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Monday, May 2, 2011

Stadsatlas Amsterdam

Today at 16:42, I bought Stadatlas Amsterdam, ISBN:9789074891318 for 6 Euro from bookshop De Slegte. I looked often at the book before, but before it costed 15 Euro. I like this book because of all the maps in the back part of the book with scales 1:9500 and 1:4750. In the back of the book there is also a foldable map with scale 1:28,000 (if I calculated it correctly).


Saturday, May 7, 2011

Two tigers run fast

Today at half past 12, I bought the book Twee tijgers rennen snel (Two tigers run fast) by Huang Hé, ISBN:9789025743833, for € 2.50 from bookshop De Slegte. This is a book with CD about seven Chinese children songs. I again looked at the Ongeluksvogels the Dutch translation of The Unofortunates by B.S. Johnson, which I am considering to buy.


Sunday, May 8, 2011

Dune

Today, I finished reading Dune by Frank Herbert for the fourth time, actually, the first time in the original English, the edition printed by the New English Library, ISBN:0450027279, which I bought on Saturday, April 3, 2010 second-hand from bookshop De Slegte for € 4.00. The other three times, I read this book in the Dutch translation. I decided to reread the novel, after having read Lynch's Dune, 1st Draft Screenplay on April 17. I found it quite interesting to reread the novel. I was surprised that some parts of the novel where much shorter than I remembered, but maybe my memory has been coloured by viewing the movie adaptation.


Saturday, May 14, 2011

Dune movie

Today, I found a DVD of "Dune" by Lynch for just € 1.66, which without hesitation, I decided to buy. I watched the movie at home. When I watched this movie in the Alhambra Theater in Enschede in the eighties, I was quite disappointed about the movie. I remember that during the break I felt that the movie had only covered the first twenty pages of the novel and that I wondered how they would cover the rest. I was also annoyed by the addition of the sound weapons. But now I think that this was not the most bad think and might even be considered as a good movie adaptation. This time, I felt that the movie was rather slow, but that is maybe true for all movies of that time. This time I was surprised by the rather mystic atmosphere, which I did feel in the novel at all. This already starts with the telepathic abilities of Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam and ends with the rain at the end of the movie, where Paul is ascribed supernatural powers. I also felt that there was not much drama in the movie. Especially the latter half is rather difficult to follow for someone who has not read the novel.


Saturday, May 21, 2011

The Unfortunates

This morning at 10:40, I bought De Ongeluksvogels (the Dutch translation of The Unfortunates) by B.S. Johnsons for € 19.99 from bookshop De Slegte. Two weeks ago, I was already considering to buy this book. One of the reasons why it took me so long to decided to buy this book, is that a 2+1 (three for the price of two) deal applied to the book, and I could not decided whether there where two other novels that I would like to read. At the moment, I still have a whole stack of novels waiting to be read. This evening, I read the introduction to the book, which explains why the book consists of 27 loose parts that should be read in a randon manner except for the two parts marked first and last.


Thursday, May 26, 2011

Autism-Spectrum Quotient

Yesterday, I took (a Dutch version of) the Autism-Spectrum Quotient test and scored 35, which is considered as high. In some way, I was surprised by this result, because I had not thicked many "Definitely (dis)agree" answers. Today, I discovered that it for the score it does not matter if you thick "Definitely" or "Slightly". Of course, such a self-diagnostic online test isn't very reliable, but nevertheless I found the result interesting, as it seems to be in accordance with the suggestion that I might have Aspergers Syndrome.


Saturday, May 28, 2011

City Walks: Amsterdam

Today at 16:56, I bought City Walks: Amsterdam by Amelia Thomas from bookshop De Slegte for € 3.00. It is not a real book, but a collection of 50 cards with on each card a small map and a description of a walk.


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