About

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Born and raised in the Green Heart of Holland, I now live in the beautiful city of The Hague with my small family. I work there as a IT Business analyst in the online department of a very large organisation.

Work

I have been building websites since 1996. My studies in Multimedia Design prepared me very well for working in the online world. Then I founded my own company, and later became a consultant. Working for and in small, medium, large and multinational business, I also gained a lot of experienced by working in government and semi-government organisations. When I started out I focused mainly on web standards, HTML writing and CSS. I got very good at those. And even won medal in a web design competition. Later I also branched out into other important linked areas like communication advice, content management, design, usability, accessibility, architecture and project management.

All this knowledge made me a well rounded generalist. These powers I use now full time as business analyst, helping my organisation make sense of complicated IT and online projects and how to best implement strategies.

Play

My hobbies have always been very visually oriented. I started building websites for fun, then moved on to photojournalism for a small local news outlet in 1999. Doing that for so many years made me fall in love with photography. That love of creating imagery made me expand my interest to video production. The news outlet is long gone, yet my fascination with the technology remained and once in a while take up an assignment to shoot pictures or create movies. If I’m not doing either of those, you’ll probably find me buried in a book.

At some point I will start vlogging. But not today.

The website

This website has existed in some form since 1996. It started out as a plaything on a server of the Economics faculty of the University of Amsterdam. Currently you’re looking at revision 14 of the design. We’ve come a long way.

In its long life it has been a simple HTML2.0 site and a flash presentation. It once had a style switcher, and has been plain HTML until 2002. That’s when the news system was first introduced. In 2004 it was one of the first websites to fully validate as XHTML 1.1. Applications like the photo albums were added, and some applications quickly died. Like the linklog and the blogroll. I like to keep development organic.

Currently the website is running on the latest version of WordPress. I built a custom theme, since I like semantics, performance and control over my own code. I’m using Gitlab to maintain my template code, with a runner configured to automatically publish changes to the website.

Currently reading

Bismarck: A Life
By Jonathan Steinberg

Bismarck: A Life by Jonathan SteinbergThis riveting, <em>New York Times</em> bestselling biography illuminates the life of Otto von Bismarck, the statesman who unified Germany but who also embodied everything brutal and ruthless about Pru...
Hitler: Volume II: Downfall 1939-45 (Hitler Biographies Book 2)
By Volker Ullrich

Hitler: Volume II: Downfall 1939-45 (Hitler Biographies Book 2) by Volker Ullrich<p>In the summer of 1939 Hitler was at the zenith of his power. The Nazis had consolidated their authority over the German people, and in a series of foreign-policy coups, the F├╝hrer had restored Ger...
Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era
By James M. McPherson

Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era by James M. McPhersonFilled with fresh interpretations and information, puncturing old myths and challenging new ones, <em>Battle Cry of Freedom</em> will unquestionably become the standard one-volume history of the Civil...