Maand: oktober 2006

Camera

I’ve been thinking about getting a new camera for a while now. With the release of the new EOS 400, the EOS 350D by Canon has become available at a lower price. My dad has this one, and I really like the way it handles. Hm. But I’m also quite charmed by the C-Lux 1 by Leica. Hm, tough decision.

Fieldtrip!

Earlier today we went to the Pasar Malam which is held nearby this weekend. We were hoping to catch the demo of Pencak Silat, but that didn’t start till much later. Bought some Spekkoek, which our nextdoor neighbour used to make when I was little, but haven’t had since. Still as delicious as I remembered though! And I bought some Incense which was relatively cheap. Plus you can never have too much of the stuff anyway..

Afterwards we went into town. Browsed the recordstore, where, to my surprise, I found and subsequently bought the new My Dying Bride, called A Line of Deathless Kings. Tjerk bought Akira Kurosawa’s classic Seven Samurai on DVD. Then we went to the bookstore where I was tempted by The Power of Art by Simon Schama. The book accompanies the series by the same name, of which I watched the first part on BBC 2 only last night, which was about painter Caravaggio. Episodes on Dutch painters Rembrandt and Van Gogh follow later on in the series. Recommended.

Kubrick

Stanley Kubrick

Because of the Kubrick exhibit in Gent, Belgian channel Canvas showed Full Metal Jacket and The Shining earlier this week.

Yesterday was reserved for the documentary ‘Stanley Kubrick, a life in pictures‘. I stumbled upon it right at the start when I was flipping the channels. Kept me interested all the way through. Though I’d seen most of his movies, this provided some interesting background information. What a shame he didn’t have time to make more movies.

Events

It’s been a few days since my last post. Not much has been going on with me personally. Went to see Ober on Wednesday. Wonderful new movie by Dutch director Alex van Warmerdam. For a unique view on Dutch society, check out some of his work.

Something must have happened in the world… Let’s see. Oh! How could I forget, everyone’s been talking about this one Google acquired YouTube for $1.65 billion. I guess we’ll have to wait and see if that was worth is. And then there were the nuclear tests performed by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Quite scary. But all’s well, as Kim Jong Il has since apologized. So. There you have it.

Siege

That time of year again. When the entire city turns inside out to celebrate the events of 1574. When the Siege of Leiden was lifted by the Watergeuzen. Normal broadcasting will -hopefully- resume shortly.