Julian Frans

Last night, around 0:15 am, our baby boy Julian Frans was born. He’s a lovely, sweet little boy.

Mother and son are doing fine. Marijn and Leonie were very surprised this morning, but are very proud of their little brother.

Check out some more photos on Picasaweb.

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Tuesday, August 13th, 2013 Personal No Comments

Leonie Manon

Yesterday, November 29, Irene gave birth to a beautiful little girl: Leonie Manon.

Of course, we are very proud of this little baby and happy that all is well with both mother and daughter. Also Marijn is very proud to be a big brother now and all he wants is to hold and cuddle his little sister and to cover her in kisses.

Check out some more photos on Picasaweb.

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Monday, November 30th, 2009 Personal No Comments

Winter scenes

It’s been pretty cold in the past weeks. When it’s been freezing for such a long time, the Dutch get a special type of disease: ice fever. Within days, ice skates were sold out everywhere, because for the first time in 12 years, it was possible to skate on natural ice in The Netherlands. There was even talk about a new Elfstedentocht, but the ice didn’t get strong enough for that.

So, we too wanted to go ice skating, but I too had to buy new skates first. We finally went this Saturday.

Apart from the fun of ice skating, the cold weather also provides some beautiful natural winter scenes, and the opportunity to try to make a few nice photos.

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Sunday, January 11th, 2009 Leisure, Personal, Photography No Comments

Marijn Ruben

Last Tuesday, October 2nd, at about 9pm, Irene gave birth to a little boy: Marijn Ruben. We are very proud and happy to be the parents of this tiny new human being. He is a wonderful, sweet little baby.

Marijn Ruben

Feel free to check out the first pictures on “his own website”!

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Saturday, October 6th, 2007 Personal No Comments

Photos… lots and lots of them

In the past months, we have been very busy sticking all our photos into albums. No, not digitally, but the old-fashioned, analog ones, you know – on paper!

I had quite a backlog of photos, some even 10 years old. We had all these photos, on a big pile, in what is now the baby room. So when we started clearing out this room a few months ago, we decided that we needed to get rid of this pile. So we spent lots of evenings and complete days sorting out the photos and putting them in the albums. We even took a bunch of them on our last holiday!

Well, yesterday evening we finally stuck the last of our pictures (of that same holiday) into our latest album, so we’re finished… for now, of course…

A rough estimate:

  • 12 photo books and albums
  • 820 pages
  • 2300 photos
  • 9000 adhesive photo corners


Friday, September 28th, 2007 Personal, Photography No Comments


At the end of our holiday, last week, we had two nights with heavy rain and thunderstorms. Secretly, I had hoped for that to happen, because I wanted to try out my new camera (and toys)!

This is the result:


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Wednesday, July 25th, 2007 Leisure, Photography No Comments


As of yesterday afternoon, about 16:15, I can put these two letters in front of my name! Almost six years of work… finally finished now.

After the defence

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Wednesday, June 13th, 2007 Personal 1 Comment

Sunset in Vlissingen

In the past months I have been doing a course in photography. It was very nice and I learnt a lot – and made a lot of pictures! A hundred to a hundred and fifty a week! And we could only show 3 or 4 of those!

Well, anyway, because I haven’t been using my weblog very much in the past year, I decided that I would start a photoblog. So, the first picture is coming up right now, and hopefully, I can give you regular updates with new (or old) pictures.

All pictures made by me, of course, and with my Canon Powershot A620 digital camera, unless otherwise stated.

Sunset in Vlissingen

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Thursday, April 19th, 2007 Leisure, Personal, Photography No Comments

HEMA Online Fotoservice

Last week, we uploaded a selection of our digital photographs of our summer holiday to the HEMA, to be printed.

The last time we did that, we uploaded the photos via the website. Unfortunately, the user interface wasn’t very good. Certain selections you made were forgotten and you had to make them again. We only had about 10 photos that time, so it was not such a big problem. And the print quality turned out to be very good!

But this time, we wanted to upload 144 photos, so I didn’t feel like doing things two or three times. Therefore, I decided to try out the offline order software. Well, I’m not very enthusiastic about that either, but at least it remembers the selections you make.
When it finally came to uploading the pictures, I was quite surprised that it went so quick. I am pretty sure that my 256 kbps uplink cannot upload a 3 MB picture in about 10 seconds.

I noticed that the HEMA order software had made an “Upload” directory in its Album directory. All my original HiRes photos had been copied there, and they were disappearing one by one. But every time, the topmost picture was first replaced by a much smaller, low resolution version, before it was uploaded! I quickly copied one of those files as “evidence”. Apparently, the photos are resized to 1600 x 1200 before they are uploaded. OK, I didn’t say they could do that, but if the pictures really have to be resized before they can be printed, so be it. But the pictures were also compressed! And not just a little!

My original photo was 2724 kb, with a resolution of 3072 x 2304.
The uploaded picture was only 369 kb, with a resolution of 1600 x 1200.
Of course, I tried resizing the picture to the same resolution myself, (without compression!), and got a photo of 1658 kb. That’s 4.5 times larger!

I thought I would wait to see the result. So today we picked up the pictures, but they’re terrible. You can clearly see the JPEG compression artefacts on some of the pictures. So, I’m certainly going back tomorrow!

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Wednesday, September 6th, 2006 Computing, Photography No Comments


As you may have known, read, heard or guessed, Irene and I have got married on May 20.

It was a beautiful day.
There were so many people, the weather was really great, and everything was just perfect (a big “thank you” to our best man and woman!)… and we got lots of presents! 🙂

The photo shoot in the morning was a great deal of fun. And yesterday evening, only 3 weeks later, we got the photo album from the photographer. He did a great job! Another big “thank you” to Fotostudio Aster Oostkapelle.

The wedding ceremony was in Veere, Zeeland. A picturesque little town, with a beautiful old city hall. The old windmill and the harbour and lake side were very nice for the photo shoot.

The reception, dinner and party were in Rotterdam in the Zuiderparkrestaurant Meerzicht. A very good restaurant at a great location. Again a big “thank you” to them!

All in all it was just a perfect day! We are so happy that so many people came to celebrate our wedding together with us, and that so many of them spent enormous amounts of time to make this day to what it was.


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Saturday, June 11th, 2005 Personal 1 Comment