More and less

The more we know, the less seems possible.
Filling in the details usually increases the complexity and rules out options.

Contradictory to and a variation on the well known saying:
The more we know the less we understand

Virgin Active Core Values

Woowww have a look at the core values of Virgin Active. It wasn’t up until a few weeks ago that I actually noticed them. They were written on the wall near the entrance on one of their locations, a writting in white on a large red wall, so I am not sure how I could have missed them.

Every company should have something simular to this. It explanes why you’d want to get involved with a company

  • Excellent customer service
  • Fun
  • Innovation
  • Value for money
  • Challenging the norm

p.s. I am pretty sure Ikea has simular values.

Mysql query logging

You can log every mysql-query to a log file easily:

mysql> SHOW VARIABLES LIKE "general_log%";

| Variable_name | Value |
| general_log | OFF |
| general_log_file | /var/run/mysqld/mysqld.log |

mysql> SET GLOBAL general_log = 'ON';

Do your queries (on any db). Grep or otherwise examine /var/run/mysqld/mysqld.log
Then don’t forget to

mysql> SET GLOBAL general_log = 'OFF';

or the performance will plummet and your disk will fill!

Sony Tables S removing/corrupting files by itself?

I wanted to move some movies to my sony tablet s and stored them on the internal memory. After a reboot I noticed some movies were gone or had a changed file size. Tried the same routine again ending up with the same results.

So far I have no clue as to why this happens. I did notice that after putting a certain amount of video files in the ‘movies’ folder this wierd behaviour started again.

It seems like the sony tablet s requires to have at least 4.4Gig + of free space…

To be continued..

Camper Woodie

Woodie, I would

The Camper shoe company has been creating shoes since 1877. The four generation family run business based out of Spain have created innovative and technical shoe designs fit for everyone. The new collection of shoes for this season have taken a different approach to their traditional “out of the box” designs that we all know and appreciate. The “Woodie” shoe offers “a removable anatomical EVA insole and a TPU injected leather outsole.” The boot seems to have a slimmer toebox than usual. A clean basic shoe from a company that is known to make the shoes that push the elements of design.

Xtreamer Ultra

Beauty from within


  • Size (A nice small box that will fit anywhere)
  • Performance (check it out!!)
  • Price (Only € 250 .. keep in mind that shipping and VAT is not included)


  • OS (To slow, you’re better of running your own OS or live CD)
  • Quality accessories (One of the keyboard buttons does not work as expected)
  • Manual (Very minimalistic and online documentation looks unprofessional)
  • Looks (A bit of an ugly duck)

Overall I am very pleased with this gadget…
Do read the comments!!!

Middenstand v.s. supermarkt

Al enige tijd erger ik me aan de kwaliteit van de groeten en fruit in de supermarkten. Ergens heb ik het gevoel dat er iets scheef groeit en dat de uitgangspunten die de supermarkt in de jaren 80 heeft geholpen de normale middenstand te beconcurreren, uit het oog zijn verloren.
Daar waar in het begin zowel voorraad, kwaliteit als prijs in het voordeel van de supermarkten was zie ik steeds vaker dat 2 van die pillaren niet meer aanwezig zijn; kwaliteit en voorraad.
Door de grote stunt-acties en de daardoor dalende prijzen worden we nog meer naar de supermarkt gelokt, maar zien daarbij niet dat we de prijs zelf betalen.
Zeker bij de kleinere ‘snel snel’ supermarkt lijkt dit het geval te zijn.

Liever ga ik weer eens naar de groenteman op de hoek die mij lekkere groente en fruit verkoopt en mij adviseert en assisteert.
De prijs…het mag wat mij betreft dan ook wel iets meer kosten.

Books and information management

Whenever I read an interesting book, a funny feeling creeps in. This feeling can be best described as “Whaaaa I have to remember this phrase or that detail because……”.
The problem is that a really interesting book has many of these details, hence triggering this funny feeling over and over again.

I know you can put markers on the pages such as folding the edges.. but i don’t want to ruin the book, nor do I want to read the whole page again to look for the interesting part.

So what to do…..


Now whenever I start reading a book I make sure the first page is fitted with a dozen mini post-it’s
This enables me to quickly make a note and stick it to the page.
Therefore taking away the anxiety of forgetting pieces of information.

After I’m done reading I collect all the post-its and write down the corresponding page numbers just in case I want to put the phrase or detail into context.

Then I group the post-its and stick it to a black paper… creating a sort of mind-map.

This way I have a quick overview of the most interesting part of the book, how the are connected and a reference to where it originates from.