Archive for March, 2007

Libya, here we come!

Thursday, March 29th, 2007

We're ready for the Big Leader's warm welcome! 🙂

A promising day

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

I had a great chat with one of the hot-shots of my uhhh future employer (!!) today…they will prepare me an offer this week, this thing WILL take off…big time!! I hope to be able to disclose a bit more coming week, but I *will* leave The Netherlands for this job…wow!

But first we’re off to Libya (WTF? Yeah, Libya! :)). Axel and Beike (remember those two getting married last year October??) are throwing a party, both to celibrate Beike’s Birthday as well as jsaying farewell to the place they have spent their last two years. The theme is ‘Pimps, Priests and Prostitutes’ (naughty nuns and confused
cross-dressers are welcome too)…hehe, don’t worry, we’ll have HEAPS of fun!!

BRTC: update

Tuesday, March 27th, 2007

Did anyone see the latest update for last weeks BRTC / Bum Rush The Charts yet??

Check it out, the effort reached to a #2 in the Rock genre and overall #15!!! Yeah…it's in my header; it ain't much if it ain't dutch! 🙂

QOTD March 26 2007

Monday, March 26th, 2007

Ralph Waldo Emerson: "Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you."

The Global Rich List

Friday, March 23rd, 2007

Global Rich List, is this really important? I guess not, but it is nice to check/know and it's becoming dead serious if you realize how rich you really are! I used to be the 46,718,719th richest person in the world, that's in the
TOP 0.77% worldwide…can you believe that?

BRTC: the first results

Friday, March 23rd, 2007

Yesterday was BRTC or 'Bum Rush The Chart' day, today we see what was accomplished…the latest stats show that the song topped no. 5 in The Netherlands, YEAAHHHH…proud to be part of this one!!!

The Black Lab song 'Mine Again' didn't reach No.1 in any of the charts, which can very well be due to the way Apple iTunes is creating this chart: in The Washington Post story on BRTC, Derick Mains, a spokesman for Apple declined to comment on the
campaign but said the bestseller list is compiled using proprietary
methods that the company doesn't disclose. "It's much more complicated
than taking a snapshot of the previous 24 hours' worth of sales," he

…interesting…but despite this, I feel we *did* make a difference and showed that there is an (growing) audience interested in podsafe music/artists. Besides that, the initiative is sponsering scholarship(s) with the money coming out of the iTunes Store sales topped with a nice gesture from the Student Loan Network…so, in the end BRTC at least makes a difference for some kids!

I Bum Rushed the Charts today

Thursday, March 22nd, 2007

I just bought 'Mine Again' from Black Lab…great song for a worthy cause!

Spring is in the air!

Wednesday, March 21st, 2007

Spring always reminds me of the amazing Sakura, the Japanese Cherry Blossom. Check out this picture I took when I was in Japan 3 years ago:

Directions to take

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007

Decisions to make means moving physically in a certain direction too…options considered were located North, South or West from The Netherlands.

Newsflash; I have made up my mind, the decision is here…the (near) future direction is known!! I'll announce it when things get finalized, in the coming weeks…

QOTD March 19 2007

Monday, March 19th, 2007

Albert Einstein: "Imagination is more important than knowledge…"

Back to CS

Friday, March 16th, 2007

One of the advantages of having more time for me, myself and I is that I'm able to play Counterstrike again…the Half-Life mod which I used to play a lot. It's like playing hide-and-seek for adults, yay! 🙂

Happy Birthday!

Thursday, March 15th, 2007

My girlfriends mother Margreet has her Birthday today…I guess that I can call her my mother (in law), despite that we're not married, since it's over 16 years now…so, happy Birthday 'mom'!

Decisions to make

Wednesday, March 14th, 2007

It's a little over a week now that I'm enjoying my unemployment and boy, is this GREAT! I would recommend it to anyone actually, it's a pity that most people feel captured in the ratrace and (think they) can't afford it…

I *am* however prepping myself for my future professional life…some options are open and all of them are based outside The Netherlands…seems I'll most likely leave this country soon, wow…indeed, some decions to make!

Summer is coming to town?

Tuesday, March 13th, 2007

Weather is GREAT these days…we enjoyed a mere 17 degrees yesterday and today will be again a lovely 14 degrees orso…there is enough to do in the garden, so…I'll be out!

PS. might have to change the header graphic, eh? 🙂

QOTD March 12 2007

Monday, March 12th, 2007

John Wooden: "You cannot live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you."

New header graphic

Friday, March 9th, 2007

Sjeez, it was about time…finally a new header graphic! The picture was taken during my skiing holiday two weeks ago.


Thursday, March 8th, 2007


Originally uploaded by raymondpoort.

As promised earlier, a picture of my beard, little over two weeks now! 🙂

Bum Rush the Charts – make a statement!

Thursday, March 8th, 2007

Feels like…

Wednesday, March 7th, 2007

Being unemployed curently feels like a looong weekend; am doing stuff normally saved for weekends, I guess that'll be the main reason for it. 🙂

Enjoying it heaps though; sleeping in, getting shit cleaned up, relaxing and even a bit of cooking! Made a great pasta salad for tonights 100-day return dinner with friends from a course I did last year, YEAH!

Tomorrow will be the first day without ANYTHING booked in my agenda, guess what? Am sure I'll enjoy! 🙂

PTMBA & QOTD March 6 2007

Tuesday, March 6th, 2007

I went to a sit-in class this morning of the Tias Part-Time MBA program which I’m looking at to start in September *this*
year. The topic was strategic management…boy is this interesting
stuff!! Especially when I consider some of the current challenges
within my former company.

The professor put on a slide with an interesting quote, which I want to promote as QOTD:


L. Gratton:
“A company with low levels of trust and commitment is as bankrupt as
one with low levels of financial capital – it is essentially a dying