Links van 7 april 2014 tot 10 april 2014

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Giving Away Our Recommendation Engine for Free | Mortar Blog | Data Science at Scale
What’s better than a recommendation engine that’s free? A recommendation engine that is both awesome and free. Today, we’re announcing General Availability for the Mortar Recommendation Engine. Designed by Mortar’s engineers and top data science advisors, it produces personalized recommendations at scale for companies like MTV, Comedy Central, StubHub, and the Associated Press. Today, we’re giving it away for free, and it is awesome.

Introducing PredictionIO ✩ Mozilla Hacks – the Web developer blog
PredictionIO is an open source machine learning server for software developers to create predictive features, such as personalization, recommendation and content discovery. Building a production-grade engine to predict users’ preferences and personalize content for them used to be time-consuming. Not anymore with PredictionIO’s latest v0.7 release.

Kabinet: Nederland heeft per direct downloadverbod – IT Pro – Nieuws – Tweakers
Het is in Nederland per direct verboden om auteursrechtelijk beschermd materiaal te downloaden uit illegale bron, bijvoorbeeld via torrentsites en nieuwsgroepen. Dat stelt het kabinet in een reactie op een uitspraak van het EU-hof.

Jim’s Blog: Six programming paradigms that will change how you think about coding
Every now and then, I stumble across a programming language that does something so different that it changes how I think about coding. In this post, I want to share some of my favorite finds.

Valeria Lukyanova, the Human Barbie Doll
I realize that just like everyone reading about Human Barbie, I had had a simple narrative prepared in my head: A small-town girl grows up obsessed with dolls, etc. Instead, I get a racist space alien.

Storms and Teacups — Acko.net
sexual dimorphism doesn't imply patriarchy, any more than evolution implies social darwinism

How to Fold a Julia Fractal — Acko.net
Dit zou verplicht op elke school moeten getoond worden — "For every mathematical concept that we have a built-in intuition for, there are countless more we can't picture easily. That's the curse of mathematics, yet at the same time, also its charm."

Halide
Halide is a new programming language designed to make it easier to write high-performance image processing code on modern machines. Its current front end is embedded in C++. Compiler targets include x86/SSE, ARM v7/NEON, CUDA, Native Client, and OpenCL.

Links van 21 januari 2014 tot 29 januari 2014

woensdag 29 januari 2014 in Links. Permanente link | Eén reactie

Post mortem – Thanks & lessons learned | Notes from the trenches
Lessons learned – Don’t operate in a market where a single player can arbitrarily decide to kill you. Especially don’t work in a market that’s controlled by an entity that explicitly refuses to communicate with you (or anyone else) or to explain their guidelines.

The Best “Entry Level” Science Fiction Books to Convert Your Friends
A lot of the greatest science fiction and fantasy books are not for newbies. They can be daunting for new readers, because they assume you've already read a lot of science fiction and fantasy. But what are the best "entry level" science fiction and fantasy books? We asked some top editors and writers, and here are their picks.

Applying Artificial Intelligence to Nintendo Tetris
In this article, I explore the deceptively simple mechanics of Nintendo Tetris.

Twitter’s Future Can Be Seen in China — Irvingside
It will be interesting to see how Twitter creates its unique ecommerce platform, but for now we can turn to China's messaging giant WeChat to predict the San Francisco-based company's future. WeChat began as a messaging service like many of its rivals Line and WhatsApp, but has recently embraced financial transactions. WeChat's users can make payments to McDonald's through the app. After the transaction is finished, WeChat provides a QR code from McDonald's for users to redeem. Last November, WeChat partnered with Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi to sell the company's flagship phone, the Mi-3. In less than 10 minutes, 150,000 units of the device were sold on WeChat. Although WeChat's impressive user base of 500 million and counting far surpasses that of Twitter, one can still expect Twitter to experience similar results from ecommerce.

Computer Associates promo video – YouTube
Machtig! "We make the software that makes the world go around!"

Doe uzelf keer de duvel aan

dinsdag 15 mei 2012 in Sonstiges. Permanente link | 4 reacties

Ik heb gisteren te hard in mijn oor gekoterd. Geen angst: niet in mijn trommelvlies gezeten of zo, geen gehoorschade, geen bloed. 

Maar wel: gelijk dat heel mijn hoofd aan de rechterkant een blauwe plek is. Ai. Ai. Ai. 

Miljaaarrrrrr dat doet pijn! En slim dat dat is, ja. Grmbl.

Links van 19 april 2012 tot 22 april 2012

maandag 23 april 2012 in Links. Permanente link | Geen reacties

IBNIZ
IBNIZ is a virtual machine designed for extremely compact low-level audiovisual programs. The leading design goal is usefulness as a platform for demoscene productions, glitch art and similar projects. Mainsteam software engineering aspects are considered totally irrelevant. IBNIZ stands for Ideally Bare Numeric Impression giZmo. The name also refers to Gottfried Leibniz, the 17th-century polymath who, among all, invented binary arithmetic, built the first four-operation calculating machine, and believed that the world was designed with the principle that a minimal set of rules should yield a maximal diversity.

Fringe. Division. | MetaFilter
There are three episodes left for season four (teaser for 4×20, "Worlds Apart") and if Fox doesn't give Fringe a possible thirteen-episode fifth-season renewal, they have shot two different endings for season four.

Games Criticism is OK » Medium Difficulty
It seems that games and the people who play them are growing up at the same time. While there is still a seedy, immature underbelly of niche gaming (one that reveals itself in incidents like the inflammatory hailstorm of verbal abuse against Bioware writer Jennifer Hepler), there is also every indication that there is a generation of “gamers” who are able to examine, and understand, the medium that they love. There is no doubt IGN will still throw cringe-inducing taglines into their RSS, and that mainstream videogame news coverage (FOX News, etc) will demonize video games in order to drive ratings. These monolithic structures are, at this point, as inevitable as they are unfortunate. However, something exciting has happened in their shadow; out of the dankness of that ground a generation of darn good writers has taken root and started to grow.

Games Don’t Need Citizen Kane, They Need Roger Ebert » Medium Difficulty
There’s been a lot of talk as to when video games are going to have “the Citizen Kane of videogames,” some sort of overwhelming magnum opus that makes non-gamers respect the medium. I have a more pressing and reasonable goal – when will we get our “Roger Ebert” of video game criticism? As Dave Thier recently put it, the people who write game reviews seem to be less “game critics” than they are “game enthusiasts.” They love games, and they want games to be great. They’re exceptionally optimistic about the future of video games. They’re eagerly anticipating the day that video games are the predominant form of media, eclipsing television and movies.

Rock-Paper-Scissors: You vs. the Computer – NYTimes.com
Computers mimic human reasoning by building on simple rules and statistical averages. Test your strategy against the computer in this rock-paper-scissors game illustrating basic artificial intelligence. Choose from two different modes: novice, where the computer learns to play from scratch, and veteran, where the computer pits over 200,000 rounds of previous experience against you.

Links van 12 november 2011 tot 5 december 2011

maandag 5 december 2011 in Links. Permanente link | 3 reacties

Arcade Improv: Humans Pretending to Be Videogames – Waxy.org
Instantly, Mike and Jerry understood, along with everyone in the audience born before 1978.

Catherine Young & Family, Page One
A family working in the Tifton (Ga.) Cotton Mill. Mrs. A.J. Young works in mill and at home. Nell (oldest girl) alternates in mill with mother. Mammy (next girl) runs 2 sides. Mary (next) runs 1 1/2 sides. Elic (oldest boy) works regularly. Eddie (next girl) helps in mill, sticks on bobbins. Four smallest children not working yet. The mother said she earns $4.50 a week and all the children earn $4.50 a week. Husband died and left her with 11 children. 2 of them went off and got married. The family left the farm 2 years ago to work in the mill. January 22, 1909. Location: Tifton, Georgia. Photo by Lewis Hine.

Sass – Syntactically Awesome Stylesheets
Sass makes CSS fun again. Sass is an extension of CSS3, adding nested rules, variables, mixins, selector inheritance, and more. It’s translated to well-formatted, standard CSS using the command line tool or a web-framework plugin.

Memoires of a Heroinhead
It was over a year that I had been in France. I had gotten clean and then gotten dirty again. So it was good news one day when my mother phoned.

“Shane, there's a little surprise coming over your way! That fucking Irish John has just been around here, bought me two rocks of white and left twenty five quid to get you three of choice and post over. And you ya little bastard, you never told me he 'ad AIDS! An I've been sharing my fuckin' crackpipe with 'im!”

SFE: Science Fiction Encyclopedia
Welcome to the beta text of the third edition of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction. Some sample entries are below. Alternatively, you can browse the Encyclopedia through the search box above or the categories in the grey bar above.

Paris Review – The Grand Map, Avi Steinberg
“And then came the grandest idea of all! We actually made a map of the country, on the scale of a mile to the mile!”
“Have you used it much?” I enquired.
“It has never been spread out, yet,” said Mein Herr. “The farmers objected: they said it would cover the whole country, and shut out the sunlight! So we now use the country itself, as its own map, and I assure you it does nearly as well.”

Final report of the commercial starship Nostromo, third officer reporting. | MetaFilter
The Nostromo model from the first Alien movie sat outside in the rain for over two decades before it was bought by The Prop Store in 2007. They sent it to Grant McCune Design to restore it to its previous glory.

GROGNARDIA: Retrospective: Barbarian Prince
If you're the least bit curious about Barbarian Prince, you can download a legal copy for free here.

Nate Hallinan Portfolio
The Smurf is actually the result of a symbiotic relationship
between two organisms. We believe that Smurfs put their
'embryos' in the button of a developing mushroom. From a
distance, Smurfs seem like they are wearing a hat and pants
but as you can see this is a fallacy. The fungus provides
camouflage and protective epidermal layers for the creature,
while the creature provides nutrients and mobility for the
spreading of spores.

Research:Wikimedia Summer of Research 2011/Summary of Findings – Meta
This is the summary of findings from the Wikimedia Foundation Summer of Research, a program in the Foundation's Community Department which brought together eight academic researchers from around the globe to study the dynamics of the Wikipedia editing community.

How Star Wars Should Have Ended: Reflections on Taste, The Expanded Universe & Radical Politics « Human Iterations
Basically a totalitarian Empire makes sense, a rotting and unsustainable Republic makes sense, a teemingly complex anarchic and increasingly more nomadic post-collapse culture also makes sense.  But a more or less decent galactic-sized democracy instantly formed and accepted out of the goodness of all the Rebel’s hearts?  Totally unbelievable.  And basically a stubborn Liberal lack of imagination.

Main § Digital Atlas of Roman and Medieval Civilization
The Digital Atlas of Roman and Medieval Civilization (DARMC) makes freely available on the internet the best available materials for a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) approach to mapping and spatial analysis of the Roman and medieval worlds. DARMC allows innovative spatial and temporal analyses of all aspects of the civilizations of western Eurasia in the first 1500 years of our era, as well as the generation of original maps illustrating differing aspects of ancient and medieval civilization.

Hugo Blogging – Connie Willis May Be The Worst Writer In Existence « Sci-Ence! Justice Leak!
"I have now discovered a way to produce a masterpiece. Just read Blackout/All Clear by Connie Willis, do the exact opposite of what she does, and you will have the greatest work in the history of English literature." (Come come now – surely it can't be much worse than Dan Brown?)

The sad, sad demise of Greenpeace | COSMOS magazine
GREENPEACE WAS ONCE a friend of science, helping bring attention to important but ignored environmental research. These days, it’s a ratbag rabble of intellectual cowards intent on peddling an agenda, whatever the scientific evidence.

The 1140px Grid · Fluid down to mobile
The 1140 grid fits perfectly into a 1280 monitor. On smaller monitors it becomes fluid and adapts to the width of the browser.

A cherry picking tale, and an update on spinal manipulation science « Alternative Medicine « Health « Skeptic North
Spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) has long enjoyed a solid reputation for the treatment of so-called “mechanical” low back pain, and is widely used by physical therapists as well as chiropractors. Even skeptics tend to give it a pass, regarding it as the one thing chiropractors offer that we don’t really have a complaint with, much the way we used to think maybe acupuncture had something going for it, until better evidence crushed our optimism. For instance, just recently Dr. David Gorski — as tough-minded a quackery critic as they come — casually mentioned that “no one argues that … manipulative therapies can’t help back pain.” Actually, skeptics who’ve been following the SMT science are now arguing exactly that.

Historical Meet-Ups –   Samuel Beckett Playwright, novelist, and Nobel…
Wow.

The price of ebooks - oxylogos.com
Think the book industry learned from the mistakes the music and film industry made?

Guess again.

They are quickly heading to the top of the charts of sheer stupidity. And what they don't realise is that, unlike the movie industry and—though to a somewhat lesser extent— the music industry, they have even less of a legitimate ‘raison d'être’ than their counterparts in those industries.

Gigawatt {The Illuminated Mixtapes}
Gelijk een statische versie van http://musichunterapp.com/ en door echte mensen gedaan.

Villa La Vigie – Koksijde – Bezoeker
Na de oorlog werden de twee bunkers ontdaan van alle uitrusting en rails. De twee bouwwerken fungeerden een tijdje als toeristische bezienswaardigheid. Begin de jaren '20 werd één van de bunkers afgebroken. Rond 1923 kreeg aannemer Remi Rys uit Koksijde de opdracht om boven de resterende bunker een villa te bouwen en de bestaande oorlogsconstructie te integreren in het nieuwe project.

Lernert & Sander: Natural Beauty – NOWNESS
Mission Statement: We wanted to apply 365 layers of makeup in one day to see how much is needed to go from a natural look to an outrageous one.

A celebration of the writing and art of Mervyn Peake | Books | The Guardian
Mervyn Peake, creator of Gormenghast, is now recognised as a brilliant novelist and artist. Michael Moorcock, China Miéville, Hilary Spurling and AL Kennedy celebrate his achievements

Extinguishing and Understand Barking Dog Behavior
If your dog barks and you yell at him to shut up, you are reinforcing the barking.

Top 5 Ways to Build a WordPress Site that’s Easy for Your Clients
Here are our top 5 tips for simplifying the WordPress back end so that your clients will find it much easier to use, and you will find it much easier to teach them how to use it!

Restoring a Photograph from the 1870sTop Dog Imaging
"From here, I began the laborious process of restoration, which involved a prodigious amount of retouching. The process took about four hours." Of hoe een mens een uitgebreide post kan schrijven met veel beeldjes erbij, en op Kottke vermeld worden en alles — met rotslecht werk.

Dissecting an Episode of MythBusters
27% of the time is spent watching advertising.

Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking
"The most important book in the culinary arts since Escoffier" — Modernist Cuisine is a six-volume, 2,438-page set that is des­tined to rein­vent cook­ing. The lav­ishly illus­trated books use thou­sands of orig­i­nal images to make the sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy clear and engaging.

How Apple re-cut Final Cut Pro for the better | Video | Creative Notes | Macworld
It's not dumbing down, it's targeting

Jennifer Pournelle’s The Mote in God’s Eye sequel actually looks interesting | Wis[s]e Words
Intriguing — de dochter van de meneer van Chaos Manor schrijft een vervolg: "Sequels written to well loved science fiction classics by the children of the original writer never turn out right therefore you can safely ignore them. It’s a rule that saved me a lot of frustration, but I think I might break it for Jennifer Pournelle’s Outies, a sequel to her father’s and Larry Niven’s The Mote in God’s Eye. "

Zo, dat zijn veel vissen! :: nrc.nl
Bloody hel. Scary! "Sinds enige tijd hebben Amerikaanse wateren, met name de Mississippi en haar aftakkingen, bezoek van de Aziatische karper. In 2010 begon dat bezoek onaangenaam te worden."

My Opposition – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
After the war many Germans would insist they knew nothing at all about The Holocaust. More recently, Holocaust deniers have questioned the extent, and even the existence of the Holocaust. Friedrich Kellner's diary counters such suggestions.

Fietsherstel Aan Huis | omdat service belangrijk is !
Heeft uw fiets een lekke band, is de verlichting defect, of heeft uw fiets andere gebreken?
U kocht uw fiets in een grootwarenhuis, waar geen herstellingen mogelijk zijn?
U heeft een tandem, bakfiets, elektrische of andere fiets met extreme afmetingen?
Wilt u geen beschadigingen meer aan de kofferbak van de auto?

Dan kunt u gebruik maken van een unieke service: wij komen uw fiets bij u herstellen.

N Korean children begging, army starving: exclusive – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Footage shot inside North Korea and obtained by the ABC has revealed the extent of chronic food shortages and malnutrition inside the secretive state.

History Cookbook – Cookit!
Welcome to the history cookbook. Do you know what the Vikings ate for dinner? What a typical meal of a wealthy family in Roman Britain consisted of, or what food was like in a Victorian Workhouse? Why not drop into history cookbook and find out? This project looks at the food of the past and how this influenced the health of the people living in each time period. You can also try some of the recipes for yourself. We have a wide range of historical recipes from Brown Bread Ice Cream to Gruel (Why not see if you would be asking for more – just like Oliver Twist).

Dear Emma B : Pharyngula
Schoon — The question you can always ask is, "How do you know that?"

Everything You Think You Know About the Collapse of the Soviet Union Is Wrong – By Leon Aron | Foreign Policy
Every revolution is a surprise. Still, the latest Russian Revolution must be counted among the greatest of surprises. In the years leading up to 1991, virtually no Western expert, scholar, official, or politician foresaw the impending collapse of the Soviet Union, and with it one-party dictatorship, the state-owned economy, and the Kremlin's control over its domestic and Eastern European empires. Neither, with one exception, did Soviet dissidents nor, judging by their memoirs, future revolutionaries themselves. When Mikhail Gorbachev became general secretary of the Communist Party in March 1985, none of his contemporaries anticipated a revolutionary crisis. Although there were disagreements over the size and depth of the Soviet system's problems, no one thought them to be life-threatening, at least not anytime soon.

the A.I. is a lie » #AltDevBlogADay
I can tell you right now there is no I in A.I., and nor should there be.

Arrested Westeros
What happens when Game of Thrones meets Arrested Development.

Verdediging Belfortploeg zaterdag 18 juni | Belfort ploeg
Ik zou bijna sympathie krijgen voor Francis Van den Eynde c.s.

Hot Dudes with Kittens from Funny Or Die, Sam Trammell, Romany Malco, Sean Carrigan, Mark Valley, Matt Dallas, Tanc Sade, Matt Lanter, Ryan Eggold, Chad Faust, ellhoof, and Shauna O’Toole
Who doesn't love hot men holding cats and kittens? Oh you don't? Too bad, this one is… for the ladies.

GET LAMP: John Romero Interview : Jason Scott : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive
Romero's path crossed with Infocom's in the late 1980s; while working for a company he co-founded called Ideas From the Deep, he wrote an operating system for the Apple II that was used in the last round of Infocom games: Journey, Shogun, Zork Zero, and Arthur. He didn't get to meet anybody but he was proud of his contribution and offered to be interviewed.

bradley’s almanac – the sims torture test (a mirror site)
I guess people actually play this game to make their little sims happy. I'll admit that i did that for awhile, but to be honest, it just got boring. So of course I reverted to my typical gaming pattern of torturing innocents to death.

Coilhouse » Blog Archive » Resonance: Where Sound Meets Geometry
In this 11-minute clip, a group of over 30 animators and sound artists teamed up to create short pieces between 12 and 20 seconds with the aim to ”explore the relationship between geometry and audio in unique ways.”

YouTube – Prora-Das erste KdF bad
Kraft durch Freude.

CK01 Standard/Honors Chemistry Kit – Home
Droool. Ik zou mijn linkerarm gegeven hebben voor zoiets als ik klein was: "Because chemistry is widely considered to be the most difficult lab course to do well—particularly on a tight budget—we offer the CK01 Standard/Honors Home School Chemistry Laboratory Kit. It provides a comprehensive, rigorous laboratory component for a first-year high school chemistry course, and does so affordably. With the exception of standard household items (such as table salt, sugar, vinegar, aluminum foil, foam cups, and so on) and other minor items that are readily available locally, the kit contains all of the special equipment and chemicals you'll need for a complete chemistry lab course."

Michele Bachmann’s Holy War | Rolling Stone Politics
Bachmann lies because she can't help it, because it's a built-in component of both her genetics and her ideology. She is at once the most entertaining and the most dangerous kind of liar, a turbocharged cross between a born bullshit artist and a religious fanatic, for whom lying to the infidel is a kind of holy duty.

What is International Baccalaureate?
Hierzie, dat ge 't weet: "IBO lumps Christianity … into the category of what it calls "fundamentalism" — along with the Taliban and various terrorist groups, saying that these "fundamentalist" groups are all "dangerous." It would be difficult to imagine a more clear, and repugnant, attack on Christianity." "While IBO undermines Christianity, it also advocates its own religion. IBO promotes the worldview of New Age-Pantheism guru William Butler Yeats … Another New Age leader, Joseph Campbell, is often required reading for IBO students. Like Yeats, Campbell aggressively promotes "inclusive" New Age-Pantheistic doctrines while undermining Christianity."

555blue
Er zijn toch rare mensen in de wereld.

Wikipedia talk:Dispute resolution – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
I REPEAT, I DO NOT KNOW MR. STEVEN ZHANG FROM ADAM, I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR HIM, HE IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ME, but JUST IN CASE HE MAY FEEL HIS PERSONA OR FEELINGS SO DEEPLY HURT BY MY MISTAKE, I BEG HIM FIRST OF ALL NOT TO HURT HIMSELF OR HURT OTHER HUMANS, including me, DUE TO UNDUE AGGRESSVITY POOTENTIALLY ARISEN FROM DEEP DISTRESS, especially if occuring on a VULNERABLE PRE-EXISTING SUBSTRATE, and SECOND of ALL NOT SUE ME, Eugen Craciun aka Rudolph Aspirant, beacuse HE, Mr. Steven Zhang WOULD LITERALLY OBTAIN NOTHING FROM ME, TOTAL PAUPER and INDEBTED TO THE HILT TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA GOVERNMENT, and to BOTH MY OWN MOTHER and MY FATHER.

Talk:Circumflex – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
WHOEVER IS IN CHARGE HERE MUST IMMEDIATELY TRANSMIT THIS URGENT ESSENTIAL ERROR/FEIL TO GOOGLE-TRANSLATE, which I have just noticed myself today, 18, May, 2011, Anoo Domini, which is AN INEXCUSABLE ERROR, without PRECENT in ALL of the history I have used Google-translate for all sorts of purposes and reasons.

Links voor 17 april 2011

maandag 18 april 2011 in Links. Permanente link | Geen reacties

Stellar Alchemy
With this program you can watch a process of simulated Darwinian evolution unfold before your eyes (although the process can take several days of computer time depending on your computer speed and your evolution settings). The user is given control of many of the parameters of the evolution such as the size of the creature population, the mutation rate, the ability for which the creatures will be evolved, and many other settings.

Schmerz

donderdag 21 september 2006 in Sonstiges. Permanente link | Geen reacties

Oeioeioei, de hele dag vergaderd met de grootmoeder aller hoofdpijnen. Prettig vergaderd, daar niet van, maar nu ben ik wel een beetje woozy.

Mijn Outlook wil ook niet mee, ik ga denk ik maar even een oogje dichtgooien. Dutje. En straks achterstallige mail inlopen.

Gezichtsherkenning

woensdag 16 augustus 2006 in Computers en dingen. Permanente link | Eén reactie

Google kondigt aan dat ze Neven Vision gekocht hebben, een outfit die al een tijdje aan de oude AI-droom van computer vision werkt.

Specifiek zijn ze bezig met gezichtsherkenning en objectherkenning. Toepassingen: laat ze los op je hele fotocollectie en je kan bijvoorbeeld automatisch alle foto’s van je ouders opzoeken.

Of zoek je alle foto’s waar stoelen op staan.

Of smijt er al je vakantiefoto’s in, en mits wat samenwerking van het internet en een database als, oh, pakweg Google Maps/Earth kun je aan de hand van bekende gebouwen of bergen en dalen op de achtergrond achterhalen waar de foto genomen werd.

Allemaal goed nieuws en handige bling features in Picasa in het voorzuitzicht dus.

Om het te vieren, hebben ze bij Neven Vision de website uitgewist, hoera!

Neven Vision

 Compare and contrast. I’m just sayin’. :)

Krak

vrijdag 7 juli 2006 in Sonstiges. Permanente link | 3 reacties

Dat zei mijn rug gisteren.

Allez ja, niet letterlijk “krak”, al behoort dat ook tot de mogelijkheden: een catastrofale collaps van mijn ruggengraat, als het titanium dat mijn rug bij elkaar houdt bijvoorbeeld door metaalmoeheid (het gebeurt!) plots zou doorknappen. Dan mogen ze me in het beste geval met een vuilblik bij elkaar rapen voor reparatie, en in het slechtste geval mogen ze me meteen afvoeren. :)

Nee, ‘t was figuurlijk “krak”. Door mijn schuld, door mijn schuld, door mijn grote schuld zegt de ex-kerkganger in mij nu al een dag aan een stuk: de nieuwe trekzetel was toegekomen en de oude stond beneden in de keuken op de natuurstenen vloer. Die oude zetel is zo’n model dat eigenlijk (vermoed ik) bedoeld was om ergens in een interieur vast te vijzen, zonder pootjes heeft maar wel met zo’n soort stalen reling met gaten voor schroeven en bouten onderaan.

Ik dus al meteen in paniek dat als er iemand in zou zitten, dat de vloer meteen helemaal kapot zou geschronst zijn, en dus als de gesmeerde weerlicht naar buiten om van die schuimrubber puzzelstukken voor kinderspeelmatten gegaan om onder de ijzeren relingen te wurmen.

Op mijn eentje de zetel opgeheven en er vier puzzelstukken onder geschoven. En bij de vierde keer opheffen was het prijs: verschot in mijn rug. Te vergelijken met? Wel, alsof men net met ijzerengetipte legerbottinen in uw rug geschopt had, op een blauwe plek die er al zat omdat men hetzelfde de dag ervoor ook al eens gedaan had.

Niet veel zin om daar enorm over te klagen op het moment zelf, mijn madam heeft dan negatief medelijden wegens mijn eigen schuld zijn, maar gedomme: het doet wel enorm vreselijk pijn.

Geschreven al luisterend naar: The Miles Davis Quintet – Relaxin’ with the Miles Davis Quintet – If I Were A Bell

Vriendjes

Zoek

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