Mink Machine


About Reine

Reine in Singapore

I am a web 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


I enjoy creating modern accessible web sites with great user experience based on web standards. I have been doing stuff for the web since 1994 and loved every second of it.

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.

Mink Machine has two evil siblings:

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

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 streets of Paris

"One of the advantages of repeated visits to a place is the leisure pace of awe and discovery while drifting slowly down the worn streets of the French capital."

Road trip across the American Southwest

"We drove along Route 6, Route 66 and Route 666. If there was a Route 6666, we must have missed that turn."

Bunker safari

"The area contains 54 excavated bunkers along with gun emplacements, scattered around the town’s most visible landmark."

Roaming the cobblestones of Istanbul

"Inside the church there are still traces of rune inscriptions made during the Viking age by Varangians, an elite guard made up of Scandinavian immigrant warriors."

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."