History The E46 3 series was introduced in 1998 as successor to the E36 model. It can be considered an evolutionary upgrade of the E36, as the initial engines are revised versions of the engines offered in the E36 (M43, M52), and the interior (instrument cluster, front seats, steering wheel, […]

BMW 3 series (E46)

To me, modern BMW car history begins with the introduction of the Neue Klasse in 1962. This modern sedan, with its newly developed front-mounted engine (the famous M10) and rear-wheel drive, was a turning point for the then-struggling car and motorcycle manufacturer. Most modern BMW cars can trace their lineage […]

The BMW family tree

My BMW 318ti compact has the original BMW Navigation Business radio/tape player. For looks and value, I wanted to retain this system instead of getting a new radio, but I also wanted the possibility to listen to podcasts from my phone (I always listen to X-Wing podcasts when traveling alone), […]

Dension Gateway installation

More about my car history and how I found this car, and why i bought it can be found here. By BMW 318ti compact (E46 model) was built in early 2002. It is equipped with the 2.0L N42B20 Valvetronic engine which develops 143 HP and 200 Nm of torque, and […]

My BMW 318ti compact

VW Golf II I bought my first car at the end of my military service, in April 1999. It was a dark blue two-door 1990 Golf Madison (VW had many special models at the time to push the aging Golf II) with the 70 HP 1.6L electronic carburetor engine that […]

My car history

Blake & Mortimer: De Da Vinci Code. Zo zou je het nieuwste Blake & Mortimer album kort kunnen omschrijven. Een oude professor en een jonge dame moeten, door een aantal raadsels op te lossen, een geheim zien te ontrafelen. De professor is Mortimer, de jonge dame is de dochter van […]

Blake & Mortimer: Het testament van William S.

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 […]

Review: Catalyst, a Rogue One story

It’s been a long time since I wrote about guitars on this site. After a hiatus of almost four years, I started taking lessons again half a year ago and play almost every day. This also meant dusting off my amp, a Peavy Valveking Royal 8, a 5W all-tube amp […]

Peavey Valveking Royal 8 mods

Een paar foto’s van de Stoomtreindagen 2016 bij de Stoomstichting Nederland. Onderdeel van het bezoek was een rit naar Gouda en terug achter 01 1075, Nederlands snelste stoomlocomotief. Dit is een van oorsprong Duitse 01.10 (de driecilinder versie van de bekende Baureihe 01 sneltreinlocomotief) met een maximum snelheid van 140 […]

Stoomtreindagen 2016

I have made slow but steady progress on my Bundeswehr army since my last summary post. This is the current order of battle: I consider the three combat platoons complete at this point. There are a couple of possible additions to the support units that I will pursue at low […]

My Bundeswehr army (2016)

Part 1 about preparation and list building can be found here. The Regional I attended was held at Wyvern’s Keep in Delft, which is the newest game store in the The Hague/Rotterdam area. It was the first time I went to a tournament there. It was the first Regional announced, […]

Regionals 2016, part 2: game day

Like last year, I knew that I would be able to attend only one X-Wing regional. Naturally, I wanted to get the most out of that experience. I did not play in a Store Championship, since our son was born in Store Championship season, the tournament kit was unattractive to […]

Regionals 2016, part 1: preparation