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I went to see some exhibitions in the city. First, I went to photo gallery
Objektief to see the exhibition
Voor Orhan / Voor Fernando. Quite intereseting, not only the photographs,
but also the subject and the materials used. Next, I went to Concordia, where
I saw Monument Levenslicht by Daan Roosegaarde, which is part of a larger project.
Universal palindrome date
Today is a palindrome date when written
like 02/02/2020 (MM/DD/YYYY) or 2020.02.02 (YYYY.MM.DD). The previous such date
was November 2, 2011, which is 3014 days ago. It is
also palindrome data when written in like
02-02-2020 (DD-MM-YYYY). The previous such date was February 21, 2012, which is 2903 days ago. This makes is a universal
palindrome date of which there are only twelve. The previous such date was
November 11, 1111, and the next will be December 12, 2121. Note that this is
also a "digital" rotation date, which means that if the date is written on
display it looks the same when rotated over 180° This is a subset of
the palindrome date that are made up out of the digits 0, 2, 5, 6, 8, and 9.
It is the first for the formats MM/DD/YYYY
and YYYY.MM.DD and the second for the
DD-MM-YYYY format. This is the second special date
of this year.
I recieved the book Origami for the Connoisseur written by
笠原 邦彦 (Kunihiko Kasahara) and
Toshie Takahama, written in English, translated from
in Japanese, published by Japan Publications Inc. in 1987, tenth printing from
September 2007, ISBN:9784817090027, from 'Boekhandel Louis Tinner - Maurice Janssen' for
€ 8.00. On page 58, the book presents The HK Cube, or Trick
Dice, a design attributed to Kunihiko Kasahara and
芳賀和夫 (Kazuo Haga). I also found this
independently: How to fold a cube from a square
I went to the opening of the exhibition Arts
N Beats with black light art by Henna Khemai and music by Kids w/K
at B93 artist collective.
I went to Rotterdam, where there is Art Rotterdam Week. At the Rotterdam
Tourist Information located in the central station, I got the free Art Rotterdam Week map. I went to the
exhibition TECART - Quantum Supremacy, which is organized by
PLANETART, which also organizes
GOGBOT. The exhibition is smalller than
GOGBOT. I liked the following exhibits:
I went to Doppio Expresso and had some 'White Czar' tea: "Pai Mu Tan" white
tea, bergomot, mandarin, vanilla, rose petals. On the way back, I took
a picture of the new depot of
Boijmans Van Beuningen. At the entrance of the road to TECART, I had a
second look at a replica of the DeLorean time machine from Back to the Future. I walked through
the city. At 15:17, I bought the book Energieen edited by Wim Beeren,
Frits Keers, and Din Pieters, written in English and published by Stedelijk
Museum in 1990, ISBN:905006034X, from De Slegte Rotterdam for € 20.00. I also went
to bookshop Donner. I took the train home and made a stop in Utrecht, where
I visited the bookshops Steven Sterk and Broese Boekverkopers. At 19:19:36, I bought the book How to f*ck a
woman: leer van een vrouw wat vrouwen willen written by Ali Adler, translated from the English How to F*ck a Woman, an
Insider's Guide to Love and Relationships into Dutch by Margot Reesink,
published by Gottmer Uitgevers Groep in 2016,
ISBN:9789401302753, for € 7.90 from the latter one.
C# generics and class extensions
I have been programming in C# for some time now, and I am beginning to appreciate the language more
and more. I often use a Dictionary class for collecting information about
certain items. When you found an item, you want to know if you already
collected some information with the item, and if not you want to add an empty
record with said item, to store the information. The Dictionary class does not
have a method for doing this. Using generics, I wrote a derived class with the
method. But than someone suggested, that you could also implement it as a class
extension. It took me some time to figure out how to specify the constraint
that the class for the 'value' of the Dictionary class has a default
constructor: after the header of the method with where V : new(). The
final result became:
public static class DictionaryExtensions
public static V GetOrAdd<K, V>(this Dictionary<K, V> dict, K key) where V : new()
if (dict.TryGetValue(key, out V value))
V newValue = new V();
Today is a palindrome date when the date is
written in the format MM/DD/YY: 02/11/20. This is the third
special date of this year.
This evening, I finished reading the novel
and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers, which I started reading on
January 30, the day I bought it. The novel is
placed in the same universe as The Long Way to
a Small, Angry Planet but it not a real continuation of the story,
because the main characters in the first novel do not return in this novel. I
understand that the third novel is again about different persons. I guess that
there would have been room to let some of the characters of the first novel
return in this second novel. This novel, much different from the first novel,
reads more than one (actually two) story than like a collection of more
independent stories. The first half is a little slow.
At 17:59, I bought the book Spirits of Internationalism 6 European
Collections 1956-1986 written by Anders Kreuger, Joram Kraaijeveld, and
Steven Ten Thije, written in Dutch and published by Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven
in 2012, ISBN:9789490757069, from charity shop Het Goed
for € 1.50.
Picasso & Matisse
Conny and I went to the Rijksmuseum Twenthe to see the
exhibition Picasso & Matisse. Beauty is a line. I found the
following works worth mentioning:
Next we walked through the exhibition Berlin Geisterbahn with
photographs by Fons
Brasser. I took some pictures on the maps of the S-Bahne which were on display.
Next we saw the exhibition with works by Ben Akkerman. I liked the works:
- Henri Matisse, Arabesk, 1924.
- Henri Matisse, Naakt in stoel, voor Maskrabiya, 1925.
- Jan Sluijters, Halfnaakt (vrouw van de schilder), circa 1912.
- Charley Toorop, Dame in Avondtoilet.
- Henri Matisse, Liggend naakt met fruitschaal.
- Pablo Picasso, Vrouw met halsketting, 1947
- Constant, Eivormige constructie, 1957
- Rosemin Hendirks, Zonder titel., 1997
- Pablo Picasso, Balzac, 1952
- Henri Matisse, Marguerite II
- Pablo Picasso, Zittend naakt, het hoofd ondersteund, 1934.
- Pablo Picasso, Schilder en breiend model, uit Le Chef-d'oevre inconmu van Honoré de Balzac, 1931.
- Pablo Picasso, Klein vrouwen hoofd met bloemenkroon, 1962.
- Charley Toorop, Zelfportret met wintertakken, 1944-1945.
- Henri Matisse, Naakt met ster, 1938
- Henri Matisse, Primavera.
- Jan Toorop, Spiegellijst (Adam en Eva) uitvoering M. Joosstens, 1898.
- Jan Sluijters, Larens landschap met oktoberzon, 1910.
- Toon verhoef, Holland Festival, 1988.
- Henri Matisse, De lagune I, plaat XVII, uit Jazz, 1947.
- Pablo Picasso, Bachenaal II, 1959
- Piet Ouborg, Arabesk, 1943.
- Henri Matisse, Naakt voor Cleverland, 1932.
- Constant, La fleur mèchanique, 1959.
- Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Danseres in stoel, circa 1908.
- Zoro Feigi, Hula, 2016.
- Pablo Picasso, De Stier, 1945-1946, series of eleven.
- Jacoaba van Heemskerk, Compositie, 1917.
- Jan Sluijters, Opkomende bui bij Heeze, 1909.
From this we walked through the exhibition with works from the collection and
went to see the exhibition Onzalige bossen - Onzalige tijden with
drawings by Geert Voskamp. I liked
- Untitled, 1973-1975.
- Untitled, 1993-1995.
- Untitles, 2002.
- Untitles, 2002-2004.
Finally, we saw the exhibition Ars longa, vita brevis. Although, I
walked through this exhibition many times, walking through it with Conny made
me see works that I had missed the times before, because she made me pay
attention to them. So, it is always worth to go see some again with some one
else. We completed our stay at the museum with some
sausage roll with some
- Politici & Terrorist
- Strijdtoneel (1 en 2)
- Bosbeelden (6x), 2018
The record temperature of 17.4°Celcius at Twenthe Airport (beating last
years record of 14.1°Celcius) was reached at the start of the evening.
These high temperatures where caused by Storm Dennis, which pulled warm air from the South. Around seven, a strong
cold front passed with a lot of rain, causing the temperatures to drop about
eight degrees within ten minutes.
Today it is 25 years ago, that I wrote my first
entry in this online diary. I was not one of the first to start an online
diary, but I wonder how many of them are still writing them. One of them, Carolyn L Burke, already stopped many years ago.
I went to TETEM art space for the opening of
the exhibition BodyBuilding (info
in Dutch) developed by the Hackers & Designers collective with the following people:
It is an interesting exhibition. Finding the right balance between an
exhibition being self-explainatory and dealing with complex matters that can
not be grasped immediately. At 17:12, I bought the book
On & Off the Grid edited by Genevieve Costello, written in
English and published by Hacker & Designers in 2017 from then for
€ 15.00. The back of the cover has the text: "Printed with conductive
ink the cover of this book functions as a controller for layouting."
Palindrome and double date
Today is a palindrome date when the date is
written in the format MM/DD/YY: 02/22/20. It is also a double date for the format DD-MM-YY: 22-02-20. This is the fourth
special date of this year.
2001: A Space Odyssey
This moring, I finished reading the novel
Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke, which I started reading on January 30
after I bought it on Tuesday, August 22, 2019. I
watched the movie adaptation on May 27,
1978. Especially the first part of the book feels even slower than the
movie. There are many differences between the plot of the book and the movie.
Those have been detailed elsewhere. But even without these, the book has a
different taste, much more focussing on the scientific aspects and also
explaining the last part in far more detail.
This morning, I heard about snow on the news. When I opened the blinds, I did
some (wet) snow falling from the sky. There was some
snow on cars, plants, the grass, and such.
I am a little worried about the procedure that the Dutch goverment (according
to the advice of Netherlands National Institute for Public Health and the Environment) is
taking to limit the spread of COVID-19.
They are stating that transmission only occurs when people get ill. This, while
there is scientific evidence, such as in the article:
2019-nCoV Infection from an Asymptomatic Contact in Germany, that people
can infect others before they have any signs and also that many people do not
get ill to an extend that they need hospitalization. Maybe they do this to not
spread panic and cause many people, who just have an ordinary cold, to request
for a test. The reported cases in the Netherlands are related to the outbreak
in Italy. It is difficult to know what is the best strategy to deal with this
Conny and I went to the Schrikkelfestival in and around Roombeek. We visited the ten locations in the order they were given on
the map. At the CeeSpot Containers we saw the works by Etta Maduro. She was present and gave some explaination about her works.
At XPO we saw the drawing by Judith
Schepers. (I saw here works before on April 29, last year and met her before on June 9.) At Dynamo Expo we saw watercolours by Veronica Berkvens. At the Arendsmanhuis we met with
Danielle Spoelman, who I met
before last year June with her project together with Judith Schepers. I showed
her the stamp I in my diary. We also went to the Rijksmuseum Twenthe where we were allowed to visit all exhibitions.
It was quite busy and we only looked at an exhibition about drawings.
At 'Van de Jeugd Archtects' the 'Co, trio 054' was playing. I got on of the
free Schrikkelbeeld cubes by Wout Zweers. There were also two works by
Rinus Roelofs. The last location was
the Tankstation. I liked some of the works by Nour-Eddine Jarram and a painting by Ray Andreas. We went to the
reopening of Sickhouse at the new
location. At bookshop Broekhuis were at the
top floor we saw the impressive exhibition of drawings by Jacq de Groot.
This months interesting links
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