Monthly Archives: August 2008

New year resolutions are rubbish

  1. It’s like a promise you know you are not going to keep
  2. If you want to change something, you have to believe into it
  3. And in that case you don’t wait until the 1st of January to put it into practice.

WALL-E meets…

A Magnet

WALL-E is one of those movies where you just feel how much fun the people making it had while doing so. It’s the only 90 minutes movie I know having less then a approximate 500 words, at least spoken by humans. And, the WALL-E meets … serie on youtube is one of the best teasers ever.

If you think about it, the movie works in a quite predictable way: the lonely hero cleaning up a place everybody else deserted, meeting unexpectingly his heroine who first is very reluctant to his advances but finally falls in love with him when he saves the planet/humankind/etc. Nevertheless, it works and you come out of the cinema with a big smile and a feeling of happiness.

Mystery

I don’t understand why Wifi doesn’t work when I boot my computer but does so after putting it on stand-by and back.

Why will Belgium never win any war?

Because of the Belgian mitraillette*.

Picture found at: www.brusselspictures.com

* Mitraillette – machine gun, Maschinenpistole

The inconvenience of Belgian beer

After two beers; une Orval et une Chimay bleue; without having anything in the stomach, I’m drunk…

Inuktitut

First time ever I saw a website in Inuktitut. Oh, it is also written in English and is about Tiktaalik roseae, a 375 million year old fossil fish, the apparently first ancestor of human kind to have walked on land. But you better read the rest yourself: http://tiktaalik.uchicago.edu/index.html.

Let the music play

It’s a perfect Sunday afternoon activity to visit the museum of musical instruments in Brussels. Not only that it is located in one of the marvellous Art Nouveau buildings, it also gives you the feeling of doing something cultural valuable while enjoying a reasonable amount of laziness.

The exhibition is quite impressive as it has a huge collection of musical instruments starting something like 700 years BC. It is astonishing to see how creative the human species is when it comes to entertainment. Music instruments have been made of basically any material available: wood, earth, metal, cloth and, before plastic was invented, every usable part of animals.

What’s nice are the head phones through which you can enjoy listening to music played on all the exhibit instruments showing the band-with of music world wide – Chinese temple music, African drums, South American flutes, European folk music, classic music, etc. etc. Alternatively, you realise when watching the exquisitely decorated Cemballo, that music instruments were and are not only designed to entertain but also to demonstrate the wealth and cultural education of its owners.

The best of the museum comes at the top and is the terrace with the nice view over Brussels where you can have a drink after all the exhausting visiting.

Lalalalalala, la puce