BrainBuilding with Khanacademy

I’m one of the >85,000 subscribers worldwide for the Artificial Intelligence Class taught by Sebastian Thrun and Peter Norvig. Great, but not special, since at least 84,999 other people did that too. I’ll only be proud when I finished the course, because it troubles me if my math skills are still up-to-date – I left […]


The eighth edition of the GOGBOT Festival takes place from the 8th to 11th of September 2011 in the centre of Enschede. This annual festival for music, art and technology is organised by Planetart. The program looks very interesting with again a lot of transhumanistic influences, although maybe not as much as last year, when […]


I had to wait some time before I got my invitation; but now I’m on Google+. I’m not sure yet if it will be an improvement over Facebook, but some people claim it will change the Web as we know it. They’re definitely right: the Web is changing constantly. From what I’ve seen I can […]

Scrivener for Windows

Scrivener is a powerful tool for writers that allows you to write a novel, a research paper, a film-script or any long-form text. Until now Scrivener has only be available for the Mac, but that’s going to change, since Literature and Latte, the makers of Scrivener, are working on a version for windows. Of course […]

Happy Towel Day

Today, 25 May, is Towel Day. Towel Day is an annual celebration on the 25th of May, as a tribute to the late author Douglas Adams (1952-2001). On that day, fans around the universe proudly carry a towel in his honour. A towel, it says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker […]

Bitcoin – a Currency for the 21st Century

I don’t know why, but the last two months there has been an increased amount of attention to BitCoin, the virtual “online” currency. The first time I heard about it was via a post on Giulio Prisco’s blog: “Bitcoin: a CryptoCurrency for a free Internet“. Bitcoin is a peer-to-peer digital currency. Peer-to-peer (P2P) means that […]

Demand Media buys CoveritLive

A long time ago I wrote about LiveBlogging software CoverItLive. After my testdrive I haven’t done anything with it; today they sent me a message that Demand Media acquired CoveritLive in February. It’s all very very good for us and for them. Given that Demand is a publicly traded company, I can’t really talk too […]

Goodbye Moleskine, Welcome LiveScribe

Last week I changed my good old-fashioned pen-and-paper note-taking habits to scribbling and recording notes with LiveScribe’s smartpen. My beautiful Moleskine note-books, together with my multi-color pen, fitted my needs completely, and will remain on my desk, full with my treasured notes, all indexated and tagged. But, I have to get rid of all the […]

MindMapping and Knowledge Management

MindMapping and Knowledge Management are the main topics of this website. Today I came across some other interesting applications and a great (and beautifully designed!) website. The website is Eric Blue’s Blog, and I noticed that he covers almost the same subjects as I do (MindMappig, Knowledge Management and Getting Things Done), as well as […]

The Seven Types of Hackers

Roger Grimes posted on Infoworld a taxonomy of Hackers: “Your guide to the seven types of malicious hackers. – Knowing the difference between a spammer, a corporate spy, and a cyber warrior can better help you defend your systems”. The seven types he discerns are: Cyber criminals Spammers and adware spreaders Advanced persistent threat (APT) […]

  • The Aesthetics and Beauty of Knowledge

    Shih was the opposite of facts and raw information; shih was the elegance of knowledge, the insight and skill to organize knowledge into meaningful patterns. As an artist chooses colours or light to make her pictures, a master of shih chooses textures of knowledge – various ideas, myths, abstractions, and theories – to create a way of seeing the world. The aesthetics and beauty of knowledge – this was shih.

    – David Zindell, The Broken God, 1993

  • Geek Attitude

    The attitude thing is about flexibility, portability, creativity, sociability and jamming (ran out of suitable “ity” words!). It’s about improvising – in the practical and musical senses of the word; not getting tangled in boundaries and the “right” way to do things.
    Definitely the only way to travel.
    Martin Delaney – “Laptop Music”.