The synopsis:

Educated as an Art Historian at the Utrecht University, I am working in the IT industry for the last 30 years. I did Cobol, Uniface, Oracle, Project & Service Management. Currently I am a dedicated Outsystems Engineer, a Web designer/developer and a long-time WordPress FanMan.

When I’m not engaged in my work I try to be immersed in (better: permanently spell-bound by) music as much as possible, being it passive or active, off-stage and sometimes on-stage

I am a Telecaster guy; I love reading Terry Pratchett; I love Breitner’s ‘Kimono’ paintings (the beautiful portraits of Geesje Kwak); at times I yearn for a nice Tawny (or rather still, a Late Bottled Vintage) Port(o), preferably adding some Stilton Cheese to the party (I am frequenting the gym 3 times a week, though: a question of balance, it is).

Ohhh yeah, and I listen to vinyl.

The geeky stuff:

My main Telecaster is the CLASSIC PLAYER BAJA ’60S TELECASTER®. She has an Alder body, is finished in a fabulous Faded Sonic Blue (which I really like), and has a Pau Ferro fingerboard. She has some four-way pickup switching with the extra in-phase/out-phase mojo … and the brass saddles.

It is a frivolous fact that Terry Pratchett‘s ‘Discworld series‘ consists of 41 books. I collected them. I read & re-read them, in a cyclic manner: when I’m done with the last one I simply (eagerly, happily) start again. And there’s more: in total my ‘Pratchett shelf’ weighs 68 volumes. A blessed and brilliant mind he was!

Spinning records: I own an original (aquired new in 2004, I guess) Technics SL1210 Mk2 (and a Lenco L78 SE, which I picked up in 1978). Heavy and Sturdy they are. Tools they are, not Toys. They do make me happy.

I could go on, of course, but let them thoughts be seeds for future writings … .

The content:

Sure, this is a Blog; there are Posts. Looking and acting a bit like a silly and slightly superfluous Static Single Page, though. Well, I wanted that! So still: a Blog. Please scroll down at your own pace! Have a go. Enjoy.

The small prints:

Pottering the new theme was – no more / no less – a jolly good way to survive the 2018 Holiday Season (I went to a lot of concerts too!) Just testing WordPress 5.0 and the Gutenburg Editor and all (being the new ‘Twenty Nineteen‘). Dropped the 2019 altogether – enter the oceanWP theme – and created blog- and  single-post-template with Elementor Pro.

The header image is NOT an unintentionally blurred or otherwise failed f*&*%*$*#*@*d up photo. This is me taking a selfie, seeing myself reflected in the Glamorously Glossy Finished Body Backside of a new Marcus Miller Jazz Bass.

latest posts


"In the beginning there was nothing, which exploded."

Soon for Sale: Godin 5th Avenue Uptown GT

Reflecting on some advice (thanks Rob): I am very likely going to sell my Godin 5th Avenue Uptown GT. I do not know if they still make the 5th Avenue Uptown in black, but I do know the Transparent Red is still selling. Mine’s black. So … what happened, huh?

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Boke’s ‘Marcus Miller Jazz Bass’

The header image is NOT an unintentionally blurred or otherwise failed f*&*%*$*#*@*d up photo. This is me taking a selfie, seeing myself reflected in the Glamorously Glossy Finished Body Backside of a new (my son’s) Sire Marcus Miller V7. Or, to be totally specific, the ‘Sire Marcus Miller V7 alder 4

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Twenty Nineteen

Now that was a major and heavily anticipated release: WordPress 5.0/Gutenburg. Iiiiiii love it. And I like the new Twenty Nineteen theme as well. That is: I do like the fact it is ‘WordPress5.0/Gutenburg’ ready, obviously. I like the strong looks; I do like the featured images, but they only

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WordPress 5.0 / Gutenberg editor

Heidelberg Printing Press by Hayon Shin – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0. WordPress release 5.0 en de Gutenburg editor! Matt Mullenweg (WordPress co-founder) presenteerde e.e.a. op de Wordcamp US in zijn jaarlijkse keynote address ‘State of the Word’. Boven vind je zijn referaat en hieronder tevens de Q&A na afloop. Matt Mullenweg:

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Previously On This Channel

Een hoop gepruts met achtergrond video’s. Vooral dat. Van respectievelijk ‘Kissed‘ (prachtig verhaal ‘We so seldom look on love’ van Barbara Gowdy; in 1996 verfilmd met Molly Parker en Peter Outerbridge – necrofilie, balseming, bizarre relatie – je maakt wat mee) en ‘The Hamiltons‘ (onderhoudende indie horror) had ik wat

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the boygenius girls

Geïnspireerd door mijn Jaarlijstjes 2018 hier de ‘Pitchfork Live’ concerten van Phoebe Bridgers, Julien Baker, Lucy Dacus & boygenius.  Geniet ervan … .

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I’m not talking about your pigtails

but I’m talking ’bout your sex appeal. Yesterday evening, before hitting the asphalt back home, I visited the AH store beneath the parking-lot, where these two young people, armed with a video-camera and blossoming smiles, tried to capture passers-by. Normally I would prefer having my head chopped off before …

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Frequently Asked Questions

and the obvious answers

Wat is dat achtergrondfilmpje?

Ik gebruik de mb.YTPlayer PLUS v 3.4.0 Wordpress plug-in van mb.ideas (Pupunzi). Daarbij heeft ieder doorkijkje een Minimum Height van 100 vh.

Ja, fijn ... maar, WÁT is dat achtergrondfilmpje?

Oh! Sorry. Dat is ‘Curve of an Arrow‘, video ‘Directed by Tasya van Ree, Starring Amber Heard’. Ik gebruik ARTIST haar zwart-witte ‘Amber Heard’ video’s regelmatig als een soort ‘Lorem Ipsum‘ placeholders. Meestal kies ik ‘Blood Is Thicker Than Water‘.  Hmm, vroeger had ik een ‘Lorem Ipsum’ blogpost (‘I’m not talking about your pigtails‘), met een plaatje van Lonneke Engel. Tsja … .

Copyright gedoe dan, wellicht?

Nee, dat denk ik niet. Volgens het Europese Hof van Justitie mag je – zonder toestemming en naamsvermelding – openbare content embedden. YouTube video’s zijn rechtmatig openbaar en bestemd voor slechts één doelgroep, het internetpubliek. Voor zover ik begrijp volgen de amerikaanse Fair Use Guidelines ongeveer hetzelfde spoor.
Zolang je maar geen copyrighted content gaat re-uploaden … .

Wat? Geen parallax effect?

Gossie, ‘n parallax effect? Nee, doen we niet aan!

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and other miscellaneous hodgepodge

DVGA – iPhone – 640 x 960

XGA – iPad – 1024 x 768

HD – Desktop – 1920 x 1080 (klik!)

Browser aspect ratio settings op mijn Desktop – 1920 x 1440 (klik!)

Site Purpose Statement

Grasduinen in de platenkasten van Spotify, Bandcamp, Discogs, The Vinyl Factory, dekrentenuitdepop, YouTube, enzovoorts … hongeren naar smaakvolle, melancholische, hartverscheurende en zielstrelend schone nummers.
En alle juweeltjes prettig (simpel, strak & stijlvol) presenteren. Dat is de missie!
Het is geen Dieter Rams, maar i.i.g. … “Weniger“.

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