VT Art Salon Bonanza In Taipei

Taipei Main Station taken on the 30th of December 2006, with a Nikon D200 and a 18-35mm Nikkor lens. Part of the VT Art Salon Bonanza Series.

Today is the 31st of December, but for some reason, we had our New Year’s Eve party a day earlier. It might be because not everybody had the 1st of January off. Today, we are planning on having dinner with some friends at an Indian restaurant.

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The Hacker Series

The Hacker at his decks, looking onto the crowd. 


I have mentioned this The Hacker Series before, but I have never taken the time to post about it, expect a few pictures here and there. Here are now some of the best shots of the series, taken last June. They feature a DJ called The Hacker from Germany, who is well known in electro circles for his collaborations with Miss Kittin. All photos taken with a Sony Cybershot DSC-P93 5.1 MP camera, on the 22nd of June 2006 at a club called Dagobert in Quebec City Canada. The series has about 150 different photos.


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Scooters, A Love Hate Relationship


It’s the fountain of youth! Nope, it’s not the graal, but a fountain in a park called Le Pigeonnier, in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. Taken on the 22nd of June 2006 with a Sony Cybershot DSC-P93 5.1 MP camera. Part of The Hacker Series. 

After having two accidents within the first week of getting our old 1996 Sym Duke Sport scooter, I kind of didn’t enjoy it as much, especially when we had to get sutures for my wife’s leg. I was a bit scratched up and very weary of scootering. But since I was tutoring right left and all over the place, and we had to get to school, there wasn’t really a choice. So I diligently continued scootering every day. Most of the time, I scooter at night.

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Tuque Day At Work!

A train on the Taipei MRT leaving on the Bannan line. Taken with a Nikon D200 and a 18-35mm lens on the 16th of December 2006. Part of the MRT NTNU Chute.

This morning, I was surprisingly refreshed after my sleep. I was a lot more functional than yesterday. It didn’t take me any coffees to wake up.


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The Perfect Schedule And Thoughts On Teaching

A view between two buildings of our old condo, taken in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on the 19th of July 2006. Part of the Dreamscape Series.

Things are settling down after an almost hella-day. Why do I keep repeating this made-up compound word? I don’t want to keep repeating the 1st three letters all the time and hella sounds better, I got it from Southpark I think…

Even though I went to bed earlier yesterday, I felt still more tired than before. Let’s just say that the week hasn’t been the best. Also, it’s started raining. It finally stopped but it is a lot colder.

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Earth Shaking In Taiwan, Don’t Panic!

A rubber gate in front of our school during the Christmas Concert. Taken in Hsinchu Taiwan with a Nikon D200 and a Nikkor 18-35mm lens on the 22nd of December 2006. Part of the Christmas Concert Series.

I was listening to a few songs that I hadn’t heard in a while, Kent (Isola) in the original Swedish and The Cardigans (Super Extra Gravity), when I noticed that the couch was shaking a bit. I was thinking to myself that the subwoofer wasn’t that loud, it couldn’t be that which was shaking the walls. I then noticed that my 22″ LCD Viewsonic widescreen computer monitor was shaking also. I put my hand on the table and it was shaking too. I couldn’t figure it out for a few seconds. I thought that maybe a truck was causing the vibrations or the neighbors.

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The Power Of Blogs Or The Christmas Concert Series

Me dressing up as Santa Claus for the Christmas concert. I got some good responses from the kids.


All photos taken with a  Nikon D200 and a 18-35mm Nikkor lens on the 22nd of December 2006. Settings: ISO 100, 300, 1000, 1600, Long Exp NR on, High ISO NR on, Shooting Mode P. All photos are part of the Christmas Concert Series.


So my dilemma was solved very quickly by the guys from Zooomr. By dilemma, I mean impasse. And by guys from Zooomt, I mean Kristopher Tate, the founder of Zooomr. Kristopher Tate actually left a comment on my post. Basically he said, you got a problem with the upload limit? I’ll just reset your quota right away.

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Zooomr Needs Unlimited Uploads Or A Van Beek Christmas

We had to make a stop before going to our dinner to pick up presents for our Secret Santa exchange at work. I took the opportunity to take some photos of FE21. This is the building right next to FE21. It is a parking garage.


All of these pictures were taken on the 24 th of December 2006 at Iutian and Liezel’s place in Hsinchu Taiwan. They were our marvelous hosts during a Christmas eve dinner we had, with Christo, Gitte and Farina joining in as well. The night ended well past midnight after we finished watching You, Me And Dupree. All photos taken with a Nikon D200 with a Nikkor 18-35mm lens. Settings: ISO 1600, Long exp NR on, High ISO NR on. Part of the Van Beek Christmas series.


Well, the impossible has happened. I know it would, but I never thought it was likely. I knew that as soon as I would have a DSLR, I would hit the 4GB transfer limit on my Zooomr account, and I did last night. I was able to upload some pictures from Christmas eve, not all of them, even after having trimmed down the numbers. I have also trimmed down the number of photos from the Christmas concert to about 225 from the initial 965.

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Christmas Stories Or Stories From When You Were Six Years Old And The Lakeshore Series 3 Dusk Photos

An interesting view onto the site of the Lakeshore hotel in Hsinchu Taiwan from Minghu Rd. 


These photos were all taken on the 19th of December 2006 with a Nikon D200 and a Nikkor 18-35mm lens in Hsinchu Taiwan. They are part of the Lakeshore Series 3 are were taken minutes before these photos during dusk.


When my wife saw pictures of Santa in her family album at age 6, she figured out that her father was taking on the disguise as Santa. She was devastated for a few years. She told me that her father never wore the Santa suit for the kids, but for his wife.

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Christmas Day Or How Teachers Work In Taiwan

A long view from the hidden building of the Lakeshore Hotel in Hsinchu Taiwan. Taken with a Nikon D200 and a 18-35mm Nikkor lens on the 19th of December 2006. Part of the Lakeshore Series 3.

Right now I’m listening to a mix from Dj Preach, one of the local DJs from Montreal Canada who is doing quite well in the international scene. He has done recordings a lot of illustrious lables, including Pornographic from Marco Bailey. The last I heard from him, he was moving to Prague.

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