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2015-09-22 [E] [D]
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2015-09-13 [E] [D]
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It is hard to represent our spherical world on flat piece of paper. Cartographers use something called a "projection" to morph the globe into 2D map. The most popular of these is the Mercator projection.

Every map projection introduces distortion, and each has its own set of problems. One of the most common criticisms of the Mercator map is that it exaggerates the size of countries nearer the poles (US, Russia, Europe), while downplaying the size of those near the equator (the African Continent). On the Mercator projection Greenland appears to be roughly the same size as Africa. In reality, Greenland is 0.8 million sq. miles and Africa is 11.6 million sq. miles, nearly 14 and a half times larger. http://thetruesize.com/

http://thetruesize.com/ allows one to drag countries around. Like this one can compare them more easily.

Russia does not seem so dauntingly large anymore like this (about the size of Northern Africa!), and Belgium stays very small, regardless where you place it :)

2015-08-24 [E] [D]
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After attempting to extract annotations from my Sony PRS-350 a long time ago, and finding only a very strange format, I decided to not pursue it further (especially as the Internet didn't have any clue about it neither).

Now that I have acquired a new ereader, the kobo aura, I thought I'd visit this topic again, but with my new toy.

My main reason to do this is that I often highlight words in ebooks for lookup. It would be great to extract them so I can have them offline for later reference and practice.

For the Kobo Aura this proves to be a breeze. Thus I made a bash script that will do all of this at once for all books for which there are annotations, and output a HTML table containing the definitions.

Download it from: translate_kobo_annots.sh (6 KiB, modified on 30 December 2015, MD5 86534491a86304faa566ce573a5b6da5) and run translate_kobo_annots.sh html -d ./dict/ (with your Kobo connected) to create an HTML file.

The read more link shows some more details, and contains a listing of the file.

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2015-08-13 [E] [D]
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At night, everything is silent.

If you then play some music on an Android device during these hours without headphones, the minimum volume can still be too loud. I tried using XVolume, which didn't work on my tablet.

A solution that worked for me 1 was the DSP Manager & Equalizer Free app (it has sane permission requirements :))

One can just lower the volume of all frequencies to have a general lower volume!

2015-08-08 [E] [D]
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Two weeks ago, I heard this beautiful song in a bar, and asked the bar tender what song it was. He replied with the artist and title, but it sounded very unfamiliar and I would have forgotten it, if weren't for his saying that it was also used as the soundtrack for Tom Barman's Any Way the Wind Blows, which allowed me to track the song back to Donald Byrd's Cristo Redentor on the 1963 A New Perspective album.

The song itself is composed by Duke Pearson, who also sided with Grant Green on Idle Moments (Pearson later commented that the song was inspired by a trip he took to Brazil while touring)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mAzX65ChVT8

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2015-08-05 [E] [D]
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A foot guard passes out as Queen Elizabeth II rides past during Trooping the Color 1 2 (June 1970)

  1. Trooping the Colour is an annual ceremony on a Saturday close to the 10th of June, in honor of the official birthday of the monarch of the United Kingdom. Military gardes pay tribute to the king or queen by showing the flag and marching.
  2. Credit: Gamma-Keystone
2015-08-03 [E] [D]
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I got a bit frustrated by the static site concept, and its time consuming process which impacted my desire to edit and create content. So, after looking for a long time for a suitable successor, I decided to just write one myself, not finding one who did exactly what I wanted. And en passant, I updated the visuals to a much more minimalistic approach.

It has nothing fancy in particular, but a lot of features that are useful. I might expand this post, or move it to a project page and create a real project out of it.

There probably are still some hiccups, but they will get fixed along the route. And I think this will be the last time changing sites :)

Trying to manage tasks more efficiently, I created a new project that reads todo.txt files, but with the added benefit of supporting dependencies! Read more about it on the project's page

2015-06-23 [E] [D]
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Mongolia, a rugged land where traditions of the past are still practiced today by enduring and hardy nomads who conquer the vast steppes and deserts.

A couple of years ago I went to the Naadam, a Mongolian traditional festival, in Antwerp and was quite fascinated by the Mongolian throat singers. Since then the idea of visiting this special country had been in the back of my mind. Then some friends joined in on the idea, and after some discussion we decided that organizing it ourselves would take too much effort, and we went to joker and asked them to do it all for us.


Itinerary (click for more detail)

The trip is split into three parts

Read on, for some more information on Mongolia or click on one of the above links for the adventures! read more...

2015-06-22 [E] [D]
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Richard Feynman

"What Do You Care What Other People Think?": Further Adventures of a Curious Character (1988)

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