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The dutch government and other (bigger) organisations seem to have a habit to annoy people. One of the reasons they do so is security by obscurity. It has it’s flaw as shown in this blogpost by @levelsio. He wrote a little script that fetches and forwards all the email, which everyone can do after loggin in with DigiD. As shown, this takes a lot of steps. Automating it can be done with less then 50 lines of code.

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This has been on my tinker-list for around 4 years, and I've finally got around doing it. I made a little temperature controlled relay to my rice-cooker which enables me to use it as a sous-vide apparatus. That's wonderful, because it's now easier to prepare meat, and most importantly, eat 67 °C eggs. So how did I do it? I bought a really cheap PID from DealExtreme, and with some help of Martin Deen I had everything set up.

But that's where things got wrong 4 years ago... The PID didn't seem to function properly, I couldn't find a way to calibrate it and I was missing tools and manuals to create a good enclosure for the PID. So I left the project catching dust in a drawer..

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Another year passed an I'm due to update my projects page and create another one for next year! To close past year and explore the next I've used YearCompass for my reflections. It took me over 3 afternoons to completely fill it out, but it's an enjoyable ride! It's great looking backwards into your calendar and see all that you have achieved. I've also concatenated all my 8:36pm photos into a video like I do every year.

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A few weeks ago I gave a lecture in Ghent, a beautiful city and so I decided to spend the weekend at an AirBnB host to enjoy the city! Here's a picture I took: I've uploaded all the slides from the lecture on Slideshare for you to enjoy. It was my longest lecture and I've learned some useful things while doing so. I find that having a storyline with little pieces is harder to keep up over longer times, so next time I will try to venture more in depth of some of my personal tracking experiments, for example my phone usage.

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Technology is making it easier to collect data, for example phone usage. From the 1st of January I tracked how much I've used my phone by installing an app called Moment. It runs in the background and silently tracks how much you use your phone. As said, the first step towards behaviour-change is providing insight in current behaviour.

Lately I've been exploring iPython for data-analysis and sharing snippets of data. I've started a Github repository that contains some notebooks I'm working on. And I've embedded the one below where I analyse my phone usage:

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Long overdue, but now I have some time to spend writing a blogpost. The previous month I've spend 3 weeks in Sri Lanka! For two weeks, we discovered the island, visiting beaches, jungle, towns and cities. The culture is wonderful and people are very friendly. It's also been a great opportunity to try out some new things, for example dabbling in photography and exploring apps like VSCO. In this post, all of the pictures have been shot with a S-120 and then improved with VSCO.

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i've been on holiday for most the past month. The urge to travel has been growing since a few years, and this year I've been to several new cities in Europe. After the QS Conference in San Francisco in June, I came back, only to pack my bags once again to hop on a bus to Denmark. My father organises a yearly travel group to the Haervejsmarchen. Together with Chantal we joined him!

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Two months ago I spent some time before a camera for a documentary series of the VPRO. The series is called The Perfect Human and explores how technology helps us create a better being. My project with Colliers: The Quantified Workplace is highlighted in the interview. You can watch it online here. At the end of the past year, I spend an afternoon at the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, to contribute towards a document about e-Health.

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And it's beer! Well it's stored now and bubbling away! Yesterday afternoon I've brewed my first batch of beer. With the gear and knowledge of a friend, we manufactured 48 liters of pale ale. The sunny afternoon also was a perfect opportunity for my new camera, so I took some tests shots. Here's the brewery in my backyard: The recipe we decided on included star-anise and lemongrass. Sadly the coriander seeds got lost and we skipped those.

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I've been on a little holiday!IMG_4792The destination was Moniga del Garda, Italy. And I've shot some great panorama's that I wanted to share with you:
IMG_4680IMG_4711IMG_4669This summer I'm visiting Sri Lanka and I bought a little pocket camera to help me with some better pictures. I chose the S120, because of Neistat.

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