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Nest Protect 2 review Dec 2, 2015

There was a moment when my smoke detector, which is as old as the house it's in, had to be replaced.

And I did that with pleasure, because at that moment it started chirping regularly in a very annoying way. First once every five minutes, a bit later once a minute. And that would not be a big issue had this not been happening at 5:00 AM. And, of course, the chirping was so loud that no human being could ignore it. Just like in that scene from "Friends".

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Nightwish, Arch Enemy, Amorphis at Heineken Music Hall Nov 28, 2015

It's now Movember (a.k.a. Musical November), which means — showtime!

And today's report is about the Finnish symphonic metal legend Nightwish.

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The monument of Elfstedentocht Nov 22, 2015

Every winter an average Dutch casts glances at the thermometer, hoping for a real cold to come.

The cause for such a strange wish is called Elfstedentocht, or the Eleven cities tour.

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yktoo.com 2.0 Nov 14, 2015

It cost me quite an effort to make myself migrate my website to Yii 2.

And now, after about one and a half months of evening work (with breaks for workouts, birthday celebrations, recovering from insomnia and things like that) I can proudly present yktoo.com version 2.0.

The website has been built on Yii framework 2.0 and Bootstrap 3, with a handful of extensions. Thanks to Bootstrap the website is built on the principles of responsive web design. This should make the pages look reasonably well on a broad range of devices, from mobile phones to desktops.

The structure of the website has also been revisited: the blog feed is now right on the home page, and other sections have been moved around too. Due to that your RSS reader might show the last posts once again, sorry for that.

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Dodgy kiwi Sep 9, 2015

A year ago I posted about fruit groves in Houten. Last summer brought a sudden news on that topic.

A decade ago our neighbour has planted a kiwi tree. The plant has been growing into our two gardens, but has never given a single kiwi fruit. Until the last summer, that is, because mid-August we've spotted the first fruit ever! Too bad for our neighbours, it was a dodgy one, as it's growing on our side of the fence. Houten kiwi.

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SAIL Amsterdam 2015 Sep 4, 2015

Between the 19 and the 23 of August Amsterdam hosted a huge marine event called SAIL Amsterdam. It's held once every five years, and is most known for its tall ships (apart from hundreds of other ships). During the event they sail in loops around the IJ lake, giving the area a totally different look and attracting millions (yes, millions) of visitors.

For these days bridges over the IJ are open or even get dismantled to let the tall ships sail in.

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