Archive for the ‘Misc’ Category

Elf Fantasy Fair

September 23, 2010

To be honest with you I did not know what to expect when I was invited to go to EFF, or the elf fantasy fair here in the Netherlands. The name of the fair pretty much tells you enough about what kind of event it was. It was, in essence a lot of nerds dressing up. I’ll have to be honest with you I did not recognize a great deal of the costumes here though we did meet famous figures as Peter Pan and Edward Scissorhands.(Pictured below) Something else that struck me was the effort some people had put into their costumes. Granted not everyone had costumes but those that did, for the most part, were really extravagant. Plenty of big puffy dresses, some form of body paint and make up and interesting accessories.

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“Adventure” to Rotterdam Airport

September 4, 2010

I was talking to a good friend of mine over the summer vacation that I had not seen for a little while and we were discussing where to meet up and what to do. We both went to school in Rotterdam for several years so we were well accustomed to all the shops and most of everything in central Rotterdam that did not cost you an arm and a leg (or a student an arm and a leg in this case) What to do now then was the central question. As a bit of a joke I opened google earth and remarked, much to my own surprise, that Rotterdam airport was actually very close.  Thinking the airport was still to far to walk I decided to have a little fun with my friend and suggest we go to the airport and see the planes take off and land. Somehow or another however the next day we set off to Rotterdam airport.

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Tour de France – Rotterdam

July 5, 2010

Just a few months after seeing the Giro d’Italia coming by my apartment comes another much bigger bike race, the Tour de France. As my dad has always been interested in the Tour I am relatively familiar with it and a few of the big name riders, a few of which I saw in Middelburg. There were tour related events happening from the 1-4 of July though the two biggest days were easily the 3rd and the 4th. On the 3rd of July there was the prologue, which was a time trail and on the 4th was the 1st stage.

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Giro d’Italia Middelburg

May 10, 2010

Unfortunately I’m nearing the end of the semester which means papers, exams and presentations galore. This  meant that i had to miss many of the festivities in Middelburg and i would have liked to have presented a more complete picture of the Giro in Middelburg. None the less right after class i raced to the first section of the course which wasn’t full with people and waited for the bikers to come. Luckily i had a pretty decent location (by that i mean it wasn’t too busy)  considering the amount of time i could spend waiting. The Giro apparently pulled in 75,000 spectators which is quite significant considering Middelburg itself only has about 35,000 inhabitants.

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Greenpeace Protesting in Middelburg

March 13, 2010

Today i came out of my statistics class in university and found Greenpeace protesting on Middelburgs old stadhuis(city hall) They essentially climbed on the building hung up a banner and sit there. At the same time there are plenty of volunteers handing out flyers and telling people what is going on. Essentially they were trying to inform people of the plans for a new nuclear power station that is reportedly 5x larger than another nuclear power plant located nearby. It was planed not only to bring attention to the power plant but to inform every one of the political party’s that do not support the building of a new power plant. As you can see the scale of the event was not particularly big nor was there any upset of any kind. The police let them be and besides a few people who stopped to look at what was going on and to ask a few questions.

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Home made Lightbox

July 3, 2009

I was browsing Strobist, an off camera flash photography blog, the other day when i saw an article about a DIY Macro studio. link It advertised Building a lightbox for under $10. Which roughly convertes to under 6 euros. A lightbox, lightent or Macro Studio, is essentially a container of sorts where you place your subject, depending on the size of the box your subject size will vary but generally these boxes are reserved for smaller sized objects. In otherwords you wont be taking pictures in of your car in one of these anytime soon. (more…)

Hey isnt that Geert Wilders? (Dutch Politician)

June 13, 2009

This happened to me the other day. I was walking on a shopping street in Rotterdam with a friend when we look to our left where we see a group of perhaps 20 people. 2 of these people where holding massive video cameras a few more had microphones, it looked like some of the people from there where with the press, then you had about 3 or more bodyguards and in the center of all this mess was a tall middle aged blond haired guy. (more…)