Friday night at Lost&Found

First things first: There is no photographic evidence, and there won’t be any (what the hell) the slides are up now.

The Lost&Found evening went down like this: the doors opened, I was playing some obscure Meat Loaf songs, including a lot from his Motown soul era [download .mp3], and some related musical goodness (like Ellen Foley, Karla de Vito, et al.).

The event started with a ten minute, one shot movie about a car crash frozen in time (Simone Bennett‘s Truth machine), followed by a presentation by Michiel Roskam about how Rembrandt painted lions and elephants before he’d ever seen one. This led into in interview with Caspar van Gemund, a painter who has nearly lost all his vision, and how this affected his painting. Next up was Astrid Bussink’s I shot the mayor, another short movie about some village in Spain, and then it was my turn.

I was asked to tell something about the myth surrounding the ‘that’ which Meat Loaf sings about in “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)” [download .ogg *]. Although my train of thought derailed near the end, I was told it was great, and the crowd seemed to like the presentation. In the following break in the schedule, I was supposed to play more obscure Loaf, but hardware failure made it impossible to do so. Bummer.

Following the break, there was a reenacted dialog with an Japanese photographer of people (watching people) having sex, Night School (a film by Erkka Nissinen — excerpt), a presentation on elfriendo.com (a MySpace related service) and finally an old public service announcement by Peter R. de Vries, warning you that anyone can break in anywhere (Iedereen kan overal naar binnen, again by Simone Bennett).

All in all, I had a great time. I’m not quite sure if I agree with all people telling me I did great, but hey, if they say so, who am I to argue? De allerhartelijkste to the organization.

Finally, I should say that I loved the location, De Waag in Amsterdam. It is the oldest monument of the city, and the room the evening was held in was gorgeous. It was the “Theatrum Anatomicum”, for which Rembrandt’s “Anatomische les van dr. Nicolaes Tulp” was commissioned. The masonry guild-hall wasn’t bad either.

* Ogg Vorbis should play out of the box in any halfway decent audio-player like WinAmp. Since almost all music on my harddrive is in this format, you can expect more of this in the future. If you hit any unovercomeable problems, let me know. [back]

Update 25/2: added some links and names.

Tonight at Lost&Found

At this moment, I’m in Amsterdam, where I am to hold a presentation about the mythical thing Meat Loaf won’t do for love.

Check back on Sunday for my thoughts on the whole thing, the slides, photographic evidence, etc.

The prime-minister needs to STFU

While I should be doing constructive — like working on that presentation for Friday, or planning what to cook for nine people on Saturday — my mind can’t stop going over something our prime-minister said. Yesterday, in an interview for ‘Hour of Power’ (the interview starts about 33 minutes in), he said

Omdat je zonder het geloof ook niet kunt functioneren.

Without faith, you can’t function. According to the prime-minster, roughly half (if not more) of The Netherlands cannot function. Given the context, there is no room for discussion that he might have meant it in a broader sense: he says that you can’t function if you don’t have faith (in the same things he has faith in).

Lately, I’ve become increasingly annoyed by the way the religious politicians want to impose their beliefs on the rest of the country. If the prime-minister does not go down on his bare knees and begs the whole country for forgiveness for this fine example of how not to behave in a nation-wide discussion about morals and values, as far as I’m concerned, he can just resign.

Random thoughts (2008-02-15)

  • Trying to install Ubuntu on an old Sony Vaio might just drive me to insanity #
  • after multiple (probably external CD-rom related) failures, trying again with xubuntu … if this does not work, I’m giving up #
  • Wat is nog irritanter dan de KPN-"goedemoggel" TV reclame? Juist: de radio versie. Of de mensen die het nu nog steeds leuk vinden. #
  • xubuntu can go to hell too as far as I’m concerned. If any you technical guys reading this know how to fix it: you got my number. #
  • Holy cow, I think he’s gonna make it! #
  • @Cyhwuhx Crashed again in sight of the harbour. Something about lives being lemons, wanting a refund and all that. #
  • w00t! posting using xubuntu on an some old, overheated laptop. bring on the beer. #

Meme time: Random ten

It’s simple: load all your music in your favorite player, shuffle/randomize, and post the first ten tracks that come up.

  • Queensrÿche – I Don’t Believe In Love
  • Winter Rose – I’ll Never Fall In Love Again
  • Black Sabbath – Evil Woman (Don’t Play Your Games With Me) [mp3]
  • Keane – We Might As Well Be Strangers
  • Lana Lane – Love Is An Illusion
  • Dusty Springfield – Anyone Who Had a Heart [mp3]
  • Daniël Lohues – Allenig
  • Bon Jovi – This Ain’t a Love Song
  • Manic Street Preachers – You Stole The Sun From My Heart
  • Phil Collins – You Can’t Hurry Love [mp3]