Monday, 02. February 2009

It's Time to Stop Blogging

Hello everyone, sorry it's taken me a while to come over here with this: I have decided to end this blog, after doing around 6000 postings over about 4 years. So I owe you an explanation.

There was a time when I couldn't even imagine not being a blogger. My identity as such has been both something that distinguishes me in the eyes of real world friends and family and also something that has given me friends and family whom I've never met in person.

All things have life cycles - blogging doesn't need me anymore. It'll go on just as well, maybe even better, with some new space opened up for some new things. But more important to me, there will be new space for me. Blogging not only takes a lot of time (which I don't begrudge it, I love writing) but it also limits what I can do. So I have decided to move onto other activities. Or maybe I remembered how to be a poet in the real world.


Understand that our time on this planet is very limited and there are so many interesting things in life. You must choose how to spend the time that is given you, and if the majority of it is spent blogging, you really need to reconsider that choice.

I was among the "A-List" bloggers and I enjoyed what weblogs have to offer, but I don't use weblogs as my sole source of knowledge and self-affirmation. Always remember that the "blogosphere" is an echo chamber that can give you a very distorted image of reality if consumed without enough perspective. The vast majority of the online world does not read or write weblogs, and in no way are we smarter or hipper or more interesting or better informed than they are.

Yes folks, it is the end of an era -- or at least, the end of this blog as we know it.
And of course, I'll keep this blog. It will remain available as an archive.
Perhaps I will do some posts in the future of some of my favorite things ... maybe.

So good luck to everyone and I wish you all a good life!

Posted at 02.02.09 @ 15:55 | Category Personal & Private |

Sunday, 14. December 2008

Pearls of the Caribbean - Bayahibe, Hacienda Dominicus Resort

We had a fantastic time, a glorious vacation and the fabulous cruise was perfect! We will definitely go on a cruise again! Maybe next year ...
So enjoy the last video of Bayahibe

Not so famous like Punta Cana and not so crowded like Boca Chica, the La Romana/Bayahibe region in the southeast of Dom Rep still offers beautiful beaches and nice resorts.

For the next 7 days we stayed in Iberostar Hacienda Dominicus, three miles from the fishing village of Bayahibe.

Part 1: The resort area - what a lovely place! This resort offers peace and seclusion. Everything is surrounded by extensive tropical gardens. Fountains spin & fly in just about every corner of the main complex. I loved the tame Flamingos.

Part 2 (start around 05:42): Sports & Fun - over all days, there was a wide variety of land and watersports and other activities.

Part 3 (start around 08:16): At the beach & around - the resort is situated directly on Bayahibe beach. We enjoyed often to grab a cocktail or two from the beach bar. A nice place to sit and watch the world go by.

Part 4 (start around 15:13): Sunset and the beautiful display of sky color that occurred shortly after the sunset. Just one of them ...

On March 27th we had to fly home ... but we definitely left a little piece of our heart in the Caribbean.


Note: It's a 18 min HD video and a pretty large file (300MB+), it takes awhile to load! If the player stops, this could be because the server is overloaded, your Internet connection is slow, and/or overall Internet is slow. You may need to pause it and let the video load a bit more before watching it straight through.

Previous Video: One day at sea and arrival Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
First Video: Aruba & Start of the Cruise

Posted at 14.12.08 @ 10:38 | Category Personal & Private | Travel & Places |

Tuesday, 09. December 2008

Pearls of the Caribbean - Day at Sea & Arrival Santo Domingo

The cruise came to an end. But the adventure continued ... enjoy!

Part 1: March 19th - Final day of the cruise at sea. Some impressions of the ship, some last shopping, a lazy afternoon and a wonderful sunset.

Part 2 (start around 05:42): Arrival at Santo Domigo, Dominican Republic, March 20th at 6.20 am.

Everybody went home - we wanted to stay longer.

Part 3 (start around 08:14): Per Taxi to Bayahibe,
Hacienda Dominicus Resort. Impressions from the drive.


Note: It's a 11 min HD video and a pretty large file (300MB+), it takes awhile to load! If the player stops, this could be because the server is overloaded, your Internet connection is slow, and/or overall Internet is slow. You may need to pause it and let the video load a bit more before watching it straight through.

Upcoming Video: Bayahibe
Previous Video: St. Kitts

Posted at 09.12.08 @ 14:57 | Category Personal & Private | Travel & Places |

Christmas And Holiday Cards For Geeks


The newspaper The Telegraph has a rundown of the funniest seasonal cards for geeks, nerds and webheads: Christmas And Holiday Cards For Geeks

Posted at 09.12.08 @ 14:56 | Category Various & Sundry |

Cute Animal Christmas Song

No commet - *lol*

(via The Presurfer)

Posted at 09.12.08 @ 14:45 | Category Clips & Pics |

New News Stories in Photographs

The recent "acqua alta" (high water) in Venice, Italy reached a depth of 1.56 meters (5 ft, 1 in.) on Monday - the deepest flood in 22 years, and the fourth highest flood level in recent history, claimed Venice's Tide Center. The water began to subside on Tuesday, while residents and tourists made their way through the city, hip-waders or not - one man even took the opportunity to ride his wakeboard through Piazza San Marco (until police stepped in). Although this flood was severe enough for the mayor to ask tourists to temporarily stay home, Venetian floods are fairly routine, several occurring every year, and residents usually take it all in stride.

Venice under Water (25 photos total)


Photographer Mike Hettwer has been kind enough to share with us some of his photographs depicting what remains of the Green Sahara. About 9,000 years ago, a very wet climate prevailed in parts of the Sahara Desert called the Neolithic Subpluvial period. Lasting several thousand years, this Green Sahara was home to many grassland and woodland animals as well as humans. While on an expedition for dinosaur fossils with paleontologist Paul Sereno in Niger in 2000, Hettwer discovered a burial area containing hundreds of skeletons from two distinct cultures, each thousands of years old - the Kiffian and Tenerian.

Green Sahara (17 photos total)


And don't miss the Hubble Space Telescope Advent Calendar 2008


Posted at 09.12.08 @ 14:34 | Category News & Informations | Photography & Pictures |

Tumble Waiter

Move slowly, destroying bulk food blocks (blocks disappear by clicking on them) as you go and you might get the order to the table in one piece. If you have to redo an order the cost of the food will be taken out of your points ... good luck!

Tumble Waiter


Posted at 09.12.08 @ 14:16 | Category Games & Toys |

Critter Carols

Send a pet e-card and let your dog or cat wish your family and friends a happy holiday season! These funny holiday greeting cards from Critter Carols feature your dog or cat singing. Just upload a photo of your pet to a wintry background, choose a holiday song, and let 'em sing, let 'em sing, let 'em sing!

Critter Carols, An ElfYourself For Your Pets!


Posted at 09.12.08 @ 13:52 | Category Various & Sundry |

Ice Hotel

Ten thousand years ago, glaciers carved a riverbed and the Torne River was born. Since then, the crystal-clear, pure water of the Torne River has flowed freely along its 600-kilometer path through Lapland out to the sea in the southeast.

The entire Ice Hotel is on loan from the mighty Torne River and is a place where time stands still. When the spring comes and then finally the summer, the entire creation will once again become part of the rushing rapids coursing toward the sea.

If it is possible to build a hotel of ice in a small village 200km inside the Arctic Circle, which strikes the whole world with amazement, then anything is possible. The story of Ice Hotel is indeed a fairy tale come true.

Sweden's no 1 destination: Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi.


You may also like:
MegaStructures: Ice Hotel
A film by by National Geographic, 2004 - Duration 47 minutes

And don't miss to tune in live art work!

Between the 5th and 20th of December, you can follow the artist Benny Ekman crafting his Art suite "Get bad" in ICEHOTEL. Each day, Benny will switch on the web cam in his suite to share his art project with the whole world. So tune in the Benny cam, and watch ice and snow being chiseled into beautiful art.

To the Benny cam


Posted at 09.12.08 @ 13:42 | Category Travel & Places |

Wednesday, 03. December 2008

Pearls of the Caribbean - St. Kitts

Do you want to know how the cruise continued?
OK - here it comes: St. Kitts!

Part 1: Arrival at Basseterre, March 18th 2008, 8am. It is believed that in 1493, Christopher Columbus was so smitten with this volcanic island that he named it after himself.

Part 2 (start around 02:42): Scenes along the way to the secluded Romney Manor Gardens (short).

Part 3 (start around 03:45): Botanical Gardens and Caribelle Batik at Romney Manor. A must for visitors interested in art, history and gardens.

Part 4 (start around 06:33): 'The Gibraltar of the West Indies' - The Brimstone Hill Fortress. I'm not a history buff, but this is one of the most impressive historic attractions I've ever seen.

Part 5 (start around 07:49): Way back home with a short stop on Timothy Hill on the South East Peninsular.

Part 6 (start around 09:43): Impressions of Basseterre. We were charmed by the island and its inhabitants! Don't miss the funny police woman! We laughed a lot ...

Part 7 (start around 13:25): Back on board as the last rays of the sun touched the sky. We said farewell to St. Kitts at 7pm.


Note: It's a 14 min HD video and a pretty large file (300MB+), it takes awhile to load! If the player stops, this could be because the server is overloaded, your Internet connection is slow, and/or overall Internet is slow. You may need to pause it and let the video load a bit more before watching it straight through.

Upcoming Video: One day at sea and arrival at Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Previous Video: Antigua

Posted at 03.12.08 @ 22:31 | Category Personal & Private | Travel & Places |

Friday, 28. November 2008

Pearls of the Caribbean - Antigua

And now - enjoy the sequel of our cruise: Antigua!
By the way, Antigua is pronounced An-tee-ga, not An-tee-gwa.

Part 1: Arrival at St. John's, March 17th 2008, 8am. What a morning! What a glory!

Part 2 (start around 03:52): Impressions of the Anglican Cathedral of St. John the Divine, one of the lasting tributes to Europe's early exploration of the Caribbean islands.

Part 3 (start around 05:56): In the streets of St. John's. Time for a nice cup of espresso at Hemingway's Caribbean Café.

Part 4 (start around 08:33): A stop at Monk's Hill. Here you see the Falmouth Harbor and English Harbor. And a short stay at Turner's Beach.

Part 5 (start around 11:12): Chill out evening on the ship and a beautiful sunset. Also filmed the departure of the Sea Princess.


Note: It's a 14 min HD video and a pretty large file (300MB+), it takes awhile to load! If the player stops, this could be because the server is overloaded, your Internet connection is slow, and/or overall Internet is slow. You may need to pause it and let the video load a bit more before watching it straight through.

Upcoming Video: St. Kitts
Previous Video: Martinique

Posted at 28.11.08 @ 18:51 | Category Personal & Private | Travel & Places |


Cookstr is a cooking site dedicated to providing the users with great recipes from the best chefs and cookbook authors.

Enjoy thousands of recipes from cookbooks you know and love, and discover wonderful new cooks.
Find a recipe for a favorite dish, or discover something you've never made before.


Posted at 28.11.08 @ 18:50 | Category Food & Drinking |

The Indonesian Mimic Octopus

This fascinating creature was discovered in 1998 off the coast of Sulawesi in Indonesia, the mimic octopus is the first known species to take on the characteristics of multiple species. This octopus is able to copy the physical likeness and movement of more than fifteen different species, including sea snakes, lionfish, flatfish, brittle stars, giant crabs, sea shells, stingrays, jellyfish, sea anemones, and mantis shrimp. This animal is so intelligent that it is able to discern which dangerous sea creature to impersonate that will present the greatest threat to its current possible predator.

You may also like:

Photos of the mimic octopus by Starfish
Captive Observations of the Mimic Octopus, Thaumoctopus mimicus

Posted at 28.11.08 @ 18:49 | Category Nature & Environment |

Flip Title

This is a cool online tool! Anything you write will become flipped upside down.

Freak your friends: ʇuɐʍ noʎ ɹǝʌǝʇɐɥʍ dılɟ!


Posted at 28.11.08 @ 18:48 | Category Various & Sundry |


Create your own (wallpaper) images through sound using Sonacom.

As orbs float across the screen, click on them to unlock their sounds and the site will generate an explosion of graphics based on the qualities ofthe audio clip. Click on a colourwheel on the left to choose between different sound files based on emotion, imagination, evasion, and more.


Posted at 28.11.08 @ 18:46 | Category Various & Sundry |

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