What I like about the Dutch is how they manage to combine classic with contemporary, conservative with conspicuous. For instance, the modern Dutch architecture is usually quite geometrical and sober, with no gaudy elements. As you have a closer look, you suddenly spot emojis on the façade!
Vathorst, a young district in Amersfoort (where we once held our aikido demo), has recently got an apartment building with twenty-two emoticons picked from the popular messenger WhatsApp. I decided to take a look at this new attraction after I've read about it in the local news.Read on »
I'm just back from Amersfoort where I've quite successfully finished a half marathon, 21.1 km.
Medal of the marathon.
The day's been a scorcher with 27 °C (81 °F) in the shade. On the Dutch scale it's a lot, and with a clear blue sky you feel like being roasted.Read on »
The year is coming to an end again, with so much left to run. I can't repeat my 2013's record of 800 km this year—in 2015 I've only run some 600 km. Not because I'm lazy, but due to being more active in aikido.
Houten's "bike avenues" are great to run on, also because there are not so many bikes using them at the time when I'm running, that is in the evening and during the weekend.Read on »
Even though I've now settled in Houten, I keep visiting Amersfoort now and then. I'm still doing aikido with Joginder Singh.
On September 7th our dojo gave a demo on a "district day" Vathorstdag 2014 (Vathorst is the district in Amersfoort our dojo is in), just like six years ago.
I didn't participate this time, but was filming instead. There was also another cam, so the idea was to put both footages together nicely, and I volunteered for that.
I've tried a number of video editors for Linux, most of them proved to be utterly unusable (Pitivi wouldn't allow me to edit track properties, OpenShot lacked the very basic timeline shift function, Shotcut quit abruptly after adding a clip, Kino is discontinued long time ago). Finally I've tried Kdenlive, and that one is absolutely fantastic! I was surprised how quick and hassle-free video editing can be nowadays. All in all it took me about a couple of hours, including the final render.
The result is under the cut:Read on »