Thursday, February 23, 2012

On the road again

Hmmm, I suppose this is good soul food: a documentary from 1963 going back to where it all started. Enjoy.

OTRA from J. Sprig on Vimeo.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Monday, February 20, 2012


To celebrate my mom's and my own birthday we had lunch at the Ganache. I was told that the chef gained experience at restaurant De Karmeliet, which is not bad at all...
What matters is that the food was fresh and tasty. I want more.

Digital tools to save languages

Facebook, YouTube and even texting will be the salvation of many of the world's endangered languages, scientists believe.
Of the 7,000 or so languages spoken on Earth today, about half are expected to be extinct by the century's end.
Globalisation is usually blamed, but some elements of the "modern world", especially digital technology, are pushing back against the tide.
North American tribes use social media to re-engage their young, for example.
Tuvan, an indigenous tongue spoken by nomadic peoples in Siberia and Mongolia, even has an iPhone app to teach the pronunciation of words to new students.
"Small languages are using social media, YouTube, text messaging and various technologies to expand their voice and expand their presence," said K David Harrison, an associate professor of linguistics at Swarthmore College and a National Geographic Fellow.
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The Beauty and The Geek

No more keyboard trouble with the Beauty and The Geek pants. As well as being a pair of comfortable jeans, the pants also contain a wireless mouse, keyboard, and speakers. Look closely, the orange stitching also resembles a printed circuit board pattern pattern.

Oh, and get this: The pants can be tethered to your computer using either a bluetooth connection, or a cable that wraps around your waist like a belt. Just be sure you aren't wearing any cords.

nerd alert

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Little Arno

Generally speaking Arno is doing better than say six months ago. Is not that excellent news? He lost 1,5 kg in one year, which was really necessary. He is digesting his new diet well, and I can now give him food supplements he could not handle before. His skin and fur are beginning to look better again too. On the other hand, his little short legs and back are clearly hurting. So walking remains a very hard thing to do. He is also sleeping an awful lot. My mother reports he sometimes sleeps until 1,30 PM. He is also growing increasingly deaf.  He will be 13,5 years old this month.  Considering how often that little fella has been ill, nobody ever believed he would grow that old.
A new month has started. That means it is time for the dogs to take a bath!!!!  Oh, it has started freezing. Babe, the pig, is really living inside the house now. Her behind is built for warmth.

Earliest Copy of Mona Lisa

The earliest copy of Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece, Mona Lisa, has been found in the vaults of a Spanish museum, looking younger and more ravishing than the original (original = left, copy = right).

Art historians have hailed the discovery, made during conservation work at the Prado Museum, as one of the most remarkable in recent times.

Museum officials said it was almost certainly painted by one of Leonardo da Vinci's apprentices alongside the master himself as he did the original.

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Saint Dominic's Preview - Van Morrison

He never sings a song the same way twice. That is one of the reasons why Van is Van The Man. I have been listening to "It's Too Late To Stop Now"  a lot lately. Saint Dominic's Preview is one the many great songs on that album. This rendition is different, but equally superb.