Mink Machine

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About Reine

Reine in Singapore

Hello there! I am a software developer, ice cream devourer and wannabe traveler. When I’m not on the road you will likely spot me having a mezzo at Matteo, dressed in black at industrial clubs or roaming deserted streets on cold autumn days.

Traveling is one of my biggest passions which provides me with endless amounts of inspiration. I love to walk around in large cities, surrounded by the creative chaos of mankind. I’ve endured the plains of Mongolia, the fumes of Sao Paulo and the food of New Zealand. I despise Charles de Gaulle airport almost as much as I love ice cream from Cold Stone.

I’ve been singing from the stage of Moulin Rouge in Paris, danced waltz at the Swedish Championships and assisted a fire juggler in San Francisco without burning to ash. But not all at the same time.

Reine in Saint-Émilion

About Mink Machine

Mink

Mink Machine is a personal web site, serving the finest blend of freshly brewed HTML to the unsuspecting world since 1994. It is primarily used as a creative outlet featuring blog entries, travel photos, silly writings and various projects.

Back in 1994 when I created this site, the web was a lot different from today. Markup was typed in Emacs on Solaris and viewed in the Mosaic browser, since neither Netscape or Internet Explorer had yet been released. The wild years of DHTML abuse followed and even this site was littered with a fair share of it.

Then in 2003 some significant things happened. Dave Shea invented CSS Zen Garden and Jeffrey Zeldman released the infamous blue beanie book. I was spellbound by the world of web standards, swiftly proceeded to eliminate all table layout and never looked back.

The name of this site is a homage to Kraftwerk’s epic song "Man Machine" in combination with the adorable little critter. Although minks are lovely furry creatures mostly living in your basement, their skills involving covert ops should not be underestimated.

As always, this is a personal website and does not reflect the views of my employer. That’s right, when I say that Josh Hartnett suck big time – it’s just me.

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Featured stories

Conquering Machu Picchu

"A life-long dream came true this morning, as I stood upon the mountain looking down at Machu Picchu. I felt like some strange mix between Indiana Jones and a small boy, gazing down upon the final treasure of the Incas."

Visions of Singapore

"By extensive use of landfill with sand bought from Indonesia and Cambodia, the bay area has expanded greatly in the last few years and tall buildings pop up everywhere."

The dark days of Sarajevo

"The city survived on the edge of annihilation and has started to recover, but the stone walls still seem to cry out in lament of all the horrible things they have seen."

The lakes of Lombardy

"The town of Como, largest settlement around Lake Como, attracts a lot of people with big wallets. But I preferred to take the funicular up the mountain to the Brunate region, where you get a much better view of the lake."

On the Trans-Siberian

"Since the toilets were locked during the seven hour stop, we had to bribe the provodnitsas to use the facilities. Then came the Mongols."

Vineyards of southern France

"Not far from Sauternes is the village of Saint-Émilion, also a famous wine region but what got me hooked was their impressive limestone caves."