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Curriculum Vitae

Pretty self explicatory.

Astronomy

As you might have noticed, astronomy is my main hobby. My intrest in science (not limited to astronomy) appeared quite early (age 10 or so) when I started reading my dad's popular scientific magazines ('Natuur & Techniek' and 'Kijk') and reading books from the local library. In the first year of highschool I met 2 friends with similar intrests and we decided to join the Public Observatory Urania's 'Youth Course in Astronomy'.

Ten years later, the purchase of 2 telescopes, a couple of camera's and binoculars later, I'm still as addicted as ever to astronomy.

Travel

  • Almost yearly youth-camps with Oberon to various locations in Belgium and The Netherlands
  • August 1999 - Eclipse voyage to Hungary
  • November 1999 - Leonid trip to Provence, France
  • July 2000 - Bicycle tour through south-west of Ireland
  • July 2001 - Hiking West-Highland way in Scotland, UK
  • November 2001 - Leonid trip to Beijing, XingLong and Cheng-De, China
  • Juli-August 2002 - Camping around Venice, Italy
  • November 2002 - Leonid trip to Provence, France
  • July 2003 - Hiking around Carcassonne, France
  • Juli-August 2004 - Car-tour (Brasov, Sighisoara and Sibiu) and Perseids (youth-camp in Darmanesti) in Romania

Fantasy, Science Fiction and other literature

Fantasy which I enjoyed a lot are:

  • Anything by JRR Tolkien
  • The Great Book of Amber by Roger Zelazny
  • Memory, Sorrow and Thorn by Tad Williams
  • The Death Gate Cycle by Weis and Hickman
  • Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan
  • Discworld Series by Terry Pratchett

Science Fiction I enjoyed a lot:

  • Dune by Frank Herbert
  • Foundation Series by Isaac Asimov
  • Nemesis by Isaac Asimov
  • The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Other literature:

  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  • Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
  • The Perfume by Patrick Süskind
  • The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
  • Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams
  • The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul by Douglas Adams

Music

Favourite Albums:

  • The Wall by Pink Floyd
  • Perpetuum Mobile by Einstürzende Neubauten
  • Sehnsucht by Rammstein
  • In a Bar under the Sea by dEUS
  • The Fragile by Nine Inch Nails

Favourite Songs:

  • Play Dead by Björk
  • Gorecki by Lamb
  • A Forest by The Cure
  • Ad Mortem Festinamus by Qntal
  • Hurt by Nine Inch Nails

Favourite Artists:

  • dEUS
  • Pink Floyd
  • Björk
  • Bauhaus
  • Nine Inch Nails
  • Lamb
  • Rammstein
  • Einstürzende Neubauten
  • Daan
  • Sisters of Mercy

If I like to get rid of some frustrations, tensions, anger I'll listen/dance to:

  • Anything by Rammstein
  • Housewife by Daan
  • Born Slippy (NUXX) by Underworld
  • Destillat by VNV Nation (remix, original done by Das Ich)
  • Happiness (from ReBoot) by Front 242

Movies and Series

Movies:

  • Donnie Darko (Richard Kelly)
  • The Virgin Suicides (Sofia Copolla)
  • Dr. Strangelove (Stanley Kubrick)
  • Apocalypse Now (Francis Ford Coppola)
  • Life Of Brian (Monty Python)
  • Kill Bill (Quentin Tarantino)
  • Lost Highway (David Lynch)
  • Seven Samurai (Akira Kurosawa)
  • The Empire Strikes Back (Irvin Kershner)
  • Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Peter Jackson)
  • The Matrix (the Wachowski Brothers)

Series:

  • Fawlty Towers
  • Black Adder
  • Monty Python's Flying Circus
  • Buiten de Zone

Animations

  • Akira (movie - Katsuhiro Ôtomo)
  • Spirited Away (movie - Hayao Miyazaki)
  • The Simpsons (series - Matt Groening)
  • Futurama (series - Matt Groening)
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion (series - Hideaki Anno)
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