Kringloopwinkelen

Kringloopwinkels zijn altijd leuk om even rond te neuzen en om spullen te kopen die iemand anders niet meer nodig had, maar die nog bruikbaar zijn.

De volgende kringloopwinkels heb ik bezocht:

Rotterdam 2015/01/18

Today I had a great day, seeing Marike Jager perform at ‘Kantine Walhalla’ in Rotterdam. The show was amazing, not only Marike’s awesome songs and voice, and Henk Jan Heuvelink’s expressive piano playing, but also because of the addition of a live ‘projectionist’. Visuals were not done simply using an LCD projector, but using real ‘analog’ items on an overhead projector or by actual shadow play. Just like with Audiomachinist’s machines on the ‘Here comes the night’ tour, the additions work very well.

At the show I didn’t take any pictures, but afterwards I took some while walking through the city of Rotterdam. Have a look at the slideshow!

Happy new year!

Happy 2015!
Happy 2015!

And some photos I took with my iPhone 5S at the “Regte Heide”.

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To Act Or Not To Act

Ook in 2014 organiseerde Het Zuidelijk Toneel weer “To Act Or Not To Act”, een project waarin theatermakers in opleiding samen met amateurspelers toneelstukken maken geïnspireerd door een toneelstuk dat in hetzelfde jaar bij HZT speelt. In 2014 fotografeerde ik de generale repetities van “Ook Gij…” door Koen van Hensbergen en “Femme Fatale” door Iris Heusschen.

 

Good company, bad company

Quite often you read about companies or shops doing ‘good’ and ‘bad’ things, like recycling materials or using sweatshops. It’s quite hard to keep track of this. So for myself I decided to make a list of products I care about and what I learn about the companies that sell them. It’s a personal list that will never be complete, but that’s not the goal.

Controlling Philips Hue lamps with a Pebble smartwatch

As far as I know, at this moment there is no direct way to control Philips Hue lamps using a Pebble smartwatch. A workaround is possible though, with the help of a webserver that sends the right commands to the Hue bridge as you visit a specific webpage. Here’s how I did it.

Short demonstration on Youtube

What I used:

The steps as I recall them:

apt-get install curl
curl -s https://getcomposer.org/installer | php
mv composer.phar /usr/local/bin/composer
{        
"require": { "sqmk/phue": "*" }
}

and then running

composer install
<html>
  <head>
    <title>Turn on lamp 1</title>
  </head>
  <body>
     <h1>Lamp 1</h1>

<?php

require_once 'vendor/autoload.php';

$client = new PhueClient('192.168.1.2', 'thisismyhueusername');

try {
    (new PhueCommandPing)->send($client);
} catch (PhueTransportExceptionConnectionException $e) {
    echo 'There was a problem accessing the bridge';
}

// Manually send command to get light by id
$light = $client->sendCommand(
    new PhueCommandGetLightById(1)
);
echo $light->getName(), "n";
$light->setOn(true);
// Setting brightness (0 for no light, 255 for max brightness)
$light->setBrightness(255);
// Set color temp (153 min, 500 max), changes color mode to 'ct'
$light->setColorTemp(400);

?>

  </body>
</html>

To see what you can do with Phue, check https://github.com/sqmk/Phue and the Hue developers information at http://developers.meethue.com/

 

The accident

On July 7th, 2013 I was photographing the FIA GT Series race at Circuit Park Zandvoort, when the number 14 Audi R8 LMS Ultra of Portuguese driver César Campaniço had a problem braking for the Tarzan corner and smashed right into the guardrail behind which I was crouching. The car bounced back, spinning across the track and ended up badly damaged in the gravel on the outside of the corner. Luckily no other cars were hit and the driver walked away from the car on his own.

I wasn’t so lucky myself. When the car hit the guardrail, it flexed just enough to send me flying. I ended up on the grass a few meters away, noticed I couldn’t stand up and waved for the marshalls. Right away help came, and being at a circuit the medical staff was very quick to arrive as well. I had a neck brace put on and was taken to the circuit’s medical room. Another ambulance brought me to hospital for surgery. I have had surgery to the knee and hip again at another hospital. Recovery will take months but luckily my other leg and upper body are fine. For those who don’t know, I was not a spectator but an accredited photographer and it was a relatively safe spot but anything can happen in motorsports with ‘only’ a barrier inbetween you and a fast car.

There’s plenty of news articles and YouTube clips if you want to see the crash and me flying. Needless to say I won’t be leaving home a lot in the coming months…

update 2013/11/03: I can now walk with crutches and stand on two feet, which is a relief. Still a long way to go for full recovery, but getting better in little steps…

update 2016/01/09: A lot has changed since the last update, I can walk, ride my bicycle, climb and go down stairs without aids. I’m working full-time again. I still have ‘drop foot’ but I’m not afraid of tripping. Still need physiotherapy twice a week and can’t go running but I pretty much lead a normal life again 🙂

Bavaria City Racing Dublin 2012

I was lucky enough to be invited to go to Dublin for the Bavaria City Race and take pictures for Dutch web site FOK!

See the reports: http://sport.fok.nl/special/546136/1/1/100/foto-s-bavaria-city-racing-dublin-deel-1.html and http://sport.fok.nl/special/546245/1/1/100/foto-s-bavaria-city-racing-dublin-deel-2.html

BNN That’s Live

From time to time I go to Hilversum to photograph for the excellent 3FM radio show That’s Live. Here’s the current list of BNN That’s Live episodes where I was the photographer:

New photos for FOK!: Milow

The day after Paaspop in Schijndel, I went to see Belgian singer-songwriter Milow at the Effenaar in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. You can find the Milow photospecial on FOK! and on Milow’s own website