I guess this comes up sometimes when I talk to people online. Especially religious people. But I think it merits a post on my blog, and my blog needs a new post. So this is me killing multiple birds with one stone. So, when religion comes up, I do have to confess I am an Atheist. What makes me a bit different from your typical Atheist is that I am a natural one.

I guess some of you noticed that I don’t post anything on Facebook any more. I guess you noticed right. I’ve deleted the facebook and messenger apps on my phone and removed it from my bookmarks. Note that I never said I deleted my facebook account. Because I didn’t. So, how do I keep in touch? I’ve set up an XMPP server with some transports. I’ve set up transports for Facebook messenger and Google hangouts.

Distracted? Yeah, those are a thing. At least they are to me. Ever since I’ve took an axe to most of the distractions on my phone (also known as notifications), I’ve been a lot more productive, and where I have not been productive, my slacking has become productive. While I’m not distracted by notifications from social media, I’ve been able to tend to projects that I had put off for half a year, if not more.

So, what’s going on? Hey folks, As some of you undoubtedly have noticed, it’s been pretty quiet on my end. I haven’t been active a lot on social media. And I understand some of you might miss be a bit. So, to alleviate the confusion and to bring some peace of mind, I’ll update you about what’s going on with me lately. I’m not dead. I’m also not depressed or in trouble.

Oh, boy. Where do I begin? As you probably have heard, someone decided to go to the YouTube HQ near San Francisco to shoot the place up. When the news first broke, ‘progressives’ naturally assumed the perp was white, male and conservative. Imagine the shock when it broke that the shooter was female, vegan/animal activist/extreme left, and Iranian. Even though I felt terrible about it, I couldn’t help but laugh. It just proves the point I have always made when it comes to these things.

This just might be a sign that I’m getting old, because I just fail to understand this. The picture in the header does speak a thousand words. This is what I see when I go see a show of a larger known band. A sea of phones, recording the performance from a thousand angles. All of them with crappy lenses, and crappy microphones, all of them recording a subpar version of whatever is happening on stage.

I’ve been active in reenactment groups for many years together with my wife (who will be continuing this hobby), and we both started getting involved in historical reenactment together. I kinda lit the match, but for me personally, the fire has died out. I have lost interest in it. You could say my heart is no longer in it anymore, and I wish to move on. Don’t get me wrong, I still think teaching people about history by showing it to them is a wonderful goal, and the people involved in reenactment are wonderful, but I personally don’t get any enjoyment out of it anymore.

This is quite a long read. It’s also based on my opinion and how I look at things. Firstly, since I’m writing this in English, I will assume you are unfamiliar with the way Dutch government works so I will give some high-level primers first which are a tad simplified, but hopefully won’t detract from the flaws I’m pointing out. 1. Introduction As some of you know, I’m Dutch and I live and work in the Netherlands.

What is this? Just a test. I need to see if my IFTTT triggers still work the way I want. Please ignore. (Or don’t. Do whatever you want.)

Wait, did he get rid of Wordpress? Yes, he did. I hope you like how it turned out. I’m using Hugo with the Tranquilpeak theme. It’s going to change my workflow though. I have to commit my new articles into a github repository, where a webhook will trigger a rebuild of the website. An IfThisThenThat recipe will take care of posting stuff to google/twitter/etc. I’m also looking into converting other sites over, but having my first main weblog in this format is a good first step.

Emiel Kollof

Passionate geek with musical tendencies

Hacker, Tinkererer, Philosopher

Netherlands