Who made this stupid logo?

Posted on Monday 08 August 2011 at 11:24 pm in category: Whatever, USA
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Randy Riedland

Related link: via Michelle Malkin ยป Government logo fail of the day

We all know the goverment can be stupid sometimes. This actually goes for any government, not just the US government, but here is an example of the stupidity of the government of the USA, the land of innovation and hi-tech stuff:

Department of Innovation Logo

You are looking at the logo of the new Department of Innovation Blog of the Smithsonian Institute, an institute that runs with government money. Everybody knows the Smithsonian. In their own words:

Founded in 1846, the Smithsonian is the world's largest museum and research complex, consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park and nine research facilities.

From an institue like that, you might expect some technical expertise, right? Well, I am sorry to break it to you, but they are stupid too. Look at that logo again.

Not only can 3 interlocking gears like that never move anywhere, the pitch (distance between the teeth on the gears) is not the same for all three either. This means that even if the two smaller ones were not interlocked, the whole construction would come to a screeching halt after half a turn.

Now, I admit that somebody that makes logos for a living might not know that, but you would think that a whole committee of well-payed people over there at the prestigious Smithsonian Institute have looked at it and approved it. Good luck competing with China!

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Where to host a website?

Posted on Monday 08 August 2011 at 11:35 am in category: Whatever, Nerds, Linkdump
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yes, a small orange

Related link: Short answer: A Small Orange

A lot of times, I get the question: Where should I host my website? To be honest with you, I really don't know. It all depends. And there are too many hosting companies out there to compare them all. You canl;t really go by these lists of "Ten best hosting companies", because I'm pretty sure the hosting company that pays the most is on the top of those lists.

In the past, I have pointed people to MijnDomein for .nl domains, they seem to do a decent job, for not much money.

For non-Dutch people, I've recommended FatCow hosting, but mainly because they are cheap. The quality of their support is not all that great, I think, but if your demands are low, go ahead and do it.

If you want my honest opinion, A Small Orange hosting is the absolute best I've ever tried. They have a very knowledgable crew of people, that speak English. Their servers are fast, and their 'Tiny' plan is enough for most small websites or blogs. You can also register .nl domains with them, and this blog is going to be moved to their servers soon (it's on MijnDomein now, but it's just too much hassle to pay their Dutch invoices with my American bankaccount).

Disclaimer: Yes, these are affiliate links.

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Blue Hen Falls

Posted on Sunday 07 August 2011 at 11:23 pm in category: Whatever, USA
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Blue Hen Falls

A short downhill walk through the woods off of Boston Mills Road, in the beautiful Cuyahoga Valley National park in North East Ohio, is a gorgeous waterfall called Blue Hen Falls. Although not quite as spectacular as the nearby Brandywine Falls, that I wrote something about two years ago, it is definitely a place worth visiting.


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Co-creation: learn from the masters.

Posted on Friday 29 July 2011 at 10:43 am in category: Whatever
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This was written for The Creative Impulse

Of course I should never have tweeted that I would write a blog post for anybody, about any subject.

Because within minutes, @CreativeImpulse asked me to write something about co-creation. Of course I was too proud to just say I wouldn’t do it, so here I am, writing about ‘co-creation’, something I’ve never thought about before, and a subject I would’ve never come up with myself. But here we go...


Co-creation: learn from the masters.

Old blogs online

Posted on Wednesday 27 July 2011 at 2:25 pm in category: Nerds, Whatever
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Much to my surprise, I've found an old backup of some blogs I wrote before 2008. to my surprise, because I'm not much of a backer-upper. Anyway, they are online now, becasue I was able to import them to this blog, that runs on PivotX.

There's only one problem...picutres in those blogs are not shown until I open the actual blog, and save it again. 

They're all in Dutch, by the way.

Old blogs online

This is not an April Fools joke

Posted on Thursday 31 March 2011 at 3:27 pm in category: Whatever
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I admit, it was an easy joke to make. Yesterday I tweeted that I would give away 50 iPads today. As we all know, today is April 1st, historically a day that people publish hoaxes and other stuff that's meant to be funny. So no, it wasn't true. I was just trying to see if it would spread. And it did.

But I didn't expect is that it would take off the way it did. Within a couple of hours, the tweet had been retweeted and re-retweeted and even more often re-re-retweeted. Lots of people started 'following' me. Of course, by the time most people retweeted, the treshold of 50 had already been passed, so most of those re-tweeters would not stand a chance anyway.

However, today I really do want to give something away. I know it is not an iPad, but hey, it's free, and I thought somebody might be able to put it to good use, or maybe know somebody that could use it. It is my trusted Dell Latitude D800 laptop. It's not new, but it isn't really old either. It has a 1.7GHz Pentium Mobile processor, 1GB of RAM, is ready for WiFi and all that stuff, and has a DVD burner in it as well. I'll throw in the original laptop bag it came in as well. And before I ship it, I will do a clean install of Ubuntu 10.10, so we have no issues with licenses and stuff.

All you need to do to get it is this: explain in an e-mail why you want or need it, in English or Dutch, preferably without spelling or grammar errors. If you convince me, it's yours. You can either come pick it up or pay for shipping, whatever you want.

Below is this text in Dutch.

En nu in het Nederlands:

Ik geef toe dat het een makkelijke grap was. Gisteren tweette ik dat ik vandaag 50 iPads weg zou gaan geven. Vandaag is het natuurlijk 1 april, en het was dus een grap. Ik wilde gewoon eens zien hoe snel zoiets zich zou verspreiden.

Maar dat het zó zou gaan, had ik ook niet verwacht. Binnen een paar uur was het berichtje honderden keren geretweet, gere-retweet en zelfs nog vaker gere-re-retweet. Opeens werd ik door een heleboel mensen 'gevolgd'. Natuurlijk maakten de meesten van deze re-tweeters sowieso geen kans, want de 50 retweets waren binnen enkele minuten al gepasseerd.

Vandaag ga ik echter wel echt iets weggeven. Het is dan wel geen iPad, maar er zal best iemand zijn die er iets mee kan, of misschien ken je iemand die er iets mee kan. Het is mijn gebruikte Dell Latitude D800 laptop, met 1.7 GHz Pentium Mobile processor, 1GB RAM, DVD burner, WiFi. Ik zorg ervoor dat Ubunut 10.10 er schoon op geinstalleerd wordt voordat hij weggaat. En je krijgt de laptop tas er ook nog bij.

Hier is wat je ervoor moet doen: stuur even een e-mailtje, en leg uit waarom je de laptop wilt hebben (bij voorkeur met correcte spelling en grammatica). Als je me kunt overtuigen, is de laptop van jou. Het enige wat je dan hoeft te doen is de portokosten betalen. Of ophalen natuurlijk.

This is not an April Fools joke

Een onderbroek op de parkeerplaats

Posted on Friday 19 November 2010 at 09:01 am in category: Whatever
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Normaal gesproken rijd ik in een staat van half-slaap naar mijn werk 's ochtends. Als ik mijn oprit af ben, moet ik één keer een bocht naar links maken, dan één naar rechts, vervolgens een minuut of tien rechtdoor, en dan een laatste bocht naar links, en ik ben er. Ik hoef dus niet echt goed wakker te zijn om er te komen.


Een onderbroek op de parkeerplaats