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Showcase: SOCO Amsterdam

posted in Events on April 25th, 2008

Multi-touch is one of the hottest technologies currently available. The technology can be seen in iPhones, iPod Touch devices and the Microsoft Surface computing system … oh, and in the Social Contemporary Center for the Arts Amsteredam

Peter Distol was so kind as to explain how the technology works and also elaborate on the potential uses:


The Next Web '08: SOCO Amsterdam

Click on the image to see the showcase, it is roughly 17 megs in size.

 

And, as an extra treat, here is a short clip showcasing the actual multi-touch technology, dubbed with a very special quote:


The Next Web '08: SOCO Amsterdam - Multitouch

Click on the image to see the showcase, it is roughly 2 megs in size.

 

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Ghosts from the past

posted in College on September 6th, 2007

I went on a little road trip today (well, train trip really) to our capital to deliver a very special package to some people I know and when I came back, I met an old teacher / mentor from my high school and we got into a talk about the past, the present and the future.

Occasionally, it can be really interesting to meet people from the past, especially if those people expressed their doubts (albeit in a very subtle way) about your future before… this time around however, the cards were stacked in my favor.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I am not cranky or mad or anything about the behavior of (most of) my former high school teachers, but I find the way the situation has changed kind of amusing.

When I left high school, I set out into an uncertain future, or that’s what most of my teachers (wanted to?) believe(ed).

I was never really the poster student, nor did I try to be. I have this knack when it comes to learning: I generally only devote my attention to the things that really bother me and my old teacher confirmed that today, stating that I was “hard to reach” sometimes and teachers had a hard time “getting through to me”.

Funnily enough, the day I started my college career, all those things seemed to have vanished. So far, I have had more than 70 different classes and to be honest, I found something that interested me in every single one of them.

Yes, some classes managed to pique my interest a lot more than others, but all in all, I did not have but one subject with which I was unhappy with.

In the end, this probably comes down to the fact that I made a great decision when it comes to college and had the luck of finding a place that teaches just about everything that I am interested in, but still, it is funny how things work out sometimes…

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a better way of waking up

posted in Media on August 18th, 2007

It is said that, the way a person wakes up defines their mood for the rest of the day.

For me, this is definitely true, if I wake up with a bad mood, I will most certainly be cranky throughout the day, but if I wake up in a relaxed kind of way, I will be able to go about my daily routine in a much more positive way.

One thing I love after waking up, no matter which time it is, is music. Not that I do not love music in the evening or during the day, but a few good tunes here and there can get you started into your day and are as important to me as a good breakfast.

The other day, I was looking for some relaxing music, I came across a software called MyWake-UpTunes, which supposedly makes your waking up experience “a good one”.

While the software seems to be nice enough, the thing I really like is their soundtrack.

Composed by Will Musser, these tunes are a collection of energizing and inspiring tracks that are simply a pleasure to listen to, not just in the morning but whenever you are looking for some music to tone down a little and get rid of some stress.

Go grab yourself a copy, you will not regret it.

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Do schools kill creativity?

posted in College on August 15th, 2007

Just came across Sir Ken Robinson’s talk about education.

Take 20 minutes of your time and watch that clip, but do not just watch it, but rather watch it.

Apart from the captivating presentation style, the things Robinson has to say are as true and spot-on as it gets, if you ask me.

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The Reason I do this

posted in personal stuff on August 4th, 2007

Sometimes, people ask me why I devote time to blogging, after all, it is one of those pastimes you do not earn much ‘cred with on the streets. Which, obviously is not entirely correct, but that is not the point.

The reason I do this is simple, I like to share my thoughts with the world, and occasionally, the world replies and tells me heartwarming things like this:

The reason I do this

If this is not one of the best reasons to do this, then I would not know what is. Thanks, Josh.

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