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The Advocate of the Underdog

Ask yourself: Are the choices I make truly mine or am I on auto-pilot and merely walking the path of habits? There are millions who are running in circles dictated by circles within circles. Is the autonomy you believe to experience actually autonomy, or is it the crystallization of norms imposed on you by abstract…

Reflections on Being a Father and Raising Children

Reflections on Being a Father and Raising Children

During christmas dinner, I realized I have never really written anything substantial about what it means for me to be a father. What it means for me to give my daughter a meaningful and valuable upbringing. For some people this may be something you ‘just do’, but for me it’s something to think about and…

Three Elements that Would Make Almost Human the Show It Deserves to Be

Make Almost Human the Show It Deserves to Be

The new Fox show Almost Human has the perfect ingredients to become a great series. But I think its makers should do some things a bit differently to actually achieve that. In this article you can read why I think Almost Human should learn from Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad, and ignore Homeland’s last…

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Why Oprah may have a point about Diana Nyad

About a week ago, Oprah was accused of believing that atheists can not experience awe or wonder. Literally, she said that “I think if you believe in the awe and the wonder and the mystery, then that is what God is.” For many atheists this meant that Oprah believes that atheists lack this capability. However, Diana…

Bas van der Veen

Welcome to Bascinations.com

Welcome to Bascinations.com, my English blog with posts about all the things and phenomena that fascinate me. Moreover, my little corner on the Internet will serve as a place where you can read about a broad range of subjects from my perspective. As a blue collar guy in a white collar professional environment, I tend…

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The Road to a Novel

Writing has been one of my favorite things to do since I was a child. It helped me to express my feelings and satisfy my need to create stories and process ideas. When I was twelve years old, I wrote long science fiction stories and dreamt of seeing them made into movies. It is one…

Learn Python The Hard Way

Time to get started with Python

With graduation in sight, I am finally mentally ready to get started with the Python course offered by Learn Code The Hard Way. People told me to get started with Python because it is relatively easy to learn and use. From time to time, I will report on my progress on this blog. As I mentioned…