Inspired by @mindblob and by the fact that I’ll be presenting at the wawest conference , I decided that it’s time to get back to this blog.

I haven’t been doing nothing in the meantime. Not at all. I was here, moderating a huge mobile battle,  here, learning about how to get married web 2.0 style, here, challenged to think about how to change the world, and here, enjoying a warm summer night with the best tweeps ever . I haven’t stopped learning or enjoying my life either (taking my first sailing lessons, waw!) . I HAVE stopped blogging, though. For quite some time.

The reason : there is a new man in my life. Alexander. 10 months old at the moment. So here he is, staring at the sea with my other man.

I cherish our moments together. I love to watch my son grow up. Bottom line .. Important things first. Of course.

Having more or less found this difficult-to-find-balance-between-work-and-family, here I am … back to blog.

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 On the blog of Fast Company, 6 reasons are given why Belgium will be the next hotspot for design.

Imke Dielen shared the link on Twitter, stating ‘finally some positive news again about Belgium’. I couldn’t agree more, that’s why I want to highlight the article here. Go go read it ;-) .

The Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences in Brussels has always been one of my favourite museums. At the moment, it is hosting the exposition ‘Survivors of the X-treme’, showing how animals survive in the hottest, darkest, coldest, in other words the most extreme environments. Last weekend, we went there with our nephews of 3 and 8 years old.

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The website is travelling the world. And that’s no surprise. On Eternal Moonwalk, you can see people and other creatures doing the famous Michael Jackson moonwalk. And if you are inspired, you can film your very own moonwalk and add it to the website. Result right now are thousands of movies from all over the world. Some so funny and creative that you just have to keep on watching.

Eternal Moonwalk is an initiative from the Belgian radio channel Studio Brussel. The idea is Belgian as well. Behind it are Group 94 and Mortierbrigade. Proud to see a Belgian initiative conquer the world.
PS Don’t forget to try the buttons below with the ‘s’, ‘d’, ‘f”… Brings your experience even a galaxy further ;-) .

Sometimes, the things you learn from YouTube films can be very practical and save you a lot of time and effort. Watch and learn how to open a banana. Properly. Like the monkeys do. Via Zofie.

We were out of bananas, but I’ll give it a try once we have bananas in the house :-).

When I opened my Facebook today, I was surprised to find a link to an article entitled ‘Tax agency spies via Facebook’ (the article in Dutch).

In short: the Belgian tax agency is said to watch people on network sites like Facebook and Netlog. Information that is found on the web, cannot be used as evidence, but may lead to further controls.

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Simple and therefore (probably) very succesful: the current campaign of Belgian’s youngest mobile operator Mobile Vikings: Choose your favourite cellphone and spread it on Facebook. Consequently you might win the cellphone of your choice.

A viral marketing campaign like another, you might say. Indeed. Except for the fact that you can see how popular the cellphone of your choice is. The smartphone I chose, the LG KP500 Cookie is not that popular with only 5% of the people interested in it. Read the rest of this entry »

werchterTomorrow, I’m attending the famous Rock Werchter Festival with my sister. Very much looking forward to it. With artists like Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and 2ManyDJs it will be hard not to enjoy the music. Moreover, the weather will be very sunny, which will only enhance the atmosphere.

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big rubber duck in HasseltIn the harbour of my hometown Hasselt, there is a brand new attraction: a huge rubber duck floating on the water and enjoying the summer sun.

The duck announces the beginning of a challenging art project in Limburg, called ‘Zoom Out’. The project wants to unfold the borders of art, architecture and landscape. Moreover, it wants to find out in which way art can be used in public spaces.

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