Swimming pool? Beware of cabana boys!

Start notes The cabana boys The cabana boys, the pool maintainers, drive around in pickup trucks. You recognise them immediately because these fast twentysomethings drive dangerously and there is always a huge cleaning pole sticking out of the cargo space. You see that the cabana boy is scrubbing your pool. Next, you notice that he … Read more

The Russians love their Lada’s too

NSFW! A message to the Russian people. русский Hello darkness, my old friendI’ve come to talk with you again * All the people I meet anywhere in the world are kind to others and loving to their children. Being a good person is a characteristic of most people, it is in our genes. What is … Read more

Русские тоже любят свои Лады

Послание к российскому народу. English Здравствуй тьма, мой старый другЯ пришел, чтобы снова поговорить с тобой * Все люди, которых я встречаю в любой точке мира, добры к другим и с любовью относятся к своим детям. Быть хорошим человеком свойственно большинству людей, это заложено в наших генах. В наших генах также заложено то, что мы … Read more

Oral agreements are binding but beware.

You can pour agreements into a legal contract of 20 pages, you can put agreements on a beer mat or make clear oral agreements. Every appointment is legally binding. However, if oral agreements are denied then you have a problem, see your efforts get reimbursed. That is what happened to me at DHL. It was … Read more

Old letters: ACTA

(ACTA zag het publieke licht ~2008) Dear Member of Parliament Many years of my professional life I spent on product development – from machines for microelectronics to trains. All those years my fellow technicians and I were watching competitors’ products very well. We investigated how things were built in order to imitate it – but … Read more

Why we love imitation

The press and many lobby sensitive politicians try to make us think that imitation is a bad thing. True, there are examples of imitation resulting in damage to our society. However there is a problem with labeling imitation as a whole as bad. This is not hard to understand: imitation triggers innovation, in fact product … Read more

Nanos Gigantum Humeris Insidentes

Dwarfs Giants Shoulders Carried – Discovering truth by building on previous discoveries – As Newton said: “If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” The Vision Information – communication, knowledge, ideas, books, software, music, etc. – forms the basis of the economy and our prosperity. Illiteracy causes discrimination, crime … Read more

Paying with WebMoney

Introduction Credit cards are handy. However, if you look at the statements properly, you will see that a lot of skimming is done. Check exchange rates and discover it yourself. If 5% leaks to banks and you often pay larger amounts, it is interesting to look for alternatives. WebMoney is such an alternative. It is … Read more

Market exclusion, Thomas Jefferson’s vision

Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence, and one of the most influential Founding Fathers What is below should be put in the right time frame, Jefferson lived from 1743 to 1826. The quote is from Thomas Jefferson, more on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Jefferson. It has been pretended … Read more


The gallery can be found at https://media.vanderworp.org/collections/ships_kpm_1903-1932/index.html. Pictures from this set form a collection of ships from an album covering KPM from June 18 1903 until May 1, 1932. Both Wiebe Bakker and Coendert van der Worp were captains working for the ‘Koninklijke Paketvaart Maatschappij‘ in Indonesia. The handwriting on the album is most probable … Read more