Rock Werchter 2010

Spending the weekend with Faithless, Muse, Stereophonics, Phoenix, Skunk Anansie, De Jeugd Van Tegenwoordig, Crookers, Bloody Beetroots Deathcrew 77, La Roux, The xx, Midlake, Kyteman’s Hip Hop Orchestra, Greenday, Thirty Seconds To Mars, Paramore, Rise Against, Coheed and Cambria, Customs, LCD Soundsystem, The Specials, Jack Johson, Corinne Bailey Rae, The Gaslight Anthem, The Morning Benders, Balthazar, Rammstein, Pink, The Ting Tings, Gossip, Chanel Zero, Das Pop, Tayler Hawkins & The Coattail Riders, Booka Shade, Empire Of The Sun, Florence + The Machine, Porcupine Tree, Yeasayer, Temper Trap, Delphic, Pearl Jam, Arcade Fire, Them Crooked Vultures, Vampire Weekend, Alice in Chains, The Black Keys, The Van Jets, Vitalic, The Black Box Revelation, Absynthe Minded, Dirty Projectors, Gomez, Shameboy and Sweet Coffee. Fuck yeah!

Metallica at Rock Werchter 2009 (c) csnan

Metallica at Rock Werchter 2009 (c) csnan

I’m blogging somewhere else too

I love TED, and have been lucky enough to visit the very first edition of TEDxAmsterdam. Wanting to get more involved, I contacted the organisation and now I’m actually part of it. Amongst others, I’ll be blogging a bit and this week my first contribution was posted. Check it out:

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Hup Holland Hup!

I know the World Cup 2010 started last week, but with The Netherlands playing against Denmark, today will be the real kick-off for me. Love both countries to bits, but of course I’ll be rooting for my home country. I’m so excited! 

Hup Holland Hup by (c) Amy van Wetten

Hup Holland Hup by (c) Amy van Wetten

 

 Update: We won with 2-0 by playing average. Hope we’ll kick-ass the next time and show the world what true football should be like!

Random acts of kindness ftw

It’s been a while that I heard about the Swedish magazine T-Post, the world’s first wearable magazine. As they explain on their website: “Every five weeks, subscribers receive a new t-shirt in the mail. News story on the inside. Artist interpretation on the front. All-around conversation piece.”

T-Post Issue nr. 51 - Higher Education Or Just Plain High

T-Post Issue nr. 51 - Higher Education Or Just Plain High

Cool concept with great graphic t-shirts, but it doesn’t stop there. Inspired by real-life superheroes (and maybe a little Kick-Ass) they invite everyone to unleash their inner superhero and perform a good deed. The fun thing is they want you to do it while wearing a superhero costume and film it so it can be shared with the rest of the world. The video with the most views wins $1,000 or a lifetime subscription to T-post. Being a big fan of random kindness (one of the reasons why I believe in the tattoo I got), I absolutely love this contest. You too? You can enter your video untill June 14th. For a smile on your face, check the video below or all the all the other entries so far here.

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.

Louis Reith is one to watch

“Who?” you might think. Louis is a Dutch illustrator and designer who creates simple yet beautiful artwork. He creates geometrical ink designs, mostly black but sometimes with some subtle use of colour too. One fact about his work is that he works on old book covers. This is something that makes me, as a bibliophile (yes, that is a word), even more enthusiastic! You can check his work at his website, or his better updated Flickr account.  

Spaceball by (c) Louis Reith

Spaceball by (c) Louis Reith

Last week, Louis won an art competition organised by Nike. Five artists were asked to design a piece to support the Dutch National Soccer Team during the World Cup, below you’ll find Louis’entry. People were asked to vote via this website and Louis’ work won deservingly. His piece of art is printed on a huge canvas and will be shown on the center spot during the first friendly match of  The Netherlands (vs. Ghana) on the 1st of June. 

(c) Louis Reith for the Nike Art Challenge 'Bloed Oranje'

(c) Louis Reith for the Nike Art Challenge 'Bloed Oranje'