Oct 2, 2013

Happy motivation

It's really hard sometimes to stay motivated on a task or on a job, I think we all have these moments.

One of many possible reasons is, to me, the fact that you need to enjoy every step of the task/job to keep that motivation high.

In other words, motivation is happiness.
And that's what Dan Ariely explains brilliantly in the video below.

There was one sentence I wrote down:

Ignoring the performance of people is almost as bad as shredding their efforts in front of their eyes.

And he's damn right...

Enjoy the video.

Sep 5, 2013

Coding, the following

Like I said in my previous post, I decided to pursue my idea of Project J.
I said I was going to use Node.JS but eventually I picked a less difficult path and continue with PHP.
Through the subreddit /r/webdev on reddit.com I discovered a nice course containing everything I needed to get to my goal.

The course is on Udemy.com and it's called Building an instant update database interface with jQuery/AJAX

So far, so good, because of all tuts and courses I saw/read/learned, this one is by far the best. Big kudos to Richard!

More to come later.


Aug 29, 2013

Let's start coding for good

If you're an avid reader of my blog (don't feel guilty if you aren't, I don't think anyone is), then you know I was working on project  J.

Like most of my projects, I started this project with a lot of motivation, but also like most of the time I end with losing my interest in it once it starts to be too complicated or too easy. Yeah I'm that weird...

This time I hope it will stay, I already quit smoking, drinking coffee on weekdays and I started a diet to lose these freaking love-handles!

About the project

I decided to go for node.js and MongoDB, probably not the easiest path, but I'm pretty certain it's the combo I needed.
As platform I'm using Meteor, so far I like it very much. Certainly the fact that you can see almost instantly what the result is of your coding.

I'll keep you updated as much as possible, even the failures :)


Aug 21, 2013

It's been a while (again)

The title says it all, it's been (again) too long I wrote a post.

What could be the reason?

Have I been busy? Professionally, no. I actually sold my small firm I started 2-3 years ago.
It was a business I started together with a friend I knew for more than 20 years. Was...

Like a lot of people would do when they have something in their mind, I didn't listen to what people told me;

  • "Don't do it!"
  • "Are you sure?"
  • "You need to make a good business plan!"

Should I have listened to them? No and I'll tell you why not.

Life's about taking risks, but not too many

I could have listened to my surroundings and have continued my life as the majority of the people.
But... I'm not like that, I want to try new things, take new challenges, suffer if I need to.
What is life if you can't tell others that you undertook something, that you at least tried to achieve something?
Sure, I would have much more money on my bank account and I would have had much less gray hairs but I prefer having regrets for something I did than for something I didn't do.

Now, this looks much more dramatic than it is...
Although I started that business with a friend (who isn't a friend anymore) and lost a lot of money because of it, I certainly didn't put everything at risk. In other words, even if it would go bankrupt, I'd still survive.
What I'm trying to say here is that you may want to risk a lot, but never go to risking everything, at least I wouldn't.

Life's about making choices, but not too many

It's my eternal struggle, making choices!
I hate the fact that for every step I want to take, I have to think, rethink and re-rethink and even then... I still haven't decided what direction to go...
It's a real pain and I'm trying to find the way to have a life with less choices. I will get there, for sure, but not today.

Why is a life with less choices a better life?
The easiest way to explain it via the video about happiness you can find on ted.com.
Please watch it, as it is an eye opener.
Basically, what the presenter is saying: don't fake your happiness with an abundance of choices.

Life is life

Some days ago I watched Rocky Balboa for the first time and I liked it.
Yes, it's predictable, I knew from the start what would happen, but still, I enjoyed the movie.
One of the reasons was the speech below:

It's a bit cliché, I know, but he's right. Life's not easy and it shouldn't be! It's a hard-knock life, like Jay-Z would say.

Back on topic

My apologies if this post doesn't look really prepared and to be fair it isn't. (like most of my posts actually)
I wanted to ramble about why I didn't find time to post more and I ended with talking about life and choices.
Well, this post reflects life: start somewhere, live the unexpected and share your experience.


May 14, 2013

Why it's so hard to switch from the iPhone

I never was a huge fan of Apple for many reasons but once I had to buy a smartphone I let myself be tempted by the iPhone 4 (talking about the time it got launched).
There wasn't another smartphone that was as good as the iPhone 4 back then. Android? Nah, too buggy. Windows Phone? No comment...

Truth is... I immediately loved it: smooth, slick, fast, *insert whatever you want*, it was just great.
I still use it very intensively everywhere I can and if it wasn't for the battery life and the fact it's getting slower and slower, I wouldn't bother to change.

I could upgrade to the next best thing, the iPhone 5, but where I live it costs more than 600€, which is still a huge amount of money, if you ask me.
Which leads me to go to the competition...

There are 2 options: Android or Windows Phone.


Although I like love the Command Line Interface, I still don't like the look and feel of the GUI on Linux-based devices. It just doesn't feel right. I don't know if other people feel the same way, but that's me.
I also heard because of the numerous types of different screens and hardware, the devs have much more problems creating bugfree apps.

Windows Phone

As much as I love the CLI, I'm the biggest fan of Windows GUI. I feel good and comfortable when I'm using Windows and that's important to me as end-user (and helper of family and friends when they have PC-issues).
Windows Phone was the ugly brother of Windows. Who remembers the HP PDA's from 10 years ago?
That's what I mean! And it took Microsoft years to get to a decent mobile brother for Windows.
Windows 8 Phone is really nice to look at and to work with. Combine this with the latest Nokia Lumia 925 and you got yourself a sublime and pimped out phone.

BUT... You have to use IE to browse the internet and that's a big no-no for me. Not because it's IE, but because I can't use Google Chrome.

What now then?

I haven't mentioned 2 reasons why I don't want to can't switch from the iPhone:

  1. First one is that we have several home entertainment devices with built-in connector for the iPhone. I know there are now some for Android, but compared to the amount of available for iPhone, it's peanuts.
  2. Being a big music fan, I was a big fan of the up-rise of MP3, but I became rather quickly annoyed by the soundquality of some. Also my OCD detested the bad/wrong titles or artists, which made me search and type all the correct information in every MP3-file I had.
    And thanks to iTunes, all that was gone. Same quality, correct info and album covers for all the songs. I gladly pay for these 3 advantages, too bad the artist himself doesn't get lots for every sale...
    Back on topic, iTunes is the second reason. It works on the iPhone and I love it.
Basically, I'm stuck... I can't switch to Android or Windows Phone, not because I'm an Apple fanboy, but only because the other don't fit in my every day life.

What are your thoughts?

New easter egg

I love Google, I really do.
They have awesome software and most of them are free of use (free is very subjective of course), but also the doodles and the easter eggs!

Last one is the commemoration of the 37th Anniversary of Atari's Breakout.
Go have a search on Google and type in:

atari breakout

Now click on Images aaaand have fun ;)

PS: for the lazy

May 3, 2013

What if the 10 commandments weren't God-related?

As I was lucky enough to have been born in a secular country with non-believing parents, I was free to think whatever I wanted.
I'm very well aware that not everyone is as lucky, sadly, but I strongly believe all religions are losing a lot of their fans and that's, for me, a positive thing for our future generation(s).

Now this being said, let's commence this post.

Since my young age I've been taught to be good, not because I would be sent to hell if I wasn't, but because it's just a basic and logical way of living.
And if there are others out there like me, you sometimes struggle with what you limit yourself to, how to separate good from bad.
While lots of religious people need to look in their Books to find answers to their questions, non-believers need to seek their answers elsewhere. Some find their way, others don't.

That's the reason I think there should be a guidebook for non-believers, but just guidelines, nothing mandatory, as freedom of choice is -to me- a key-point in a non-believers life.
On the other hand, I'm convinced people need authority, limits must be set by some sort of laws, to prevent (for example) killing each other for no reason.

Another key-point for me is free-thought and one of my favorite quotes since my childhood about this subject is one that was on a poster in my Ethics classroom, from Poincarré:

“Thinking must never submit itself, neither to a dogma, nor to a party, nor to a passion, nor to an interest, nor to a preconceived idea, nor to whatever it may be, if not to facts themselves, because, for it, to submit would be to cease to be.”
My interpretation of this quote is that thinking shouldn't be a privilege, but a common necessity to all.
If you want to read more about free thoughts, read this.

Finally, the reason that made me write this post, is "My Ten Commandments" from Bertrand Russel.
His first amendment Don't lie to yourself is to me the most important, if you'd follow only one of his amendments, this should be the one.
I cannot count the number of times friends and myself included would have done less stupid things and hurt less people if we wouldn't lie to ourselves...

If there should be a guidebook for non-believers, than this would be its Ten Commandments.

Lastly, I want to thank my Ethics teacher, who didn't teach us, but let us discover how to think.

Apr 26, 2013

The Strongest Careers Are Non-Linear

Hey gents,

As being someone whose career isn't linear, I completely agree with what Penelope Trunk wrote.

Have a look and let me know what you think (if anyone reads this of course... hallo? hallo? Damn :( )

Apr 19, 2013

If Tin-Can, we can!

So I came across this new Kickstarter gem, called Tin-Can which I posted earlier this day and I was very interested in how it works, so I did some research...

I vaguely remember the old times were us stupid kids played General and soldiers (I was the General, of course) using this cans, that weren't made of tin back then. Those were fun times indeed...

/nostalgia off

But times have changed and so has technology and these guys understood perfectly what 30+ers need.

Got an iPhone or the latest Lumia? You won't need it anymore!
The great thing about this product is that if you want to talk to your friends or wife/husband, you won't until you are standing next to them/him/her/it. Talking about progression and greatly improving the social aspect of The Social Network!

Because face it, what's social about looking at your smartphone all the time? (Ok, I admit it,I do it too, but that's not the point!)
Now with this great new communication device, you won't need anything else!
Imagine a natural disaster would strike, putting you in a electricity-less moment, the only thing you can rely on is the Tin-Can!

I find it a particular top-notch high-tech communication device that doesn't even need any recharging, with no downtime ever.

But, sadly there is a bud...

I bought my iPhone to have the latest innovation in alarm clocks and that's the thing I miss the most about this Tin-Can.
I don't think my girlfriend will enjoy the fact she has to wake up earlier than me and use the Tin-Can to wake me up and even if she did, I'm almost 100% positively sure she won't use it the way it's intended  I never tried it, but I think tin versus head is not a win-win situation for my forehead.

All in all I can only be positive about this newest addition in communication technology and I recommend it to all the hipsters before they become hipster.
5 stars rating!

Tin Can, the new way of communicating

I was browsing on Kickstarter.com and found this 'gem': Tin Can

I think my iPhone just got redundant...

Apr 18, 2013

What you didn't know about Belgium

1. Belgium has the lowest amount of McDonald’s restaurants per inhabitant in the world

2. Belgium counts around 178 breweries, together producing 800 different beers.

3. Belgium produces 220.000 ton of chocolate yearly (my personal favorite is Marcolini)

4. The Belgian national airport in Zaventem is known as the worlds biggest sales point for chocolate.

5. Audrey Hepburn was born in Brussels

6. Oil paint is an invention of the brothers Eyck.

7. Not to be proud of, but Belgium is the world record holder of the longest period without a government.

8. Robert Cailliau, the co-inventor of the world wide web, is Belgian.

9. Asphalt was invented by the Belgian professor Edward J. de Smedt.

10. The Body Mass Index (BMI) is an invention of the Belgian mathematician Lambert Adolphe Quetelet

11. In the 1970's Belgian schools served beer to the students during lunch. (That explains a lot...)

12. The 'Gentse Feesten' is the biggest European cultural festival.

13. Tomorrowland is the worlds biggest house & techno-festival.

14. Plastic is an invention of the Belgian Leo Hendrik Baekeland

15. The Belgian coast tram is the longest tramline in the world.

16. The Australian singer/songwriter Gotye (known from his hitsingle Somebody that I used to known) was born in Bruges

17. Belgium has the highest amount of castles per square meter in the world (if that's something worth mentioning to anyone...)

18. The ‘Big Bang’ theory is from the mind of the Belgian priest-physicist Georges Lemaître (Take that, Christians). Even a crater on the moon has been named after him.

19. Rollerblades are an invention of the Belgian clockmaker John-Joseph Merlin.

20. The Belgian Royal Palace is bigger than Buckingham Palace. (Sorry Elizabeth)

21. The Frenchspeaking part of Belgium is the worlds biggest producer of comic books per inhabitant

22. New York City is founded by Pierre (Peter) Minuit (1589-1638). This French speaking Belgian bought the Manhattan-island in 1626 from the original inhabitants.

23. The first ever newspaper was called 'Nieuwe Tijdingen' en was printed in 1605 in Antwerp by Abraham Verhoeven.

24. Ludwig van Beethoven's roots lie in Mechelen.

25. Belgium delivered the uranium for the atom bomb dropped by the Americans on Hiroshima. The uranium was originally imported from the Belgian colony, Congo. (Yay us...)

Translated from Source: Express.be

Jan 4, 2013

Project J: update 1


Like always, I underestimated the necessary basic knowledge to get started... bummer.

Found a good video tutorial on youtube while I was searching for some info.


Jan 3, 2013

Commencing Project J

Hello all,

Been a while I posted something on here.
Well now I'll try to start Project J and I give myself a year to get it up and running.

If for some reason someone is reading this, wish me luck!