Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Girl with a Pearl Earring

We went to the Maurtishuis today. I've been living in The Hague for 21 years but haven't been there since today... Have seen some old paintings by great Dutch painters, including Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring. I must say I was somewhat underwhelmed by it.

First it's not a large painting. Not that bigger paintings are better, but still. Second it depicts a pretty girl but it's a very polished girl. A bit like those perfect faces of celebrities on the covers of glossy magazines. I expected a lot more detail.

I also viewed The Bull by Paulus Potter. Wow! Now that's what I call detailed!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Etsy - Bracelet

I bought this really nice leather bracelet on Etsy. The seller has much more nice ones for sale. No affiliation, just a satisfied customer.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

OpenWrt

Not quite happy with Netgears own firmware for the WNDR3700v2 I installed DD-WRT on it. Everything is there again, the DD-WRT web GUI is very familiar to me. The web GUI is sluggigh though, that's not how it remember it to be. It's supposed to be snappy, that's what it was like when running on the WRT54GL. Stability-wise there's room for improvement. So back to Netgears own firmware. I remembered having read somewhere that Netgear's 3700v2 firmware is based on OpenWrt. After a bit of searching I discovered a pre-compiled OpenWrt firmware for my 3700v2, great for Linux noobs like me. Flashing the firmware went smooth. Then followed a bit of a uh-oh moment as the OpenWrt GUI came up... It's much more intimidating than Tomato, DD-WRT or Netgears own GUI. There's so much more you can configure and thus potentially screw-up... Still I managed to set it up into a working configuration. Now it's time to check if it's stable.

What I like about it already is that you're not limited to just two of three DNS servers. I now have six DNS servers it can choose from.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Perfume

Scent is invisible so the packaging has a lot of work to do. The most potent selling tool of all is the bottle.

Another fine BBC production. All three episodes can be found in alt.binaries.documentaries.

Those Geoffrey Beene men's fragrances come in a bland bottle compared to many others. For those insusceptible to marketing, or as some people say bullshit?

Here's Chandler Burr again. Interesting stuff.