Nokia Trends Lab @ AB

This Friday in the Ancienne Belgique: Nokia Trends Lab with Shameboy. There was a remix contest for a Shameboy song and it was won by Pieter Santens. I also downloaded the tracks last week and thought I’d use Acid Express to make a quick remix. But I quickly realized that I was so used to using the full version of Acid that going back to Express was like stepping from a Saab onto a scooter and still trying to hit the highway. So I stopped. Unfortunately I can’t find the winning remix on the Lab site.

Nokia Trends Lab is a cutting-edge event which combines mobile phone technology with creative and experimental art. Shameboy will look for local talent to remix their single, ‘Splend It’ from their Heartcore album. As an exclusive to Nokia Trends Lab, Shameboy has allowed samples of ‘Splend It’ to be temporarily featured online. The participant who creates the most memorable and original remix will be invited by Shameboy to record the track in the studio on 4 May. The remix will debute at the Nokia Trends Lab event which takes place on Friday 9 May at the Ancienne Belgique in Brussels. The music video for the remix will be shot during the event, by young talents using Nokia N95 8GB. These young talents will also be selected through a Film Lab on the Nokia Trends Lab website. The music video will then be aired on JIM.

If you still want free duo-tickets: send an email to info@nokiatrendslab.be with as subject “Shameboy tickets”. It’s also on Facebook!

FM Brussel playlist live on Twitter

Via Pietel I heard of a Twitter account that publishes the playlist of StuBru in real-time. Interesting, but I listen to FM Brussel. How hard would it be to make the same thing for FM Brussel? Not that hard, it appears. After some twiddling with curl, twitter API and other PHP, here is the Twitter account for the playlist of FM Brussel.

http://twitter.com/fmbrussel


Tasting whisky

Whisky avond bij Anneke This weekend was filled with heavy alcohol, since I went to a whisky tasting. We only drank a ‘wee dram’ (2,5 cl) at a time, with some bread and water in between so we remained sober enough to listen to our sympathetic whisky expert who told us about malt, barrels and distilling.

After preparing our palet with a blended whisky (irrelevant which one, real whiskies buffs never talk about anything that’s not single malt) we got to experience 5 single malts:

Whisky #1: Arran – which was the cheapest of the lot, not bad but not too special
Whisky 1
Whisky #2: Ben Nevis – I liked this one more, had more of a sherry touch, as I recall.
Whisky 2
Whisky #3: Balvenie – this tasted like a girl’s whisky. Quite a disappaointment after the previous one. Doublewood = the whisky was kept in ex-bourbon barrels for most of the 12 years, and was then transferred to ex-sherry barrels to ‘finish it off’. Ex-sherry barrels give a much nicer taste (see, we were still sober when that was explained).
Whisky 3

Whisky #4: Glenfarclas – this one was my favourite. Definitely sherry-like, smelled really nice.
Whisky 4
Whisky #5: Classic of Islay – this one smelled like a barbecue. The malted barley was dried with peat (‘turf’) and by God, did you smell it. It went great with some sliced meat, though.
Whisky 5

 In all, a pleasant experience. I might spend the 50€ one day to get me a bottle of Glenfarcas.

Pecha Kucha Brussels

Pech Kucha Brussels

I know I’m a bit late,and Ine, Bruno, Bart and … have already given their opinions, but  I still needed an excuse to post some pictures of the event, so: last weekend I went to Pecha Kucha Brussels!

Pecha Kucha Brussels As everyone already mentioned, one presentation really jumped out: professor Jean Paul van Bendegem with his presentation “Wunderkammer”. It started with the painting “The origin of the world” by Gustave Courbet, which is essentially a frontal view of the crotch of a naked woman, which of course is a good way to catch the audience’s attention.

He then started free associating via freemasonry, over the Sherlock Holmes society, over women’s bottoms, the painting of the nude woman in court (I forget the details) and ended with the painting of a man’s crotch called “The origin of war”. There was no real message, but the voyage was vivid and entertaining.
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5 * 3 * 2007

Net een stokje gekregen van Frank, en ik dacht er toch al aan een korte review van 2007 te schrijven, dus …

3 artiesten die ik in 2007 leerde kennen

  • Balkan Beat Box
  • Corinne Bailey Ray
  • John Legend

3 dingen die ik niet licht zal vergeten

  • Nina.

3 stommiteiten of blunders

  • Barcamp Brussels #4 organiseren omdat ik vond dat het nodig was, niet omdat ik het wou. Het kwam op een slecht moment voor mij en ik heb er niet dezelfde energie ingestoken als de vorige keren, met het te verwachten resultaat. Geen erg, het was het moment om de fakkel door te geven.
  • Mij laten gaan, op allerlei vlakken, met als apotheose alleen thuis zitten op Oudejaar met longontsteking. Augmentin met broodje kaas, en de eindejaarsshow van Raf Coppens trekt nergens op.
  • Vrienden verwaarlozen. Dat rechtzetten is direct een goed voornemen voor 2008.

3 dingen waar ik trots op ben

  • De manier waarop mijn passie voor tango, fotografie en Web2.0 tesamen kwam in de creatie van www.milonga.be, met agenda, wekelijkse newsletter en binnenkort forum. Is nu al de #2 tango portal in Belgie, nog 1 te gaan.
  • De organisatie van Barcamp Brussels #3. Die ging zeer vlot, op een gezellige locatie, veel sprekers, super sponsors, goeie sfeer.
  • Mijn eerste foto in de krant voor een artikel over het tango wereldkampioenschap in Buenos Aires.

3 gekochte of gekregen dingen

  • De auto die ik wou. Nogal klein, nogal gulzig, desalniettemin de auto die ik wou.
  • Mijn Canon 50mm fixed lens, heeft me veel doen evolueren als fotograaf.
  • Een scheermes met borstel en schuim. Ik scheer nu weer nat, onder de douche.

3 mensen die dit stokje van mij krijgen

Tja, ik heb mezelf wat geisoleerd uit het bloggerswereldje de laatste 6 maand, ik hoop dat er nog op posts van mij gereageerd wordt. 

MIVB en Google Transit

Wouldn’t this be a great idea: the Brussels public transport not mapped by MIVB‘s horribly unpractical route planner, but by Google’s Transit maps. You just need to get an export of the stops, the routes and the times, and they can be shown on Google Maps just like that. Where should we start looking for the source data? Then create agency.txt, stops.txt, routes.txt, trips.txt, stop_times.txt, calendar.txt and that’s it.

Google Transit Feed

Google transit

Barcamp Where #4

Barcamp Brussels #4
I’m getting a little nervous. Barcamp Brussels is gonna happen on Nov 24th or Dec 1st and I still haven’t found a location. All my options have returned negative. The previous times I never really had a problem with that.

So I’m gonna put the question out there: who knows a nice location for Barcamp Brussels #4? If possible, I would actually like it to be hosted at someone’s offices, since it’s on a Saturday anyway …

  • In Brussels (not just the center, let’s take Brussel/Halle/Vilvoorde)
  • I expect around 100 attendees 
  • we need 3-4 presentation rooms of 20-30 persons each
  • a hall or lounge with seats and coffee would be nice
  • catering on-site or otherwise a neighbourhood with restaurants at walking distance
  • available Wifi would be handy – or we can set that up ourselves
  • preferably easy to reach by public transport, or with sufficient parking
  • if the location costs more than, say, 2000€, it’s not an option.
  • I tried a lot of socio-cultural venues (KVS, BSB, DeBuren, BTCCTB …) , but the moment I mention ‘Internet’ they say ‘no’. So I gave up on those.
  • none of the locations of the previous events

Suggestions welcome via mail or comment!

Announced: Barcamp Brussels #4

It’s almost been 6 months, so here we go for the 4th time: I’m starting the preparations for Barcamp Brussels #4.

Barcamp Brussels #4

The proposed dates are: Nov 24th or Dec 1st. Location: to be defined. Sponsors: to be defined (you know how to reach me). Logo can be found on Flickr.

If you want to attend and/or present: please add your name to http://barcampbrussels.wikispaces.com/BarcampBrussels4.

(via www.barcamp.be )

Porque te vas

This is a song I like to play when I’m DJing, it makes people smile: “Porque Te Vas” by Jeanette (Dimech).

I got reminded of this song by a newsletter of the Beursschouwburg, they’re doing a “Porque Te Vas” contest where people can bring new versions of this classic. Inscription before Oct 10th, and the event is held on Oct 24th, with hosts STIJN and Pieter De Buysser, the jury consists of Maria Tarantino and Stijn Meuris.

Hoy en mi ventana brilla el sol
Y el corazon
Se pone triste contemplando la ciudad
Porque te vas

My City, Your city: Brussels

Because Ine asked me nicely:
Apple Martini

  • My favorite ‘grab-a-bite’: De Markten, certainly when it’s sunny and you can sit outside
  • My favourite shop: Mr Ego for clothes, Passaporta for books – for CDs I would want a shop like the Virgin store in Paris: scan any CD’s barcode and you can listen to it on any headphone set in the shop – since there is no shop like that in Brussels: I shop Amazon
  • My favorite restaurant: SkieveLat (Sablon), very close to where I live – great ‘ribbekes’
  • My favorite ‘take my friends when in town’: l’Achepot on the Graanmarkt (awful website, but nice restaurant), in the Dansaert area, or resto Henri near the Varkensmarkt
  • Other 5 things to mention: the restaurant on top of the Muziekinstrumentmuseum, the Chaff cafe – best terrace on the Vossenplein, the Warandepark/Parc Royal – with the nice Kiosk, café Roskam – my hangout place in the ‘Vlaamse’ area, the Recyclart tavern – cheap, cosy and with free Wifi!

And I’m gonna throw the stick at a couple of fellow-Ketjes (Brussels inhabitants, that is):

  1. Alex
  2. Bruno
  3. Frank
  4. Mike
  5. Wouter