Posts made in August, 2012

Music on a Monday

Posted on Aug 27, 2012 | 2 comments

Last night something came across TV that sparked a 30 minute lesson in classic Belgian music. It led to my first introduction to the Belgian artist, Jacques Brel and his music; which seems more like poetry than anything else. Perhaps some of you know him and his music, perhaps some of you don’t, but I think on a Monday we can all enjoy a little music.

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A sea, you say?

Posted on Aug 15, 2012 | 5 comments

A sea, you say?

As surprising as it may be for such a tiny country, believe it or not, Belgium actually has a coastline. Only about 70 km of coastline on the North Sea, but it is beautiful and enjoyed to the fullest at every pleasant-weathered opportunity. I know that not a lot of people have a wealth of knowledge about Belgium. That isn’t a problem for me; it actually makes it more fun to write about Belgium because it is still an undiscovered and mysterious place for many. Let’s start with geography for this post; take a look at the Google map of Belgium below and familiarize yourself a bit with the geography and the tiny but noteworthy coastline. Normally when I try to explain anything about Belgium, the first necessary bit of information is to remind people where it is.

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Technological Let Down

Posted on Aug 12, 2012 | 7 comments

Technological Let Down

To make a comparison between the technology that we have presently and the technology that existed when I was a child often leaves me in pure astonishment. I remember the first mobile phone that my family owned. In fact, it probably shouldn’t have really been called ‘mobile’ because it still had a spiral cord connecting it to its fashionable leather case complete with velcro flap. I also remember when we added the first computer to our home. It was a noisy monster that took up a large portion of the desk, but MS Paint was the best thing I had come across in all my 7 years. A couple years down the line I was waiting away hours of my pre-adolescent life for the dial-up internet connection to connect so that I could check my Hotmail account. Hotmail changed to Myspace, Myspace changed to Facebook, Tweets started flying about, and now you can let someone know where you are and what you’re doing via check-ins, Instagram photos, or video chat just about anytime and anywhere you want.

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