New Symbol


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Today I was informed by a new symbol on my computer while I was working in Apple mail. Never saw this one before – I thought I knew my computer so well.

I have used Apples since 1990. My First Mac was invented in 1984, the LC. It came with a lot of loose products.

In 1984, Apple launched the Macintosh, the first personal computer to be sold without a programming language. The Macintosh initially sold well, but follow-up sales were not strong due to its high price and limited range of software titles. The machine’s fortunes changed with the introduction of the LaserWriter, the first PostScript laser printer to be sold at a reasonable price, and PageMaker, an early desktop publishing package. It has been suggested that the combination of these three products were responsible for the creation of the desktop publishing market. The Macintosh was particularly powerful in the desktop publishing market due to its advanced graphics capabilities. (wikipedia)

!  It’s the tool of the early creatives, like a fist ax. The screen is black and white, for one.


The Apple Macintosh LC

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Host’s favourite


In Amsterdam the ferry across the rive is free.

As you may know I am also a host for Airbnb and have people from all over the world staying in my home.

Once I stayed in a tiny room in the heart of Tribeca, NYC. Outside the window, squashed between beautiful brick walls stood a tall tree “planted by Yoko Ono”. A memorable sales pitch for a queen-size bed on top of the world. Living on Wooster Street I was a local for a week, a fantastic experience. I would love to offer this kind of experience to my guests when staying in Amsterdam. Is the the text on my profile.

And I like this spot, a lot, and would love to share the experience of a trip on the ferry across the river, to watch the world go by on the river from the café of Eye, the wonderful film museum residing in Zaha Hadid’s visionary construction.

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Wonder Space


My Dream Workspace

Tonight on my way home, I cycled past one of my favorite spots in Amsterdam. It’s a crane on the street along the canal with redeveloped warehouses, not far from where I live. Half way up in the crane is a space, a little room with windows, which always sent my mind wondering. Tonight the windows where pink rectangles against the greengrey sky, an image that would fit a book cover. Wonder Space.

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The ladder behind the curtain

visual diary

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Carpool Karaoke


I discovered a whole series of James Corden doing his carpool karaoke. I share one more, a good start of the year, I like singing in the car.


Ah, and oh the one with Madonna. YouTube.

strike a pose

VOGUE the expert issue

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Call for the sky


Call For The Sky – wilmatichelaar for somethingbloow amsterdam

No need for sound.

Ok maybe one song, Stop The Clocks, Noel Gallagher.


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Visual Poetry

Mesmerizing visual poetry.

Animation by Ikram El Massouadi , motion design by Tashina van Zwam, sound design Sebastiaan Sminck.

How did I get to this video, I can’t remember, but I kept a screenshot of the title roll on my desktop. Found it on You Tube. Somebody commented quoting T.S. Elliot.

…At the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
– T.S. Eliot



visual poetry

Bllom, A Journey To Harmony by







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Sound or vision?

As you may know I am also a host for Airbnb, and have guests from all over the world frequently.

Yesterday new guests arrived and at 3 pm, exactly, the doorbell rang loud to announce their arrival. I thought. But when I spoke through the intercom no-one replied. I could hear the sounds from the street, but no voice. I put the receiver down and walked away, puzzled.  Again it rang, the nervewrecking sound of our doorbell bellowing through the staircase and again I picked up the phone. Again no voice. But somehow I could hear a human sound. “Could you please say something” I yelled downstairs, to no result.

I rushed one floor down and checked the pavement from the window and saw a young couple standing in front of our house, also looking puzzled.

I ran down more stairs, opened the door and before I could utter an apology, I noticed them signing at each other with their hands, no sound, but talking, and I realized my guests are deaf. And they are fine, young Americans traveling the world.

It struck me.

Within a minute my thoughts about disabilities had gone 360 degrees, the cons and the pros, if you can think of it that way, but! they made me feel at ease immediately, we went in, had a chat, the usual.

Back on my own it made me think, of the impossible question I have asked myself sometimes, the dilemma, in case I ever had to choose – Godforbid – between sight, or hearing, would I choose vision or would I go for sound?

As you may also know, I work as an art director, and both are key to my creativity, life and work… I can’t answer the question.

But! Adversity is the prosperity of the great, is a fortune cookie text 😉 I cherish. And therefor I feel that every situation you find yourself in contains the spark for creating something good. Like a closing door opens up another, endings are beginnings etc. Don’t give up basically, not on yourself. There’s is always the possibility of good stuff ahead, and you have to aim for it. – Amen, a piece of my mind 😉 –

everyday advice

ADVERSITY | work for somethingbloow amsterdam

Speaking of adversity and creativity, Stevie Wonder, was born without the ability to see. 

He is an amazing artist, AND he has a wicked sense of humor. His friend Lionel Richie once shared a hilarious story on Stevie picking him up from home, insisting he would drive them to the event. This is Stevie in the car with James Corden, prepare to laugh out loud!

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Which woman am I in 2018?

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Illustrations by Izak Zenou, for Susan Miller’s Year Ahead 2018 Wall Calendar .

I chose images that somehow spoke to me, telling me a story about a woman you could find in front of the Guggenheim Museum, with an eye for fashion, a romantic, with a grey cat called Bonnie, who loves shopping for the authentic, who enjoys picnics.

While downloading them onto the desktop I became curious to know which of these fabulous creatures was my sign. Who am I in these pictures?

Turns out, I am not there, I am a Taurus. But there’s Capricorn, Cancer, Libra, Scorpio, Virgo and Aquarius.

Brings a song to mind,

I’m Every Woman – Chaka Kahn.

Find out what your sign looks like on

This is Taurus, through an astrological filter. Zenou conceived a collection of symbols for every sign and put a face on it. And isn’t the fun of reading your horoscope – your personal astrological forecast – the flexibility of it, in fact, rich pickings from everyday possibilities?

The image below couldn’t be further away from my Taurus identity, although I do like the fabric.



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ARCHIVE | Marrakesh


ARCHIVE | Marrakesh

One of the projects saved from Shady Pines. Photographs I took on a trip to Marrakesh in 2010 – I think. Never had the time to look at them again, until now. The disk is corrupted and I could only save half the folder, about 30.

I just  l o v e  to sort out images, make a selection, find the story.

[random inspiration, this one]

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