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Aikikai Amersfoort website Oct 25, 2013

I've done something useful in my spare time. I crafted a website for my aikido school (or dojo) called Aikikai Amersfoort, which is now located at

The former website was really ancient-looking, built back in 2004 and totally outdated. For example, one had to download an .avi file if they wanted to watch a video. YouTube did not exist at that remote moment.

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How-to: Multiplicity in Gimp Sep 13, 2013

My today's story is about a well-known yet impressive graphic editing technique called multiplicity. It allows you to multiply objects on a photo—most commonly people, but it can be just as well kittens or lawn-mowers. Using this technique, you can make pictures like this:

I'm a Linux guy and hence my favourite graphic editing tool is Gimp, but the same can be done with any other editor that supports layers and masks.

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Tackling M-Audio Studiophile speaker power-off popping sound Sep 7, 2013

Recently I've discovered a peculiar feature of my M-Audio Studiophile AV 40 speakers.

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Onze-Lieve-Vrouwetoren in Amersfoort Sep 6, 2013

Last weekend I've finally got to visit the most eminent, in every meaning, place in Amersfoort. Since I'd come to live here, my country has changed its president twice, one of them has divorced and the other has made quite a few equally destructive achievements, yet I failed to take my time to get to it.

In the brochure of Spoffin I found a discount coupon for climbing the tower for € 2.50 instead of € 4. The coupon was valid until August 31st, which conveniently fell on Saturday. This chance we couldn't miss. Photo by Pepijntje, via Wikimedia Commons.

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Spoffin 2013 Aug 30, 2013

It's August again, which means festival time in Amersfoort! In the beginning of the month there's usually the world-famous Gay Pride in Holland. The main venue is, of course, Amsterdam, but many other cities, including Amersfoort, hold smaller parades. However in the beginning of August I was in Tyumen, so I won't tell you anything about that.

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Portugal ‣ Part 5. Edge of the world in Sagres Jun 22, 2013

Sagres is a small town in western Algarve. It is noteworthy mainly for the nearby Sagres Point (Ponta de Sagres) and its fortress.

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