Extras (2007)

Extras (2007)

extra accessories
not included
sold separately


I have to do
without them

which is fine with me

(even though I know what’s excluded)

:-) & :-( (2007)


(The smiley and frowney are depicted as emoticons in respectively the traditional yellow colour and the complementary colour of yellow, purple. If not declared previously I hereby declare purple to be the official colour of the frowney.)

Happy and sad birthday 🙂 & 🙁! Today they are a quarter of a century in our midst. I remember how I wondered about the strange interpunctions in some of the first e-mails I received from a friend of mine, :)))))))) ::)) :)! and the like. A bit later “my quarter had fallen” when someone remarked you had to turn your head 90 degrees (i.e. 25 per cent of 360 degrees (a full circle)) counterclockwise..which resulted in me experiencing a proverbial Aha-erlebnis and my initiation in the world of emoticons.

(-: & )-: (which reveal themselves when turning your head clockwise) are used less often somehow, which is may be related to the fact that this text is read from left to right. In the Arabic writing system (to be read from right to left) these emoticons could be intuitively more suitable?
It could also relate to how faces are “read” by people: first look at the eyes, then the nose and finally the mouth or the reverse.

Asian emoticons are not tilted & are focussing on the eyes instead of the mouth (e.g. ^_^ & O_O (and o_O & O_o, o_o, -_-) and sometimes even omit the mouth (e.g. in case of Harō Kiti).

:- & :-/, respectively the post-:-) & post-:-( emoticons, were invented a bit later, and are the valued versions of the fundamental 😐 emoticon with a vertical bar, symbolizing indifference.

Pasta with spiced sweet vegetables/fruit and nuts/feta (vegetarian dish) (2007)


-Part of a bouillon cube
Olive oil
Tagliatelle pasta

Olive oil
-Cooked pies
Lemon juice
Curry powder
Cashew nuts
Feta cheese


-Pan (for boiling water/pasta)
-Frying pan
-Wooden spoon
-Cutting knife


Start with heating a pan of water with a little olive oil, dissolve a (small) part of a bouillon cube in it and put a lid over it. Put a saucepan on the stove with at least two spoons of olive oil in it. When the oil is hot, add some minced onion. Push a clove of garlic through a garlic press to achieve a stronger garlic taste (otherwise mince the clove with a knife) and add it to the saucepan. Cut the leek, carrot, cauliflower and zucchini and add them to the saucepan. Wait a while: you can put a lid on the saucepan now, but don’t forget to stir from time to time.
In the mean time you can probably already add the tagliatelle pasta to the boiling water in the pasta pan. Get a frying pan and slightly roast cashew nuts in olive oil (or butter).
Slice the apple and banana, sprinkle it with some lemon juice and add it to the pan, together with a bowl of cooked pies. A teaspoon of sambal (I generally prefer the milder fried sambal (“sambal badjak”) to the hot “sambal oelek”), a spoon of honey, some curry powder and a sniff of salt and pepper can be added to the saucepan at this stage.
At the very end add the roasted cashew nuts and cubed/crumbled pieces of feta. Done!

Boredom/Supervoids (2007)

WMAP ColdSpot

Ironically enough it was boredom that lead to the discovery of the supervoid in the WMAP cold spot:
Lawrence Rudnick stated: “One morning I was a little bored, and said, ‘why don’t I look in the direction of the WMAP cold spot’” He pointed the Very Large Array radio telescope in New Mexico top the area and he and his team were suprised to find a supervoid of 280 megaparsecs (nearly a billion light years) in diameter.