I write, therefore I am
With this variation on a famous statement by the philosopher Descartes, I would like to express that the act of writing about what happens in my life is important to me.
The Future of Go Summit, Match One: Ke Jie & AlphaGoI had set my alarm at four in the morning. Shortly after half past four, I started followeing The Future of Go Summit, Match One: Ke Jie & AlphaGo when the first two moves had been played. I set my Go board on just left of the keyboard and copied the moves being played. I shortly followed the Chinese commentary, but could not make sense of it. It was nice for Haylee to do the second hour of commentaries. Shortly after six o'clock, LIVE AlphaGo [W] vs. Ke Jie 9p [B], Round 1: Commentary by Myungwan Kim 9p came on. I followed it a bit, until they started to replay the game from the start. Around 7:21, Myungwan Kim concluded that Kie Ji is about five points behind and that the game is coming to a close.
Sunday, May 21, 2017
Robotic CoutureI attended the opening of the exhibition Robotic Couture at TETEM art space. I arrived a little after five in the afternoon. It was not very busy. It took some time before Anouk Wipprecht held the opening speech, because she had to wait before a young lady was ready with putting on the robotic cocktail dress. Wipprecht spoke fast with a mixture of Dutch and English, not so strange, because she has been living in America for some years. She will stay in Enschede for the Maker Festival this weekend and give a talk on Saturday. I met several people from TkkrLab and looked around the exhibition. I did not consume one of the cocktails being produced by the cocktail dress.
BookAt 17:44, I bought the book aki akademie voor beeldende kunst eindexamencatalogus 1994 edited by Bas Könning, Boris Veldhuyzen van Zanten, Marijke Harmens, and Gerhard van Dragt, written in Dutch and published by AKI in 1994, ISBN:9073025060, from charity shop Het Goed for € 2.50.
Denver DCH-330Yesterday, I got Denver DCH-330 drone as a present from my employer for having worked for the company for fifteen years. Today, I came by car to the office and also brought a monitor and a box that I had taken home from TkkrLab before the space moved in February. I left the drone at the space, hoping that someone would have more fun with than I. To be honest, I am a little afraid to fly the thing. It does have a camera, but it can only record to a micro-SD card, but someone remarked that could be fixed. I told people that they should ask permission before performing some hacking on it.
Monday, May 15, 2017
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Wednesday, May 10, 2017
BlinkThis morning, I finished reading the book Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell, which I started reading on April 30 and bought on April 19. An interesting book, but somehow it overlaps with the Dutch book Het slimme onbewuste: denken met gevoel by Ap Dijksterhuis, which I read in 2014. In one of the last chapters, the book even mentions research done by Ap Dijksterhuis. I found the discussion on autism and and the ability to read the facial expression of emotions. It seems that some research is indicating that people with faceblindness are processing faces with the part of the brain that normal people use, but with the part for recognizing objects. I realized that people with faceblindness might also have a problem with recognizing emotions in facial expressions. I noticed that I had some problems with recognizing emotions on the Are There Universal Facial Expressions? test, although that once I knew the correct answer, it became clear to me. I experienced the same when watching some video's about microexpressions.
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Sunday, April 30, 2017
De FigurantenThis morning, I finished reading the book De Figuraten (the Dutch translation of Imperial Bedrooms) by Bret Easton Ellis, which I started reading last Saturday. (I bought the book on Saturday, August 4, 2012.) I cannot deny that I got drawn into the story, but it lacks the realistic and literary style of Less Than Zero. The story does not come to me as real in any way, and thus did not have the impact that the former book had.
Biking around EnschedI biked to Enschede Airport Twente to see the arrival of HB-JMK, an Airbus A340-313X, on its last flight, Flight LX5180, in order to be taken apart here in Enschede. Arrived just in time. It was quite busy. I wanted to find a spot near the start of the runway, but when I realized that I was on the side of the runway, it was too late to change places. I started my notebook FJF2 and ran dump1090 to track the plane. The programs listed a lot of planes, more than I had ever seen, so I had to restart it several times to see the information about the flight I was interested in. Maybe I should have logged the datat to a file for further analyses. Above a picture of the moment the tires touched the airstrip for the first time. I also took some pictures of the approach (one of them). After the plane landed, I biked around the airstrip and took some pictures (one of them) while the plane was being taxied. Afterwards, I biked around, visiting Li-Xia at the nursing home. I made a KML file for Google Earth of the route that I biked (view in Google Maps). It also includes the last part (within the Netherlands) of the track of the plane.
Think Like an ArtistI finished reading the book Think Like an Artist: ... and Lead a More Creative, Productive Life by Will Gompertz. I started reading the book on April 5 after I bought it on April first. It was in interesting read, but not very revealing. Many of the things he described, I already recognized in my work as a software engineer, both professional as for leisure, because it is a highly creative job where you challenged to find solutions to often complex and/or new problems. I was a little disappointed about the fact that Gompertz mainly deals with figurative art and not much about modern art. He does mention some modern artists, but does not discus their works in detail. I am not sure if my life will be more creative and productive now.
Monday, April 23, 2017
MagnoliaOur magnolia does not look very good. Many of the leaves have turned brown. Last week it was quite cold for the time of the year. The temperature drop below -4 degrees Celsius, at even below -9 degrees at ground level (10cm) on April 20. I am afraid that the leaves will not recover and that I will have to wait for new leaves to appear. I guess that the tree/plant will recover. It seems that the small magnolia plant has died after it leaves fell of during a similar cold period last year.
Less Than ZeroThis morning, I finished reading the novel Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis, which I started reading on March 5, the day after I bought it. I read the book in tandem with the Dutch translation Minder dan niks, which I bought on Saturday, August 4, 2012 and finished reading this morning. It was an interesting experience to read the books in tandem. I had hoped it would increase my knowledge of English, but I am not sure if it did. However, I did notice that I sometimes did not remember having read something in the other version, probably caused by the fact that my thoughts were wandering away at that moment, and thus not consciously reading the text. With respect to the contents of the book, I would advice not to read it, because it contains some rather shocking things. The book has a very autobiographical sense, probably due all the causual remarks that the author makes about events that took place, and which are hard to imagine, if you would not have experienced them yourself. I wanted to finish reading the book, hoping that it would contain some positive twist, which, I could have guessed from the title, was not the case. In the back of Dutch edition the first sections of Figuranten (the Dutch translation of Imperial Bedrooms), which I did read. Now that I have started reading the book, I am afraid that I am going to finish it as well, because I boought it together with Minder dan niks.
The grass is not greenWhen I say: the grass is not green, I do not mean that it is yellow due to drought. It is also not meant as a contradition to the statement that grass is equal to green, acknowledging the fact that grass is more than just being green. It means that grass does not have the property of being green. There is nothing green in grass, as grass is just made up of atoms. Yes, grass does have the property that under certain light conditions (those similar to produced by the sun as filtered by the earth atmosphere) it reflects a certain spectrum, which (in most people) excites certain cones in the human eye, producing a certain excitation of nerves in the eye, resulting them to fire in a certain pattern. The colour green, as we experience it, is an illusion created by our brain. Some people, with a type of red-green colour blindness, see red and green as the same colour. One could say that they are only able to see yellow-orange and blue, as opposed to normal people who can see green, red and blue. Probably, these people are not able to imagine the colours red and green, like we are not able to imagine a fourth colour. It is possible, that the colours we preceive are completely individual and that nobody 'sees' the world like we see it. Bellow a processed image of a picture where I have averaged the red and green channels, which gives an impression of who people with red-green colour blindness could see the world.
BookAt 10:57, I bought the book Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking written by Malcolm Gladwell in English and published by Back Bay Books on Saturday, March 3, 2007, ISBN:9780316010665, from charity shop Het Goed for € 2.95.
In the cityI have been away most of the day. I got up early and at eigth I was at the supermarket to buy my weekly groceries. On my way to Li-Xia, I went to Laura (from All Laura), to pick up the meditation pillow that I had ordered. After having visited Li-Xia, I went to the hairdresser to have my haircut. It has been over nine month ago that I had a haircut. Recently, I have noticed that my hair stays at a certain lenght, probably due to the hair failing out before they grow any longer.
Next I went to Concordia to see the exhibition How on earth should this be art? with Tinkebell as curator. I bumped into the mobile named "Pig Heaven, installation, 2017" by Sjef Meijman, which made the mobile move. I went to the second floor to look at the exhibition of the B93 art collective. They were still building up the exhibition for the opening later in the afternoon. I went to see the rest of the How on earth should this be art? exhibition. I view the pedigree of the chickens by Koen Vanmechelen. The final rooster of the breeding program with chickens from all over the world, looked impressive. I noticed that after twenty minutes the mobile was still moving very slightly. I was impressed by the work "Little Delft Street" by Rob Scholte. Over the years he has bought home made embroidery from secondhand shops and flee markets. At the exhibition it shows sixteen pictures of the back of such embroidery representing The Little Street painting by Johannes Vermeer. It is interesting to see all the different colours of wool that were selected by the unknown women who made them.
At bookshop Broekhuis, I looked around the newly second hand books and went to opening of the exhibition with works by Hermine Sanders. In the past years, she worked with templates that she cuts out herself. I was impressed by the very realistic looking human figures that she can make by cutting paper. She also had a large number of posters on sale for just € 25.00. I immediately decided to pick on and buy it.
At TETEM art space, I talked a long time with Tom, who I had met twice before. Not so strange that I met him again, because he is doing his internship for his vocational training photography study at TETEM. He told me that he has been experimenting with Max lately. Before I left, I had a second look at the Sandim Mendes: panu terra | terra panu exhibition. I had seen it two weeks ago, but today, I was much more impressed with it. I must not have been in the right move to view it two weeks ago. I had a look at the book Making Africa - A Continent of Contemporary Design, which I found quite impressive.
I went back to city center, where I brought a short visited to the art galery Beeld & Aambeeld and also met woman I know, who was working on a painting on two garage doors of a show. To me it looked almost done, but she still pointed out some details that she was not happy with. Look, that is the right attitude for an artist.
In the evening, I visited the demonstration of a home made singing tesla coil.
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