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I'm sorry that I'm not explicitly explaining the whole "daan" here, I feel I have put enough bits and pieces all over the internets for people to get a better idea that I could ever do here. If you have time, the best place to start would be my personal blog. The first entry explains how I got to be in the wonderful city of Berlin.

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Project Volunteering in Provence

posted Oct 13, 2009, 1:21 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Oct 13, 2009, 1:39 PM ]

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Daan & Fab


posted Oct 13, 2009, 7:14 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Nov 11, 2009, 12:58 AM ]

Hitched for 4 days with tau to Barcelona, good experiences and visited friends (mawa hata) and family (Hubert)
Spend good days in the Hernandez household, talking project and French
Eventful hitch alone to Marseille
Great nocturnal walk in the city
Hunting herbs while others hunted boar in the Provence
Fabrice in Toulon :)

Still undecided about coming back to the project, as ever.

For sure coming back the 6th of november till the 10th. Maybe my crazy russian friend is staying at our place for a week. Maybe also 2 of his friends. More info tomorrow!
-------------------------------------FLY MY PRETTY!
Got drunk 3 hours after the plane touched Belgian tarmac. 1 liter of Triple Karmeliet.
Bought a great tent and got a great coat as a present
Survived -2 degrees with my gear, who wants to hitch Czech republic with me in winter?
Extremely doubtful about my future, perhaps this is infectious?
Wondering about the house, sending out email feelers. A new nqdir?
Transmogrifying restlessness and anxiety into potential action bomb. Stuff IS going to change, it's better to take decisions when you still can.

Hitching out Friday 23d. Guess where I'm going next! (you might win something)

whoever said paris wins a kiss from me when I get back.
Made Paris in one ride, a guy who sailed the world in his self constructed boat plus wife and diving gear for 2 years
Met up with Petr, he's going to call his boss for me.
Hosted by Julien, good friend of Niki and all around great guy.

He took me into the Catacombs.

World's most subversive street art collection.

Met Nicolas, he was doing great.

Hitched south to the apartment in 2 days. Spend 6 days with Tau in a 2000 person village, no internet or cell phone coverage. I got sick, en then Tau got sick out of solidarity.

Hitched to Berlin in 3 days. The tent is great, and so is the sleeping bag. Thank you Clayton for the backpack, it's the best thing to come out of Germany since Berlin.

Going to Greece real soon.

I am  very sorry, but life keeps blowing up in my face everytime I go to Berlin. I feel unsure (maybe more than ever) if I can live in Shonhauser allee 146. If rent needs to be paid, or I live there, I will pay. Would you guys mind me waiting to pay?

Please mail me any feedback, I know a lot of you can't post here anymore. Ask my opinion about that too, if you're interested.

Right now it's 20 degrees and it's sunny. I'm staying with Michael, and he's incredible. I don't know if the hospitality is a typical greek thing which everyone should experience, but it's almost humbling. I talked with him till the early hours despite the fact that he had to go to work early, and already this trip can't be broken.

Last day before the crossroads, 1st of October 2009

posted Oct 1, 2009, 1:35 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Oct 1, 2009, 1:55 AM ]


So, if all goes well with packing, I won't be back in Berlin for at least 6 weeks. Potentially, it's my last day here as a "live-in resident".

Like I've said many times, this has nothing do to with the things we are trying to do. Living with Tau in this house has always been a more attractive option for me in my life than living in a room somewhere else. Due to personal reasons though, it seems less and less that this mode of living here would be a possibility for me, although not impossible.

Maybe I'll live here, maybe not. But I think I will spend at least one night in ten here anyway ;)

Despite everything (and that does mean everything!), I want to do all in my capabilities to make sure this project is still happening in the future.

Clayton is the key.
Jeremie is the child of the prophet.
Fabrice is still French.

Hiphop musical and Exhibition on WOII and the third world: 20 September

posted Sep 5, 2009, 4:05 AM by Unknown user

I'll try and get tickets, so let me know before next monday


It looks Dem good ;)

Traditional Iranian/Persian vocalist on 15 september

posted Sep 4, 2009, 2:15 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Sep 5, 2009, 4:04 AM ]

I'll try and get tickets, so let me know before next monday

Mohammad Reza Shajarian is coming to town! He is one of the mot acclaimed singer/mentors in classical sufi mucic, and is of certain contemporary political interest.

I'll track down ticket pricing asap, but rest be assured that I'm going.

See this as a followup for the Mongolian wrestling ;)

Read more about it here.

Mohammad on his music being used to promote the latest presidential campaign in Iran:

As you know, IRIB repeatedly airs my epic songs particularly ‘O Iran, O House of Hope.’ Your Excellency knows that this song and my other works you use have been performed for the ambience of Iran in 1979 and 1980, and there is no connection between the songs and the present situation.

In 1995, I expressed my dissatisfaction with the airing of my works on IRIB. Once again, I repeat my appeal and stress that IRIB had no role in producing these works, thus, according to Sharia and law, it is obligatory that IRIB stop broadcasting my songs and other works immediately.

Crossing the Daanicon

posted Aug 31, 2009, 1:34 AM by Unknown user

Good news, like most of you already know.

I quit my job, my last day is the 23rd of September.

After that, it's highly likely I will be traveling untill at least the first weeks of November, potentially longer.

I won't be paying rent for October.

I will spend a lot of this time thinking if it is possible for me to continue the project after this, and what it actually means for me to be there.

I also want to apologize that I haven't been contributing the last weeks as much as I could, and that the state of my mind wasn't so clear. Maybe this state will continue for this month. I have no idea but I hope not.

Feel free to talk to me, I love all of you.

Daan's thoughts on work "spaces"

posted Aug 27, 2009, 3:52 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Aug 27, 2009, 4:46 AM by paul.b@projectvolunteering.net ]

*note this is very work in progress.

I feel I have some experiences training myself in being concentrated for several hours at a time. Please don't consider this guidelines, they are just my thoughts. Feel free to substitute "programming" in the next text with "study", "meditate", "read", or "make sweet love next to the fireplace"


In general, you're trying to do one thing and one thing only. If I really want to program, I don't want to be doing any other thing:
  • Monitor my emails by the minute (I'm not that important)
  • Make sure I know where my couch surfing friend logged in last
  • Check who came in the house
Of course I will interrupt my work to say hi to Clayton when he comes home. I'm not a fascist. But, in general:


So, in general, if you find you have bad focus, try shutting down any electronic interrupters (email, rss, facebook, messenger). If you find yourself opening them without reason, you don't have a focus problem. You have a motivation problem. I'm not that important I can't wait 3 hours to reply to ppl.


You need light. It helps you keep awake, and motivated.

Light can also be a clean desk. A dirty desk makes it more difficult to "see" what you are doing, creates a barrier to add another book/paper, and adds unnecessary distractions to your eye.


If you think you're good at it, you're not.

Closure for august 2009

posted Aug 24, 2009, 7:04 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Aug 27, 2009, 3:47 AM ]

I want to talk a lot about passion, dreams, feelings, expectations,language, synergy and philosophy. Try me.

I will also do my best to keep this house afloat.

I'm moving along quite well with the talking. I've had really good talks with Christian and Tau. It seems the most productive thing I can do right now. It's funny how my time is divided between fixing misunderstandings in the past, and creating understanding for the future.

Is everyone here happy/comfortable ?

English workshop

posted Aug 19, 2009, 11:30 PM by Unknown user

Yep, we've got a lot to learn yet!

I want to hold a series of workshops focused on improving our oral and written English. As English is the default, and the lingua franca (well, at least since Jill and Elodie left), I don't think this will hurt our communication. I would mostly be interested in vocabulary, pronouns and colloquial. We can have sessions on British, New Orleans, kitchen jargon, etc etc...

For the first session, I would like to target hip-hop/rap/dup (perhaps reggae, but I don't care a whole lot as you know :). So get ready to finally know what OG,G,Gzette,bling,blunt,frontin,phat,duppy,shiznit,for schizzle,shizzlemanizzle, chronic,hooch,bootie,cooch,cream,knocking niggers out the box, and Wu tang clan mean!

Just append some more terms, and we can get started when we have a nice collection.

I want to eat watermelon seeds, and spit them out at people

posted Aug 4, 2009, 3:55 AM by Unknown user

I want everyone to wake up at the same time, so we can have breakfast together.

I want everyone who is interested to do exercises at the same time, and learn how to do them.

I want people to ask me about computer stuff.

I want to state the obvious more, as it's not always that obvious.

I want to know if I will still feel this way in 10 minutes.

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