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I was there: Club evening November 30 in Utrecht. A modern Fight Club, De Club is a bit of a mystery: fighting allowed, meeting others obligatory, discussing a social society inevitable. The meeting involved physical activity, meditation, discussion and lots of surprises!

Logo from De Club website.

By attending the evening, I became a member of the Club. I can now participate and organise initiatives to interact in public spaces.

The Club, network looking for a social society.

Time flies: I came across this blog that documents the progress of the StoryBOX project at Waag Society.

Things have changed drastically since I left for my travels to Australia. The unit now looks like a factory instead of blocks and incorporates handwriting.

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Playing with words in a factory of sounds.

Schiphol is the first airport to have a banner machine. So no stress if you have forgotten to something special to welcome your beloved ones: a personalised banner can be made in an instant. Choose the appropriate size, typefont, background, add a text and the vending machine will print it on canvas.

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The machine was designed by BannerXpress. It can be found in Arrivals hall 2.

Today in Metro: a serious game to help patients relax at the dentist. The game is called Teeth Defender and was developed by students from the Technical University of Delft.

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Wide open!

My eyes grew wide when I was confronted with Bear Grylls’ Ultimate Survival New Zealand – Southern Island episode. My partner who called me to the television had a questioning look on his face:

“Don’t you think this looks, uh, special?”

– “Well yes it does, we’ve been there!”

And have the footage to prove it. Watch this abstract of the show in which Bear follows a canyon to find civilisation:

Or skip immediately to 8.35 to compare with:

Big Nige drop.

And jump to 10:35 to compare with:

Big Nige abseil.

The New Zealand episode is from 8 July, 2011 and we visited in December 2010, so there’s no reasoning that Grylls was the first to discover the canyon at Lake Wanaka. Instead the tour organisation that facilitated our trip has probably helped him a little, removing the ropes for example.

Now skip back to the beginning of the clip and pause. The disclaimer reads:

“On some occasions, situations are presented to Bear so he can demonstrate survival techniques.”

We can be pretty sure he knew he was not risking his life when jumping down.

My first encounter with a clothes swap afternoon. Cupcakes, chocolate and a group of girls brought together by my friend. Each brought clothes or accessories they no longer wear. The person that likes the item best and looks nicest in it is the new owner.

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Swapping fashion.

Also discussed as a new hype, with possible links to the financial crisis, by Intermediair.

Reading Bill Bryson’s “A short history of nearly everything” and learning a lot from it:

“The picture of an atom that nearly everybody has in mind is of an electron or two flying around a nucleus, like planets orbiting a sun. This image was created in 1904, based on little more than clever guesswork, by a Japanese physicist named Hantaro Nagaoka. It is completely wrong, but durable just the same.

In fact, as physicists were soon to realize, electrons are not like orbiting planets at all, but more like the blades of a spinning fan, managing to fill every bit of space in their orbits simultaneously (but with the crucial difference that the blades of a fan only seem to be everywhere at once; electrons are). p. 184-185.

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