A Clear and Elegant
LaTeX Template for Article Writing

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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  Leave a comment

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

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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  Leave a comment

Writing Simple. Beautiful Letters with LaTeX

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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

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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  23 Comments

Nightly Textures of February

Nightly Textures of February, taken in Amsterdam South-East

February 13, 2013  Leave a comment

‘Nederland Opent!’ Book Released

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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

Yves Klein Blue (IKB) Revisited

December 20, 2012  Leave a comment

Portrait of a Disjointed Megalopolis

December 18, 2012  Leave a comment

Small City, Bright Networks

November 27, 2012  2 Comments

The Meaning of Poverty in a Values-based Environment

'Daughters', a painting by Shakuntala Patade

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

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