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The Evolution of X recently wrote a post about maps versus smartphones. Unlike E of X, I do like using the narration on my smartphone. It saves time, money and gas.
When I look at a map to get somewhere in a city, I have to look several times because I have a memory like a sieve. Now, looking at a map while driving is never a good idea, not to mention Continue reading
I’m not big on collections. I used to be. I had all sorts of collections. If I saw something I liked, I would start a collection. Until I felt that I was surrounding myself with things just for the sake of surrounding myself with things, and I got rid of most of them. Continue reading
Posted in Books, History, Technology, Travel
Tagged 1968, 65 Days Adrift, Adrift, Ampol advertisement, boekcollecties, book collections, books, collections, Gregory's, Huckleberry Finn, maps, raft books, rafts, Sinister Island, street directory, Sydney, Sydney's Street Directory, The Raft Book, The Swiss Family Robinson, travel, vlotboeken, vlotten
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Time for another bridge post. And no, this one isn’t about the Mopac bridge. For the first time ever, I present to you the bottom of a different bridge. The Lamar Boulevard Bridge, the one east of the Mopac Bridge across Town Lake in Austin, Texas, the United States of America. Continue reading
The daily writing prompt a few days ago: to write a post for someone I wish was reading my blog.
It feels a bit weird to write to you in English, and I don’t think I can call you Dad instead of Pappie, but here goes. Continue reading
Posted in Photography, Technology
Tagged death, dias, dood, DPchallenge, Facebook, fathers, herdenking, Internet, memorial blog, moderne foto technologie, overlijden, photography, Photoshop, scanning slides, slides, technology, vaders
For many years now, there has been a huge rift within our family, caused by traffic lights. T and I are in permanent disagreement and our son B is pretty firmly on my side. R is undecided, but I’m convinced she will see the light (I couldn’t resist) in due time. Continue reading
There’s something strangely soothing about cleaning clouds. I suppose it also has to do with being a perfectionist. I can (and do) spend hours cleaning clouds, removing every little speck of dust, every tiny hair, every little irregularity. I just enlarge a piece of cloud as much as I want, hover over it with a circle, and click–gone, like it was never even there. Continue reading
One of the many enjoyable things about translating is that I’m always learning something new, no matter how short the text. I just finished translating a sample from a Belgian novel for middle-school-aged girls, in which the characters communicate face-to-face, on the phone, via email and via texting. Continue reading
I recently discovered Ted Talks, when a really good and amusing Ted Talk video about book cover design was going around on Facebook. It has since become my new magazine of choice.
I especially like to select the videos that have been labeled “jaw-dropping”. Continue reading
Posted in Media, Politics, Technology, Travel
Tagged American news coverage of foreign news, American space travel, Amerikaans nieuws, Cassini space probe, Huygens space probe, media, navelstaren America, news, Saturn moon landing, Titan landing American news coverage, Titan probe landing
The Daily Post today is about dictionaries. It concludes with the question what dictionaries are to me and if I have any favorites.
Well, it wasn’t love at first sight, I can tell you that. In fact, I avoided dictionaries as a youngster–too much hassle. I preferred the DIY method: inference through context.
As a student in library school I learned extensively about all imaginable dictionaries, but it was one of the most boring classes. Probably because the teacher had the stage presence of a bibliography of bibliographies. Dictionaries were a necessity, a useful tool, but I still wasn’t turned on. Continue reading
Posted in Books, Language, Technology
Tagged books, dictionaries, MWB, online dictionaries, online thesauri, Thesaurasize, translating, translating Dutch to English, translation, vertalen Nederlands-Engels, woordenboeken, writing
Okay, this is neither here nor there. Or it’s both. It has nothing to do with being an immigrant, though. Just with being a 51-year-old user of modern technology. Every now and then there’s this technology moment that blows my mind. The younger you are, the less you will understand this, but my contemporaries will. Continue reading
A Flamingo in Utrecht is a great blog because Alison, an American in Utrecht, the Netherlands, takes pictures all around Utrecht and it’s wonderful that I can see the familiar places and streets. Most of the time it’s also nice to see what’s new. The Nijntje (Miffy) statue is new, for instance. But then I see this picture Continue reading
I’ve posted before on my frustration about above-ground power lines and how dangerous they are in a storm. And in certain footage of the tornado that ripped through Joplin, Missouri, two days ago, the first thing you see when the tornado touches down is a power line being snapped. Continue reading
Posted in Housing, Nature, Technology
Tagged architecture, beton in huizen Amerika, bouwen Amerika, concrete in tornadoes, Joplin tornado, opinion, safety regulations housing construction, safety regulations tornadoes, technology, tornado damage, wervelwinden en veiligheid VS, Wervelwinden Verenigde Staten
This is an almost 20-minute video, but the information Robyn O’Brien gives is important to know. Coming from Holland seventeen years ago, I felt like almost everybody here is allergic to something. My husband would jokingly say, “Oh sure, the Dutch are never allergic,” thinking it was just another of my everything’s-better-in-Holland observations, but seriously, there didn’t seem half as many people allergic to stuff in Holland as there are in America. Now it turns out this might be true. So there, hubby! Continue reading
In this economy, businesses have to be extra creative. And are they ever! For example, if you go to the RadioShack in Hamilton, Montana, to sign up for Dish Network right now, you get a free gun or pizza. Isn’t choice wonderful? Continue reading
We have been remodeling. Or rather, we have people do it for us, since neither of us has the time or the skills. Well, we’ll get to the skills… We needed new windows in the front of the house, because the old ones were rotted out. We bought ready-made wood windows, and in August the remodeling began. Continue reading
One of my pet peeves is above-ground power lines. Electricity still gets to many houses in this country via wires that run along roads on tall wooden or metal poles. Every single time there’s a bit of wind or a cold snap, people lose power. Continue reading
One thing that comes with America being The Greatest Country in the World is that everything has to be an American invention. Even when it’s not. Even when it was invented decades ago, half a century ago, a century ago, in another country. Continue reading