Rene van Belzen

Why isn’t Keti Koti an official holiday yet in the Netherlands? It’s the celebration of the end of slavery, 159 years ago. The Dutch were notorious and brutal slave traders in their days. So Keti Koti should be celebrated, since it recognizes a basic human right, freedom for all.


I installed the commenting plugin for microβˆ™blog, but don’t expect much conversation from people who follow me, since they’re mostly still in bed with Facebook. Also, microβˆ™blog’s email link activation is still too clumsy to convince non-believers in the free and open web πŸ•ΈπŸ“”


I suppose when my latest fortnightly post is my longest, it’s time to post more often. With an average length of 642 words per post, 2655 words in one post can’t be called “micro” anymore, can it? OTOH, it’s just a name, microβˆ™blog, not an unbreakable rule or format πŸ•ΈπŸ“”


Sooo, I ran 21.1 km in 2:35 hours on saturday, and 21.1 km in 2:07 hours on sunday. I guess that’s 42.2 km in 4:42 hours. Fun fact, the 2nd half marathon was a race, and I ran the last 5.1 km 15 s/km faster than 2 hours half marathon paceπŸ˜… End-of-the-year marathon, here I come! πŸƒ


Yesterday I jogged a half marathon in 2 hours 35 minutes, and today I’ll be leasurely racing the same distance in around 2 hours 14 minutes. Together that would be a marathon in slightly more than 4ΒΎ hours. Within 6 months that should become a marathon in less than 4 hours πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ


After a total break following my previous marathon (spent a week in bed due to over-exhaustion), I’m giving it another go, end of the year (November 27). This time around my training schedule will be the upper limit, not the bare minimum. I clearly need a PT to restrain me πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ


Passkey seems an improvement, but has a flaw, humans with secrets. Private keys can be stolen, as well as passwords. What we need is security without secrets, though I have no idea how to do that. Maybe secrets that can’t be copied?


It’s the first warm day of the year, 30℃ (86 F). Warm for running that is, because one can easily add 10℃ (12 F) for heating of the body while running. So I left early, when it was still cool. The photo clearly examplifies that burning globe in the sky.

sun shining over a city

I made a rough training schedule, mostly to get me safely to a next level of fitness. The two long runs in the weekends are very gentle (almost walking), but I realize I’ll need to balance it with more distance during the week. That will be a training objective in August πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ

training schedule June 13 - July 31, 2022


Clawing my way back to marathon fitness with base training. I understand that low intensity running is how it should be done, including walking. Hopefully next time my fitness won’t take a nose dive after a marathon race πŸƒ


I’ve looked into the Maffetone method for base training (running), since my slow 20 km run two weeks ago felt so hard. It takes a really long time (like many months) to adjust your body, and slow running (8 min/km or 13 mpm in my case) means either low mileage or many hours πŸƒ


Look into canceling your microβˆ™blog subscription; you might get a discount.


Checked my podcast subscriptions in Overcast to check if any of them did tracking. One did, while it didn’t use to if I remember correctly; I removed it. Point being, keep checking for tracking, because you can’t opt out (nor opt in). It’s a data privacy protection nightmare.


Another reason for me to avoid challenges, or, at least, put a strict limit on the number of challenges. I can really break down mentally. Ah well, we do what we can, don’t we? I’m happy I caught it and acted appropriately. No more challenges for a couple of months for me.

pixel art animation mister T

Microβˆ™blog May challenge day 11, “maroon.” Marooned with a tricylce on a maroon colored brick wall πŸ“·πŸ–₯πŸ‘¨β€πŸŽ¨πŸŽ¨

wall with maroon colored brick with a pixel art toddler on a tricycle

Tried Knotwords app. Alas, not my thing, crossword puzzles. So I permanently deleted it.


Pixel Dailies for 8 May 2022 was a quicky, because I was behind. The theme was “organic.” Playing organ with fruit in my mind πŸ–₯πŸ‘¨β€πŸŽ¨πŸŽ¨

pixel art keyboard playing organic fruit

Microβˆ™blog May challenge, day 10, “pot.” As usual, words have different meanings, be it a jar or a herb πŸ“·πŸ–₯πŸ‘¨β€πŸŽ¨πŸŽ¨

pot of mustard on dinner table with pixel art stoner

LTA 104: April 2022 – Let’s Talk Podcasts

Great comment by a pro video editor, to not rely for your workflow on any manufacturer, but instead be flexible in your approach. Apple’s first-party apps are notorious for features going away, and should be probably be avoided by pros.


I have battle scars to prove I’m not very hands-on, almost like I have two left hands πŸ”ͺ🩸🩹

B&W photo of bandaged finger

Day 9 of microβˆ™blog May challenge #mbm, “bloom.” I have added two kinds of “bloom.” The third is made of iron πŸ“·πŸ–₯πŸ‘¨β€πŸŽ¨πŸŽ¨

flower bloom and Harold Bloom pixel art in a bush

Day 8 of the microβˆ™blog May challenge, “union.” πŸ‘―β€β™‚οΈπŸ±πŸ“·πŸŽ¨


Today’s prompt for Pixel Dailies was “clock.” I chose a water clock, the most ancient version of a timepiece, assumably, as an artifact over 6000 years old ⏱πŸ–₯πŸ‘¨β€πŸŽ¨πŸŽ¨

pixel art water clock

Today’s Pixel Dailies task was to “pixel a set of units for a Tower Defense game.” I had to look that up, because I had no clue of what was meant, and now I do, nor what I was supposed to draw πŸ–₯πŸ‘¨β€πŸŽ¨πŸŽ¨

pixel art of defense units

Today’s prompt for the microβˆ™blog May challenge #mbm was “park.” I recently visited the chapel dedicated to Saint Gertrude of Nivelles, and added some pixel art πŸ“·πŸ–₯πŸ‘¨β€πŸŽ¨πŸŽ¨

city park with fantasy rocket drawn in pixel art