Liou's quiet little life...or is it?

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Zita Swoon

Yesterday I saw a concert of Zita Swoon in Paradiso, Amsterdam. Very, very nice indeed! I knew them from one song regularly played at kinkfm, "Thinking about you all the time". But actually this track is not representative at all. Actually, it would be an impossible task defining any song as representative for this group. I had listened to a couple of their albums in wake of the concert, and still had no idea what to expect! Just read how they define themselves on their website:

"Their music, on record as well as on stage, is a journey through a long tradition of popular music. On this road they have encountered folk and blues, even seeking their way to eighties disco, making leaps between past and future, no real regularity kept in mind…"

Anyway, I still can not define the music well, but I think that's a good thing, if the music is good. The concert started out slowly, but then the band got really heated up, as well as the audience! One of the best shows I have ever seen, to be frank. Great drums & percussions, an occasional violin and harmonica, three beautiful(ly singing) background ladies, and a amazing melting pot of various genres!

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Still waiting for Japan

I am still exchanging emails with the AIESEC-contact person in Japan. In the last email I asked whether I could talk to the company's boss, and I am still waiting for that answer. In the meantime I have been offered a job by my professor Gerrit, but that would be for 6 to 9 months in my university. But I would really like to leave to Japan and try something else.

That last e-mail was pretty cryptic! Japanese (and Asian in general) are known for their somewhat strange use of English.

Now they made a masticating robot to test how cookies crumble!

Friday, March 04, 2005

DJ Remote Control

Here is a cool link to a new device HP is developping, called the DJammer. It is a handheld device meant to replace the conventional vinyl turntables, and apparently allows scratching by moving your hand in the air.

Here is a video explaining it.

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Getting snowy in Amsterdam

This is the first winter's day with real snow here in Holland. And when it comes, it comes in abundance: at least 8 cm. At least for here, I don't know what you guys are used to... It makes walking and using the bicycle less safe, but it offers great cityscapes, as you can tell from my pictures.

I went to the internship office today, and we decided to go for one of the internships offered in Japan. It really seems ideal: it's in the country where I want to be now, and it has to do with interfaces for visually handicapped people. So it is directly relevant to my study, human-computer interaction. The other option consists of proofreading english contracts and also making a website, but sounds much less attractive.

Hopefully they will still be interested, and I can go in Japan in two months. Strange, I haven't been here even a year, but I really feel like I should go now. If I find a decent job here in Europe (and girlfriend, house, etc.), it will be much more difficult. But I'm sure I will enjoy my stay, even though I would like to stay longer than two years there...