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King's Day 2016 May 1, 2016

The last Queen's Day to date happened three years ago, when Princess Beatrix, then still the Queen of the Netherlands, announced her upcoming abdication for her son Willem-Alexander. The latter celebrates his birthday on April 27th, which is very conveniently near the former date of April 30th.

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Separate the sheep from the phones Apr 30, 2016

Moore's law teamed up with the Chinese electronic device industry are inserting new steps into the Lansink's Ladder. Next to the sections for used fluorescent bulbs and batteries, which are classified as klein chemisch afval (household hazardous waste), Albert Heijn grocery stores have now added a separate opening for used mobile phones! The gadget-recycler.

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Sky is no limit Apr 11, 2016

Igor Abakumov, also known as Mr. Raskolnikov, an ex-member of Radiolaria, has shared some new material with me: tracks that were recorded for his own solo project called Zapreschennaya Akustika ("Forbidden Acoustics"). Even though it's a home recording and perhaps you can't really appreciate the Russian lyrics, the musical aspect seemed quite interesting to me.

So far four new tracks are available, all of them pertain to the sky for some reason:

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The castlerun, second edition Apr 9, 2016

This spring is full of sporting activities. First aikido (I hope my certificate with nice Japanese characters is already on its way), now a half marathon.

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Shodan: 11 years on the way Mar 27, 2016

Last weekend, on March 19, 2016, the author of these lines has qualified for the first dan Aikido Aikikai.

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Dream Theater presents The Astonishing in Theater Carré Mar 4, 2016

The band Dream Theater is absolutely legendary. They are considered the founders of the progressive metal genre, and each of them alone is equally legendary. If you doubt that, just watch their Instrumedley video; not many musicians in the world are capable of playing something like that.

The band was presenting their new album The Astonishing in the Theater Carré in Amsterdam on February 23rd.

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