Guerrilla fighters of Kurdistan – Joey L.

Every generation seems to grow up with the memory of at least one major war in his or her lifetime. Whether we choose to read the headlines or acknowledge the reality beyond our own everyday lives, the war that is currently underway in Iraq and Syria is one that affects us all. As a Kurdish soldier would tell me laterβ€” this conflict has been churning for centuries, but remains hidden from most of our views.

Well worth read, both for the portraits and the story.

Sunday in Cologne

My sister Liesbet is living in Cologne for 6 months as part of the Erasmus program at her university here in Leuven. Last Sunday I took the train over there to catch up with here, as I hadn’t seen her in almost 5 weeks. She’s also taking up photography class while she’s there so we decided to wander around the city and shoot things. We also had a wonderful cup of coffee at The Coffee Gang. If you ever find yourself in Cologne and your in need from some quality coffee, be sure to check them out!

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Sony Xperia Z2 tablet

By courtesy of the wonderful folks over at Sony Belgium, I’ve had the chance to try out their latest tablet: the Xperia Z2. I’ve had a couple of tablets in the past but those were all of the Apple flavour, no Androids before. And as I’m currently in the market for a new tablet, this was the perfect opportunity to see what’s going on on the other side of the fence.

The Z2 has a 10″ high resolution screen, is very thin and very light. It’s also the first (?) waterproof tablet. But really waterproof, according to Sony’s website:

Xperia Tablet Z’s revolutionary water resistant design stands up to moisture–even complete submersion in up to 3 feet of water for up to 30 minutes at a time

I didn’t try this with the demo model Sony sent me πŸ™‚

One thing I don’t like about the Z2 hardware-wise is the giant black bezel around the screen. It seems overly big for no reason. The back is plastic but feels solid enough and it doesn’t creak or bend when you hold it.

On the software side, it’s vert snappy and responsive. Granted, the only thing I use a tablet for is reading and writing. The reading is done in Pocket (ex Read It Later) and the Amazon Kindle app. And I write/take notes with Evernote. Aside from those, I install the usual bunch of apps: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Dropbox, … and those all ran smoothly.

Would I consider buying the Z2? The 16GB version come down at €499. I tend to automatically compare prices with the other side of the fence. For the same price Apple has a 16GB iPad Air. But then again, I’d probably be looking something smaller than 10″ anyway. I’m not sure whether that means I’ll be getting an iPad Mini soon, or may a smaller sided Android tablet. This experience with the Z2 has certainly brought Android back to my attention.

β˜… What Happens When You Blow Soap Bubbles at -9Β°C

When the weather forecast announced about the unexpected cold from -9Β°C to -12Β°C last week, Washington-based photographer Angela Kelly decided to take an advantage of it in one truly creative way. Together with her 7-year-old son, Kelly combined the home-based remedies – dish soap, karo syrup, and water – and went out to blow bubbles and take pictures as they freeze and melt.

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(via Bored Panda)