Blog about life in Holland (and a lot of other stuff)
It's been exactly four delightful years when the HDD in my iMac 27" informed me it couldn't take it any longer. "Disk I/O error", it said.
At that moment I already had plans to upgrade it with an SSD (solid-state drive). Those are much snappier and completely silent since there are no moving parts inside.Read on »
I've finally managed to move my blog from Blogger onto a self-developed platform.
The new address of the blog is: yktoo.com/blog.
The main reason for that is that Blogger neither supports, nor has any plans to support multilingual blogs. Furthermore, it's quite inconvenient to edit posts in HTML, whereas the WYSIWYG editor Blogger provides cannot properly handle images, not to mention more complicated stuff like tables.
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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 »
Holland is decidedly and prominently a bike-land. Any Dutch settlement features miles of bike paths, bike traffic-lights, special bike road marking, ubiquitous bike parkings and bike rental at every train station.
But our Houten seems to be in the lead here.Read on »