Stuff that happened while I was not here

By: Marijn Rongen
September 5th, 2012

I should be getting around to updating this site more soon, but in the meantime here are a few things that happened this year:

My company Active-Bits is now truly MY company, it’s quite a bit easier  having sole ownership.

Some of my photo’s are getting printed in Gardens West magazine in Vancouver (Canada eh), see the photo’s here.

Got a Windows pc for the first time in nearly a decade, not surprisingly it crashes way too much.

Last but not least; Joel Watson ( @hijinksensue ) not only drew a picture featuring Wil Wheaton ( @wilw ) for me, but also put it up on his site, LOOK AT IT!



Fiber optic intarwebs

By: Marijn Rongen
September 25th, 2011

Normally I’m not the least bit excited about perfectly good streets getting ripped open, quite the opposite in fact, but this time it means we will be getting fiber optic internet. Yay!

We currently have cable (for digital TV, home phone and internet) and besides the phone service it sucks teh monkeys balls. Digital TV has crap reception here, internet isn’t nearly half as fast as it should be. With the fiber optic will only be half as good as they tell us, it will still be twice as good as the cable is now.

In three weeks time we should have the connect inside the house,hopefully the provider will connect us soon after that. *fingers crossed* Read the rest of this article »


Advertising more than just a product

By: Marijn Rongen
January 27th, 2011

Maybe you’ve seen it, the Nikon commercial (about the new D3100 if I’m not mistaken). If you did, you must have noticed the music. The song got instantly stuck in my head, as some songs are known to do, and it took only a (surprisingly) short query on the internets to locate the artist. The song, Welcome Home, is performed by Radical Face and featured on the 2007 album Ghost. I like these rare occasions where you get introduced to an artist you might have otherwise not known about.

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Merry Christmas!

By: Marijn Rongen
December 25th, 2010

Merry Christmas and / or happy Chanukah to all!

Let it snow

(This year we have the second white Christmas in a row in the Netherlands which hasn’t been recorded before!)


Bomb update

By: Marijn Rongen
June 7th, 2010

Recently an additional 9 bombs were found in the ground next to where the first bomb I wrote about earlier was discovered. This is all within a few hundred yards from our house.

Read more about the first bomb.

All bombs are 1000 lb. bombs dumped by a british bomber in distress around the end of the second World War (’44/’45).

If we weren’t away for the weekend (read about it here) we had to evacuate on sunday morning while the military was handling the bombs. The downside to being away was that we didn’t get a chance to take a look at the bombs in real life.

The following movie shows the bombs after being defused by the military. The commentary is in Dutch, it’s about the precautions that were taken (containers, evacuations) and what will happen with the bombs (detonated at sea by the navy).

The first bomb was detonated in a field, buried in the ground. Watch the explosion in the clip below: