To do (excerpt): redesign, catalogue, PIM-KB, Semantic EPUB

I’ve had some ideas for things and things to do at some point in the future, but I can’t do all of them at the same time and most ideas need more thought (and research). I’ll list them here, not ordered by priority in any case, hopefully to inspire more ideas and spark discussion.

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Bibliotheekje spelen, ehm, redden?

Wie weet bezit (of beheer) ik binnenkort een klein deel van de 700.000 boeken die het Koninklijk Instituut voor de Tropen niet kwijt kan bij andere bibliotheken en in de “prullenbak” dreigen te belanden. Frank Huysmans bracht het idee van crowdstorage via Twitter:


en heeft de eerste stap gezet en het KIT gemaild:

Als een van de verhuiswagens die van het KIT naar het Vredespaleis rijden die laatste paar honderd meter ook nog even willen rijden, is het ook nog eens voor mij te doen.

Want to be LinkedOn this page?

Yes, I’m on LinkedIn, and yes, in the past I have supplied even my Gmail password to LinkedIn to let it pull in all my contacts. I don’t believe I made LinkedIn send everyone an email. Back in the days, I had the option to see who else was on LinkedIn (by email address) and invite people to connect manually. I felt bad afterwards that I had entered my password and still see traces of my address book in LinkedIn.

Maybe I should delete my LinkedIn profile and put more effort in sharing details more selectively. Details about myself (I don’t have a Facebook account and try to be selective with what I share on Twitter), but details about my network too, need not necessarily be public. I don’t need others like LinkedIn to make money off the information I’m providing explicitly and implicitly. I’m not sure though, how to balance keeping private information private and have some kind of public profile for others to refer to. Or maybe that should be: for other to exploit like LinkedIn exploits my information currently.

Maybe I should try the old way: link people on my website, endorse them by writing something nice about them and their work, but only if we all agree that’s a Good Thing™. Would you want that?

H.H. Timmer, Zuid-Afrika en Paul Kruger (deel 1)

Mijn oma vroeg wel eens of ik in mijn zoektochten naar de geschiedenis van de familie (in het bijzonder onze gezamenlijke voorouders Timmer uit Haarlem en omgeving) ook iets was tegengekomen over banden tussen haar opa H.H. (Hendrikus Hermanus) Timmer en Paul Kruger. Op Eerste Kerstdag 2012 heb ik een vage herinnering van haar opgetekend: Paul Kruger is misschien bij H.H. Timmer verbleven nadat hij uit Zuid-Afrika gevlucht was. Continue reading “H.H. Timmer, Zuid-Afrika en Paul Kruger (deel 1)”

Ultimate visit

In July, on my first day at the office, I was asked to present a paper at a conference workshop in Indianapolis. What a great way to start a job!

It was my first time in the United States, so I had to see something other than the conference hotel. With a couple of extra days before conference duties began, no NASCAR races during my stay and without a long list of things to see in Indy, I decided to see if I could join a game of Ultimate Frisbee. After all, the game originated in the USA and it’s played by fun people.

It turned out there are plenty opportunities to play pick-up games. I ended up in a garden at Butler University, where people regularly play pick-up games. It was hot, humid and great fun, even though the four-person team I was in lost all games.

As expected, players were fun locals, one of whom agreed to give me a ride and eat something American in a place I wouldn’t have discovered myself: nachos deluxe with a club sandwich on the side at the Old Point Tavern. I could tell him we speak Dutch in the Netherlands, and we discussed some of the cultural differences between America and the Netherlands. Being used to drinking good quality Dutch beer from only a couple of brands, it was good to know that in Indiana(polis), or maybe in all USA, good beer is brewed in small local breweries. Homebrewing, which is rare in the Netherlands, may happen more often in the US. In fact, someone at the pick-up game needed to get rid of some old stock of (mostly) Belgian homebrewed beers. Lucky me 🙂

(Some photos will go here, but I realised I didn’t ask for permission to publish the group photo we took. Coming soon, I’m sure.)

And to finish off this post, a situation of coincidence: tonight I learned that just hours after I played in Indy, someone from Indy (well, Bloomington, “around the corner” from Indy) played in The Hague – she actually knew the game at Butler University. Haven’t asked if she had a sister that I had talked to on the bus to the game. Based on looks I’d say it wouldn’t be impossible, but how much coincidence can you handle?