Eye candy überlicious

Some artist can draw… I mean really draw ! But some artist have such a beautiful talent, that they reach a high peak that is untouchable for others !!

One of those people is Daniel Simon from Germany ! His modern concepts are just so real ( even on a drawing ), that it looks like they can be fabricated any minute !

Just have a look at his main page and browse through the several subdomains and you will be stunned with disbelief !!

I’m officially in awe !

Update : OK so I have to check my links first πŸ˜‰ – sorry Nicodemus and NoDesktopHero for ‘reposting’ this πŸ™‚

Currently listening to: GoldfrappOoh la la
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More eye candy

Being a regular Magic the Gathering player, I know that most cards feature some beautiful art !

One of my favourite artists is Carl Critchlow, just have a look at some of his Magic the Gathering drawings or his sketchbook !

At one of the few Magic the Gathering events I attend, I had the oppertunity to meet the guy in real life and bought 2 reprints… here they are :

Currently listening to: MolokoForever More
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Eye candy

I like eye candy !! Specially the kind you can use to change the view of your WinXp background !

Well just have a look at the creatures of Andrew Bell over at Dead zebra Inc. Man they are just weird/funny/hilarious !

The best part is, that they also sell t-shirts, toys and other stuff of their creations !

 Currently listening to: MolokoSing it back
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Beer belly vs. WingTsjun training ( 1 – 0 )

August is not the body friendliest month of the year for me… August means I won’t be able to practice my WingTsjun skills !

In august our Sifu – Γ₯¸«çˆ¢- always goes on vacation and being the lazy bastard I am, no other sport replaces the lost training’s !

So like the title says, I’m currently gaining more weight… even though it is a slight increase, it’s noticeable πŸ˜‰

Even my other recreational sport – bicycle riding – has been on a low level, due to very bad weather here in Belgium !

But no more worries for me, because this coming Monday September the 4th, the training will start again ! And I will be able to kick some butt again πŸ™‚

Aaaah the beauty of Martial Arts, I love it ! So for the people who would love to join ( or be kicked/hit in the face ), just have a look on the following page – right here !

Currently listening to: Armin van BuurenControl Freak
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Windows Live Writer II

Oooh my god, oooh my god ! Ok now I’m officially never going to stop using Windows Live Writer again πŸ˜‰ !

There is a whole plugin scene connected to this new blogging tool ! To get an overview just visit this site and get busy…

Here are some of my favourites so far :

Oh man this thing just got so much better !!

Currently listening to: Gabriel & Dresden – Gabriel and Dresden live at Flex Rejijavik, Iceland

Windows live writer

Good to know that some tools are ‘nice to have’ !

I just installed the Windows live writer blog posting editor and must say, I’m a bit impressed !!

It looks nice, has a nice set of features and is just damn easy πŸ™‚ ! So the hype was true LOL…

Just posting from a remote tool just seems more ‘right’, not ? I always hated the flow of first going online, log on, select the right page for posting and having to do all linking/photo uploading/etc. thing manually !!

Ok there are very good plugins for wordpress and you still have to moderate the comments online anyhow, but this little gem is just to sweet not to use πŸ˜‰

Well I’m hooked, I hope I can spread the word.

Linking, linked, social network status ‘ok’

I know some people don’t like the web 2.0 word hype ( hé Michel πŸ˜‰ ), but it is alive and kicking !

Take the LinkedIn service for example… a nice set of features to keep track of your own professional curriculum ! But it is also capable of social networking with all your former/current/lost colleges, students etc.

And faith has it, that through this service, I got back in contact with a ‘lost’ friend !! Nico aka Nicodemus, he has his own LinkedIn account and we got together again, thanks to the ‘find old classmates’ link. This after a period of 9-10 years, damn time goes fast !!!

But the weirdest thing of all, is the fact that I was following Nico’s blog already for quiet some time and I didn’t knew he was one of my former classmates !!
Then again, the fact I follow his blog means we have some things in common and that was not different during our studying time.

Well call me web 2.0 cray, but I still love the damn thing πŸ™‚

Cycling – from knot to knot

Cycling is something I try to do on a regular basis, both for recreation as general fitness training !
So when I want to go for a ride I need to do some preparation to get a good trip… because just riding around on tracks I know by heart is not very challenging.

So here are some tips I found along the way, when I tried to get some good cycling routes.

To start off, I live in Belgium and the best way to have a nice route is to get yourself acquinted with the Fietsknooppunten network !! This is a cycling network that is available in Flanders and the Netherlands, composed of several key points ( all signed with a number ) that are connected to eachother through roads that are ideal for cycling !

So the best way to get a fast result is use this system. There is only one drawback, an overview of the system is only available on printed maps !! And even more frustrating is the fact that there isn’t yet a centralised location to get all maps… this because each province in Flanders manages its own network and you have to go to each and one of them to get their local maps !
I found one link that seems to give an overview – here !

Another drawback is the fact that you have to rely on yourself to come up with a route… So if you don’t know the place where you will ride, it’s hard to find the best/most beautiful places around ! Although the specified roads are more ‘bike’ friendly they don’t indicate any site seeing tips…

So a lot of people had this problem and it looks like the internet has a solution. I’ll post some links here where you can get some detailed background on tracks that where scouted by other cycling people !!
Some are very detailed with lots of photos… but most of them are in dutch, so that would make it not so international friendly πŸ™‚

Happy riding :

http://blog.seniorennet.be/charel/
http://www.northsea-cycle.com/
http://www.fietsroute.org/index.htm
http://www.gpsbiketracks.be/index.html
http://blog.seniorennet.be/deleukefietser/
http://www.vlaamsefietsroutes.be/hoofdpagina.html
http://fietsroutes.web-log.nl/fietsroutes/
http://www.tienenaar.be