Monthly Archives: February 2013

Seen Live: The Gathering

The Gathering has a nasty habit of playing in Amersfoort when I’m not there, or otherwise engaged. So last friday I went all the way to Hilversum to see them for the very first time. But first, there was the inevitable support act, Atlantis. For a change, I quite liked what they did. In fact,… Read more »

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#1: Bake an Apple-Bacon Pie

The late, great, Carl Sagan has a thing or two to say about apple pies: To make an apple pie, you need wheat, apples, a pinch of this and that, and the heat of an oven. The ingredients are made of molecules—sugar, say, or water. The molecules, in turn, are made of atoms—carbon, oxgen, hydrogen… Read more »

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First Lines: Catch-up edition

The list of books I have to write about is only growing, so it’s time to play catch up. Before Twilight and The Vampire Diaries, before Blade, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Interview with the Vampire, even before Dracula there was John Polidori. In his 1819 novel The Vampyre—conceived in the same time and place… Read more »

First Lines: Endlessly Horny for Wonder and Magic

If your name is Tim Quirk and you wrote an essay called Endlessly Horny for Wonder and Magic: How Bat Out of Hell Perfectly Captured the Pre-Pubescent American Id (and Nearly Ruined Me for Life) about one of my favorite albums (12 copies and counting, eventhough I prefer the sequel), well, you earned yourself 99… Read more »

Live redesign

The purple design of this website was long overdue for an overhaul. My lovely colleague Jochem pestered me into starting this weekend. So I downloaded Bones (a HTML5 WordPress theme specially designed to be completely overhauled), uploaded it, and I’m just about to start hacking away until I think I’m done. I’ll be switching the… Read more »

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