Monthly Archives: October 2011


Let me give you the short version first. I just had an awesome weekend, meeting nice people, seeing places I hadn’t been to and watching some quality entertainment. The slightly longer version goes like this: Last thursday I flew to Helsinki and met up with some friends there. Friday we took a train from Helsinki… Read more »

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First Lines: The Hobbit

The Hobbit, or There and Back Again. Or: how the little hobbit Bilbo Baggins of Bag End went on an adventure, became a cunning burglar and found a magical ring that got his nephew in all kinds of trouble. No, this wasn’t the first time I read The Hobbit. It was the first time I… Read more »

First Lines: God No!

There’s two reasons picked up a copy of Penn Jillette’s God No!: 1) I really liked his This I Believe piece from a couple of years ago, and 2) I read the introduction. Both are awesome pieces about atheism / being an atheist. Unfortunately, the book didn’t live up to the introduction. Jillette, a self… Read more »

Seen Live: Anneke, Krause & Tom

Yesterday I went to see Anneke van Giersbergen (ex-the Gathering, mighty fine solo work), Krause (electropop) and multi-instrumentalist Tom Pintens (formerly of Zita Swoon). And Dotan, the main act/other half of the double bill. To start with Dotan, he was alright, I guess. To me, it felt like his brand of pop/rock-singer/songwriter-material lacked an edge…. Read more »

First Lines: The Catcher in the Rye

Holden Caulfield. With his goddamn red hunting cap. He kills me. He really does. But I felt sorry as hell for him too. I really did. Not because he’s just a sixteen year old boy. And not because he’s some kinda phony, complaining about other people being phonies or anything. I’m not saying that. But… Read more »