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Wellput mat.

No longer do I have any excuse now not to become a much better putter. If I practice enough I can easily shave off 3-5 strokes a round.

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"We need to recognise the legitimate and necessary role of failure, allow ourselves to do things quite imperfectly for a very long time - as a price we cannot avoid paying for an opportunity one day, in many decades, to do something that others will consider a spontaneous success."

Taken from The Perfectionist Trap.

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"We need to recognise the legitimate and necessary role of failure, allow ourselves to do things quite imperfectly for a very long time - as a price we cannot avoid paying for an opportunity one day, in many decades, to do something that others will consider a spontaneous success."

Taken from The Perfectionist Trap.

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Late afternoon at The Dutch.

Finished the round just in time, and managed to pull off a 36 + 41 = 77. A nice birdie on hole two and an unfortunate double-bogie on hole 16. Not a record but still within my handicap buffer. Proof that an aging man can still perform well and enjoy life.

Thanks Mr. Kordic for inviting me again to play on this fantastic golf course.

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We had a very fun and relaxing week in Tenerife. Mostly just talking it easy, lying around on the beach or next to the pool, eating fancy food, driving around the island, taking long walks, and even exploring the dormant volcano. The hotel was pretty nice but very touristic. After getting used to the warm weather there, it took us awhile re-acclimating to the cold Dutch weather. One week went by quickly and now it's back to the real world.

You might also want to have a look at the Photo album.

| World affairs | 0 Comments

There's a huge debate going on right now about whether or not it is better to close all borders and become a self-sustaining country or to open up completely to free trade with foreign countries.

Trump seems to believe in an extreme form of protectionism which is worrisome. In the past such a self-sustaining fantasy was a disaster and was the reason in the first place to open up for external trade.

This policy has been the main reason that the United States has become such a powerful economic power today. Why our new president wants to tear this down and regress back to the era of blind fantasies is beyond me.

"... the well-meaning attempt to shelter inefficient local producers would always end up impoverishing a country, and hurting its most vulnerable members, because it would prevent labour and capital from playing to their strengths, would make goods far more expensive than they needed to be and would discourage leading companies from a necessary intensity of innovation."

Well actually, that's just one side of the story. For more enlightenment into the whole story, here's an interesting read: Free Trade - or Protectionism?

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"At our death beds, we will inevitably know that much didn't work out, that there were dreams that didn't come to pass and loves that were rejected, friendships that could never be repaired, and catastrophes and hurts we never overcame. But we will also know that there were threads of value that sustained us, that there was a higher logic we sometimes followed, that despite the agonies, our lives were not mere sound and fury; that in our own way, at select moments at least, we did properly draw benefit from, and understand, the meaning of life."

Taken from The Meaning of Life which is just one of many wonderful chapters which can be found on The Book of Life.

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Pure luck late yesterday evening when I turned on the television and just happened to catch the beginning of Listen to me Marlon.

Mesmerized I was pulled in by this psychological magnet, and although I've never been a big fan of his, I discovered that this fine actor had a truly amazing and troubling life.

Hearing first hand his voice on those tapes made me feel like he was talking directly to me, offering insights and many words of wisdom.

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"Stevan Riley's award-winning documentary Listen to Me Marlon uses hundreds of hours of Marlon Brando's own archival audio tapes and home movie footage, combined with excerpts from his extraordinary performances to create an exceptionally emotive and vivid portrayal of a man and actor who was by turns tremendously talented, tenacious and tormented."

The background music was also important as it blended perfectly with the ebb and the flow of the documentary.

Since then the Spotify playlist has been turning around endlessly in my mind: Max Richter, Eluvium, etc.

| Life in Holland | 0 Comments

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With weather like this, I think I'll play it safe and just stay home for a couple days. Code orange is not something to take likely, and fortunately I have enough assignments to keep me occupied for the coming period. Hopefully this awful weather will not last too long.

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Mathematical algorithms are nature's way of communicated with our simple minds, offering the astute observer unique insights into the world around us, even when it means scraping off the ice from our windshields during a last minute rush.

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Scraping ice off of the windshield, shivering in the driver's seat until the interior warms up, windows fogged up on the inside making it impossible to see, all important ingredients for the coming winter. Might as well get used to it now before the cold climate intensifies.

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Sometimes you start to wonder if Democracy really is the best form of government. This is especially true after reviewing the disappointing results of the latest presidential election and wondering if the winner chosen by the people will indeed be the best captain of the ship.

Speaking of ship captains, you might want to read the article Why Socrates Hated Democracy for a new perspective on the right form of government.

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Fresh from the press the latest photo album of my fun and relaxing two week stay with family and friends in good old California.

Trip to California, USA 2016
Go to album

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It's hard to believe but true, Donald Trump will be the next president of the United States of America. The people have stood up and spoken very loudly and clearly. They demand change and that is what they are going to get. Hopefully. Hillary Clinton gave it all she's worth, but in end she was too old school and unfortunately even less trustworthy than her opponent. Better luck next time, if there is one.

God bless America and hope for the best.

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A photo of my Dad as a young boy growing up in Lawrence, Kansas (circa 1925).

| Kiffin Rockwell | 0 Comments

There's a new book about Kiffin which just came out, and it's called "Kiffin Rockwell, the Lafayette Escadrille and the Birth of the United States Air Force" by T.B. Murphy. Time to celebrate.

| California | 0 Comments

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Having a wonderful time visiting my mom and taking road trips around the Monterey Bay Area. The coast and ocean views are spectacular and it seems only yesterday and not five years ago that I was here last.

| Meaning of life | 0 Comments

Today's word of the day is digression, an act or instance of digressing from a main subject in speech or writing. Pretty appropriate term on my 59th birthday. Indeed in many ways I feel I have reached the age of digression and look forward to the exploring the interesting results of following this path.

| Programming | 0 Comments

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Order the book yourself

Have I gone too far and lost totally my wits by purchasing this book? Now I am going to have to read it and sludge through the jungle of mathematical proofs in order to get my money's worth. Who knows if I will ever be able to understand it completely.

| Gishtech | 0 Comments

As a software developer with many years of experience under my belt, I like to compare myself to a professional craftsman who needs the best tools in order to perfect one's artistic skills and abilities. After five years of very intense usage, my current tool was getting rusty and blunt.

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My new tool is a Lenovo Thinkpad T460P.

Since I've decided to pursue my new life as a freelancer, it's important that I am as productive as possible and work efficiently. This new laptop with Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS installed will boost my productivity nicely and keep me going for a while.

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Getting the luck of the draw and being able to start with number one out of the fifty contenders, is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Although you have to leave home at the crack of dawn in order to make it in time for the first early morning starting time, being the first off the tee is a symbolic gesture.

I also felt pretty good about may game and thought that who knows maybe I could get a lucky streak and win the tournament. In the past I've entertained similar illusions of fame, only to go into mental meltdown mode and shooting terrible scores. Just to play one shot at a time and enjoy the round as much as possible at this beautiful golf course, "Misschien Wel de Mooiste Golfbaan van Nederland."

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The number one sign hangs proudly from my golf bag.

As it turned out, although I made the turn with a so-so 39, the back nine went quite well and I birdied three of the last four holes. Boy was I hitting the ball really great. For awhile there, I was leader in the golf club but after the long wait I came in fourth place which is also nice.

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Till a voice, as bad as Conscience, rang interminable changes
  On one everlasting Whisper day and night repeated--so:
"Something hidden. Go and find it. Go and look behind the Ranges--
  "Something lost behind the Ranges. Lost and waiting for you. Go!"

- Explorer, Rudyard Kipling

| Life in Holland | 0 Comments

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Stuck in the worst traffic jam of the year. In Holland they call it a "file" which is pronounced "veela".

| Golf | 0 Comments

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Future famous golfer?

He picked up the putter, took the over-sized club and started swinging it ever so slightly back and forth, as if he'd done it before. A natural? We will just have to wait and see if in the end he'll like the sport or not.

| Kiffin Rockwell | 0 Comments

Today marks the 100th anniversary since Kiffin Rockwell was shot down and killed, that great American hero who volunteered to fight the Germans for freedom.

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Kiffin Rockwell prepares to take to the skies of France in his fighter plane. A former Asheville resident, Rockwell, 24, was killed during a dogfight on Sept. 23, 1916.

I've been seriously considering going to his grave in Luxeuil-les-bains to pay him tribute on this historical day. But it's a six hour drive and I just don't have the time nor the spare money right now. Feel kind of guilty.

Do you think that I'm being sacrilegious? What would Kiffin think? At least I can give him tribute on the day in my mind long distance.

When I was a kid World War I seemed pretty long ago, but back then it was only 50 years previously. Now it's a whole century! How much longer will people still remember these fallen heroes? What will happen to us when we die?

Read the article: World War I aviator Kiffin Yates Rockwell may well be a bigger hero in France than here at home.

| Gishtech | 0 Comments

For anyone interested, I'd like to announce that the following template is available for folks wanting to deploy a basic Middleman project to Heroku in a hassle-free manner:

Here it is: Middleman Heroku Basic.

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In a little over a month I will be going to California again to visit family and friends. I will be staying there for two weeks and will have much fun and relaxation. Believe it or not, it has been more than five years since I was last there, so it will be nice to see everyone again. Of course, I will also bring my golf clubs with me so that I can go out and have a few rounds of eighteen holes.

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Here are a couple interesting trivia items that I learned about JavaScript functions in Chapter 15 of the book Speaking JavaScript:

var add = new Function('x', 'y', 'return x + y');
console.log(add(2, 3); // 5
console.log(add instanceof Function); // true
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Luiten wint KLM Open met tien birdies op slotdag.

Joost Luiten claims home victory with three-shot win at KLM Open.

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Joost putting (I took this picture on the last hole of day one)

I'm not the greatest fan of his, but I have to admit that he pulled off an impressive victory.

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Three generations of 100% Gish spanning more than fifty-eight years.

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This personal weblog was started way back on July 21, 2001 which means that it is 7-21-2001 old.

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Graduated from Stanford 6-5-1979 ago.

Kiffin Rockwell was shot down and killed 9-23-1916 ago.

Believe it or not but I am 10-11-1957 young.

Began well-balanced and healthy life style 1-8-2013 ago.

My father passed away 10-20-2000 ago.

First met Thea in Balestrand, Norway 6-14-1980 ago.