out of my window



made with GIMP

first the picture with window. remove the window and make a hole in the image.
add layer > transparency > add alpha channel
select window with lasso and press shift to get straight lines
To see the tools press ctrl-B. a screen with tools appears.
cut the selected part ctrl-x
open picture with riding cowboys as layers  (file > open as layers> choose file )
with M (or tools > transform tools > move) place layer in right position.
remember to select the layer you want to work on with Layer > Stack > select
change layer order with Layer > Stack > reverse layer order.
export every scene (no need to finish the image) and make sure to name every image different.

the process to prepare a gif
riding cowboys on top (reverse layer order)
move the cowboys to the right with M and your mouse
reverse layer order
export image as
I do use image1, image2 image3

to make a gif
open the series of images as layers
export as gif, select as animation, select a speed.

when necessary reverse layer order.

used a flickr photo by Ian Muttoo http://flickr.com/photos/imuttoo/2560332026 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license


Cactus verhaal cartoon


Er was eens in het Wilde Westen een klein groen dingetje midden in de woestijn.

Once upon a time in the West a  tiny green spot could be seen in the brown desert.


Het is een kleine cactus, groen en met stekels.

It is a little cactus, green and with needles.


Kijk die cactus toch, zie je een gezicht? zie je ogen en een neus en een mond?

Watch that little cactus, is that a face? Do you see eyes and a nose and a mouth?


Op een mooie morgen met een mooie zonsopgang had de cactus twee takken. Zouden dat armen zijn?

One beautiful morning with a splendid sunrise the cactus had two branches, could that be arms?


Er kwam een vogeltje kijken naar die bijzondere cactus.

A little birdie came to see that very special little cactus.


Maar ‘s nachts kreeg de kleine cactus hoofdpijn. Er zat een dikke bult op z’n hoofd. Dat doet pijn. Wat is er aan de hand?

But that night the little cactus got a headache. A big bump on his head. That hurts. What is wrong?


Er kwam een slang langskruipen, en de cactus vroeg om hulp. Wat is dat voor ding op mijn hoofd? Maar de slang kon niets doen.

A snake came by and the cactus asked for help. What is that thing on my head. But the snake could not help.


De volgende dag was de hoofdpijn over. Nu kun je zien wat voor bult dat was.

Next day the headache was over. Now you can see what kind of bump that was!




Concentratie bij musiceren, concentrate before making music

Be prepared.
Sit down or be standing up using the right posture.
Prepare, read the sheet of music. What is written, which key, repeats.
What rhythm and velocity?

Ga klaar zitten (of staan).
Bereid je voor, lees de muziek die voor je staat even door. Kijk naar bijschriften, voortekens, maatsoort en herhalingen.
Wat is het ritme en de snelheid?

Tune the instrument, try it.
Wait until you and the music are ready.
Do not listen to anything but your music.
The only thing in the world is the music on the sheet and you and your instrument.

Stem je instrument, ga na of het instrument werkt.
Wacht even tot jij en de muziek klaar zijn voor het spel.
Luister niet naar anderen, er is alleen de muziek voor je op papier en jij met je instrument.

When playing. Go on. Every musical phrase is just a moment and after that it is gone. Be good music or not.
Do not hurry, take your time.

Ga door, elke gespeelde reeks noten is er slechts even en daarna is ie weg. Goed of fout.
Haastige spoed is zelden goed geldt ook hierbij. Laat je niet gek maken, neem je tijd.

Gardner Campbell About storytelling



Gardner Campbell on education and blogging.

I like the part that starts here and goes on until about 17.00. It is the simple way to explain blogging. Write the story, change it for the better and make it read by others by sharing it.Even photography is narrating curating and sharing a view on the world.

Narrating What is your point of view, what do you want to show in the picture?

Curating Do you want to change the picture? Want to give it some text.

Sharing How do you want to share it? Do you know how to twitter, blog, and all technical means you need?

Read more  of Gardner Campbell in   #western106 basecamp.


Rascals village, B.C. Canada

On the map of David Rumsey I found a village named Rascals Village.



In The early Indian wars of Oregon : compiled from the Oregon archives and other original sources : with muster rolls we read the word rascals as a name for the first nation. (quote:  “… the Indians at The Dalles, who were a roguish and impertinent set of rascals,…”). If your enemy are rascals, it is easier to shoot them…  The map is from about 1850, that is to say some grandfathers grandfathers made it.

That village stills exists, it is called Bella Coola BC Canada now. In and around that village are the Nuxalk People. Archeologists estimate that Native peoples have occupied the Bella Coola Valley area for nearly 10,000 years. During 1862 and 1863 the Native villages in the Bella Coola Valley area were decimated by a smallpox epidemic. It has been estimated that the population was reduced by 70-90 percent.


I do not know anything about these people so I cannot tell the real history. But the story would be sad because all those dead people in 1862/3. All those empty houses, with some people that lost their entire family.



Awe inspiring

raasay sound

Deze blogpost is een reaktie op http://daily.stillweb.org/tds167/

Reverence (engels) is een emotie waarin men zich klein voelt door bewondering voor iets groots. Ontzag lijkt me een goede vertaling. Het begrip heeft voor mij een religieuze gevoelswaarde en het begrip slaat ook op de emoties die men kan hebben in tegenwoordigheid van pausen of koningen en andere hoogwaardigheidsbekleders.  Ik kan bewondering hebben voor iets of voor het gedrag van iemand. Maar ontzag hebben en mezelf klein voelen is daarbij niet inbegrepen.

I had to look up reverential respect. Reverence is an emotion that you feel small by admiration for something big. Ontzag seems like a good Dutch translation. The concept for me has a religious connotation and the term also refers to the emotions that one can have in the presence of popes and kings and other dignitaries.
I can admire something or admire a person’s behavior. But awe (ontzag) and  feeling small is  excluded.

Reverence is seen … as “acknowledging a subjective response to something excellent in a personal (moral or spiritual) way, but qualitatively above oneself” [3] Solomon describes awe as passive, but reverence as active, noting that the feeling of awe (i.e., becoming awestruck) implies paralysis, whereas feelings of reverence are associated more with active engagement and responsibility toward that which one reveres.[4] Nature, science, literature, philosophy, great philosophers, leaders, artists, art, music, wisdom, and beauty may each act as the stimulus and focus of reverence.

3. Roberts, R. C. (2003). Emotions: An essay in aid of moral psychology. New York: Cambridge University Press. p. 268

4. Solomon, R. C. (2002). Spirituality for the skeptic: The thoughtful love of life. New York: Oxford University Press

source https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reverence_(emotion)

Deference implies a yielding or submitting to the judgment of a recognized superior out of respect or reverence.

Mediational data demonstrate that the effects of awe on prosociality are explained, in part, by feelings of a small self. 

picture: my photo on Raasay (Scotland)