February 8, 2016

“Why did you go to study in a “Hogeschool”? Isn’t that like a second class higher education?”

In my practice as consultant I now and then get questions about the Dutch educational system. Therefore I thought to write it down to be of help to those who try to understand the rationale behind this rather complex system. As I did not want to invent the wheel I searched online and found a nice article written by Irene Panuju on the blog „Indonesia Meng Global” and used that as the basis for an article that you can download HERE in the hope that it helps people from abroad to understand the complexity but also the logic behind the Dutch System. In the end it is not about whether the Dutch system is of lesser or higher quality but how to get there where you want to be in life after you study in The Netherlands.

Myself, I took my studies at the Sociale Academy in Eindhoven with a follow-up at the Technische Hogeschool where I took my AMBI studies. This was at a time that regular education in Informatics did not exist yet and only the first computers entered the educational system in 1984. As the pioneers of an „information society” as we called it then, we really had to invent the wheel. Our first mission was to educate our colleagues to use a computer and discuss how it could help students in their education and later, their profession. Read more about my early IT experiences on my blog under History.

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The Scream Sold To Leon Black

July 12, 2012

New York financier Leon Black paid Sotheby’s nearly $120 million for “The Scream,” Edvard Munch’s 1895 pastel of a terrified man holding his head, according to several people close to the collector.

Edvard Munch: 5 times The Scream

May 3, 2012

How many versions of “The Scream” are there and which one is sold? Read the whole story:

The Norwegian painter Edvard Munch (1863-1944) did several versions of “The Scream,” an alter image for himself (more on this later), in oil, pastel,and litohgraph between 1893 and 1910.

1893 | Tempera on Cardboard |Dimensions: 91 x 73.5 cm | National Gallery, Oslo

Stolen in 1994 on 22nd February; recovered on 7th May 1994

1893 | Crayon on Cardboard | The Munch Museum

Stolen in 2004 on August 22nd; recovered on  31st August 2006

The scream 1895 | Pastel on cardboard | Privately owned | sold for 120.000.000 NY May 2, 2012

Dating from 1895, The Scream offered by Sotheby’s is done in pastel and is the only one in which one of the two figures in the background turns to look outward.

1910 | The Munch Museum | Tempera on Card Board

This version, executed in 1910 in tempera on cardboard, was stolen from the Munch Museum in 2004, and recovered in 2006.

Munch translated Screaminto a lithograph in 1895

Just Published “Workbook Renewable Energy Romania”

May 1, 2012

Exciting to have my first ISBN publication registered. After working for over a year on it, now the Workbook Renewable Energy Romania is released.

ISBN: 978-90-819211-0-7

The workbook gives an overview of all the permits you need to start a solar plant, wind farm or hydro plant and counts over 450 pages. Moreover we included a number of files to download such as calculation sheets, document list etc.

If you want to have all the details on you smartphone then scan:

QR Code: 

Scan de QR code with your Iphone or TAB or any android and the details show up.


The ISBN/EAN13 barcode looks like this:          

Since when does age create gigantic waves and storms?

June 13, 2010

“Storms are part of the deal when you set out to sail around the world. There are plenty of things people can think of to blame for my situation; my age, the time of year and many more,” Abby said in the blog. She added that “it was just a Southern Ocean storm. The truth is, I was in a storm and you don’t sail through the Indian Ocean without getting in at least one storm. As for age, since when does age create gigantic waves and storms?”

Criticism has emerged that she was too young to embark on such a journey, which apparently has ended. Abby lost satellite contact on Thursday and issued a distress call after what was described as a rogue wave hit the boat, damaging its mast and communications equipment. A French fishing vessel reached a remote area in the Indian Ocean on Saturday morning to fetch her. The 16-year-old California girl rescued from her stricken boat in the Indian Ocean says she is “safe and sound” and argues that her age shouldn’t be blamed for the problems she encountered while at sea.