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After a few weeks postponing it, I finally got around to fixing the toilet. It's one of my least favorite activities, and I tend to put it off way too long. Ironically, when I finally came around to repairing the toilet, it only took me around five minutes.

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"In this sense, the protagonists of 1914 were sleepwalkers, watchful but unseeing, haunted by dreams, yet blind to the reality of the horror they were about to bring into the world."

It took me awhile, but I finally got around to finishing the thick book The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 by Christopher Clark.

Being both fascinating and heart-rending, the book renders quite well and in detail the impossible situation humanity had gotten itself into and it's inability to avoid a terrible war resulting in massive destruction and costing millions of deaths.

For all the sacrifices, it would unfortunately turn out not to be the war to end wars.

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I finally got to see Aurora sing in person and she was absolutely fantastic.

She sang most of the numbers from her new album, and although when I first listened to it I had my doubts, now after hearing it again and again and now with her on stage it all just blew me away.

I might have been one of the oldest people in the crowd, I would say that the average age was between twenty-five and thirty, in my heart at least I felt young and very energetic.

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| Life in Holland | 0 Comments

Here I am in the middle of nowhere, or not?

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Lately, things seem to be slipping out of my grip more often, mostly without major consequences. This time around, however, the result was not what I had been hoping for.

While preparing my daily peanut butter and jam sandwich for lunch, I inadvertently let slip the jam and it fell to the floor in one swift swoop. It landed bottom first and exploded upon contact, shards of glass and blobs of jam flying every which way. It made a muffled sound when it hit the ground, and the splatters thudded on surfaces in a five meter radius from ground zero.

Amazingly, I thought nothing of this tremendous mess. Calmly I spent the following half hour vacuuming up the glass which had flown to every distant corner of the house, cleaning the cabinets and walls of the reddish stuff, and then mopping the floor until it glowed.

You would have never guessed that only moments earlier a natural disaster had nearly knocked over the place.

With age one gets less stressed out and accepts change with open arms, it's all a new adventure in learning.

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Is this reality, or is there something behind it which I had better be aware of? Looking through it you are transformed and reflected in another unrelated direction.

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As things turn out this time around, I have to admit that it's not that bad at all turning 61 years old, although thirty years ago I might have thought otherwise. To have been able to be a part of everything is something for which I can be thankful for the rest of my life.

| Work and play | 0 Comments

COIN is growing quickly. You are a qualified senior full stack developer who wants to take the lead building our new state-of-the-art cloud platform. If you are interested I can tell you more!

Senior Full Stack Developer

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| Golf | 0 Comments

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The defending champion and hunch-backed golfing legend (far right) manages to get third place at the club stroke play championship with a not-so-blistering 81, 87 (ouch) and 81. Better luck next year.

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Today our dear president Mr. Trump tweeted the following message to Iran:

"You will suffer consequences the likes of which few have ever suffered before."

Is this guy for real?

| Golf | 0 Comments

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I know that I am a power hitter, but this time I got a little carried away and hit the ball a bit too far. Oops, sorry about that.

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Too bad for that lousy double-bogey. Those par fives were not on my side this morning. They are normally easy birdie chances for me, but I flubbed three of the four par five holes choking up four strokes. Oh well, better luck next time.

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Goodbye dear mother, I will miss you very much. You have meant very much to me and played a very important role in my life. Thanks to you and the way you raised me, I am the person I turned out to be sixty plus years since you brought me into existence. Someday we will meet again, and until that day comes I will carry on life's torch that you handed over to me.

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High time to read something more down to earth and relaxing rather than all of those computer books which are starting to muddle my brain.

| Golf | 0 Comments

For the first time this year I managed to break eighty by shooting a 41+38=79. It was also the first time in a long while that I had a double-bogey free round. So maybe I was playing from the regular tees, but still it feels to me like a nice accomplishment anyway. All that hard work training makes it worthwhile and good to know that I'm still capable of playing a respectable round of golf.

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The other day I organized an inhouse workshop for my company in order to introduce my colleagues to the scrum methodology and the role of the product owner. Hopefully, the people picked up on the ideas and concepts I explained and how we should work more closely with the stakeholders in building products that they will love.

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One of the slides.

| Nature and universe | 0 Comments

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Beware of falling trees, traffic signs flying around and other dangerous debris which could end your life in an instant. It's getting pretty blustery out there so be careful.

| Music | 0 Comments

A lonely man I know myself to be
It's not as bad
As some things I have seen
The picture painted here
Is not a dream
The only reality
Is the way it seems

-- Neil Young

| Life in Holland | 0 Comments

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Until now we have had a very comfortable climate considering that it is winter, but sooner or later it was bound to happen. And what a snow flurry it turned out to be! The whole country is pretty much paralyzed under the call of code orange, trains and buses have been cancelled as well as most of the flights out of Schiphol airport. Most people stayed put and worked from home if possible, since I live around the corner from my work I was one of the very few in the office today.

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As luck would have it, I've managed to land a fantastic job as full stack developer at a telecom company:

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Not only is the type of work super interesting and the open culture conducive to creativity and innovation, but believe it or not the office is a mere 10 minute bike trip (2.1 kilometers) from my house.

Who is COIN?

| Gishtech | 0 Comments

After another month at Europeana working as a front-end developer using Angular, it is time to move forward with my next interesting challenge in the wonderful world of software development.

At Europeana, they are building an amazing dashboard application which will allow customers to do some amazing things with their cultural heritage data.

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Hopefully I was able to contribute some useful improvements to this product and look forward to keeping in touch with them. On things is for sure, I learned alot and met some nice people.

Photo album.

| Books | 0 Comments

"... we are on the threshold of both heaven and hell, moving nervously between the gateway of the one and the anteroom of the other. History has still not decided where we will end up, and a string of coincidences might yet send us rolling in either direction."

Sapiens, A Brief History of Humankind
-- Yuval Noah Harari

| Art and culture | 0 Comments

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Discovered in Cueva de las Manos in Santa Cruz, Argentina.

As you can see from this ancient cave painting dating back who knows how many thousands of years, even at the beginning of civilization the human mind craved creative expression and immortality.

Was this due purely to some dastardly mutations of the DNA, a spontaneous sizzle of electrical sparks in a developing cortex, an inspiration from a loving God who chose to reveal himself, or a combination of similar random spiritual and physical events?

Probably none of the above, but rather some other reason that we will never understand.

| Gishtech | 0 Comments

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The kind folks at Atlassian have approved by addon and it is now publicly available on their marketplace website. Hopefully people will find it and ask me to help them out.

| Ubuntu | 0 Comments

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After having used Ubuntu for years and staying with 16.10 for quite some time, I decided what the heck. First I upgraded to 17.04 and then I upgraded to 17.10. Unlike previous upgrades, everything went smoothly and I didn't have a single problem along the way.

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| Gishtech | 0 Comments

A collection of advanced tooling which provides seamless data migration from Assembla to Jira.

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Assembla to Jira Migration Tool

This is by far the best migration toolset around. Here are the reasons why this version beats out all others hands down:

  • Fully automated with minimal manual actions.
  • Configuration file with various options.
  • Import users (names, emails, roles and permissions).
  • Import tickets, comments, attachments and relationships.
  • Retain ticket status, labels, ranking and custom fields.
  • Link back to original Assembla tickets for reference.
  • Save relevant Assembla context in user-defined fields.
  • Insert embedded image thumbnails in descriptions and comments.
  • Convert markdown and urls.
  • Retain watchers of tickets.
  • Create scrum or kanban board with workflow.
  • Map Assembla milestones to Jira sprints.
  • Populate the backlog, future and current sprints.
  • Assign stories to epics.
  • Resolve cross linking between external projects.
  • Take into account the API differences between hosted and cloud.
  • Tons of great documentation and trouble-shooting guide.

Need help? Go to gishtech.com.

| Music | 0 Comments

I come down
from the misty mountain
I got lost
on the human highway
Take my head
refreshing fountain
Take my eyes
from what they've seen.
Take my head
and change my mind
How could people
get so unkind.

-- Neil Young

| Health and happiness | 0 Comments

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You are entering the next zone, so adjust your velocity accordingly and watch out for the upcoming speed bumps. There's no stopping me now.

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In the hopes of landing an interesting and challenging assignment, I sent out the following notice in English and Dutch:

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Looking for an enthusiastic full-stack web developer for a certain task, project or whatever?

Specialties include: Ruby on Rails, JavaScript, Bootstrap, HTML/CSS and Website Design.

As freelancer I offer professional services for an attractive price.

More information can be found on my website: http://gishtech.com and github http://github.com/kgish.

Op zoek naar een gedreven full-stack web developer voor een bepaalde klus, project of whatever?

Expertise in Ruby on Rails, JavaScript, Bootstrap, HTML/CSS en Website Design.

Als freelancer bied ik professionele diensten aan voor een aantrekkelijke prijs.

Meer informatie is te vinden op mijn website: http://gishtech.com en github http://github.com/kgish.

Curious if and how many reactions I get back, fingers crossed.

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This personal weblog was started way back on July 21, 2001 which means that it is 7-21-2001 old.

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Graduated from Stanford 6-5-1979 ago.

Kiffin Rockwell was shot down and killed 9-23-1916 ago.

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Began well-balanced and healthy life style 1-8-2013 ago.

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