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We're going to Legoland with friends, and the friends picked the hotel for the halfway stop in Hamburg. Apparently they have a slightly different taste in hotels than we do: we weren't allowed to park our own car or haul our own luggage, but had to hand over the car keys to someone else and stow our plastic bags on the fancy luggage trolley. For the first time ever I feel like maybe we should own some nice suitcases (they wouldn't fit in our small car).

Biggest, fanciest hotel room I ever stayed in. Heated floor in the oversized bathroom. Had nearly everything except a proper tea pot.
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Karsten's first step towards a YouTube career: instructions how to fold a diamond wallet. (In Dutch, of course.)
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I never knew there was so much classical art related to software development, but there are some great masterpieces here.
 
New programmer learns git rebase interactive and front end devs approach new JS framework are particularly amusing.
Painters and Hackers: nothing in common whatsoever, but this are classical painters depictions of...
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Still not sure whether to go vote today.

There's a referendum in Netherland today about an association treaty between the EU and Ukraine. While I'm generally in favour of referenda, I think this is a completely stupid topic for one. It means absolutely nothing to the lives of the Dutch voter, and it's mostly a channel for anti-EU sentiment. Do the "no" voters really prefer Ukraine to be a Russian vassal? I doubt it.

In fact, of the two organizations that requested the referendum, one is a group that hopes to sabotage the Dutch standing in the EU, hoping that will lead Netherland to eventually leave the EU, while the other is a weblog that's using this as a PR stunt to gain more relevance.

Personally I feel like boycotting the whole thing, and that may ironically turn out to be a sensible thing to do: the referendum is only valid if at least 30% of the people have voted, and it's not clear whether that's going to happen. Some people are waiting for the last minute, only to vote once that threshold has been reached.

But there are also people who are going to vote but have no idea what.

Here's a (Dutch) link to a liveblog reporting the news of the day, half of which is funny (but Dutch).

http://www.nrc.nl/nieuws/2016/04/06/live-nederland-naar-stembus-voor-oekraine-referendum
Nederland stemt vandaag over het Europese associatieverdrag met Oekraïne. Volg ons liveblog.
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That is a very good question, and I have no idea. But a majority of parliament says that if the referendum reaches the quorum, the government should listen to it.
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All of a sudden my Mac can't talk to the scanner part of my printer anymore. And I really really need it right now.
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A serious mental health crisis that the government is not sufficiently addressing.
 
THIS! (via +Jacob Sidney)
Psychiatric facilities across the United States are at breaking point after the number of people claiming to be sent from the future to stop Donald Trump reached epidemic proportions.
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I only this week discovered Senri Kawaguchi, and while I don't know that much about world class drummers, she comes across to me as the most talented drummer ever. Here's an old video with her from 2008 when she was I don't know how young, but she's already better than many professional drummers can ever hope to be.

Interesting detail: I notice she's sometimes using the backhand "marching band" style with her left hand, which I don't think she's using in any of her later performances. My drum teacher back in the day used it all the time, but never taught me. (Didn't matter; I sucked anyway.)

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Do look for other videos with her. She's apparently big enough that she gets named in titles even when she's not the lead. And she's very diverse, insanely fast, and doesn't seem to believe that "less is more".
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No idea where this is from, but it looks awesome. It feels like there should me a lot more names in the credits. Was this really animated by one person?
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Yeah, he was working on this for YEARS. I think the first time any of it was uploaded on YouTube was a short teaser about 5 years ago.
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I finally saw the new (well, it's over 6 years old already) Star Trek movie, and only now do I fully grasp what people mean when they complain about lens flare.

As a result of this and other things I'm not a huge fan of the visuals, but other than that it was okay. My favourite thing about this movie is how it's not really a prequel or full reboot (as I was expecting), but in a way a sequel to the original Star Trek movies, which can remain fully canonical, despite the fact that they're clearly not going to happen.

Also fun to watch how the crew slowly came together as everybody slowly migrated to the position they're supposed to have.
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Yes. Totally not a reboot. It's a fork, so to speak, with the Prime timeline still existing elsewhere. 
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Binge watching Jessica Jones with my wife today. She's a scifi and fantasy hater, but I got her into Doctor Who by leveraging her crush on David Tennant (though she also watched the other new Doctors). I figured I could use David Tennant again to get her into Jessica Jones, but it seem to have ended her crush on Tennant. She's completely hooked on the plot, drama and especially the cliffhangers. There was no time to do anything else today; the next episode had to be watched too.

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"Something I would never say, like: I love you."

Her self-loathing and cynicism is heavy stuff, but very well done.
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I don't need no stinkin' feet.

Florian really seems much more comfortable and much quicker walking on his knees than anything else. Why learn to walk on your feet if you can already do this?

Maybe I should also post a photo of the massive Hobbit-like calluses his knees are developing.
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They're very poppy indeed, but still very well executed. I mostly love the contrast.
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Martijn Vos is a dad, Christian, gamer (tabletop RPGs, boardgames, strategy games, CRPGs), and freelance web developer (front and backend, Java, Groovy, Ruby, Javascript, AngularJS).
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Traveled to Timbuctoo and survived to return home. Married. Got two kids.
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