Tuesday, October 15, 2019

L.J. Cohen - Derelict / Ithaka Rising / ...

Review.

The Halcyone Space series now contains 4, no wait, 5 books. I noticed them earlier, but didn't pay much attention to them.

What actually triggered me was the cover and the title of book 3: Dreadnought and Shuttle. I can't say why, it just... spoke to me.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Dremel 3d20 - Fan mount

The Dremel 3d20 (and the FlashForge Dreamer) both have a small, very noisy fan at the bottom of the assembly. Very noisy...

I saw a few solutions on the Internet where they use a newly printed bracket with silicone dampers as used in a PC. Most solutions put too much pressure / force on the dampers though.

Monday, October 7, 2019

Sirius the Jaeger

Review.

Netflix added a number of Anime series last year, and one of those is the 12 episode Sirius the Jaeger. Vampires and werewolves seem to be as popular as ever, so you guess what this show is about...

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Automated bathroom ventilation - Proof of concept

My house is using a centralized ventilation system (a WHR950) with three operating modes. You're supposed (!) to switch to mode 1, 2 or 3, using a switch in the leaving room, whenever needed... which no-one ever does.

I was wondering... could I automate this?

Homematic - Missing messages mess up metering

Well, actually they mess up diagrams, but this title sounds better 😅

My Homematic CCU2 collects data and displays them in a diagram. I had added an additional Temperature / Humidity sensor in the bathroom (for a future ventilation project) but sometimes an error was displayed, about some 'data missing'.

Monday, September 30, 2019

Alastair Reynolds - Revenger 2 - Shadow Captain

Review.

Shadow Captain is book two in the Revenger series.

The sequel to Revenger. If the monniker YA (Young Adult)  applies to Revenger then this sequel would have to be considered YA as well, but Reynolds is doing his best to blur the line.

Monday, September 23, 2019

D&D 5e - Wapens en Weapon Bonuses (Dutch)

Dutch.

In D&D 5e zijn er twee soorten wapens: melee wapens (hand-to-hand combat, zwaarden, hamers en dergelijke) en ranged weapons (kruisboog, darts, enzovoorts).

Maar wanneer pas je nou welke bonus toe?

Brandon Sanderson - Skyward 1 - Skyward

Review.

Another book in another series. YA, which is fine, but it suffers from an overdose of naivety. Unfortunately.

Sunday, September 22, 2019

D&D 5e - Death en Healing (Dutch)

Dutch.

Er kunnen meerdere redenen zijn waarom het aantal (actuele) hitpoints daalt. Combat is daar de meest waarschijnlijke van. Elke keer wannner je karakter schade ondervind gaan je (actuele) hitpoints naar beneden...

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

D&D Forgotten Realms Maps Comparison

Comparing different versions of a map of a fantasy world?!?

Pretty useless, this, but hey! I always wanted to do this, so when I had a little moment of nothing better to do (actually, lots of other important things to do, but I just wanted to do something useless, for once 😅)...

Monday, September 16, 2019

Cinda Williams Chima - Seven Realms 1 - The Demon King

Review.

The first entry in what appears to be a very long series of romance / fantasy novels. Not sure yet how good or bad they are as a series.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

D&D 5e - Hitpoints en Hit Dice (Dutch)

Dutch.

Hitpoints geven aan hoe gezond je karakter is (en hoeveel schade je karakter nog kan hebben).

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Vrije koeling? Zet het raam open! (Dutch)

Dutch.

De afgelopen weken was het heel warm in Nederland. Maar... wanneer is het nou handig om een raam open te zetten? Wanneer het 1. binnen te warm is, en 2. buiten koeler is dan binnen.

Even naar buiten lopen om in te schatten is een goede methode. Maar wat als we nou toch al een Domotica systeem hebben? 😎

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Astrid Scholte - Four Dead Queens

Review.

Thief steals a memory and tries to stop a murderer from killing all four queens.

Okay but not exceptional.

Friday, September 6, 2019

D&D 5e - Saving Throws (Dutch)

Dutch.

We zijn er bijna (nou ja, niet echt 😊)... Na Ability Scores en Skill Checks is het nu tijd voor... Saving Throws.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

D&D 5e - Skill Checks en Proficiency Bonus (Dutch)

Dutch.

Hoe succesvol is een D&D 5e karakter in zijn / haar taken?
Kan hij / zij jongleren? Timmeren? Overleven in de wildernis?

In D&D worden hiervoor Skill Checks gedaan.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Linux Mint on Asus EeePc Netbook 1005HA

I am not a Linux expert and never will be.

But this old Netbook that's gathering dust might just get a second chance at life, so I dusted it off and gave it a spin. It once ran Windows XP well but that's no longer an option...

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

D&D 5e - Ability, Ability Modifier, Advantage (Dutch)

Dutch.

Wat zijn de basis regels voor D&D 5e? Ik heb geen idee 😅

Maar... omdat ik zelf ook een beginner ben, zal ik mijn ervaring met je delen. Eerst maar eens wat basis zaken...

Monday, September 2, 2019

Brian Staveley - The Unhewn Throne - The Emperor's Blades / The Providence of Fire / ...

Review.

I’ve picked up all three on a Dapperite’s suggestion (I think it was Jan, but not entirely sure).  Let’s start with the verdict: a good fantasy trilogy, some new ideas, and an interesting world. Yes, worth reading.

Sunday, September 1, 2019

D&D 5e NL - De dobbelstenen (Dutch)

Dutch.

Je hebt zes verschillende dobbelstenen. Het is handig om van sommige dobbelstenen een paar extra exemplaren te hebben, dat maakt het allemaal wat sneller, maar echt nodig is het niet.

D&D 5e - Wat heb je nodig (Dutch)

Dutch.

Dungeons & Dragons is leuk en helemaal niet zo moeilijk.

Ik zal een paar posts plaatsen over (de regels van) 5e. Makkelijk voor de wannabe spelers voor wie de Engelse taal wel eens problemen oplevert. En aangezien ik het zelf ook nog moet leren 😅...


D&D 5e - Onderwerpen en Links (Dutch)

Dutch.

Omdat ik het overzicht een beetje kwijtraakte heb ik alle links (tenzij relevant voor het onderwerp) op deze pagina verzameld en gegroepeerd.

Saturday, August 31, 2019

The Secret

Dapper #166 has arrived (yeah, that thing)...

And I personally raised the artist who provided the front cover! Which wasn't easy 😇 (Click on the image to enlarge.)

... But... if you want to commission some artwork, drop me a line. I'll forward it to her and she'll be happy to get in touch with you to work something out.

Friday, August 30, 2019

Dungeons & Dragons - 20 years later... (Dutch)

Dutch.

Na een jaar of 20 (!) nauwelijks gespeeld te hebben was het afgelopen week zo ver: ik heb (eindelijk) weer een keertje Dungeons & Dragons gespeeld.

Dat was wel even wennen, maar eerlijk gezegd: voor herhaling vatbaar! Volgende week weer!

Monday, August 26, 2019

Battle Angel Alita

Review.

Great popcorn movie, and surprisingly true to its anime / manga roots. It didn’t do very well at the box office, so I fear we’ll never get the sequel it deserves, unfortunately… Still worth watching!

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

SR7011 - small / large / LFE / Smart Select / Pure Audio (Dutch)

Dutch.

De Marantz SR6011 / SR7011 (en waarschijnlijk ook de andere modellen als de SR5011, SR7010, SR7012, SR7013 enzovoorts) hebben een 'Pure' en 'Pure Direct' stand. Maar die werkt net even anders als de soortgelijke functie op de Sony ES serie.

Hier wat algemene informatie over LFE en specifieke informatie over de Marantz apparaten, waaronder Smart Select.

Monday, August 19, 2019

The Umbrella Academy

Review.

I’m getting a little superhero- tired. The Umbrella Academy is, fortunately, quirky enough to stay enjoyable. All superheroes involved are adopted (?) gifted kids and part of a grand dysfunctional family.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Alex Hughes - Mindspace Investigations - Clean / Sharp / Marked

Review.

He's Harry, Jim, but not as you'd know it.

Sharp and Marked are the sequels to Clean. A future PI, former drug addict, working for the police with unreliable psionic powers tries to escape his past.


Wednesday, August 7, 2019

MeetUp (Dutch)

Dutch.

MeetUp is an-sich niet echt bijzonder: een website waar mensen met dezelfde interesse elkaar treffen, en afspraken maken om elkaar in persoon te ontmoeten, maar dan voor hobbies...

M'n dochter noemde het 'Tinder voor nerds'... zucht.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Google Drive aka Backup & Sync (Dutch)

Dutch.

Dag dag DropBox. Ik vond je leuk, maar nu je me beperkt tot 3 apparaten is het einde oefening. En daarboven kost je te veel.

Dus, tijd voor iets anders, ditmaal: Google Drive.

Monday, August 5, 2019

Andrew Seiple - Dire 1 - Dire Born

Review.

What to make of this one... a fresh take on the superhero / super-villain trope, with a villain who might just be a hero. Or not.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Alan Parsons - The Secret

Review.

After 15 years of of live concerts, rehashes and other activities Parsons finally went back into the studio and recorded The Secret.

And it’s much better than the previous A Valid Path which was, frankly, a disappointment. This one's much, much better!

Monday, July 29, 2019

Dennis E. Taylor - Bobiverse - We Are Legion / For We Are Many / All These Worlds

Review.

Enjoyable, somewhat nerdy space opera with lots of popular culture references and some hard SF. Include some politics, some aliens, and a twenty first century personality transplanted into a computer brain and you're there.

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Cats

Review.

Though story-wise it pretty much amounts to nothing Cats is still a spectacle to behold. So when the London West-End cast visited the Netherlands for a kind of farewell tour I was considering going there. Didn’t go at first, balking at the price of a decent seat.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Rachel Aaron - Heartstriker - Nice dragons finish last / One good dragon deserves another / ...

Review.

So yes, another romance / fantasy title. But in this case the fantasy part is more important than the romance part, so that's fine. And it's a good and fun read, so I'll take it in stride.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Rachel Aaron - Minimum Wage Magic

Review.

Little did I know that Rachel Aaron is Rachel 'Paradox' Bach, but yeah. It’s her. She wrote a fantasy series called Heartstrikers which I haven’t read yet, and now there’s this new book set in the same universe.

So what is it all about? (Sneaky preview: it's a fun read!)

Monday, July 8, 2019

Desperaux (2009)

Review.

Desperaux may have simply hit the theater at the wrong moment, back in 2009. It's hard to stand up against the mega million dollar marketing machine that supports movies like Bolt... However, Desperaux still is a very nice movie. A bit uneven, perhaps, but it's in its own way an animated original modern classic...

Monday, July 1, 2019

Obert Skye - Wizard for Hire

Review.

Since Harry Potter there have been many books inspired by the tale of a young boy becoming something special in a magical setting. Some could be considered 'inspired' by, others are a complete 'rip-off'.

Fortunately, Skye's world and characters might be inspired by (and actually even refer to) the Potterverse, but this is done in a way that actually supports the story, instead of claiming some understanding of pop culture.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Bolt (2009)

Review.

Gosh, this is beginning to look like a movie review project. Next one please. We watched Bolt, together with the kids, in the cinema some Sunday afternoon way back when...

Monday, June 17, 2019

Jake Bible - Mech Corps

Review.

I'm not sure what to make of this book. The author Jake Bible wrote a number of series, and this is the first book I've read written by him. Most likely he's self published.

I'm just not sure what he tried to write, because it has some promising subplots which are never fleshed out.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Noir

Review.

I've talked about this before I think (and if I did not I should have).

Noir turns out to be a superb series, contemporary setting (well, back in 2000 😄) and somewhat different from other anime. What makes this series stand out is music and style... It oozes style...

Monday, June 3, 2019

Adrian Tchaikovsky - Children of Time

Review.

A human generation ship returns to a terraformed world where spiders have become the dominating intelligent species. It's a good book though sometimes a little predictable, especially the last two or three chapters.

Still a good read / listen. Not for people who are scared of spiders though 😂

Friday, May 31, 2019

Music was my first love

Today it's all about music... Manage your collection, rip music, play music online, find new stuff, etcetera.

So... Spotify, Jango, Youtube, Gnosic, Music Map, MP3Tag, SQB, and Discog... What else?

Monday, May 27, 2019

Heroes / Heroes Reborn

Review.

Heroes Reborn was doing fairly well, up until episode 6 or so. That episode was hard to watch... Painful, predictable, almost (?) 'fanboyish' scripting. It shows why Heroes was canceled five years ago.

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Heroes

Review.

With Heroes and Heroes Reborn finished it is time to look back.

What did I think of Heroes when it surfaced, back in 2007?

(Comments taken from older installments of Dapper...)

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Ziggo: prijs +7%, geloofwaardigheid -77% (Dutch)

Column. Dutch.

Ziggo's prijs omhoog met 7%... Gaat lekker, Ziggo. 28% in drie jaar. Is er nog iemand die geloofd in de verklaring 'betere dienstverlening'?


Ik al lang niet meer...



Monday, May 20, 2019

Jake Bible - Flipside

Review.

In Flipside a group of people travel back in time through a kind of 'time bubble'. The actual flipping mechanism is interesting, and is (of course) abused by (of course) the Russians, who go on to (almost) destroy the world.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Game of Thrones - Season 6

Review.

Season 6 is solid but not outstanding. Though 'solid' for Game of Thrones might equal 'exceptional' for some other shows.

Many die, as usual 😏 In spite of that quite enjoyable.

Now I better hurry up watching season 7, as 8 is already broadcasting!

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Alex Hughes - Mindspace Investigations 1 - Clean

Review.

Now here's a pleasant surprise. I've always been partial to detective stories, and SF or Fantasy 'noir', and this is one of those. On top of that the main character has some special powers (he's a telepath) and is seriously flawed (a former drug addict).

Monday, May 6, 2019

Glynn Stewart - Interstellar Mage

Review.

There are actually two series of books staged in the same universe. Thus far I've only read book one of the second (spin-off) series.

An interstellar mage gets picked up by a freighter captain with history, and the two of them become unwillingly involved in interplanetary conspiracy and piracy.