Archive for January 12th, 2008

Murder on the Bike Path

I’m about thirty pages into a Murder in Amsterdam by Ian Buruma. So far, it’s very good. It’s mostly about the 2004 stabbing of Theo van Gogh, as well as the killing of Pim Fortuyn, the wacky, openly gay right wing politician who had a huge following. They were friends and very anti-Muslim. Van Gogh was killed by a Muslim fundamentalist, but Fortuyn had been killed by a Dutch animal rights activist.

Only in the Netherlands.

I’m still looking for a more 1992 centric source for daily life in Amsterdam. And I’m not finding enough English language resources about the daily lives/roles of foreigners in Amsterdam. Until I do, I’m sure I can just make some stuff up, polder it out and create ground to stand on where there was none before. It’s a very Dutch thing to do.

Dear Denon DN-S1000,

I’m gonna getcha. I’m gonna getcha good. And when I do, it’s scratch time.

I’ve been waiting to add to my current set, and I this would be a good choice. Ideally, I’d want two scratchable turntables, but I want to test drive one first. Strangely enough, they cost the same at J&R as they do at Turntable Lab. I’ll probably get them from Turntable Lab.

Lately, I’ve been tempted to get Ableton Live. My laptop’s kind of slow, though, so I’d only do that after getting a new one. But for now, I think a hands- on experience might be nice. It’s very lovely, don’t you think? It doesn’t look vinyl-ish, but that really doesn’t matter to me. As long as it acts as such.

January 2008
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