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.
AmsterdamI went to Amsterday. I first went to bookshop Scheltema. There, at 11:39, I bought a Moleskin daily planner for 2017 for € 18.90. I spend some time looking around and when I noticed that Jonathan Safran Foer was going to give a book signing session started at 13:00 for his new book Here I Am, I decided to wait. I contemplated whether I should tell him about my research with respect to the number sequences in Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, but concluded that if he were truely interested in this, he might already have contacted me. There was a long line of people waiting for their book(s) to be signed.
I went over andriesse - eyck gallery where I met with Peter Struycken. At that moment, it was rather quiet. I only stayed a short time, and went to La Place to collect some lunch items that were include in the train ticket that I bought. After this I walked around. I paid short visits to Mendo and Boekie Woekie on my way to Ron Mandos to visit the exhibition The Monolith by Levi van Veluw. Impressive, especial the dark room, which give you the feeling to be in another world.
I walked around the area and brought short visits to two other galleries, before returning to andriesse - eyck. There I spend a long time looking at the new series of painting by Peter Struycken. I think that Articulatie van kleur 04-feb-2016 is my favourite. Also meet with Carel Blotkamp and later with Walter Lewin and his wife.
Friday, October 14, 2016
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
American NerdThis evening, I finished reading the book American Nerd by Benjamin Nugent, which I started reading on September 30, the day after I bought it. I finished this book in a relatively short time. Although, I found it interesting to read, as it made me understand certain aspects of the American culture, but in some points also disappointing. For example, it seems to me that the exposition of autism, was not very realistic, especially not for people with normal intelligence. The book did also make me realize that I do not fit in with the nerd types described in the book, although I have identified with the nerd type before.
Junk cabinetAt TkkrLab there is a junk cabinet that is filled with leftover junk. When the cabinet is full (about once per month) the contents is sold as metal scrap. In the past week some members have done some cleaning causing the cabinet to be rather full. I had a look and collected two small stepper motors and an Iiyama ProLite E438S-B LCD monitor. The later, I took home, as it fitted in my bike bag. There was also a scanner printer, which looked similar to our Canon MP 520 all-in-one printer. It would not surprise me if it had the same problems as ours. I put the stepper motors in my private Ikea box at TkkrLab, in which I also found earlier on the evening the Philips monitor that I usually connect to my notebook. It seems someone has decided it is now mine. I also found some PCI card being put in my box. I asked around and was told that it was a SCSI card, and that they put it there because I had brought a SCSI hard drive and thought I might put it to some use. This shows that things only get into the junk cabinet when noone can think of some use for it.
Tetem and chestnutsIn the afternoon, I visited TETEM art space, to look at the programming workshop organized as part of the 'Weekend of Science' being held. I saw groups of children with their parents program in Scratch. I decided to look at the new exhibitions first. In the movie room their was movie about sounds in space produced by electromagnetic phenomena. Next I went to see Observatories of the Self by Sara Nuytemans. Quite interesting. I did go inside Self 2.1 and I recorded soms movie for Self 1.4. After visiting the now completely renovated bookshop Broekhuis, I picked up six medium sized chestnuts from the many that were under the tree on the Haaksbergerstraat.
More chestnutsOn my way to Code & Cookies held at TkkrLab, I collected twelve large chestnuts from a tree along Hengelosestraat.
BookAt 12:16, I bought the book American Nerd: The Story of My People written by Benjamin Nugent, in English and published by Simon and Schuster in 2008, ISBN:9780743288019, from charity shop Het Goed for € 3.50.
Teco VA120 terminalI took my Teco VA120 Terminal to TkkrLab. When I arrived, I realized I had forgotten the keyboard. While I was doing something else, someone connected it to a USB to serial cable and managed to get somethings to display on it. I should bring it another time with the keyboard.
Sunsday, September 25, 2016
Thursday, September 22, 2016
ChestnutsBetween 18:10 and 18:14, I picked seven chestnuts from the tree before the Chinese restaurant at the Haaksbergerstraat. These were all small and some very small chestnuts. I did see some shells for larger chestnuts, so I guess that the chestnuts belonging to those have been picked by others. The weather has been quite warm for the time of the year, about four degrees Celsius above average, with last week even two days with temperatures above 30° Celsius. In away if feels strange to find nuts, because if still feels like summer.
TETEMIn the afternoon, I visited TETEM art space. I first watched the Special Treats Street Special exhibition with works by J&B. I stepped inside Alone with my thoughts. Next I watched the video 7 Days of Artificial Intelligence again. It was the last day of the Tribute to Remko Scha exhibition. I watched the documentary Huge Harry about Institute of Artificial Art Amsterdam.
BookAt 11:42, I bought the book Documenta Kassel 12, 16/06 - 23/09, 2007: Katalog | Catalogue written by Roger M. Buergel and Ruth Noack in German and English published by Taschen in 2007, ISBN:9783836500524, from charity shop Het Goed for € 2.95.
Thursday, September 8, 2016
GogbotThis year the theme of Gogbot is Post Singularity. The interaction with technology seems to be a little absent this year. There is a zombie area, but I am not sure what is the relationship with the theme, only that the super intelligence that may arise during the singularity may view us humans as zombies. Yesterday, I already saw ANIMA by Nick Verstand in an almost completely dark Oude Kerk (Old Church) in Enschede, but I was not really impressed by it. Today, I first had a look at the exhibition at Concordia. There I saw a work by Nastia Cistakova, who won the Blink Youngblood contest, but I am not very impressed by her work. I also saw some pictures by Luuk van den Berg. Upstairs, I looked at some of the video exposition Hotel Europa. I watched there and here 2 by Ink Agop. Downstair, I also looked at the exhibition of Christie van der Haak. Next I went to Tetem, where I saw three works by Bjorn Gort that I found interesting. Willem Kempers had three works with crossing moving lines (made by LED's). I also watched the various short videos by Karina Zavidova. Also watched the short video 7 Days of Artificial Intelligence by Pierre Roquet with fragments of science fiction films telling how a superintelligence 'Deepmind' takes over the world in seven days.
Thursday, September 8, 2016
Carte Blanche – Carina SchüringThis evening, I went to attend Carte Blanche – Carina Schüring with new works by Carina. There were also some old works that I saw in Almelo earlier this year. She had brought her tea with her and I made some green tea, which I enjoyed very much. She had a very interesting drawing. I also bought the book Stadschatten: Jule und ein Herz voll Licht written by Sabine Kohlert with illustrations by Carina for € 12.90. It is written in German and published by Plettenberg : TUSSNAT Pictures in 2016, ISBN:9783000537400. Komputerstrukturen 1a by Peter Struycken, which allowed me to analyse it. From this I found that compared with the design, the work has the following differences:
On July 11, I drew a similar conclusiong with respect to Komputerstrukturen 3a. On August 3, we encountered a picture of this work. From this I found that the work does not contain additional anomalies compared to the three that I reported earlier. In this picture the work is oriented in the same way as in the exhibitions komputerstrukturen and P. Struycken, while in most publications it is rotated clock-wise by 90°, which was the orientation that a based earlier analyses on. Taking into account this new orientation, the work has the following three anomalies:
AmsterdamIn the morning, I visited FOAM: Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam to see the exhibition about Helmut Newton. I also watched (about two thirds) of the documentary Helmut by June. I was also impressed by the works Vivian Atlantis by Carlijn Jacobs. At 11:32, I bought the book Helmut Newton: Private Property written by Helmut Newton in English published by Schirmer's Visual Library in 1989, ISBN:9783888143915, for € 7.95.
I had lunch at Si-Chuan restuarant with a friend that I had not see for 35 years. Roughly between two and four, I spend at Scheltema, but I did not buy anything.
Around half four, I arrived at gallery andriesse & eyck for the exhibition Dutch Concert with works by Peter Struycken and his good friend Carel Blotkamp, who had some works based on works by Peter Struycken. Besides the new works, there were also a number works from the SHFT serie on display. I talked with several people and took pictures of all the works. I also met with Ton, Meindert and his partner. Afterwards we had dinner at Spanjer en van Twist.
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