Gisteren voor de allereerste keer het bordspel Eclipse gespeeld en goed bevonden! Ik zou het omschrijven als een galactisch strategiespel waar de nadruk niet zozeer op oorlogsvoering ligt – zoals misschien te verwachten zou zijn op het eerste zicht – maar eerder op het correct balanceren van geld, wetenschap en materialen (denk aan Powergrid) terwijl de spanning gestaag stijgt en het uiteindelijk toch onvermijdelijk tot enkele kortstondige confrontaties komt.

De mogelijkheden in het spel zijn vrij uitgebreid en het is daarom nogal overdonderend om de regels door te nemen de eerste keer. Eens van start speelt het wel lekker vlotjes – met uitzondering van de laatste rondes, want dan wordt het nagelbijten wanneer het gras toch net iets groener lijkt in de ruimtekwadranten van je medespeler 😉

Naar mijn mening alvast een aanrader!

Text-based Multiplayer Shooter

Check out this state of the art text-based multiplayer shooter created by Eigen Lenk. In no time you’ll be running around, looking if anybody is near you and shooting them by typing ‘fire’, ‘fire’, ‘fire’… but make sure you don’t run out of bullets: type ‘reload’ in time or you’ll be the one taken down first. There are deathmatch maps and there’s also team-based play available.

(via Kotaku)

Merry Christmas 2010 – We Are Moving

There isn’t much time for christmas feelings this year, because we are busy with packing for our moving to Leuven in January 2011.

While Tom and I are spending the holidays in Hamburg, our christmas tree preferred staying in Leuven. As if that weren’t bad enough, Sinterklaas was deterred by the thirty packing cases, which are blocking all entrances to our apartment.

So let’s just enjoy the days off and hope our presents were delivered directly to Leuven.


Coalition of the Willing

Coalition of the Willing is a collaborative animated film and web-based event about an online war against global warming in a ‘post Copenhagen’ world.

The film offers a response to the major problem of our time: how to galvanize and enlist the global publics in the fight against global warming. This optimistic and principled film explores how we could use new Internet technologies to leverage the powers of activists, experts, and ordinary citizens in collaborative ventures to combat climate change. Through analyses of swarm activity and social revolution, ‘Coalition of the Willing’ makes a compelling case for the new online activism and explains how to hand the fight against global warming to the people.

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It’s time for some jazz! Here’s me playing “Laura” (composed by David Raksin) on my Casio Privia PX-830 digital piano. It was adapted from the theme of the 1944 film “Laura” directed by Otto Preminger. Lyrics were written by Johnny Mercer. It has become a jazz standard with over four hundred known recordings. The best known versions are by Frank Sinatra, Woody Herman, Dick Haymes, Charlie Parker, J.J. Johnson and Julie London. I hope you like it!

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Comptine d’un autre été: l’après midi

Here’s me playing “Comptine d’un autre été: l’après midi” (composed by Yann Tiersen) on my Casio Privia PX-830 digital piano. It is best known from the movie “Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain” (Amélie) directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet. I hope you like it!

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5-Second Films

Every weekday 5-Second Films publishes a new (very) short film: 2 seconds of beginning titles, 5 seconds of film, 1 second of end titles. A great way to start your day with! Here’s my favorite, called “Late For Work”: