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Gelezen: De meeste mensen deugen – Rutger Bregman

Ik las deze week een boek dat ik iedereen aanraad: De Meeste Mensen Deugen. Rutger Bregman zet op een rij welke verkeerde aannames we doen over onszelf, de mens, en over onze natuurlijke staat van samenleven. Hij ontleedt in zijn boek hoe ons zelfbeeld vervreemd is geraakt van de werkelijkheid. Onder andere door iconische wetenschappelijke experimenten te ontkrachten en naar het rijk der mythen te verwijzen (denk aan het Stanford prison experiment).

We blijken helemaal geen laagje vernis van beschaving te hebben over onze gewelddadige kern (de aanname die keer op keer herhaald wordt in onze maatschappij). We blijken in onze kern beschaafd te zíjn. Dat mensen onderling toch afschuwelijke gevechten aangaan heeft vooral te maken met machtsstructuren die zijn ontstaan toen we zijn begonnen met het wonen op één plek.

Ik vind het boek briljant opgezet en het leest nog lekker weg ook. Aan bijna elke zin hangt een referentie, wat resulteert in een referentielijst dat uit twintig procent van het boek bestaat. Het laat zien hoe veel onderzoek Bregman heeft gedaan om tot dit resultaat te komen. Een zeldzaam goed exemplaar tussen alle bestsellers die gebaseerd zijn op ongefundeerde meningen.

Eén van de adviezen waar Bregman mee begint en eindigt: stop met het lezen van het nieuws. Het geeft je een verknipt wereldbeeld. Mijn eigen interpretatie daarvan is vooral: stop met het volgen van sociale media. Sinds ik (bijna) nooit meer inlog op Facebook en Twitter heb ik meer rust in mijn hoofd om echt relevante dingen te lezen. Zoals het boek van Bregman.

Dus mijn advies: log deze week uit op Facebook/Insta/Twitter/Tinder en gebruik je vrijgekomen tijd om Bregman’s boek te lezen. Nu.

Door |2019-10-15T14:33:23+02:0015 oktober 2019|flow, gelezen|0 Reacties

That day you have to acknowledge you need a flash

Two former colleagues organized a conference to celebrate their company exists ten years. They asked me to take pictures. I love taking photos and I love these two women so of course I said yes. I did have a challenge though. Since I don’t own a fancy ‘just bump up the ISO’ camera, and it was…

… I therefore feared to end up with blurry or grainy pictures. Not the kind of pictures I intended to give to my friends.

Therefore I did what I have put of for ten years (when I bought my first DSLR): I bought a flash.

Did I tell you I hate photos taken with a flash?

That is not entirely true. Of course I love portraits taken with flash lights. I even asked a friend who owns a full studio set up to take portraits of me and the Man. I asked another friend, a professional, to take my portrait when pregnant with Daughter. Flash lights were involved.

What I hate is pictures taken with a flash light that kill the atmosphere. Not the kind of pictures that I intend to give to my friends.

Therefore I had to come up with a solution to prevent both grainy and atmosphere killing pictures of a once in a lifetime conference party. So I did what everyone does who wants to find a solution: I youtubed my ass off for a few days. My search clarified a lot.

I couldn’t pretend to be a forever flashless photographer any longer. When taking pictures in dark corners one needs light (to shine a light on the dark deeds). I discovered that a flash needs accessories to prevent killing the atmosphere. And the last lesson was using a flash requires practice. With only one day left before the event, I knew what to do.

I strapped Daughter in her car seat and drove to my preferred camera shop. I bought a second hand flash and an accessory kit to diffuse the light coming from the flash. I went to a nearby coffee shop and treat Daughter to cake. I drove home. I attached the flash to the camera. I took hundreds of pictures (of a very patient Daughter).

One afternoon practice was all I had, but it gave me just enough confidence I would be able to use it the day after.

And so I did. And the flash was an absolute picture saver.My friends were very pleased with the result.

Mission taking pictures during a once in a lifetime event accomplished.

My friends posing with their anniversary cakes. Made possible due to flash.
Door |2019-10-15T14:11:10+02:0015 oktober 2019|flow|0 Reacties

Adobe cuts off customers because of politics

If you pay a monthly fee for software (Adobe, Microsoft, Evernote, etc etc) realise you are not buying the software, you only have a monthly subscription with the company providing access to that software. Do not depend on it being there. You can be cut off at moment’s notice. (The same might be true for some things, like a John Deere tractorby the way.)

Ton Zijlstra on Adobe cutting of Venezuelan customers due to US embargo

Ton writes what I thought when I heard the news. Though Adobe is not to blame (they don’t decide to stop trading with Venezuela), being dependent on companies that operate globally but are subject to laws in one country, their subscription model is a black swan. I’m a creative cloud customer and would not be able to do my job without access to their tools.

Door |2019-10-09T11:54:55+02:009 oktober 2019|flow|0 Reacties

A tram is not a bus you darn US centered machine!

I have to prove I’m not a robot almost every time I’m logging in to the admin of my blog. Something to do with my hosting provider becoming a target for hackers too often and my personal cookie deleting habits. Today I was asked to identify a bus. Except there was no bus. There was a tram, though. And as a European, living in The Netherlands, you spot the difference between a bus and a tram without breaking a sweat. The rails in front of the tram were even visible in the image. I reloaded the image. It felt like a little victory. Human trumps machine. For now.

Door |2019-10-08T10:16:52+02:008 oktober 2019|deze dag, flow|0 Reacties
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