Archive for September, 2011

Pictures of Misha!!

Friday, September 30th, 2011

A picture says more than a thousand words… ๐Ÿ˜‰

It’s a boy!!

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

…and his name is Misha!

This morning, on September 29 2011 at 5:21h the biggest miracle of all came in our life, our son is born!

His full name is Misha Thomas Poort Dekkers, he is 50cm long (/short ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) and weighs 3.282kg…he is doing great, is really sweet and uhhh, sleeps a lot, we are SO happy!!

Delete Cookies?!

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

ZDNet: “Think logging out of Facebook means the social network canโ€™t track what youโ€™re doing online? Think again.ย Facebook has had privacy issues for a long time, and while the company has been working to improve its image, todayโ€™s episode will likely set it back once again. Thanks to a modified cookie, Facebook allegedly knows what youโ€™re doing online even when youโ€™re not logged in.”

Apparently, the Facebook cookie behavior is fixed now…uhh well, with Facebook you never really know for sure.



QOTD September 27 2011

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Karen Sunde: “To love is to receive a glimpse of heaven.”

The ‘in-between’ car

Monday, September 26th, 2011

As mentioned earlier, it will still take some months before our Nissan LEAF will be delivered. Luckily we were able to make a good deal with the dealer for an ‘in-between’ rental solution; having a second car is making life ‘with a baby’ A LOT easier (also as we are living a bit ‘outside’ ๐Ÿ˜‰ )!

So, we picked up a fantastic ‘full-option’ Nissan Qashqai today (a black one, for all you girls reading this ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) which I will use for my commute the coming months…nice!

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Sunday, September 25th, 2011

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Let’s call weekends holidays

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

(c) Carlos Naude

Find more inspirational graphic design on his site.

Song of the Day: One

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

One…of the most fantastic songs ever.
One…but we’re not the same.

One…special moment that I *know* you think of when you hear this song.

One…by U2 as today’s Song of the Day, enjoy!

Same toy, same shit, yet smaller ;)

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

I had to ask IT support for almost year, and finally managed today to swap my ‘old’ laptop, the crappy Dell E6400, for uhhh well…again a crappy Dell, about the same age (2 year), but…slightly smaller and most importantly, LIGHTER: the Dell E4300. My shoulder already likes the ‘new’ toy, as does my laptop bag (the third one, as I ruined two already in two years…). There is not much to say about the machine, it’s purely functional and not sexy at all (is that why they call it business-line?), and I start to hate it as small things don’t work; the trackpad is not responsive and the webcam operates at an ultra-low resolution, making me look like a cartoon figure… ๐Ÿ™

(anyway, thx IT support for making the swap possible!)

Duh, this laptop doesn’t come even CLOSE to the new MacBook Air…which I am actually considering to buy, hmmm nice idea!

QOTD September 21 2011

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

Thomas a Kempis: “Love flies, runs, and rejoices; it is free and nothing can hold it back.”

Due date -10 days!

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

T – 10 days actually means that ‘the’ Birth can be anytime between NOW and 20 days…WoW!

We are still very excited and since we have no real clue what to expect, we focus on the Now and enjoy all moments until ‘the day’, and obviously all moments after too!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

My new gadget: the Jawbone JAMBOX

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Geek alert! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Still here? GOOD!

I got a new gadget today; the Jawbone JAMBOX! A nifty and small portable speaker (still able to pump out 85 decibels though!), that allows me to go completely (bluetooth) wireless while listening to music from my phone or having conference calls…a great toy to bring with me while traveling!

I really like the design which is quite stylish, and it is ready for the future: syncing it with the MyTALK online software platform makes it possible to download apps, upgrade the software, and pack it with the latest features…NICE!

The geeks at Engadget liked it too as you can read in this review. I guess however that they, unlike me, got paid by Jawbone to write it. ๐Ÿ˜‰


Satellite to crash on Earth on September 23

Sunday, September 18th, 2011 “A five tonne, 20-year-old satellite has fallen out of orbit and is expected to crash somewhere on Earth on or around 24 September, according to Nasa…(latest update predicts September 23, plus or minus a day)…Nasa says the risk to life from the UARS – Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite – is just 1 in 3,200. It could land anywhere between 57 degrees north and 57 degrees south of the equator – most of the populated world. However, most of the satellite will break or burn up before reaching Earth. Scientists have identified 26 separate pieces that could survive the fall through the earth’s atmosphere, and debris could rain across an area 400-500km (250-310 miles) wide. Nasa said scientists would only be able to make more accurate predictions about where the satellite might land two hours before it enters the Earth’s atmosphere.”

Quite a relevant story for me, as I am working in the satellite industry…ha, let me know if you are the unlucky one catching this bird, ok? ๐Ÿ˜‰ (uhh, if you still can…)

Song of the Day: Me So Horny

Saturday, September 17th, 2011

Haha, only the title of this blogpost might make it impossible for some to read this post (thanks to censorship in some parts of this world ๐Ÿ™ ), but I couldn’t resist: this song brings back memories from way back! I am actually still amazed that it ever got approved for broadcast with its lyrics and supporting videoclip, ha!

Well, what the heck, it is Saturday night, so get on the dancefloor and bring-it-onnnn: 2 Live Crew with Me so Horny! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Electrify your car

Friday, September 16th, 2011

What a beautiful day this was (actually still is ๐Ÿ˜‰ ): I had the day off (which is a LONG time ago), weather was fantastic sunny, and we spent a shitload of money by buying a new car!!
After getting the X5 in March we now are the proud owners of an electric car, the Nissan Leaf!!

As mentioned some weeks ago, electrifying my car is not so much a ‘green’ choice, but more a financial one; the advantages of not paying toll and avoiding high gas costs allow us to more or less have two cars for the cost of one, a no-brainer!

We are one of the first 90 people in Norway who ordered the Leaf and the delivery is guaranteed in 2011, exciting! (and until then I can play with the demo LEAF iPhone App, funky!)


LEAF: Leading, Environmentally friendly, Affordable, Family car

One Man Band

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

While this might not be completely my style of music, this clip is pretty amazing, give it a go and watch it till the end; ALL sounds you hear in this song are recorded purely from voice, mouth, and body…wow!

QOTD September 14 2011

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Sara Zarr: “I think about how there are certain people who come into your life and leave a mark. The ones who are as much a part of you as your own soul. Their place in your heart is tender; a bruise of longing, a pulse of unfinished business. Just hearing their names pushes and pulls at you in a hundred ways, and when you try to define those hundred ways, describe them even to yourself, words are useless. If you had a lifetime to talk, there would still be things left unsaid.”

Science Conspiracy Theory – Growing Earth

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

Conspiracy Theory of the week: the earth is expanding and that amongst other things explains ‘drift’ of continents! Can this really be true?? At first I thought ‘No Way’! But after seeing this video and reading more about it…well, who knows. Interesting stuff!

Just remember, a conspiracy theoryย is also a theory, and what is currently being seen as theย  ‘scientific truth’ is actually the same, just a theory.

Pumpkins tickets are IN!!

Monday, September 12th, 2011

Hey hey, one (only one!?! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) took up last Saturday’s challenge and will join me coming November 4 for the Smashing Pumpkins concert in Oslo!!!

And yes, there can be only one crazy enough to actually come ‘all the way’ from NL to rock with me, haha, no surprises there ๐Ÿ˜‰ …I am *really* looking forward to it, hell yeah!!! (with the obvious condition that it’s not to early for a party, as the baby is due 5 weeks before and the most important things in life always come first!)

Where were you…

Sunday, September 11th, 2011

A question many have asked themselves today, 10 years after some airplanes took an unexpected direction and flew into New York’s World Trade Center, starting off a ‘war against terror’ (for completely different reasons as what governments and main media would like you to believe btw…).

So, where were you, today 10 years go on ‘9/11’?

I remember waking up in Cairns Australia, getting ready to fly home via Sydney after a 5 weeks vacation where we visited my brother Willem-Jan and Patricia who were on a 1 year trip Downunder….the first thing I remember were the disturbing text messages on my phone informing us of what happened….then a crazy taxi ride to the airport where the taxi driver told us what he heard so far (wtf!)….the uncertainty if the flight to Sydney would go at all….arriving in Sydney and wandering around, seeing some of the city’s highlights, but mainly being shocked by the news and videos broadcasted on big screens throughout the city….awful!!!

Yeah, that day 10 years ago is definitely one of those days on which *everyone* remembers exactly where he/she was when hearing ‘the’ news…