Hanging around on the Edinburgh Hills


April 14, 2015  Comments Off

Lecture on Multidisciplinary Approaches
15 and 16 October, Baku, Azerbaijan


Contemporary challenges in innovation, technology, research and science are best served by a professional environment that can optimally facilitate interactions between a multiplicity of disciplinary skill sets. These challenges have also sparked the creation of new professional fields, such as Educational Technologies and Neuroinformatics. The Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences has invited me to speak about my experiences in working in multidisciplinary professional environments. continue reading »

September 17, 2014  Comments Off

Contemplating Polymathism and Connectorship in the Multidisciplinary Professional Environment

M.C. Esher - Metamorphism 1

M.C. Esher – Metamorphosis 1

There was one moment in my early career that defined for me what multidisciplinary collaboration in a professional environment really meant. Back in 2006, I was working as a Sound Designer together with electrical engineers and visual artists on a music player that was solely controlled using hand gestures. This device had a lot of sensors, and there were therefore a lot of points where this device could break. The evening before our presentation of our creation to the management, we started up the device so we could do some tweaking on the user experience. Both the electrical engineer and I noticed there was a problem with the sound output. At the same time we said that frequency modulation was affecting the signal. Our mention of this problem came out of our intuition, yet our background and experience that shaped this intuition couldn’t be more divergent. In my case, due to many years of experience in distinguishing and deconstructing electronic sounds, I could instantly relate the abnormalities in the output to its possible cause, whereas for the electrical engineer frequency modulation was a mathematical concept and came to this conclusion by watching the numbers that were presented by a debugger. continue reading »

August 28, 2014  Comments Off

A Clear and Elegant
LaTeX Template for Article Writing


Drafting and communicating research ideas is best done using a template that is designed for this purpose. It happens more than often in a research environment that we put together draft proposals or short literature reviews that are only meant for each other, and I firmly believe that such communications greatly benefit from a clear and elegant presentation. Yet, the majority of draft proposals or write-ups that I receive are written in some kind of journal publication format, or are basically just LaTeX’s default article settings. I have therefore designed a LaTeX template that looks enticing, puts the focus clear, readable writing, which then will greatly contribute to having your ideas understood by your colleagues. continue reading »

August 24, 2014  Comments Off

“Natural Learning Behaviours” at the
Baku World Science Forum 2014


Natural learning behaviours are the basic, innate modes of an individual organism for exploring and probing its relationship with the environment, where the interaction with the environment leads to the consolidation of the particular experience in any kind of physical, biological structure that serves as long-term memory. In humans, these behaviours serve the cognitive development of the individual, which in turn improves the individual’s ability to maintain itself, increase its chances of survival, and produce offspring. I have identified 4 natural learning behaviours that are relevant for a human being’s development: play, creativity, social learning, and associative and reinforcement learning. My research proposes that the design of education and its technologies and materials can best aid the learner’s discovery of his natural abilities and talents, if the conception of the learner is one that views the learner as interacting with the educational environment from the basis of these natural learning behaviours. continue reading »

May 26, 2014  Comments Off

Writing Simple. Beautiful Letters with LaTeX

Copyright: The Guardian

LaTeX users understand that beautiful words require beautiful code. There are also a myriad of good templates available to write articles, publications, books, and your CV with. It is however not very clear how to make a good standard letter with LaTeX. On one side there’s the letter document class that is too minimalistic to be usable, and on the other there’s the scrlttr2 KOMAscript class, which has so many variables that it requires careful study of the KOMAscript manual. Letters are often written as a quick response to a job vacancy, a call for proposals, or any other kind of invitation. They therefore require full attendance to its contents. continue reading »

April 17, 2014  1 Comment

Setting up Linux Mint Debian Edition on the Lenovo Essential B590

Debian Fancy Logo

Today, the 5th of May 2013, is Liberation day in The Netherlands. It’s a public holiday that celebrates the defeat of the German forces that occupied The Netherlands in 1945. And what could be a more wonderful coincidence for the latest version of Debian, version 7.0 ‘Wheezy’, being released on this very day? In the joyful spirit of this coincidence I decided to make a guide that helps you through the process of setting up Debian on your computer, and enable you to enjoy the benefits of ‘Free Software’. But, before we’re going to set up Debian, I’ll start off with primer that explains you what these benefits are, and provide you with some insights about the few loopholes that we’re going to meet when installing Debian on this particular computer, a Lenovo Essential from 2013 with Windows 8 pre-installed. continue reading »

May 5, 2013  24 Comments

Nightly Textures of February

Nightly Textures of February, taken in Amsterdam South-East

February 13, 2013  Comments Off

‘Nederland Opent!’ Book Released


The initiative ‘Netherlands Opens Data’ (or ‘Nederland Opent Data’ in Dutch) was setup by different commercial and public sector organizations to promote the creation and use of Open Data for the design of services for their clients. Thoughout 2012 various project and workshops were organised to discuss the views, findings and prospects about the way that Open Data can improve public services. The book ‘Nederland Opent!’ discusses this initiative and the views and outcomes of the individual projects. I also have contributed to this book with my view on the benefits of ‘Open Educational Resources’ to the public. This text can be found here (in the Dutch language).

February 11, 2013  Comments Off

Yves Klein Blue (IKB) Revisited

December 20, 2012  Comments Off

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