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 great 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, en niet... euh.. 'van dattum'. Maar... Het werkt.

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

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.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Stephen King - The Dark Tower / ...

Review.

I was looking forward to read more of The Dark Tower aka The Gunslinger series by Stephen King. Strangely enough, the fact that it's an ending series seems to put me off! I've read part 1 to 6, and they were fine, but I just wanted this series to go on and on, I guess...

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Amy Duboff - Cadicle

Review.

Space Opera. The cover claims: "Reads like a classic from the masters."

And indeed it does. A bad classic. By masters in what exactly? Sorry, but this one's a definite do not read.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Game of Thrones - Season 5

Review.

Not all seasons are created equal. The episodes in season 5 of Game of Thrones are of 'varying quality'... With its weakest point the Dorne arc...

Friday, April 19, 2019

Craig Alanson - Aces

Review.

The cover blurb says it all: kids are not supposed to rescue their parents. Well, in this case they do.

This is a YA but it's also perfectly suitable for younger kids as well as adults. Entertaining.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Glynn Stewart - Space Carrier Avalon / Stellar Fox / ...

Review.

It’s military space opera, small federation fighting big evil commonwealth, hotshot pilot becomes captain after an accident.

It isn’t bad, but we’ve seen all of this before. (David Weber, anyone?) Fortunately Stewart’s writing and plots are better than, for example, Nuttall’s.

Monday, April 8, 2019

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Alan Wake (XBox360 / XBox One)

Review.

Remember Alan Wake? In 2010 Remedy Entertainment and Microsoft Studios released Alan Wake for XBox and PC.

That's almost 10 years ago... So... why revisit it?

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

SQB v0.22x

SQB has been updated to 0.22x. It now can launch multiple instances of Sox, vastly improving conversion speed (3 to 4 times faster in typical use scenarios on a Ryzen 12 core processor).

Monday, April 1, 2019

Game of Thrones - Season 4

Review.

Many claim season 4 to be the best season of Game of Thrones thus far. They just might be right...

Where to start... at the beginning, I guess 😁

Spoilers ahead.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Christoper Nuttall - Fists of Justice / The Gordian Knot / ...

Review.

Nuttall continues.

The guy is productive, I'll give him that. He either makes a lot of money, or needs to write to just come by. I suspect the latter 😊 because we all cannot be like Stephen King 😌

Monday, March 18, 2019

Armageddon

Review.

I did watch The X-Files - Fight The Future a the second time. (The first time back in 1999.) It was disappointing then, and it was still disappointing, 20 years later.

I had better memories of Armageddon and decided to give that one another try as well. The same 20 years later 😊

Sunday, March 17, 2019

State of (Remote) Play - PS4 / XBox / Steam

Question...

Assume your console sits in in the living room... and your mother in law has a Tupperware party... and there's this brand new game you smuggled into the house, still hiding in your backpack... then what do you do?

Monday, March 11, 2019

Game of Thrones - Season 3

Review.

Where season 2 was mere 'meh' season 3 goes all out. Murder? Check. Blood? Check. Rape? Check. Revenge? Check. Mutilation? Check.

Well, I wasn't expecting too much after season 2, but this time... wow...

Spoilers ahead!

Monday, March 4, 2019

Cary Caffrey - The Girls from Alcyone / The Machines of Bellatrix / Codename: Night Witch

Review.

Cary Caffrey isn't a household name. Not surprising being an indie, self published author, and since 2011 a mere 3 books in his name. (Still that's 3 more than I did! 😇)

Saturday, March 2, 2019

3D printing a LED driver enclosure - 1 - What

DIY.

I always found 3D printing fascinating, but with too many hobbies I just never found the time to delve a bit deeper into yet another time consuming paste time...

Then, a year ago or so, I ran into a heavily discounted Dremel 3D20, and without knowing anything about this printer (or about 3D printing in general) I bought it...

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

John DeChancie - The Kruton Interface

Review.

DeChancie wrote a spoof on Star Trek, featuring the starship 'Repuls(iv)e' with its not so very capable captain, poor crew, and many references to Star Trek and lawyers...

Monday, February 25, 2019

X-Files - Fight the Future

Review.

In 1999 (wow, that long ago?) I saw the first X-Files movie called Fight the Future.

I wasn't that impressed. I recently re-watched it. I'm still not that impressed. To me it looked like an extra long special episode of the regular TV series.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Time Travel Shows

Time travel will put everyone's brain in a knot...

Here's a list of all shows I know of and / or have watched in which time travel is a major repeating plot element.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Travelers Redeemed - Travelers Season 3

Review.

Can a single episode redeem a show? Yes. It can.

Travelers was discontinued on regular television, but it survived on Netflix, and a third (and probably final) season was added.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Game of Thrones - Season 2

Review.

Sorry. I wasn't very impressed with the second season, and would have given up if I did not hear such great things about this series.

So there must be something I'm missing...

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Productivity 'on the cheap'

Non-games... or software that helps me to create documents, images, 2D and 3D models, preferably free... Hey, I'm even willing to pay for some of it 😎

So here's my quest for affordable software (cheap isn't the same as free) and the things that I (tried to) use...

Monday, February 11, 2019

E. William Brown - A Perilous Waif / Fimbul Winter

Review.

I read two different, very different books by the same author. At first I wasn't even sure if it was the same author as these appear to be intended for very different audiences. Why he choose to publish both under the same pen name is a mystery to me.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Kodi v18 'Leia'

The new Kodi is here! Keep in mind that, although Kodi looks and works mostly the same, there are some differences between the different platforms, and these may throw you a curve-ball when trying to play movies stored on a local (Windows) server.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Sol Bianca - The Legacy (anime and OST)

Review.

In 2003 I watched the anime series Sol Bianca - The Legacy. I never saw the 90's series it was a sequel to (couldn't find it anywhere) but I remember the sequel itself. Mostly because of the intro song, which was great.

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Luchtkwaliteit en de OCRKJ D9-H (Dutch)

Review. Dutch.

Luchtkwaliteit is een ingewikkeld onderwerp. Zou ik er iets van kunnen zeggen met een goedkoop metertje?

(Gelijk ook een goede kans om eens binnen in zo'n ding te kijken voor het geval ik ooit zelf iets zou willen knutselen als aanvulling op Homematic...)