archive for 2008

successful [integration]

Sunday, December 21st, 2008

Warung Asje a Javanese Surinamese take-out restaurant on Jan Pieter Heije Straat in Amsterdam-west that i have been frequenting for more than 10 years has finally adapted to dutch customs! after more than 10 years of offering roti, nasi or bami dishes they now also offer patat on the side: sign reading ‘Nu ook alle […]

i am freezing my head off

Saturday, December 13th, 2008

it is cold outside and there was a little bit of a misunderstanding about the meaning of number 2 with the hairdresser: Technorati Tags: amsterdam, fashion

Computer Science is the Science of the Future [more pics from cuba]

Sunday, December 7th, 2008

so i finally finished uploading my pictures from cuba to flickr [see here and here]. among them is one more series that deserves special attention. it consists of a number of photos of an abandonened boarding school building that we found along the road from Bayamo to Las Tunas in eastern Cuba. The soviet-style prefabricated […]

cuban recycling art: beautiful self made race-carts

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

cubans are probably the global kings of recycling [not in our spoiled western meaning of the word though, they will happily leave their sandwich wrappers and cigarette boxes lying next to a natural pond in the middle of a national park]. it appears that they can prolong the active life of pretty much any vehicle […]

big brother in Havana

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

spend the last two weeks on vacation (and totally off-line) in Cuba and have begun uploading pictures to flickr. will try to give a bit of context to some of the pictures here in the next couple of days… The fact that cuba is one of the last remaining ‘communist’ one party states becomes immediately […]

arabic m (Ù…)

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

so the dutch have this tradition of giving each other big chocolate letters with their initials for for sinterklaas. both the celebration of sinterklaas and these chocolate letters are fairly important elements of dutch national identity. as i have mentioned here before last years el hema exhibition by mediamatic did a fairly good job at […]

thinking in times of social hypochondria

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

finally finished reading ‘Denken in een tijd van sociale hypochondrie‘ (‘thinking in times of social hypochondria’) by the dutch sociologist Willem Schinkel a couple of weeks ago. By the standards of dutch sociologists, Schinkel is fairly young (31) and relatively famous (he was one of the 6 summer guests appearing on VPRO’s zomergasten in 2008 […]

rain vs. the border (long live the rain!)

Sunday, October 26th, 2008

A storm washed away part of a wall designed to keep out illegal immigrants crossing into Spain’s North African enclave of Melilla on Sunday and heavy rains flooded many of the city’s streets. [via reuters] update from bbc news [27/10/2008]: As many as 30 African migrants have taken advantage of flood damage to cross into […]

deportation airlines

Saturday, October 18th, 2008

deportee boarding a ICE air flight to Guatemala city at Mesa, AZ airport. (photo Michael Schennum/Wall Street Journal) so we have had the deportation class and the deportation alliance but we never really had a proper deportation airline. Seems they have one in the US (land of the free?) though: The Wall Street Journal has […]

‘terrorist’ watch list… (weekend reading list)

Saturday, October 18th, 2008

so the Atlantic has another well written article (‘The Things He Carried‘ by Jeffrey Goldberg) that shows the absurdity of the security theater that we endure at the airports (note: that the situation in europe is a bit different, as they do check your boarding pass against ID at the boarding gate), which among other […]