This morning, I visited Li-Xia with some Chinese, and I also showed
them some pictures of our trips to Urumqi. We also came across
the picture, I took
of the sculpture "Organic Movement". I showed them that it was made
by a Dutch artist and when the read the name like "jan di me er",
it made me think that the name might actually be the rather common
Dutch name: Jan Timmer. When in 2010 my family pronounced the name,
I had thought about Jan de Meijer. A search with that name did not
return anything, but when I searched for Jan Timmer, I found
his website and
a page about Organic Movement.
On page 63 of P. Struycken
from 1976, I found a reproduction of a computer print-out and a drawing on
a grid with respect to Komputerstrukturen
4a. I decided to compare these with the image, which I presume is a picture
of the final painting, given in P. Struycken komputerstrukturen from 1970 in order to find out more
about the 'errors' that I found before. It
took me a lot of time, and some manual checking and editing to digitize the
printout and the drawing. I discovered that there were no differences between
these two, except for some places where the black has gone out of the lines
on the drawing. When I compared the drawing with the picture, I found the
following ten differences:
Row 3, column 21: changed white to black.
Row 13, column 25: changed black to white.
Row 14, column 16: changed black to white.
Row 15, column 22: changed black to white.
Row 18, column 5: changed white to black.
Row 38, column 15: changed white to black.
Row 39, column 38: changed black to white.
Row 45, column 30: changed black to white.
Row 46, column 9: changed black to white.
Row 50, column 14: changed white to black.
This list does not exactly match with the eleven 'errors' I found before. First of all,
I did not find the difference in row 14, because it does not result in two-by-two
square of wrong type for given column. To my surprise, I discovered, after verifying
it several times, that the computer printout does not match with the receipt given
on page 8 and 63 of the book. The logical explaination is that a different rule for
the given column was used, maybe to soften the border between the two areas.
I have discovered that the difference ('errors') occur mainly in the reproductions
in the exhibition catalogue P. Struycken
komputerstrukturen. I have checked all other reproductions of
Komputerstrukturen 4a (including what
seems to be a picture of the painting on the website of the Museum Boijmans van
Beuningen) and did not find the differences present in the named catalogue. Nor did
I discover any other differences during visual inspection. This also seems to be
the case for the other reproductions that I looked at. I am getting the impression
that someone, possibly not even Peter Struycken
himself, introduced all the differences ('errors') during the production of the
This morning, I was one of the first people to enter bookshop De Slegte. At 9:46, I bought two books for one Euro each. These
where Denkend aan Holland by Thomas Rosenboom (ISBN:9789021438498) and
Het grote marathon interview boek (ISBN:9789025432256).
In the afternoon, I first visited Rijksmuseum Twenthe. I only vaguely looked at the paintings related to
the GOGBOT festival, and went to the bookshop
to ask for two books, which they did not have on display, but which they might
sell. These are: Catalogus Moderne kunst deel 2: vijf jaar aanwinsten
1987-1992 and Art & Project Bulletins. They will contact me later.
Next I went to 21Rozendaal and looked at the Human Birdwings by Floris Kaayk. In Tetem,
I played with the "Receiver" made by Matthias König and the 'fog box' by Judith Kleinemeier. I was impressed by the pictures Janneke Kroon made of herself. I talked with Jack S.C. Chen about "Making the Temporary Last", a table he designed to
encouraging each other with the skin. Designed to create new experiences for
people with Alzheimer's Disease who no
longer can communicated through speach. I talked about Li-Xia and mentioned the nursing home to him. I went back to the city center
and visited bookshop De Slegte again. I was one of the last people to leave
the shop before they closed, and one of the servants asked whether I stayed
the whole day. In the "Oude Kerk", I talked with Emiel Harmsen, who wrote the
software for "Voice of Chaos", a table with six wheels which displays light
effects based on the speed at which the wheels are turned. Because the goal is
to turn wheels at the same speed, it encourages people to work together. (YouTube
movie 1 and
movie 2.) I hanged around
the table of TkkrLab and watched people getting
instruction on how to work with the Arduino, a popular open-source single-board microcontroller. I also talked for
a long time with some people there. After having had something to eat, I looked at
some of the robots at FabLab and bought
the first wooden Gogbot Meme cube, cut and marked with a laser cutter for two Euro.
During the the Havannah Challenge 2012, which will be held from October 15 to 19,
Christian Freeling, the inventer of
the game Havannah, want to show that his game
(with very simple rules) is still too hard for computers to play, which supports
his claim that there are no artificial intelligent programs, but only programmas
that can act on simple rules. Ten years ago he offered a prize of 1000 euros,
available through this year, for any computer program that could beat him in even
one game of a ten-game match. During the challenge he will play ten games against
the best playing Havannah programs, two games per day, one starting with black
and one with white (with no pie rule). There probably will be a live broadcast
of the games with expert commentary.
Today, I received a matchbox that I bought more than a year ago
throught marktplaats.nl. After I made my offer, the owner could not
find it anymore. Just last week it surfaced again. The match box
is from the eleventh World Festival of Youth and Students ("XI Festival Mundial
de la Juventud y los Estudiantes"), which was held in Cuba in 1978.
I bought it because the seller wrote that the festival in Cuba was
the legendary backdrop of Quinten's conception by Ada, Onno and Max
in The Discovery of Heaven by
However, it is only now that I realized that this story took place
in October 1967, not 1978. (Mulisch himself visited Cuba at least three
times in the sixties.) Still I am happy to have this rather rare
matchbox. I wonder how many have survived after all these years.
Late in the evening, Annabel called me downstairs because Arjan and Erik were one of the couples in the travel contest Oh Oh Europa. In this TV-show there are seven couples of boys or
girls, travel for five weeks through Europe. Every week a couple can be send
away by votes from the other couples. In the last of five weeks, the most
favourite couple will win 25,000 Euro.
Yesterday, the notebook Annabel,
which Annabel uses, broke down. Last month, on August 25, a crack appeared in
the screen when she opened it. Since then she used it with an external monitor.
Yesterday, it suddenly stopped working. Today, I bought a USB SATA interface.
In the evening, I opened the notebook and removed the hard disk. When I
connected it to the USB interface, it showed up as a drive with size zero. I
hooked it up with johan, but
also to no prevail. It looks like that the netbook broke down because the hard
disk stopped working. Most likely it is the controller that broke down. I did
look at some data recovery services and discussed the issue with Annabel.
She said that we should just accept the loss of data.
This morning, I visited Li-Xia with Donna and her
husband. Donna and Li-Xia were best friends when they studied math at
of Xinjiang in Urumqi. Donna migrated to Australia and for various
reasons, they lost contact. Only recently Donna found Li-Xia through this
website. She and her husband are staying in Europe for a month. Just last
month the 30 year reunion of their class was held in Urumqi. Donna gave
Li-Xia a remembrance book and read some parts to her. From Li-Xia's
reaction it seemed that she still remembered things from that time. Li-Xia
did speak some Chinese words, but not much. We also made a short walk around
the building. Li-Xia's Alzheimer's
Disease has progressed and the now needs a lot of assistance. Her
apraxia and aphasia have become worse. Donna gave us as a family four
toy animals: A platypus, a koala, a kangaroo and a wombat. When I let
Andy choose one, he wanted to have them all.
At 11:23, I bought the book Shots by Verne with pictures by Eugene Van
Groenweghe and Herman Van Hoey (ISBN:9789055448173) for € 2,50 from
bookshop De Slegte. I also bought the book
Quilts by Elizabeth V. Warren as a present for my sister.
At 16:57, I bought the book Amsterdam, het mekka van de volkshuisvesting:
Sociale woningbouw 1909-1942 by Vladimir Stissi (ISBN:9789064505744)
from bookshop De Slegte for € 5.
This book is about house being build in Amsterdam between 1909-1942 to be
rented to people of the lower classes. I was especially attracted to this
book because of the many maps and floor plans included in the book.
This months interesting links
This afternoon, I fried myself some rice that was left over from some
chicken tandoori that I made earlier this week. The other ingredients are:
one union, two cloves of garlic, two spring unions, three leaves of
Chinese cabbage, two eggs, and a dash of milk.
| August 2012
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