Sunday, December 27, 2009


Over the years I collected a fair number of wall warts for all those little projects that never materialised.

Out of curiosity I measured the idle current of one of these.

Yes, that is 19.3 mA you see there. Convincing enough for me, they are already one their way to the scrapyard. (Funny, but once you start generating your own power you get 'religous' over this)

I also measured a modern one. That is 0.6 mA you see there!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

peter clock

Lovely  orange alarm clock found in a old box.

It still works. Made in Germany. Give us another 20 years and we will ask the Chinese how to make a chair.
Very 'green' too, no batteries needed for this one.

Friday, December 25, 2009

merry christmas

Thursday, December 24, 2009

stories by the fire


photo from
Recorded 18-dec-09

sample (192kB CBR)

verhalen bij het vuur

Sunday, December 20, 2009


Snow again.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009



I was lucky to be invited to a performance of the 'Belladanna World Choir'. I recorded them last year and I really wanted to hear them again but this time it was a private 'all women' event so it was kind of adventurous.

I did not expect to make a recording but as I carry the fieldrecorder in my photobag I gave it a shot.

The photo is taken from the recording location. The little device amazes me all the time, the result being far better than expected.


Recorded with sony PCM-D50 in X/Y, 24 bit/48kHz, mp3 is 192kB CBR.
Location: parochiaal centrum Loppem
Date: 15 dec 2009

Saturday, December 12, 2009

access control

Friday, December 11, 2009


A nice collection of 8255 peripheral interface circuits.

Power consumption of these devices is not exactly in line with Kyoto or Copenhagen...
They don't take up much space so I'll keep them for the time being. If you are desperately looking for one let me know.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

train ticket

I dug up an old train ticket dated 7/7/77.

New trains were orange back then! Oh and graffiti was yet to be invented as well.


Monday, December 7, 2009


There is still a reel of tape laying around the lab. Can you believe it? There is actually a website devoted to tape boxes.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

tape machine

Now that is a tape machine. 1935 Marconi Stille tape machine. There is an elaborate description on Old BBC Radio Broadcasting Equipment and Memories.Great reading.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009


Ingredients in 'order of appearance'.

olive oil
sliced mushrooms
garlic and spices
diced chicken meat
boiled rice noodles
soy sauce

I used  the meat of a delicious  'Fishing Cock of the Limousin' .

Sunday, November 29, 2009

color language

I thought they transformed the dance school in the neighbourhood into one of these fancy funeral parlors. It still is a dance school but it  is a strange choice of colors for a building.

Friday, November 27, 2009


Aahh, those memories, I grew up in the seventies...

In my humble opinion nothing beats the sound of a real fender-rhodes!

And while I'm at it, this one was great too.

meditative concert

Concert by Guido Cassiman.

I made a recording with my pcm-D50. Unfortunately the chapel is not very suited for this kind of music.

Listen to a sample (192 kB mp3).

Guido Cassiman: vocals, guitar
Wim Van Aelst: keyboards
Sylvia Witters. vocals, flute

Recorded 21-nov-2009, Ter Loo with sony PCM-D50 24bit/48 kHz.


Sunday, November 22, 2009

scheepsdale part 4

Gone forever. For some it's a battle lost.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

amature theatre 2

In 1983 we moved to a brand new (city ownded) building.

Capacity is 250 seats.


In 1983 there where only 4 dimmer connections available for this bridge, if you needed more then cables had to be strung, with a ladder mind you!
To make matters worse there were only 12 dimmer channels.

The original analog dimmer packs are still in use via a DMX convertor, not bad after 25+ years.

The 12 channel system was quickly replaced with a 24 channel system on our own expense.



The theatre was designed from a 'community center' perspective so it lacked basicly everything you needed for performing a theatre play. No mixer, no amps and no speakers apart from the columns for delivering a speech.

There where a couple of TEAC tape machines however.

Later we acquired some speakers and a 4 channel amp.

All of this is history now, today we have 48 dimmer channels and  plenty of speakers and amps. There is also a nice Midas mixing console and a Strand lighting desk.

None of this is needed since I now only use a notebook and pcstage (highly recommended) which takes care of light and sound at the push of a button.

part 1

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

led light

I replaced the exterior lights with LED versions.That is 210W pictured below.

I did not feel like replacing the fixtures so I smashed 3 cheap GU10 socket ledlamps to pieces and mounted the components in them.
There is actually a double sided board for the rectifier. As expected the leds are wired in series. These units are 1W.

The bulb in this one is replaced with a 40 LED bulb, consumption is 2.5W.

Not as bright as before but given the power consumption is reduced to 6W I can leave them on now when I want.
Like when I am at the theatre and pour out the light by the kilowatts...

The economics of this is a bit dubious, replacement cost was 50 euro. For this amount of money I could have used the conventional lamps for a very long time should I only switch them on when needed. But hey, this is mainly decorative lighting so now I can use the lights as intended without worrying over the ecological footprint and cost.


regulation of theatrical stage lighting products

Sunday, November 15, 2009


I wonder where this comes from in the garden...

Wednesday, November 11, 2009


We're doing 'Oscar' a comedy by Claude Magnier.


Willy De Grande, Peter Laureyns, Peggy Van Reck, Christiane Annicaert.

london 1927

From London Screen Archive.
London was the final stop in a marathon journey around Britain filmed as a series of cinema travelogues. Pioneering filmmaker Claude Friese-Greene brought these picture-postcard scenes to life with a specially-devised colour film process

Sunday, November 8, 2009

scheepsdale part 3

pedestrian bridge

Things are getting serious, construction of a pedestrian bridge.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

scheepsdale part 2


Beeldbank Brugge has some historic pictures.

source beeldbank brugge

source beeldbank brugge

This is how it looked in the late seventies.

Things change, this is how it looks today. Freight ships are a rare view on this part of the canal.


View of the opposite side.

Monday, November 2, 2009

scheepsdale part 1

This bridge is soon to be destroyed to make place for a bigger one. The bridge is located on the N9 and crosses the canal to Oostende. The bridge dates from 1932 and is the oldest surviving 'Vierendeel' bridge.

This control room used to be 'manned' but the the bridge is remote controlled since many years.

just a few things I want to share

My personal bookmarks, thoughts and recollections. Most of this is for my own convenience, if you came for real information then you might find something useful in the articles, else there is always the lost+found section for your entertainment.