Category: Personal


Photos from underground: Building Amsterdam’s new subway line.

My work, the University of Amsterdam Mediastudies Department, is located next to the Rokin. The Rokin has been under construction for many years now, in order to build Amsterdam’s new subway line that connects Amsterdam North to Amsterdam South.The project is taking longer than expected, costs millions more than expected which may have led to the media campaign the city of Amsterdam has been running for a few years to engage its citizens with the project. Of course they are running a social media strategy with a YouTube account, a Facebook page and a Twitter account where they show the progress and answer questions but my favorite way to increase engagement is that you can actually visit the worksite underground! Only 50 metres from my work you can walk down two flights of stairs and enter the a secured area that looks over the worksite. Once you’re down there you start to realize how enormous the entire undertaking is of drilling a shaft that is kilometres long and that actually runs underneath a lake, since the Ij is technically not a river! I can recommend everyone to visit the Uitkijkcentrum Rokin.

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Where my username comes from

I have been using the username silvertje for several services and multiple social media platforms for years and people have been asking me where my username comes from. The answer is IRC. When I first came online, somewhere in 1995, I quickly discovered IRC and became an avid user :) In contrast to current social networking sites and social media platforms there was no way to “register” a username on IRC. This meant that you either had to hope no-one else would use the same name, or have a very unique username, or be online all the time and “claim” your username through persistant onlineness. Being on a 14K4 dail-up connection which cost over 5 Dutch Guilders (about 5 dollars) per hour I had a clear disadvantage compared to the American and Finnish IRC users who were able to be online all the time for free through their universities. So every time I used IRC I had to dail-up, get online, get on IRC and hope no one was using my username. The first username I picked was ‘sliver’ (after the Nirvana song) but that one was taken very often. Then I decided on ‘_sliver_’ but that one was also often taken. Then […]

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My online New Year’s resolutions

I won’t bore you with my (already failed) New Year’s resolutions such as going to bed earlier, not checking Twitter when attempting to go to bed, taking more time to cook, exercise more and the other usual suspects, but instead, I will share some of my online resolutions. Blog more often This one is going pretty well so far. For me, personally, it is about not setting the bar so high. A blog post doesn’t necessarily has to deal with my research, or has to be pondered upon for days. Small and quick blog posts are also fine. If I’m considering writing about something and don’t do it within one or two days it will eventually pass. Act immediately and write. My blog is the most beautiful archive I have. Learn how to go offline and focus This one seems to be quite popular as for example described by Nick Denton from the New York Times who wants to learn how to “To Enjoy the View Without Help From an iPhone” in 2012. I just purchased the Freedom and Anti-Social bundle to limit the distractions on my MacBook while writing. While Anti-Social will turn off social parts of the web, such […]

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Foto’s: Bos en Lommer kunstroute #bolok

Mevrouw Mariska Hofman-Gáspár, 101 jaar en al 70 jaar woonachtig op de Admiraal de Ruyterweg, was een van de deelnemers van de Bos en Lommer Kunstroute op 8-9 oktober 2011. Ze exposeerde al eerder in het museum Jan van der Togt in Amstelveen, maar toonde vandaag enkele van haar werken in haar eigen buurt. Tijdens het weekend van de kunstroute opende galerie-koffiebar-winkel 331WEST aan de Admiraal de Ruyterweg 331, een mooie nieuwe aanwinst voor de buurt. Er is heerlijke koffie, gratis wifi, een mooie lange tafel om aan te zitten (werken) en ze verkopen er BoLo merchandise. Vloeistof Enzo zorgde tijdens de opening voor heerlijke cocktails. De gehele Bos en Lommer Kunstroute fotoset staat op Flickr. Links: BoLo-K, de Bos en Lommer Kunstroute website. BoLoBoost blog, het blog om op de hoogte te blijven van Bos en Lommer. The Bookstore Project, organiseren ook evenementen, zoals filmavonden. 331WEST op Facebook.      

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Foto’s: Open Monumentendag Amsterdam 2011, Centrale Markthal

In het kader van de Open Monumentendag Amsterdam 2011 bezocht ik de Centrale Markthal op het terrein van Food Center aan de Jan van Galenstraat. Ik fiets elke dag langs het Food Center en zie dat er op dit moment gewerkt wordt aan herstructurering van het gebied en de restauratie van de Centrale Markthal. Ik was daardoor erg nieuwsgierig hoe het er van binnen uit ziet. De Centrale Markthal is gigantisch en het is dan ook geen wonder dat men nog steeds op zoek is naar een nieuwe bestemming. Het liefst zou ik zien dat de markt hersteld wordt in zijn oude functie, of een nieuwe kunst en cultuur bestemming krijgt, bijvoorbeeld door plaats te bieden aan tijdelijke tentoonstellingen. In verband met de grootte van de hal vereist een culturele bestemming wel creatieve ideeën voor de indeling van de ruimte. Een andere bestemming zou een indoor sporthal voor verschillende sporten kunnen zijn. Ik ben benieuwd wat het wordt, maar ik vrees dat het nog jaren gaat duren voordat ik de nieuwe Centrale Markthal binnen zal kunnen lopen. Meer foto’s op Flickr.

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