Poor hipsters

First, they were ridiculed on websites as unhappyhipsters.com, latfh.com (Look At That Fucking Hipster), hipsterpuppies.tublr.com and the likes, which are all brilliant because of their mean, stingy captions. Now there is a web series dedicated to making fun of hipsters, Nothing is cool. Not the best ever, but there are some scenes that are funny if you’re even remotely familiar with the hipster lifestyle.

Nothing is cool is part of the Web Series Showcase from NYU.

One more reason why I’d like to like coffee

I had this one as a draft for at least five weeks, thought of writing about Stumptown Coffee Roasters before paying a visit to at least one. Life happened and I didn’t blog for a bit, but I’m back! A little while ago Wieden+Kennedy tweeted about a New York Times post on a popular, American coffee place opening a pop-up shop in Amsterdam, more precisely at creative advertising agency SID LEE. The article made me want to check out the New York Stumptown Coffee Roasters while being there, and so I did (see picture). Awesome place with the coolest people I have seen in a coffee store to date where it seemed that having tattoos was one of the job requirements!

My drink at Stumptown Coffee Roasters - Ace Hotel (New York)

My drink at Stumptown Coffee Roasters - Ace Hotel (New York)

Last week I returned from New York and yesterday I checked out Stumptown Coffee Roasters at SID LEE, conveniently located only 5 minutes from my house. Although the place itself is of course SID LEE like I’ve seen it before, it also had the nice vibe as in New York. Not only because the baristas seemed to carry that same cool style, but also because they served good drinks and they were playing some good solid rock. The pop-up shop will be open for three months (until 31st July), so if you have a chance to check it out, do it! You can find it here, they are open from Mon-Sat, between 07.00h-19.00h.

My drink at Stumptown Coffee Roasters - at SID LEE (Amsterdam)

My drink at Stumptown Coffee Roasters - at SID LEE (Amsterdam)

So coming back to my title, why am I recommending a place where I don’t even like the main product they are selling there? This might seem a bit contradictory, but I love products that are made with care and passion. Stumptown is such a place. And besides that, they serve a really awesome hot chocolate too :) And I did part in their coffee tasting, if you have to learn to appreciate the taste, than I might just do it in the best place around. I wouldn’t be surprised if they could get me to like coffee after three months.

Stumptown Coffee Tasting in Amsterdam

Stumptown Coffee Tasting in Amsterdam

I hate running

A few weeks ago I decided to take on the challenge of running 10k. Nothing special you might think, if it wasn’t for the fact that 1. I absolutely hate running 2. I had never done it in my entire life 3. I have 7 weeks to go from absolute beginner to a 10k runner.

In the beginning I was suprised I wasn’t falling apart after half an hour run, so the first week was actually nice (also because I got to buy new shoes). Afterwards it went from missing, to prioritizing, to hate, to hope, to guilt to loathing myself. I have 3 more weeks to get myself ready, so wish me luck!

Running

The long road to 10k (c) Ivano Bettati

Pillow Fight Extraordinaire

“Our world is increasingly obsessed with regulations, security and commercialism. This threatens our freedom and creativity. That’s why we must reclaim the streets as a place where everybody can simply have fun – without meddling authorities or corporate sponsors. So grab your pillow and join the massive pillow fight on the Dam Square!”

Pillow Fight Amsterdam 2009

Pillow Fight Amsterdam 2009 (c) martijnsavenije.nl

This is going to be so cool! 3rd of April, I’ll be there. You too?

On drinking…

Drinking is an emotional thing. It joggles you out of the standardism of everyday life, out of everything being the same. It yanks you out of your body and your mind and throws you against the wall. A form of suicide where you’re allowed to return to life and begin all over the next day. It’s like killing yourself, and then you’re reborn. I guess I’ve lived about fifteen thousand lives now.
Charles Bukowski -

This is exactly what I’ll be doing tonight.

Ask me anything!

Last week I experimented with Formspring, a website where people can ask you questions anonymously. You just need to sign up and you get a clean-looking site where anyone can ask a question, it’s up to you whether you want to answer the (often funny) questions. TechCrunch described it as “your own personal interview.” It sounds like just another oversharing website, and it is just that – love it!

Question Mark

(c) αlĸαlιne мoυѕe

The questions I have received (after putting the link on my Twitter and Facebook account) aren’t as exciting as I had hoped for. So, if there is anything, anything at all, that you would like to know about me than knock yourself out here!

This is what you get…

…. on the day that Google announces to stop self-censoring themselves in China. Why this huge increase in visits to my blog? Because I happen to have a picture of the protesting student at Tiananmen Square (1989) in a Magnum post from 1,5 years ago. Normally I have around 200-250 daily views, pretty normal for such a little hobby blog. Yesterday there were almost 1500 views, pretty crazy.