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New year day
One of the first things I did this year, was finishing my glass of beer. It
was a special beer called Donkere dagen (Dark Days in English)
made by Brouwerij
Eanske. It is a Imperial Schwarz beer with an alcohol percentage of 7.5%/vol% and a bitterness
of 23 IBU, a colour of 112 EBC, and 66 Kcal/100ml.
In the afternoon, I watched the reports about New Horizons to hear that it survived the flyby of
and probably performed all the science operations as instructed.
In the evening, I went to TkkrLab to meet
some of the regular attendees. We had some discussions about the problems
around software development in companies. Lately, I often think about going
away from software development. I notice that I even have problems working on
my own private projects.
At 17:34, I bought the book Kunst op niveau written by Piet den Hertog
in Dutch and published by Lambo in 2002,
ISBN:9789074119818, from charity shop Het Goed
for € 1.95.
This afternoon, I thought about the colour
rubber straps sequence and decided to look for the most chaotic sequences.
I searched for the sequences of which the maximum of the distances of
reoccurences of certain combinations was the lowest. I found nine sequences
where the maximum is three, but all of them have two combinations that occur
with just one other combination in between. There is one sequence that does
not have this and has a maximum of five. These ten sequences are visualized
Although I had little time, I went to the opening day of the winter sale at
bookshop Broekhuis. There were many books
with 50% off. I did pickupe one book (Waarschuwing: de schrijver van dit
boek is kunstenaar by Tinkerbell) and carried when looking at other books, but in the end I
decided not to buy it, realizing that I might not read it.
Going to China
This evening, I thought about our plan to go to China this summer to visit
some family in Wuhan and to visit Urumqi. I got the idea to travel by train.
There are a lot of high-speed train connections. My idea is to fly to Beijing,
stay there for some days, travel to Wuhan by train. Stay some time in Wuhan.
From there travel with a high-speed train to Xi'an. From Xi'an there is a
night train to Urumqi. When I search YouTube for some more information, I
found: Xinjiang's New
High Speed Train (Urumqi to Lanzhou). There is also a high-speed train
from Xi'an to Lanzhou, but the high-speed trains are only traveling during the
day and you have at to stay overnight in one of the cities along the route. I
searched for some more information and watched:
The Chinese Silk Road - Episode 1 - The Journey Begins and
The Chinese Silk Road -
Episode 2 - Into the Desert. It seems interesting to stop over at
Lanzhou and it the famous
noodles made in the city. When Li-Xia traveled
between Beijing and Urumqi, the trip would take three days and three nights.
The long distance night trains offer hard and soft sleepers. I found this
report of a woman taking the night train to Urumqi using a soft sleeper:
Soft Sleeper Overnight
Train in China |Silk Road|. I also watched (fragments of):
OVERNIGHT Train in China
(Nanning to Shanghai) 🚅 | It was AWESOME!👍 中国
培养 视频 about another soft sleeper trip,
OVERNIGHT SLEEPER TRAIN
IN CHINA about mother and son in hard sleeper, and
Chinese Bullet Train
BUSINESS CLASS & 1ST CLASS Review!. From Urumqi we could also fly back
to Beijing for our return flight back home.
I went to the opening of the exhibition
Walk-in Worlds at Tetem art space.
It is an exhibition by Abner Preis
and consists of six virtual-reality (VR) presentations, some of which are
recordings made with a 360° camera. Before entering, we were given balloons
and when we entered the exhibition, we were told to blow up a balloon while
'saying' the name of a deceased person and then put the balloon in the large
'dress' at the center of room. I watched (parts of) four of the VR
presentations with the idea to return on a later moment and take time to
watch them till the end. I talked with Bergje Lulofs about drawing and with Ole Nieling about modular synthesizers (amongst other things).
Thin layer of snow
This morning, there was a thin layer of snow only at
cold places such as cars and plants. While biking to work, I came across some
places where the snow was also on the road. We are at the start of a cold
period and some of the snow stay the whole day (and maybe also tomorrow).
In the evening, I went to the sparkle party that was organized for all
volunteers of the Overkill Festival. I
watch several people playing the Superhot VR shooter game, but did not try it myself. I spend some time
in the 'ball pit' room working on some program and listening to the music
played by someone who was DJing with a Pokket Mixer (or clone) and two MP3
players. Next I spend some time sitting in the small movie theater were people
were playing Ultimate Chicken Horse on the screen. I continued doing some programming
on my notebook. At the end, I danced a little in the 'ball pit' room with some
other people. When I left around a quarter to midnight, some people were just
Red moon on a Blue Monday
I got up early to take some pictures of the moon eclips during this years Blue Monday. I did not have to go far, because it was visible right at
the door in my back garden. I had prepared a tripod and used the self-timer to
avoid any motion blur due to pressing the shutter button. At first I thought I
had the time wrong, because it was not as dark as the eclips from last July.
This months interesting links
| December 2018
| Random memories