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I bought an iPad Air 4

My note taking was doing my head in, all those binders, markers etc. etc. taking way too much place in my tiny studio. It is getting problematic, this is what one of my shelves full of notebooks and study books look like. Making it a treasure hunt finding a a specific note.

What also didn’t help is, I am anal retentive when it comes to note taking, I have written about that extensively here. So studying outside the house was not particularly easy as I was carrying my binders, gazillions of markers and my study books.

I have been toying with the idea of buying a tablet for quite some time, here I am discussing my notes being a problem with my real mom S.

I actually was looking at the Remarkble and the likes. But the load times and lack of color and it’s loading time and refresh rate put me off from buying e-ink based tablets. So I stared to look at other options, Samsung got a big NO from me, I hate Andriod it is sluggish just like Windows.

So I was looking at Apple, and the iPad 2020 would have been perfect but the way the Apple Pencil first generation needs to be charged was off putting.

Apple Pencil first generation being charged

So I went for the iPad Air 4, for the sole reason that I like the way the Apple Pencil second generation charges.

Apple Pencil second generation charging

The price difference between the iPad 2020 and iPad Air 4 is huge and not really justifiable for me, since the iPad 2020 is in my budget and the iPad Air 4 is 278 euros out of my budget. Take a look:

Right now that price difference hurt like a mother fucker, since I am broke as fuck. But the way the Apple Pencil first generations needs to be charged would a) annoy the fuck out off me b) make it very easy for me to destroy the pencil.

One off the main reasons I chose for Apple is that you can work with some Apple apps in the iCloud without being logged on to an Apple device. Here is me logging in on the iCloud on my Linux Laptop, through my browser:

I can now, do stuff in my web browser in any of these apps and it will show on my iPad, which for me is a godsend since I am a touch typist. I have a feeling not many people know this, I often see people at work adding appointments in their calendar on their iPhone while sitting in front of a computer…..

The iPad will be mainly used for “handwritten” notes which is actually going pretty well in GoodNotes I must say. (I also really like how the iPad Air has basically the same size as my preferred paper size namely A5):

The others uses will be the calendar, to do list, notes (not for study material), address book, editing pictures and videos, reading study books. All these things will be done with the “original’ Apple applications that came pre-installed. So far I have downloaded 2 not original Apple apps on my iPad. GoodNotes 5 (which is the best 9 euros ever spent!) and the AdGuard addblocker, and as far as I am concerned I have every intention off keeping it that way.

First of all, I only have 64 GB , secondly I am the kind of person that looks for “native solutions” before downloading an app. Native solutions being, can an original preinstalled Apple app do the ting I want? If so, I’ll do that. I hate devices with gazillions of apps on them.

The iPad will not be my main device, that will be my Linux laptop (a Dell E2750), the iPad is an addition to the laptop for studying. While I am very happy with the iPad, the price off 800 euros for a glorified notebook hurts. I do tell myself, I will save the money in the long run because, I will not buy pencils, phyisical notebook, post-its, markers etc. etc.anymore.

For now I have to live very sober for a couple off months…..

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China are you trying to intimidate me?

Due to the struggles with my domain name, my blog has been offline since the 8th of March till the 25th of March. So guess which country checked my blog 5 times on the 27th of March, one whole fucking day after I was online again?

Yep, China I already wrote about my suspicions regarding China here. But this stunt really takes all the suspicions I ever had, away. It is a sure thing now, China is checking on me. All because had the audacity to write TWO articles where I criticized the shithole (yes China, there I wrote it) called China.

I guess I know for sure now, when I die chances are China had a thing or two to do with it.

Just in case, I am not planning on committing suicide. And if I ever say good things about China and or the backward honor culture I had the bad luck to be born in, but I managed to escape at 17. Something happened to me, something BAD. Also you can always do the cliccy for the larger piccie .

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Beste Marijn Houwert,

Als je niets aardigs kunt typen, kun je ook je MacBook dichtklappen en gaan hardlopen.

Je begint deze blog met de mededeling dat jij het in deze tijd bij geen enkele opleiding gered zou hebben. Dat getuigt van realiteitsbesef, want als je nu medisch specialist wil worden dan moet je vanaf 5 vwo je al met relevante dingen bezig houden naast je opleiding (vrijwilligers werk, top sport etc. etc.).

Zelfs je collega arts en column schrijver Joost Zaat, deelt je mening over hoe het er nu aan toe gaat voor mensen die de opleiding geneeskunde willen studeren. Een leuke quote uit zijn column:

Ik vond me zelf dus net slim genoeg om ‘geneeskunde’ te studeren. Nu kom je daar niet meer mee weg, maar goddank hoefde ik toentertijd mijn keuze niet te motiveren.

Marijn verder geef je in deze blog, ook toe dat diverse van generatie genoten (mensen die andere toelaten tot de opleiding, je collega artsen etc. etc.) last hebben van hypocrisie. Zij vragen van de huidige generatie toekomstige geneeskunde studenten en/of medisch specialisten om aan eisen te voldoen, waar zij zelf nooit aan zouden kunnen voldoen.

En dan heb jij vervolgens het gore lef om dit te typen:

Medisch specialist, en chirurg zijn in het bijzonder, is een fantastisch beroep maar niet zaligmakend. Er is echt leven buiten het ziekenhuis en je gaat niet dood als je geen medisch specialist wordt. Sterker nog, als je chirurgie ambieert, ga je vooralsnog bewezen eerder dood als je het wel wordt.”

Lekker makkelijk he, om als “have” te gaan bepalen voor een “have not” wat zaligmakend is. Heb jij je kop zo diep in je kont zitten, dat je niet inziet dat dit niet ok is? Zit je lekker daar in je ivoren torentje (= plek in de maatschap)?

Hoe haal je het in je hoofd, om voor mensen die zoveel meer moeten doen om te komen waar jij bent, om voor hen te gaan bepalen dat het niet erg is als ze hun doel niet behalen. Ik hoop van harte dat je dit soort dingen niet zegt tegen een van je leerlingen of tegen een medsich specialist die je afwijst na een sollicitatie. Die durven je namelijk (en heel begrijpelijk) geen tegengas te geven, zij hebben de rugdekking die jij wél hebt, namelijk niet. Want die zitten in de volgende situatie , welke mooi wordt omschreven door Casper Tax:

Dat komt doordat niemand zijn eigen ruiten wil ingooien; voor die ene ‘klager’ heb je immers zo tien anderen.

De afsluiter in je blog is dan ook letterlijk om te kotsen Marijn:

Mijn advies aan geneeskundestudenten? Stop collectief met springen. Ga in hemelsnaam lekker aan het barretje staan (geniet, maar drink met mate) als het weer mag straks. Ga naar festivals of feestjes, heb plezier, lees een boek, ontwikkel vriendschappen en ontdek waar jij heen wilt gaan in dit leven. Het is niet jouw verlies als je daarom niet aangenomen wordt als medisch specialist. Het verlies is van ons.

Je beledigt de intelligentie van geneeskundestundenten door ze adviezen te geven waarmee ze hun kansen aanzienelijk verkleinen. En vervolgens bepaal je ook nog dat het geen verlies voor hen is als ze geen medisch specialist worden, als medisch specialist zijnde met je felbegeerde plekje in een maatschap bij een UMC.

Dit heeft niets te maken, met kort door de bocht zijn, recht voor zijn raap zijn of provocerend bezig zijn om een discussie op gang te brengen. Maar alles met mensen die het al zo moeilijk hebben een onnodige trap na te geven, empathieloze zak stront dat je me er bent.

(En nee Marijn, ik ben geen geneeskundestudent of medisch specialist die wanhopig op zoek is naar een vaste aanstelling. Ik ben namelijk te dom om tot één van die groepen te behoren.)

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Namecheap I ain’t mad at ya

See is no more, one sweet day I decided to log on to namecheap and it asked for a security pin. This pin was sent to an email address I haven’t logged on in for 16 years. No need to tell you how well that went…

I contacted Namcheap’s customer service and they asked me for details I once filled 16 years ago, like phone number, creditcard details. Details I couldn’t provide, I begged and pleaded with customer support, but they didn’t gave in.

They advised me to contact their risk management department, that department didn’t give a fuck either. I must say, I am impressed with how they guarded that domain. They guarded it so well, that even me the owner for God knows how many years couldn’t get to it. That kind of security made me decide to keep my business at namecheap, no matter how aggravating it was and actually STILL is to lose a domain I have owned for so many years.

So here I am now at, let’s what this will bring. Besides a accepting that the links on the other sites won’t work anymore and I have to change a lot of hyperlinks on this blog.

I must say the new editor called gutenberg, ain’t so bad.

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The perfect Leslie Sansone workout to do on mat!

It is this one it only is 15 minutes long. I think this workout  is the perfect workout out for people who consider exercise a necessary evil,  AKA people like me.

I do this work out on this mat

Due to the dimensions of this mat I can do the entire workout on the mat (granted I am 5’3), and I don’t need to wear shoes. Leslie always advices against bare feet, but this mat is so thick you don’t need shoes. I bought this mat at Aldi in 2017, it is not only cheap but very durable. The quality is good too,it doesn’t have dents of my feet imprinted on it (unlike other expensive mats I used ). And yes people, I have the pink mat.

You can do this entire workout on the mat mentioned above, because the workout doesn’t have double sidesteps or sidesteps where you move forward or backward. When I have to take 4 steps forward and backward, I just turn 90 degrees. Since Leslie mentions in advance when you will have to take 4 steps forward and backward, I have time to move to one side of the mat and turn 90 degrees.

Why I like this workout so much? It is only 15 minutes, it doesn’t contain squats (I hurt my god-damn knees if I do those without supervision) or this movement.

Yes, I also hurt my knees when I do this movement, a lunge,  without supervision. I am not the most gifted exerciser in the world . There is a reason why I take Pilates class where the instructor doesn’t participate but instead walks around and corrects people. I consider Leslie Sansone workout to be better then regular walking, this workout elevates my heart much more. Plus I make movements during this workout, I don’t make during a walk.

But most importantly my Pilates instructor, who is a Pilates snob who only teaches classical Pilates thank you very much, approves of this workout. This is what she wrote when I wrote her about the Leslie Sansone work out:

Notice the digg at Stott Pilates (she hates everything that is not classical Pilates) . The digg at Stott Pilates is, because I love one of their Pilates routines. I will write about that routine another time.

What I basically do for workout is, during weekends, holidays etc. etc. (basically days off) I do the Leslie Sansone workout in the morning and during working days I do the Pilates routine in the evening (if I don’t have Pilates class). Yes people one workout a day, why should I do both? You guys are trying kill me over here.

Since great content has tendency to disappear, like this brilliant vid for example. I hosted the workout vin on my blog you can find it here. Remember you can always do the cliccie for a larger piccie.

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She might have been patient zero in the Netherlands….

Exactly one year ago, on the first of January 2020. I went out for dinner with someone who flew back from Italy that morning. She (I will call her X from now on) spent three weeks in Italy celebrating the holidays with her family. See normally when people fly back from abroad, they leave they airport as quickly as possible to head home. Not X though, when she arrived on Schiphol Airport that day, she spent hours hanging around on the airport by herself while drinking cappuccinos koffie

When she finally headed home she sent me a text, asking me if I had plans for tonight. I said I didn’t, so she invited me to have dinner with her in a restaurant. We sat there in close proximity (as was normal back then) eating and talking for hours. I noticed X had a cold, she was sneezing and had a runny nose. I didn’t think anything off it, after all it was winter everyone gets a cold right?

So on the 12th of January I got ill. People who know me, know I never get ill. And if I get ill, I don’t complain, hence the image “Janice never gets ill”.

But this time  it was different. I got a fever that just wouldn’t GO THE FUCK AWAY! I took the maximum allowed Ibuprofen and the still the fever stayed which was shocking, since 1 Ibuprofen used to be sufficient. So being the smart person I am I decided to take 5 more Ibuprofen more then is allowed without consulting a doctor frusty Normally I am not this retarded I swear emo but I couldn’t think straight due to the fever. Taking the 5 extra Ibuprofen didin’t help btw, the fever lasted for 6 days. During those 6 days I literally couldn’t do shit, besides lying in bed watching Chateau Meiland and complain to everyone about how  ill I am.

After those 6 days I went back to work, I still had a cold and a runny nose. One off the things I noticed after my initial illness  there was a shortness of breath and me being dizzy. These two things lasted till April at least. But I didn’t think much of it in the beginning. I thought the shortness of breath had to with my age and sedentary lifestyle. The dizziness I blamed on being vegetarian and not getting enough carbs, I am the kind of person who struggles to eat 150 grams carbs a day.

So when COVID-19 started getting mentioned on the news a lot, like in early February 2020, I didn’t think much about the fever I had. Hell, back then I didn’t take COVID-19 serious, even though I saw on the news how it played out for Italy. I took COVID-19 seriously when a Dutch doctor went nuclear on my ass, after I told him that “COVID-19 is just a flu” this was on Friday the 13th of March. Two days before the first partial lock down was announced on the the 15th of March 2020. It got me thinking about the fever I had early in January 2020 and shortness of breath and the dizziness I was still suffering from.

I took the first partial lock down very seriously, yes people I went to the supermarket to haul on toilet paper and certain foods. I tried to do it undercover picool without the help of S. (my real mom). I told her specifically that I went to haul stuff in several supermarkets undercover.

Yet she still advised me to ask the supermarket manager to ask when a load of non-perishable stuff would arrive, way to blow my cover mom.

Then she asked me to take a picture of my cart in while being in the supermarket, yes mom that is really a thing someone should do while hauling stuff undercover eerie Taking proudly pictures of their cart in the supermarket.

Then she had the audacity to laugh at my cabinets where I stored my haul talktothehand (People, I live in a very tiny studio so there is not much to store.)

Ooh, regarding X, I never discussed with her whether I might have gotten COVID-19 from her or not. After that dinner I kind off stopped talking to her. It was not about getting the virus from her, but her openly preying on under-age boys while going out with me.

I do wonder though if she brought COVID-19 to Rotterdam and made it spread like wildfire. See X is an expat, she came to the Netherlands in June 2019. And ever since she seems to have one, and only one hobby which is going through Tinder like a mad woman. Every Friday and Saturday night she fucks a different guy, obviously that is not enough facepalm So she also has a 19 year old fuck buddy on the side. This fuck buddy is a student whose part time job is delivering groceries. Till this day it amazes that Brabant was the first Dutch location where COVID-19 became problematic and not Rotterdam due to X her side activities.

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How to get to the Classical Editor in

A couple of months ago decided to ditch the classical editor and make the block editor the default. Boy, do I hate that FUCKING BLOCK EDITOR OR WHAT piangry Anyways, if you don’t want to upgrade to a business plan with, so you can make the Classical Editor your default editor again. Then you can use these workarounds, if you are on a Premium plan. I’ll show you how you can create and edit posts in the Classical Editor.

Click on “WP Admin

Then click on “All Postsdon’t clik on “New Posts” it will open that lousy “Block Editor“!

If you want to create a new post then click on the drop down menu next to “Add New” and choose “Classical Editor“.

If you want to edit a post, scroll down to said post, hover above it with your mouse and choose “Classical Editor


Here are two youtube vids created by me. Showing you the steps I mentioned above.



Remember you can always do the cliccie for a larger piccie 😋 Here you can read about all the tools I used to create this post.


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The difference between increase and decrease

Increase = shit gets bigger

Decrease = shit gets smaller


If you only knew how many exercises I fucked up on Khan Academy because I didn’t know the difference between increase and decrease, you would be AMAZED. Amazed  that after fucking up like hundreds (close to a thousand) exercises  I still don’t know the difference bonk

What makes this blogpost beautiful is, that literally one off the first notes I took while watching a  Khan Academy video (it is literally the first page). Also explained what increase and decrease is, take a look.

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Letting of of the perfection

Yep, that is one of the hardest things to do for me,  despite knowing  it can hold me back 😔 But a couple of months ago, I decided when it comes to studying math, I will let go of some of the perfection.

See when I just started learning Math at KhanAcademy, I took notes religiously and way too seriously. I would take notes of every vid (I wish I was joking😐 ) and I watched every F-U-C-K-I-N-G vid. My notes would be categorized according to my system but still in sync with KhanAcademy. I used to study in a coffee shop where the desks were much bigger then the tiny thing made off match sticks I have at home.

These are the notes I used to make in the huge binder:


Also notice the 6d in the top right corner? That is how I used to index my notes (yes I am anal-retentive like that). I remember getting annoyed when KhanAcademy changed their subjects around, so my system of categorizing was not on par with the site any more.

Since there is no place for a huge binder on my desk, I bought a smaller binder (size a5). And believe it or not, I threw the huge binder with my notes in the trash 😮


On the left my notes on A5 on the right my old notes on A4.


Since that day, I changed my approach to note taking. I will not take notes off every vid any more, I will take notes when I struggle with a subject or when I see this symbol (which indicates a mini paper on the given subject):



But most importantly I will stop categorizing my notes, the new note will be placed on top. Plus when it comes to note taking, some notes will be placed on this blog. I will go a for a hybrid thingy, I guess.

Does that mean I have let go off the perfection  completely? Hell NO❗️ The perfection, will be focussed on watching every vid no matter how well versed I am on the subject. Plus every unit test and course challenge needs to be on 100%.

Take a look on the picture below, it says that I have mastered 4th grade math for 100%. Despite scoring a 90% on my course challenge. Being the person I am, I was not happy with the outcome 😡



I did the course challenge a couple of times (like only 40 times or so, I am not joking😐 ) till I scored 100%.


It was only then I moved on to the 5th grade.

Yes I know, new vids and exercises are daily added on KhanAcademy. And yes I check regularly if the grades I already mastered (for 100%, nothing less) have new content. If so I will watch the new vids and do the new exercises. I did already mention in this post I am anal-retentive, yes?


Remember you can always do the cliccie for a larger piccie 😋