Before we hit the weekend , let me just give you two video's to keep you entertained. After surfing Stumbleupon Video (Crack for the brain for sure) I found selected two great video's for you. Todays theme is : "Hack your instrument"
Movie one : Guitar Hack. Starring Eric Mongrain. Who ever said you should play a guitar like Eric Clapton does. This guy does a beautiful hack of his "guitar play" Not only does it look good, but the whole sound of the song makes you go warm and fuzzy. If you like the song you can download it from his website
Movie two : Beatbox + Classical flute = Brand new sound. A wonderful approach to playing a classical flute. This guy mixes the new with the old and brings us a great remix of the Inspector Gadget theme. But wait for the end of the song as he attacks .. Axel-F
Have a great weekend guyz !
Just a random shot I took of my workstation setup last night. On the left my main monitor, that I use for all my 'foreground" tasks. ( in the picture you see my search engine.) On the right screen , i'm booting my Windows XP installation (via parallels). Now that parallels supports the I-sight camera I can even run MSN Messenger in XP and use the whole webcam thing. I've also got Skype and Adium running on the right-hand screen. But what I like about this picture is not the whole techie-stuff thats on there, but the amber lighting of the whole shot. Together with the great wallpaper of Alysson Hannigan they give it a very classy and warm feel. Just the kind of setting that I like.
I had a very interesting day yesterday. What was planned was a quiet evening at home. Doing a little bit of painting (we are still finishing up our hallway) and some blogging in the evening turned into something different altogether. At 10 am I got a phone call from my aunt stating that my brothers were doing a major cleanup operation at my parents house. The where cleaning out the attic, the basement and what have you. Because I still had stuff lying around there, she thought it would be prudent to let me know. So I called up the cleaning-crew, stalled the operations a little bit and tried to salvage what I could. Now I admit, the basement looks like it is from a scene of a bad Mad max movie. Junk all over the place that has not been touched in years.. But that was exactly the point why I still had stuff lying around there. Cause no one was going to touch it for years. Of course .. that all changed. Thus I bolted homeward with our little van for what seemed like a salvage-what-you-can-before-they-throw-it-away operation.
So I spent the better part of my evening lugging around dusty boxes that I had put in the attick or in the basement. Most of it looked like crap, and yet, a box of letters from 20 years ago, postcards from friends, personal letters .. those are things you might just want to hang on to.. Or at least chuck in the scanner and turn it into a PDF before you throw it out.
Some of the other gems I dug up where my classic star wars toy collection (I still have an AT-AT walker and a Millennium Falcon from 1982) that might just get me some $$ on ebay someday. But apart from that they have a great sentimental value too.
And last but not least : My very first computer : My commodore 64 ! (with all the peripherals) including a bunch of old computer game magazines ! So classic. What it comes down to is that all this crap might be totally worthless in many people's eyes. And looking at the 'functionality' of it all.. It probably is. What is a 33 year old guy gonna do with an X-wing fighter, What use is there in holding on to a letter from your first girlfriend. (or the first letter from a girl that broke your heart) .. Nothing at all.
But they make up a part of our tangible legacy. A part of our past. And it is something you can touch. Looking back at my legacy of the last 5 years .. it is mostly digital. 9 gigabytes of digital pictures, 1700 shots on Flickr, an old blog on Lifejounal, articles I wrote on blogspot, the Knightwise website.. 37 podcasts, 20 more with the global geek. A fair part of work I must say. A lot of memories .. yet none of them are tangible. So I might just want to hold on to some of the memories of days gone by. Even if they appear stupid and will perhaps never be used again. They say that if you haven't used something for two years or more, you can throw it out. But some things just have their value in the fact that they are obsolete. They remind us of where we come from. Show us what we left behind and perhaps teach us just how precious the present is.
Just a quick one this morning to wish my "baby sister" Anneleen a very happy birthday. (and of course to show you one of the most silly pictures I have of her.) Happy birthday Anneleen !!!!!
Belgium is known for its chocolate, and now around the time of Easter, chocolate eggs are abundant in these regions. My liver is already moaning in anticipation of the far to great amount of chocolate i will be forced to consume. Yes, I say forced. Because if it where not for the chocolate easter eggs stalking me in every corner, I would not eat chocolate at all. But all that is just cheap chit chat to bring you to the heart of this tale, that basicaly just consists of a stupid picture. Thanx to C. for digging up this little gem of the website of Jaques, one of the major chocolate brands here in Belgium. Their logo is a Knight , and their latest add campaign is hilarious…. I mean . think "KNIGHTWISE" when you see these succers. … so Belgium is known for chocolate .. and the Belgian chocolate industry has a KNIGHT as their logo. So Belgium is know for .. Knightwise ?? (or am i pushing it )