maandag 31 mei 2010


You know what's awesome? Photoshop is. But it takes ages before I find out what I can do with all that. So without further ado, I present Erik's Super-Special-Pathetic First Photoshop Thingy!

...Yeah, I know.

Anyway, I'd like to continue with photoshopping. It seems fun, and I have to much time on my hands anyway.

I'd write more, but I have to go to Groningen for the job application I mentioned last time! Bye!

Quote of the day: None! No one has said something awesome lately! It's boring! -Me, on lack of quotes.

vrijdag 28 mei 2010

Poets will write epics about this day.

...Probably not, unless you count me as a poet and this as an epic:

Yay, the holidays
Lots of months of slacking off
Oh wait, the exams.

Haikus are easy. I wonder who designed them. I think it's a gramps.
See what I did there?
Anyway, it about sums the situation I'm in up. Today was the last day of lectures/seminars, so the only things left are the (horrible) exams, and the resits in August, which I hopefully don't have to attend.
Probably this was your last week, too. I saw a lot of comments in open threads that people had about a week of school left, so this may all sound familiar. However, here in the Netherlands is ISN'T. Everyone I know has to go on for at least four weeks before they have exams, so I kinda have way too much free time now. I wonder why only my faculty keeps American standards, Sheesh.

The logical question that follows is of course "What will I do with the ---- free time?" The obvious answer would be to get a job, but seeing that I'm an incredibly lazy person I didn't expect that to happen. My previous job experiences were awful, too.
This made the email dr. Schmidt sent a godsend. She was looking for some people to "code some data" as a summer job. Basically you'll be doing all the "boring stuff" of her research. In other words, this is a great opportunity! I applied immediately, but it turned out there were 10 other applicants, most of which I luckily know. We meet next Monday to discuss things, so I'll let you know how it goes.

Quote of the week/day/whatever:
"The only person who got his work done by Friday was Robinson Crusoe." -Dr. Schmidt

vrijdag 21 mei 2010

I just need to quote this.

Which makes this the end of the post.

Quote of the day: "Will everyone raise their hand? Good, no one's absent, as usual." -Dr. Flood, on the low amount of people that came to the lecture today.

donderdag 20 mei 2010


Look at the sky! It's all... blue and stuff! And what's with the temperature? It's so HIGH!

It's around 23 degrees Celsius over here at the moment. What am I doing here? I should be outside.

So, a lot of things happened today, so I'll just give a summary of this day schedule-style!

7:00 - Wake up. Parents ring bell and shout it's time for breakfast.
7:30 - Actually get out of bed. Eat breakfast with my brothers who are just as lazy as I am. Admire the thermometer since it shows promise.
8:00 - Read new volume of Liar Game. Someone uploaded like 20 episodes yesterday.
9:30 - Begin with Medieval Literature homework. Boring.
10:30 - Leave for the station, spend the bus trip reading "The Eight." Valentine seems stupid so far.
12:15 - Workgroup's starting. It was useless.
13:00 - Workgroup's ended. Walk to Groningen Station together with Froukje, try to make it to the bus in time. Complain about how it's too hot.
13:15 - Sigh miserably if the bus I want to catch passes by, hoping that the driver's a nice guy and lets me in when stopping for a red light. It worked, although the driver wasn't a guy. Read "The Eight" until I get home.
14:15 - Admire the temperature when cycling home. Hear from my brother that my elderly neighbor crashed her car into ours. It now has a bump in it and the left rear light is broken.
14:24: Publish blog about today so far.
14:25+ - I trust the future me has some other cool things to do. How should I know.

Quote of the day: "Really, I meant 'deixis.' Did I say 'deicide'? I didn't mean it. Really. Or did I?" -Dr. Schmidt, on phonological registers, genres, and styles.

dinsdag 18 mei 2010

Note to self:

116, 30.80.

This sure is convenient.

maandag 17 mei 2010


Well, I was in for a nice surprise today. Not only did Doodle make it to the Open Thread for May 17, the caption I suggested for the Cute thing of the Week also made it! Here it is:

Quite the feat, isn't it? My day is made. In addition, tomorrow I get to collect my Translation Prize, and I'm done with all the important assignments and essays for this week. I haven't felt this happy and relaxed in a looong time.

So, yeah. Nothing important happened today, except for this.

Quote of the day: "I would never use your exam results for my own entertainment!" -Dr. Flood, on our exams

zaterdag 15 mei 2010

You've got mail!

Yeah, REAL mail!, not really. But people should write more letters, they're cooler than e-mail. Just like cookies are more awesome that e-cookies, and cabbages are... wait, never mind. I don't like cabbage.

HINT: I totally ripped this off SparkNotes.

but, yeah. If anyone wants to send me a letter, e-mail me for my address. (Oh, the irony, but I can't just leave my contact details out in the criminal, criminal internets)

So much for this early post. I'm too sleepy to come up with more stuff to put here.

Quote of the morning: I'm going to get eggs. No, I don't care that we already got six eggs. Maybe we need more eggs this week. It's never a good thing to run out of eggs. *goes out to get eggs and krentenbollen* -Dad, on eggs.

vrijdag 14 mei 2010

Oh, the irony.

omg first sad post!

...yep, really. Remember Doodle? that amazing guinea pig a few posts ago? About two hours ago she died. T-T Of course, she was like 7 years old, which is slightly older than the average guinea pig's expected lifespan, but still, when I left for school this morning, she bit my finger.

No more.


This one's to you, Doodle.

No quote this time due to lack of inspirational speeches.

BY THE WAY: Do you guys see everything in Dutch? I see all of your blogs in English, but not mine. I figure it would be weird to see Dutch text if you're not Dutch
Test: If you see "Volgers" where there should be "Followers" it's a hit

donderdag 13 mei 2010

Fear my mad translation skillz.


A few weeks ago, we all had to re-translate a poorly done translation of Dutch into English. In other words, it was a text stuffed with Dutch idioms that no American/Englishman/General non-Dutch person would understand. The text was the Little Thumbkin-fairytale, by the way:

'By God,' the parents said as they came to foreshine, 'how have you ragged him that?' - 'No art on,' said Thumbkin and explained what he had done. 'If you want to be rid of us you will have to stand up a bit earlier.'

Yep, exactly. Yay for Dutchisms. So I used a lot of British idioms to make up for that:

“By Jove,” the parents said when they saw the group of kids. “How’d ya do that?” – “It was as easy as falling of a log,” Thumbling said, and he explained his clever scheme to them. “You need to be smarter than that if you want to dispose of us.”

And it probably appealed to ms. Jansma. Aren't I awesome? It was a shared victory, though. Another team of 3 also won. Congrats!

...Just wanted to let ya know.

Quote of the...week?:

Rienk (my brother): Lately I play the piano more than Erik!

Everyone else in the room: But he's still better.

dinsdag 11 mei 2010

Look at this.

I put up a picture of me. Isn't it cool? Don't mind the orange fuzzball in the background, even though it's almost just as awesome as me.

By the way, of my pic's up here, you should see my pet too. It's really cute! Maybe I should submit it as the Cute Thing of the Week. Or the Awesome thing of the week, since it's also awesome:

...AND! There's more where that came from. This one's called Doodle, and she's the one that's not fat. There's also a white one, but she didn't fit into this post. (Kidding, the camera's batteries were dead)

So, about this week. As I said, I have to prepare a presentation. It's been postponed to Wednesday, but there's no escape. Really, you get to know your classmates a lot better when you work together with them. I think this is going to work out.

I also recently started reading the Stieg Larsson I borrowed from Peter. It's a bit like Dan Brown: A lot of mysteries (Also murder and a lot of sex, but hey, I'm 19.)

Now for the quote:
Question: What do you call a big bear in the sky?
Answer: Ursa Major
Linda: Hallucination is also correct.
-Source: Our presentation. Don't ask.

zondag 9 mei 2010

Hello again!

Sheesh. Keeping up a blog like this is harder than I thought. Now to ponder what to put here...

It's the last day of the May Break, and I've been procrastinating the entire time. The result is that I have to prepare a presentation AND hand in a 1200-word essay by next Tuesday... and I haven't even started yet. I've been busy with my birthday, (At the same day as Aly! ...and the Prime Minister.) and Arjan's birthday, and... well... playing my favourite games, I guess. Time sure flies.

Tomorrow will be a painful wake-up slap... but hey. Just three more weeks to go and then school's OVER. And by over, I mean exams. A lot of them. But actually I think three weeks is really short. I mean, the year isn't even halfway through and the summer break starts already? Summer itself won't have even started yet. It's time to get a job. Does any of you need an experienced piano player?

Quote of the week: "Oh, the water wasn't turned on yet."-My dad, on how surprisingly silent our new dishwasher is.

zaterdag 1 mei 2010


Hi there~

At athletics practise last Thursday I finally reached the 1 meter 65 cm. I've done it before, half a year ago or something, but this is the first time since. Anyway, this is not the milestone I was talking about. It's the fact that I've been called the laziest sportsman EVER! I was overjoyed to hear me getting complimented with a paradox.

The fact is, I don't really do much during practise. I'm not a professional or something, but my coach says that I can jump really high, if I just would put some effort into it. However, even without any effort, I managed to reach 1,65. Which greatly annoyed the rest of the group. I'm just not that motivated.

And now for something completely different: My birthday's Friday already! And it's at the same date as Aly! What a coincidence. I just don't have any idea what I want. People have already started asking me for my wishlist, but anything I want is either too expensive (new electric piano!) or too impractical, (I need a couch for the room I'm going to get when I leave home) or too inconvenient for my parents. (I'd like to have a Wii, since they're awesome, but well, I would hijack the TV preventing the rest of the family from watching soccer, which I personally hate.)

...And that's it for today. If anyone's actually reading this, please post birthday present ideas in the comments!

Quote of the day: Wow. That... THING is incredibly fat! -Me, about my guineapig Maxy. (his guineapig-cave-mate Doodle is incredible slim, by the way. She should borrow some weight.