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 Leave a comment
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 21 Comments
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 Leave a comment
Poverty is often defined as the lack of access to basic needs, such as food, water and healthcare. What I find particular of this definition is that it can essentially be applied to all biological species, while saying very little about the specific needs of the human condition. I propose that the evolutionary tree of life can be used as a measure to discern the basic needs as they apply to human beings. The purpose of this proposition is to conceive a meaningful set of reference points that fit the way that our environment of human activity is transitioning to. Central to this transition is the movement from an environment where money is a mechanism that acts as an impersonal mediator of labour to one that is based on the values that we share upon our qualitative attention and understanding of our surroundings. continue reading »
November 11, 2012 Leave a comment
What if we become aware of the unique and individual ways with which each of us engage with children? Are we able to be consciously attend which values are cultural and which are practical during the act of raising children? Do our views and perceptions of the environment necessarily fit the way the next generation of individuals perceive their surroundings? These are all questions that arise when envisioning the process of sharing one’s experiences about child development with the public domain. Together with a Social Media advisor, a Social Entrepreneur, a Coach and Research in higher education and a Business Consultant, we discussed the added values of making such experiences useful in situations where parent-child relations can seem rather difficult. continue reading »
October 11, 2012 1 Comment
Het doel van deze workshop serie is om een universeel toegankelijk platform te ontwikkelen waarmee ouders en diensverleners hun ervaringen kunnen delen over hun rol bij de ontwikkeling van kinderen. Het toegankelijk maken van deze ervaringen voor de mensen in de sociale omgeving van een kind kan namelijk helpen met inzichtelijk handelen in situaties die moeilijk of problematisch worden geacht. Het is ook een lerend platform, waarbij het proces van delen kan leiden tot inzichten die op de langere termijn ten gunste staan van de ontwikkeling van het kind.
September 10, 2012 Leave a comment