightings, search teams have not been able to catch it yet. Photos that were taken have been dismissed as being photoshopped. Today I read that the puma has been spotted as early as 5 years ago. This creature is quickly turning into our very own Loch Ness Monster.

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25 April 2005 @ 02:10 am

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I took an interesting quiz from bezigebij; it gives an indication of our impact on the Earth's resources.

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And a FIVE BOOK MEME from heartofdavid:


1. Take five books off your bookshelf.

2. Book #1 -- first sentence: Mrs Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself.

3. Book #2 -- last sentence on page fifty: Such a lovely day!

4. Book #3 -- second sentence on page one hundred: 'We were expecting you sooner,' Robert said.

5. Book #4 -- next to the last sentence on page one hundred fifty: That should do.

6. Book #5 -- final sentence of the book: I took a taxi back to the shop, it was that kind of day.

7. Make the five sentences into a paragraph:

I took a taxi back to the shop, it was that kind of day. Such a lovely day! 'We were expecting you sooner,' Robert said. Mrs Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself. That should do.

8. Feel free to "cheat" to make a better paragraph:

Alternatively: Such a lovely day! Mrs Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself. That should do. I took a taxi back to the shop, it was that kind of day. 'We were expecting you sooner,' Robert said.

9. Name your sources:

Book 5 – Russell Hoban – Turtle diary
Book 4 – Jeanette Winterson – Oranges are not the only fruit
Book 3 – Ian McEwan – The comfort of strangers
Book 2 – Fay Weldon – Female friends
Book 1 – Virginia Woolf – Mrs Dalloway

10. Post to your blog.

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01 April 2005 @ 11:57 am

On the news it was said that the Pope is in a coma (which the Vatican denies, BTW) and preparations are made for his death. A Spanish cardinal will ascertain the Pope's death by saying his name 3 times whilst knocking on his head with a silver hammer.

How quaint.

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01 January 2005 @ 11:59 pm

A Dutch saying goes: "Men moet de dag niet prijzen voor het avond is." Meaning: "One should not praise the day before night has fallen." I should have waited with my review of 2004 until it was truly over, but who could have guessed that that already less-than-great year had one more trick up its sleeve? I don't mean for me personally, my holidays were lovely, but of course I'm referring to the appalling news from SE Asia. With every news bulletin I heard, the death toll had risen by another 10,000. 126,000 and counting, it is incredible. Those figures are beyond comprehension to me. My commiserations to all those who have been personally affected by this disaster.

My wish to everyone: may the new year be better than its predecessor.

2005 started off well for me. On my walk in the park this morning a spotted woodpecker crossed my path, which was a lovely surprise. I had heard it before, but never seen it until now. Shortly after I also saw (for the third time) the flock of green parakeets. They seem to be thriving. I like to think that these sightings are good omens for the new year, and I went home smiling.

When I was brushing my teeth this afternoon, a splitting headache descended upon me from out of the blue. Since then I have been eating Finimal tablets like chocolates, but to very little avail, so for the rest of the day I have mainly been keeping quiet. Still, it was a good day.

It's lovely to be back. But OMG, how am I ever going to get up-to-date with my friends page again?? There are about 9 or 10 pages of new entries to read! Very inconsiderate of you. ;)

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07 November 2004 @ 11:55 pm

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03 November 2004 @ 05:44 pm

It was said on the news that Kerry has admitted defeat. So, my commiserations to everyone. This is another bleak day.

For me personally it is not all bad though: I am having a job interview on the 15th. yay!

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02 November 2004 @ 10:59 am

Only a few days ago I was talking and joking with heartofdavid about Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh, and just now I heard that he was murdered this morning. This is so bizarre. I am very very upset now.

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08 August 2004 @ 03:18 pm
Today Dutch television will broadcast a programme on Henri Cartier-Bresson, the famous French photographer who died this past week. I think I may have seen it already, but I'm going to watch it anyway.
This is probably my favourite HCB photograph:

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Last night I watched Quills, about the Marquis de Sade. A good film, I thought. And after that I was able to catch the last 20 minutes of Pulp Fiction. I had seen that one several times already, of course. Plus I own the video - which reminds me that I still want to take that IMDb Top 100 Movie List quiz. But I'll save that for another post, as it's kinda long.

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