Other stuff


3D printed pedal board

Any (electric) guitarist knows the problem – as soon as you’ve got more than one effects pedal, your cables become a tangled mess and moving the pedals to practise or a gig is a nuisance. The solution is, of course, a pedal board, and there are many commercially available solutions […]


Review: Fender FE620 gig bag

My American Original ’60s Stratocaster came with a very nice vintage-style case, but I prefer a gig bag for walking the 500m to guitar class. There are several brands out there, but Fender also sell gig bags with a nice set of features at a decent price. My choice fell […]


Fender American Original ’60s Stratocaster

Ten years after surprising me with my first Stratocaster, my wife surprised me with a trip to Belgium’s biggest music store, KeyMusic in Sint-Niklaas, for my 40th birthday. Waiting there for me to be tested was a Fender American Original ’60s Stratocaster in Candy Apple Red, which based on the […]


Fender 2018 Stratocaster lineup

US-made (“MIA”) US-made Stratocasters are built in Fender’s factory in Corona, California. The finish is generally polyurethane, except on the Originals, which are finished in nitrocellulose lacquer. With the exception of the American Special, they all come with cases. American Special The American Special is Fender’s entry-level US-made Stratocaster. It […]


Review: Catalyst, a Rogue One story

Catalyst, by James Luceno, is the companion novel to Rogue One, the first standalone movie in the Star Wars franchise. Lucasfilm/Disney seem to have settled on providing more background by the means of novels. It has been done for The Force Awakens and the Rebels TV show before. Catalyst tells […]


Mijn favoriete strips deel 2

Deel 1 was over Amerikaanse strips, in deel 2 gaat het over mijn favoriete franco-Belgische strips. Het mooie hieraan is dat deze allemaal makkelijk verkrijgbaar zijn, in de stripwinkel of de beter boekenzaak. Asterix Van Albert Uderzo & René Goscinny Als je het over mainstream hebt (vooral in mijn geboorteland […]


Mijn favoriete strips deel 1

Deel 1 van een tweedelig artikel over mijn favoriete strips gaat over Amerikaanse Strips. De typisch Amerikaanse superhelden strips (Batman, Spiderman etc.) zijn trouwens een genre dat mij niet interesseert, dus deze zijn hier niet te vinden. Peanuts Van Charles M. Schulz Een 50 jaar lang lopende krantenstrip die wereldwijd […]


The 13th Valley

Disclaimer: I read this book in the Dutch translation The 13th Valley by John Del Vecchio has been called the classic Vietnam novel. Other classic books (e.g. Dispatches by Michael Herr, The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brian, Chickenhawk by Robert Mason) were first-hand accounts, although O’Brian often crosses the […]


Zoo Parc Overloon

Een kleinere, maar desalniettemin leuke dierentuin in het Zuidoosten van Nederland. De meeste dieren zijn zonder glas, tralies of gaas ertussen te zien, wat ideaal is voor dierenfotografie. Bij sommige dieren (o.a. kangoeroes en ringstaartmaki’s)  kun je zelf door het verblijf lopen. Foto’s zoals altijd genomen met de Nikon D90 […]