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My world map, phase 4

Tinkebell
tinkebellI do follow Tinkebell on twitter. I thought i did too on facebook, but i just looked at the page i liked at the last activity was in 2014. So it seems another page is the page where she is most active on. I just liked that one.
I do remember reading about the handbag she made of her cat in 2004. The book she made in 2009, with hate mail and death threats she had recieved over the years. The 2013 calendar she made for 2 girls living in the Philippines.
Now i read her posts on twitter. I sometimes click through and read columns she writes for the Dutch newspaper Trouw.
I do really admire her. She has guts. She stands for what she believes in. She fights for it. In the gleaming thirsty eyes of the media. Deep bow.

Jeffrey Zeldman
jeffreyzeldmanI bought his book Designing with Web Standards in 2003. It changed my professional life. The way i wanted to live it.
30 May his website was twenty years old. He wrote a post about being “creative“. Which i do agree with, wholeheartedly.

A List Apart was launched as a mailing list in 1997. The next year it turned into a website. It is still part of my rss feeds. It’s not that i read every article published, but some i do love. Salute!

Joris Luyendijk
Joris-LuyendijkJoris Luyendijk’s last book is a smash hit in the Netherlands, Dit kan niet waar zijn (This cannot be true). Basis of this book was his time spend in the London City and writing a blog with interviews with City bankers for the Guardian. I haven’t read any of his books yet, but i did follow his interviews about his last book. A good journalist. Chapeau!

Ewald Engelen
Ewald-EngelenEwald Engelen i noticed with his criticism on Europe, universities, TTIP, banks, economics among other things. He writes a column for the Groene Amsterdammer. He is not afraid to speak his mind. Most of his articles are in Dutch. On several issues he linked to on Facebook i got very upset. Quite mad actually. I still can. Bow.

Matthijs van Nieuwkerk
matthijsvannieuwkerkA television presenter of still one of my favourite shows on Dutch tv, De wereld draait door (The world keeps turning). It’s on 5 times a week during the season, from September till December, January till May. It is known for its fast talking presenter, short interviews with the current news worthy guests. I usually do check out if there are any interesting people or subjects in the show. My favourite thing to watch is the Top 2000 à Go-Go shown in December. Even though i do realise there is a hard formula behind the show, with many decisions made to keep people watching, i still do enjoy it. I do like van Nieuwkerk. He looks cute too. Too bad he is married. 🙂 Kudos!

David Foster Wallace
OUT932182When i started this map, i decided i wasn’t going to put in anybody who was dead. That excluded many many people. And then i thought of David Foster Wallace. I have his book Infinite Jest. I haven’t read it yet, but i’m pretty sure i will once during my life. Hoping, of course. I also have his book Everything and more. Still reading that one. But i’m afraid my reading these days doesn’t have the highest priority. Half of it goes beyond my understanding, but i still enjoy it. So after some thought, i decided to put in David Foster Wallace. Because of his commencement speeches. His interviews. His books. His sad death. Rest in peace.

“Because here’s something else that’s weird but true: in the day-to day trenches of adult life, there is actually no such thing as atheism. There is no such thing as not worshipping. Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship. And the compelling reason for maybe choosing some sort of god or spiritual-type thing to worship—be it JC or Allah, be it YHWH or the Wiccan Mother Goddess, or the Four Noble Truths, or some inviolable set of ethical principles—is that pretty much anything else you worship will eat you alive. If you worship money and things, if they are where you tap real meaning in life, then you will never have enough, never feel you have enough. It’s the truth. Worship your body and beauty and sexual allure and you will always feel ugly. And when time and age start showing, you will die a million deaths before they finally grieve you. On one level, we all know this stuff already. It’s been codified as myths, proverbs, clichés, epigrams, parables; the skeleton of every great story. The whole trick is keeping the truth up front in daily consciousness.”

Published on June 25, 2015 at 6:00 by

My world map, phase 3

This map has been on my mind, the whole evening, night and day. I still miss some people. Actually, the most important people!

Beyoncé
She is fierce. Definitely. She also seems to be a hardworking dedicated person. I love Crazy in love. I actually made a present out of it. Just the text. She looks out of this world. She actually does seem to have it all. The career, the love, the child.

I remember reading about a meeting with Whitney Houston, who told them to, stay together. That didn’t happen. They might still be friends of course, but their paths in their careers have split. I don’t know why Whitney said this to them, how she meant it. But i did spend some time thinking about this.

I do hope Beyoncé keeps it going. She is the type of woman i could become jealous of! Well, not right now, but i could have in the past. Fortunately for me she is a bit outside of my main interests, so it never happened.

Joss Whedon
If i would decide the rating on my list of heroes with only my mind, Joss Whedon would be number one. I remember seeing the movie Buffy the Vampire Slayer on the Rotterdam Filmfestival, probably in 1993. I liked it, as a lighthearted inbetween movie.

And then Buffy happened. I fell in love with the series. It was on a commercial net in the Netherlands. It was just wonderful. I also watched Angel. Not as good, but still fun with some great episodes. Firefly. Damn. I watched it with these 300 MB files, tiny. I still remember putting my couch in front of my computer and just feeling lost in the verse. It is still my favourite show. Dollhouse i sort of liked. Not the serial bits to be honest, but the part where it jumped into the future was a great twist. Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog i loved! As i did Cabin in the Woods. Much ado about nothing was a grat watch as well. Seeing all my fave actors in the house designed by Joss Whedon’s wife Kai Cole.

Then Joss Whedon exploded on the world. Whoah! Kaboom! The Avengers. I’m not a big comic book fan, but i did go to the cinema for the first Avengers movie. I did truly enjoy it.

I am curious about Whedon’s next steps. I know he has quit his Twitter account. He is taking some time of. I’m quietly waiting for it. Salute!

“You have, which is a rare thing, that ability and the responsibility to listen to the dissent in yourself, to at least give it the floor, because it is the key — not only to consciousness, but to real growth. To accept duality is to earn identity. And identity is something that you are constantly earning. It is not just who you are. It is a process that you must be active in.”
“So here’s the thing about changing the world. It turns out that’s not even the question, because you don’t have a choice. You are going to change the world, because that is actually what the world is. You do not pass through this life, it passes through you. You experience it, you interpret it, you act, and then it is different. That happens constantly. You are changing the world. You always have been, and now, it becomes real on a level that it hasn’t been before. And that’s why I’ve been talking only about you and the tension within you, because you are — not in a clichéd sense, but in a weirdly literal sense — the future.”

Green Gartside
I can’t resist. Joss Whedon should be my number 1! But he is not. Green Gartside is. And this site is about me, my choices. It was a bit of torture to try and find a decent picture of Green. With the right size. I think i managed. A bit. It’s big enough anyway.

There is Green’s acceptance speech for a honorary Doctorate at Goldsmiths in February 2015.

“I know of course that much of the work we all do is at times solitary and perhaps essentially so but there is something almost perverse in reading about the contingent, collective, contextual connectedness of all things and the social interrelatedness of power, knowledge and truth – when you are completely alone. And it will drive you mad.”

Ooh, in case you do not know, Green Gartside is the core member of Scritti Politti. Scritti has silences lasting longer than a popgroups entire career. The current one is a bit less silent than the previous ones. There was a best of Scritti collection in 2011, with two new songs. Some cooperations too. But the last album came out in 2006, White Bread Black Beer, nine years ago.

I am curious which path Green will take next. My soft spot is still with David Gamson‘s music. The man with a remarkable short wikipedia page. 🙂 But i don’t know anything about Scritti’s future, sorry to say.

Another youtube playlist, from Cupid & Psyche 85 days. This time there are clips visible whenever possible.

Pfff, man this page is hard work. I had real trouble with Green Gartside. There isn’t that much good material of him out there. I was happy with the acceptance speech! There are many interviews of course. But nothing that really got to me.

This is the third day i’m updating the world map. I’m sure there will be other days following, but from now on with longer times inbetween. Names did pop up in my mind, but for this update i wanted to limit the persons added. It was a bit of a tunnel i had to go through. I’m like, a bit confused now.

I’m gonna drink a cider and see if there is anything on tv. Hopefully i will sleep a bit more tonight than last night. Or the night before that. Or before that.

*sigh*

This moment it’s hard being Ellen, for sure.

Bye bye lovelies

*kiss*

Published on June 18, 2015 at 6:00 by

My world map, phase 2

This map is on my mind the whole day. So i figured, better get some more people on it.

Starting with people more in line with me. People i really admire, or am baffled about. Artists.

Jeff Koons. I’ve known his work since the late 80s. Part of my end thesis for art school was about him. I saw the big puppy made with all flowers in Germany in the early 90s. The one time i went to the Documenta in Kassel. I do really love the look of the balloon dogs. He is still weird.

I’ve seen documentaries by and about Ai Weiwei. Deep respect for this man living in a difficult country for an artist, who keeps on fighting not simply against every rule taking out, but for his believe in living true. Salute!

Gerhard Richter.

“One has to believe in what one is doing, one has to commit oneself inwardly, in order to do painting. Once obsessed, one ultimately carries it to the point of believing that one might change human beings through painting. But if one lacks this passionate commitment, there is nothing left to do. Then it is best to leave it alone. For basically painting is idiocy.”

Cindy Sherman. I’ve known her work from when she did her film stills in the 80s.It does bring back memories of when i was reading art critic articles. Which is like 20 25 years ago. I still do like her work. And what is that? She was David Byrne’s girlfriend? For some reason i always thought David Byrne was married. I’m like.. a bit stunned. He is back on my list of eligible man! 🙂

Marlene Dumas. Exquisite.

Chuck Close. Love his work. Saw an exhibit in London ten years ago or something. Wonderful.

Even though i left this world behind a long time ago, it is still close to my heart. There are many more artists, but i have also not paid much attention to all the artists coming up. Ai Weiwei is the only new one on my list.

David Bowie. I mean.. duh. I’m not an all out fan like some people i know. Who have had a crush on him since their teens. But i do love his music, his performances. His style.

“What I’ve Learned, I’m in awe of the universe, but I don’t necessarily believe there’s an intelligence or agent behind it. I do have a passion for the visual in religious rituals, though, even though they may be completely empty and bereft of substance. The incense is powerful and provocative, whether Buddhist or Catholic.

A deep bow.

Madonna. Where to start. The hits i still enjoy: Holiday, Like a virgin, Material girl, Open your heart, True blue, Like a prayer, Express yourself, Cherish, Vogue, Ray of light. I don’t really get into her latest stuff. With which i mean the stuff she made the last 15 years or so. 🙂 Quite the lady.

David Byrne. His name already was mentioned in this post. It’s mainly his Talking Heads days i know about. I did visit his website like, 10 years ago? Listened to a stream of music through it. I don’t even remember how. It was before Spotify. Could be just a mp3 stream. Anyways. He’s cool.

This is it for now. Enjoy your day!

Published on June 17, 2015 at 6:00 by

My world map

This is a phase 1. Today i spend a couple of hours working on this map. As you see in the above picture, vast areas haven’t been touched yet.

I started out with Barack Obama and Putin. They both still seem to me core people in the world’s events. But i also did add the Chinese president. Then the part closest to me, Europe. The three major political leaders, Merkel, Hollande and Cameron. I couldn’t leave out Rutte. He is Dutch. And Rompuy in the middle, as the European – hmm, not even sure what his function name is – aah.. President of the European Council. I also added the Greek prime minister Tsipras and the minister of finances Varoufakis. This week will be something, so they say, for the Greeks. I’m not sure about it. I’m not sure about the European Union in all honesty. I know it started out with good intentions, but to me it does seem to be growing out of proportion. But i also don’t know if there is a way back.

Then i went back the the States. I added the Clinton’s. Both yes. And the three Bushes, two former presidents and one supposedly running for it in the next election.

I did add Li Keqiang for China. To be honest, i don’t know much about Chinese politics and politicians. I do need to learn more!

The Dalai Lama. 🙂

George Clooney! He’s cute, smart, influential. I think. Matt Damon too. And Angelina Jolie.

I opened Time’s Top 100 list of Most Influential People.

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian. Kim is the biggest person on the entire map. As she is in the world.

Anita Sarkeesian! The gamer in me. I am subscribed to her youtube channel. I can still become angry at Gamergate. I simply couldn’t believe the toxic harassment coming out of it. Filthy!

Grrr 🙁

OK.

Amy Schumer. She is new to me. I like her. Lots.

Tim Cook. Satya Nadella.

Ooh.. Pope Francis! He seems a good guy. A pope.. geez.

The Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. He was in the top 100 list. And Fidel Castro too.

The last one, Björk. I still love her music. And her dresses. And her make-up. Basically, almost everything about her. I know i haven’t followed her that much over the past ten fifteen years. But still, i do love her.

So, this is phase 1. I’ll keep adding more people. I have no scientist in there at all. I don’t know where this picture will end up, maybe it will be all covered with people! In Photoshop i am so careful! I have folders of the continents, and the pictures are made freestanding by making a mask. And each layer has the name of the person. I like that.

OK, i am going to watch the final episode of Game of Thrones season five now.

Enjoy your tuesday! Or whatever day your on 🙂

PS. Kim Jong Un is on North Korea too. Sorry, forgot about him.

Published on June 16, 2015 at 6:00 by
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