Archief voor mei, 2021

Why I like Gary Larson

Gary Larson has long been one of my favorite cartoonists. I reread all his stuff at least once a year. He manages to tell a story in a single panel and manages to make every word of his captions mean something. His humor is so subtle sometimes it literally took me years to finally get some of his cartoons. He possesses that weird sense of humor I particularly like. Here’s a video I found showing why I like him.

Many people who love the strip don’t know about the animated series he did way back in the nineties. It has that same Far Side vibe, but certainly is a very different experience from the cartoons. I only found out about it recently, for some reason. Anyway, check it out.

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Verloren in de jungle in bestsellerlijst

Vandaag kwam Verloren in de Jungle op nummer 13 binnen in de CPNB Top 60, de nationale bestsellerlijst van Nederland, gebaseerd op de verkopen van de week ervoor.

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#1 True Crime op

Vandaag vond ik Verloren in de Jungle terug op #1 op in de categorie True Crime.

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Recensie NRC

Het NRC gebruikt vandaag het woord “imponerend” bij de bespreking van Verloren in de jungle. Tevens ben ik blij aan te mogen kondigen dat de uitgever inmiddels een tweede druk in gang heeft gezet! Goede tijden!

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Human Condition

I have been thinking about the way we as human society have responded to this Pandemic thing. I must admit feeling rather disappointed how we managed not to do a fairly simple thing as a short lockdown – which means, staying inside for a short while to protect ourselves but also others – resulting in a drawn-out sort of lockdown with a curfew at night. I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised to find out the human condition apparently is one of selfishness and boorish behaviour.

Another surprise was how people responded to the extremely rare side effects of some of the vaccines, which are a lot safer than most of the medication we routinely take and a whole lot safer than drinking alcohol or smoking. Maybe it has to do with fear. That’s what this guy says. A plausible story and at least something to make one stop and think – which is always a good thing.

“Security Junkie Syndrome”. The addiction to fear. We have become afraid of everything: of risk, of death, of disease, of disappointment. Even the 1-in-a-million chance of side effects with a certain vaccine, safer than cholesterol medication or birth control, is too much for us to consider, even when it’s one-in-a-million for you, but 95% protection from infection for somebody else. If you decide not to be vaccinated, at least have a better reason.

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Verloren in de jungle in Algemeen Dagblad

Vandaag verscheen er een groot stuk over Kris en Lisanne alsook een interview met mij en Marja in de bijlage van het Algemeen Dagblad.

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Survival myths

One of the things that I have learned from writing about the Kris and Lisanne case is how important it is to be well prepared when you go out in the jungle, or any type of wild country. When we were talking to several survival specialists, one thing came up several time: there are a lot of things people think to know about surviving in nature that are simple not true. Like “if you follow a river, you will always end up in civilisation”. Which is, as the kris and Lisanne case proves, not true, more often than not. Same thing goed for the saying “moss always grows on the northern side of the tree”. Which is true most of the time (since usually the north side of a tree gets the least amount of sunshine), but not all of the time. Watch this video for a few more great tips. It’s one of my favorite channels, too.

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