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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.

Ready steady Go

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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Girl Geeks shopping in London

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Soon some text on my blog about the special Girl Geek edition. For those who can’t wait: Surf to the website at which it all took place: girlygeekyshopping.

mobile vikings

My former colleagues of City Live have launched Mobile Vikings, a new Belgian mobile operator “with a heart for internet”.

Their fees? phone calls for 0,24euro/minute, 0,10 euro/sms, 1.000 free sms’es and FREE mobile internet (1Gb/month).

 

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When starting a presentation or task, I often browse through the website Brainyquote. It is a huge online database of quotes, quotes and quotes. You can search by author, theme, keyword,… It always helps me to get inspired or to get my starting point right. Recently, I have discovered the quotes of the American journalist Sydney J. Harris.

“The two words ‘information’ and ‘communication’ are often used interchangeably, but they signify quite different things. Information is giving out; communication is getting through.”
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A question of Steffest (as a comment on this article of mine), which resulted in a presentation at Barcamp Ghent. “How to get your girl to be more of a geek”.

I came up with seven tips. And if you want your boy to be more of a geek, please read the tips as well, they’re unisex 😉 .

Some findings of my presentation:

  • I was pleased that quite a lot of people had shown up
  • I was even more pleased that they shared their experiences (“I got my wife on Twitter” “I made my girl friend use GCalendar” …)
  • I was pleasantly surprised that people spontaneously applauded each time somebody told a success story. Almost seemed a gathering of AA like that 🙂
  • I was most pleased by the fact that apart from being inspired by Steffest, Steffest also got inspired by me. Resulting in a presentation of his wonderful Tweetshirt, with which he has great plans. If you can help out with the hardware, please contact him: “It’s a concept, but it’s a concept I want to take further so I gues I’m on the lookout for hardware partners or other interested partners to get this thing to a finished wearable product.”

tweetshirt by steffest

PS Thanks everybody for filling out the polls in the previous post!

Before I forget. I changed jobs. I’m a ‘web 2.0 specialist’ at anaXis right now.

And … euh …

  • Don’t mention the website. We know. It’s ugly :-). Won’t last too long before there’s a brand new one.
  • Find us at Facebook.
  • Yesterday in Spanish class I had to explain what I do. Everybody had to ask each other ‘qué haces?’. I kind of ended up explaining web 2.0 first and then what anaXis expects me to do with it. Of course, that was in Dutch. Cause what the hell is a web 2.0 specialist in Spanish and how do you explain that with a basic vocabulary? First time since long that I wished I was still a journalist. I would have been able to simply answer “Soy una periodista. Y tu, que haces?” Qué?
  • Websites by anaXis: the one of the wonderful Winterland event in Hasselt and a TV series website ‘De Smaak van de keyser’.

Last Friday my colleagues and I were invited to talk about the future of mobile to Communication and Multimedia Desgin students in Hasselt. I promised to put the presentation online to @sigrid. So here it is.

I took care of the first two parts (‘mobile phone love’ and ‘the new mobile internet’). My colleague Koen talked about possible business models and the evolution of mobile technology. Then my other colleague Davy concluded with a workshop, in which he showed how to make a mobile application with the GLOWE specification.Those applications can also be embedded on iGoogle and blogs. The slides of the latter are not online yet.

This presentation was part of a series of experimental media classes. Also the most recent Belgian news project nieuws.be introduced itself a few weeks ago. Since the classes were open, I attended that presentation. News will always remain a passion 🙂 . Purpose of all those classes: show the students a broad spectrum of new media and challenge them to develop a project with the tools introduced to them. Within a few weeks, the students will present their projects. I’m curious!

Totally into news? Then News Knitter shirts might be something for you. How does it work?

“News Knitter converts information gathered from the daily political news into clothing. Live news feed from the Internet that is broadcasted within 24 hours or a particular period is analyzed, filtered and converted into a unique visual pattern for a knitted sweater. The system consists of two different types of software: whereas one receives the content from live feeds the other converts it into visual patterns, and a fully computerized flat knitting machine produces the final output. Each product, sweater of News Knitter is an evidence/result of a specific day or period.”

newsknitter

newsknitter

Let me tell you a little secret. Round the 16th of August, my company City Live will launch a brand new website. With a brand new blog 🙂 .I’m already filling it and wrote my first article.

What about? The mobile internet services Belgian newspapers offer. Take a look.

As a company offering mobile internet solutions, we decided to start a so-called ‘advice blog’, with little focus on the corporation and used as a service to customers and people interested in mobile technology. More information about different types of corporate blogs (in Dutch) via this link.

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