Mink Machine

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About Reine

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.

Reine in Singapore

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. Read my book about it all!

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 Durban

About Mink Machine

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.

When I created this site, the world was different. Back then CDs and VHS tapes were still a thing, and most people didn’t even have mobile phones or an email address, not to mention a web page! I typed the HTML by hand in Emacs on Solaris and viewed the result in a 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.

Reine in Saint-Émilion

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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Memories of Skye

Memories of Skye

"The countryside is charming and some places even have coffee."
Roaming the cobblestones of Istanbul

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."
Greetings from Moldova

Greetings from Moldova

"But Chisinau is an unexpected gem in the wilderness. Even though Moldova is one of the poorest countries in Europe, the capital has its fair share of impressive buildings and post-Soviet architecture."
Roaming in Valletta

Roaming in Valletta

"I passed the statue of Jean de Valette, the 49th Grand Master who laid the foundation stone to Valletta in 1566, to gaze at the golden interior of St. John’s Co-Cathedral, where he is buried in the crypt."
Getting lost in Yazd

Getting lost in Yazd

"Navigating on random while surrounded by staring old men, pointing their crooked fingers at the Godzilla Viking in surprise. It feels like I’m walking around in Mos Eisley."
The urban maze of Tangier

The urban maze of Tangier

"The old Medina is full of fascinating gates and narrow alleys, where I blend in like Moby Dick at a NIN concert."

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