29 March 07 - 06:40

Libya, here we come!

We're ready for the Big Leader's warm welcome! :)



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28 March 07 - 23:59

A promising day

I had a great chat with one of the hot-shots of my uhhh future employer (!!) today...they will prepare me an offer this week, this thing WILL take off...big time!! I hope to be able to disclose a bit more coming week, but I *will* leave The Netherlands for this job...wow!

But first we're off to Libya (WTF? Yeah, Libya! :)). Axel and Beike (remember those two getting married last year October??) are throwing a party, both to celibrate Beike's Birthday as well as jsaying farewell to the place they have spent their last two years. The theme is 'Pimps, Priests and Prostitutes' (naughty nuns and confused cross-dressers are welcome too)...hehe, don't worry, we'll have HEAPS of fun!!



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27 March 07 - 17:02

BRTC: update

Did anyone see the latest update for last weeks BRTC / Bum Rush The Charts yet??

Check it out, the effort reached to a #2 in the Rock genre and overall #15!!! Yeah...it's in my header; it ain't much if it ain't dutch! :)



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26 March 07 - 23:48

QOTD March 26 2007

Ralph Waldo Emerson: "Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you."


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23 March 07 - 12:35

The Global Rich List

Global Rich List, is this really important? I guess not, but it is nice to check/know and it's becoming dead serious if you realize how rich you really are! I used to be the 46,718,719th richest person in the world, that's in the TOP 0.77% worldwide...can you believe that?



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23 March 07 - 11:30

BRTC: the first results

Yesterday was BRTC or 'Bum Rush The Chart' day, today we see what was accomplished...the latest stats show that the song topped no. 5 in The Netherlands, YEAAHHHH...proud to be part of this one!!!

The Black Lab song 'Mine Again' didn't reach No.1 in any of the charts, which can very well be due to the way Apple iTunes is creating this chart: in The Washington Post story on BRTC, Derick Mains, a spokesman for Apple declined to comment on the campaign but said the bestseller list is compiled using proprietary methods that the company doesn't disclose. "It's much more complicated than taking a snapshot of the previous 24 hours' worth of sales," he said.

...interesting...but despite this, I feel we *did* make a difference and showed that there is an (growing) audience interested in podsafe music/artists. Besides that, the initiative is sponsering scholarship(s) with the money coming out of the iTunes Store sales topped with a nice gesture from the Student Loan Network...so, in the end BRTC at least makes a difference for some kids!



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23 March 07 - 11:30

BRTC: the first results

Yesterday was BRTC or 'Bum Rush The Chart' day, today we see what was accomplished...the latest stats show that the song topped no. 5 in The Netherlands, YEAAHHHH...proud to be part of this one!!!

The Black Lab song 'Mine Again' didn't reach No.1 in any of the charts, which can very well be due to the way Apple iTunes is creating this chart: in The Washington Post story on BRTC, Derick Mains, a spokesman for Apple declined to comment on the campaign but said the bestseller list is compiled using proprietary methods that the company doesn't disclose. "It's much more complicated than taking a snapshot of the previous 24 hours' worth of sales," he said.

...interesting...but despite this, I feel we *did* make a difference and showed that there is an (growing) audience interested in podsafe music/artists. Besides that, the initiative is sponsering scholarship(s) with the money coming out of the iTunes Store sales topped with a nice gesture from the Student Loan Network...so, in the end BRTC at least makes a difference for some kids!



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21 March 07 - 16:35

Spring is in the air!

Spring always reminds me of the amazing Sakura, the Japanese Cherry Blossom. Check out this picture I took when I was in Japan 3 years ago:



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20 March 07 - 23:49

Directions to take

Decisions to make means moving physically in a certain direction too...options considered were located North, South or West from The Netherlands.

Newsflash; I have made up my mind, the decision is here...the (near) future direction is known!! I'll announce it when things get finalized, in the coming weeks...



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19 March 07 - 19:40

QOTD March 19 2007

Albert Einstein: "Imagination is more important than knowledge..."


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16 March 07 - 19:55

Back to CS

One of the advantages of having more time for me, myself and I is that I'm able to play Counterstrike again...the Half-Life mod which I used to play a lot. It's like playing hide-and-seek for adults, yay! :)

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15 March 07 - 15:32

Happy Birthday!

My girlfriends mother Margreet has her Birthday today...I guess that I can call her my mother (in law), despite that we're not married, since it's over 16 years now...so, happy Birthday 'mom'!

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14 March 07 - 18:51

Decisions to make

It's a little over a week now that I'm enjoying my unemployment and boy, is this GREAT! I would recommend it to anyone actually, it's a pity that most people feel captured in the ratrace and (think they) can't afford it...

I *am* however prepping myself for my future professional life...some options are open and all of them are based outside The Netherlands...seems I'll most likely leave this country soon, wow...indeed, some decions to make!



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13 March 07 - 13:01

Summer is coming to town?

Weather is GREAT these days...we enjoyed a mere 17 degrees yesterday and today will be again a lovely 14 degrees orso...there is enough to do in the garden, so...I'll be out!

PS. might have to change the header graphic, eh? :)



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12 March 07 - 14:53

QOTD March 12 2007

John Wooden: "You cannot live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you."



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09 March 07 - 18:48

New header graphic

Sjeez, it was about time...finally a new header graphic! The picture was taken during my skiing holiday two weeks ago.

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08 March 07 - 20:06

Beard?!?


Beard?!?
Originally uploaded by raymondpoort.
As promised earlier, a picture of my beard, little over two weeks now! :)


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08 March 07 - 14:25

Bum Rush the Charts - make a statement!



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07 March 07 - 16:41

Feels like...

Being unemployed curently feels like a looong weekend; am doing stuff normally saved for weekends, I guess that'll be the main reason for it. :)

Enjoying it heaps though; sleeping in, getting shit cleaned up, relaxing and even a bit of cooking! Made a great pasta salad for tonights 100-day return dinner with friends from a course I did last year, YEAH!

Tomorrow will be the first day without ANYTHING booked in my agenda, guess what? Am sure I'll enjoy! :)



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06 March 07 - 15:34

PTMBA & QOTD March 6 2007

I went to a sit-in class this morning of the Tias Part-Time MBA program which I'm looking at to start in September *this* year. The topic was strategic management...boy is this interesting stuff!! Especially when I consider some of the current challenges within my former company.

The professor put on a slide with an interesting quote, which I want to promote as QOTD:


L. Gratton: "A company with low levels of trust and commitment is as bankrupt as one with low levels of financial capital - it is essentially a dying company"



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05 March 07 - 15:44

'Koos werkeloos' lyrics

As promised, the lyrics of this song (in dutch):

Klein Orkest - Koos Werkeloos

Mijn naam is Koos en ik ben werkeloos
De mensen zeggen ga toch werken Koos
Nou ik wil er best wel tegenaan
Maar dan wel een leuke baan
Want anders hoeft het niet van Koos

Laat Koos maar vissen aan de waterkant
Mij niet gezien achter de lopende band
En Koos gaat ook geen vakken vullen
Zeker om de zak te vullen van de fabrikant

Refrein:
Werkeloos, laat mij voorlopig lekker wer-keloos
Al dat gezeur van ga toch werken Koos
Koos werkeloos

M'n zwager Jan die spreekt er schande van
Die zegt van Koos gebruik je handen man
Maar hij werkt met z'n ellebogen
Heeft z'n schapen op het droge
Nou verbrand maar Jan

Die politieke Haagse maffia
Die blijft maar korten op de minima
Nou laat ze zelf maar betalen
Want bij Koos valt niets te halen
Sorry dat ik besta

Refrein

Kijk je hoort vaak zeggen waar moet dat heen
Straks doen computers al het werk alleen
Maar mensen het gaat toch prima zo
Gratis vrije tijd cadeau
En dat is voor Koos geen probleem



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02 March 07 - 09:50

Official One

Yeah, it's my official last day today...wow!!



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01 March 07 - 11:56

Beard

Am growing a small beard these days (haven't shaved since last week Monday during my skiing trip)...I'm preparing myself for coming Monday, my first day of unemployment...I will be 'Koos Werkeloos', sitting on the couch drinking beers and enjoying freedom! ('Koos Werkeloos' is referring to a dutch song describing a guy called Koos, happily being unemployed ('werkeloos') and criticizing society who's telling him what he should be doing.

I'll post the lyrics (in dutch) coming Monday...and perhaps also a picture of my beard, hehe :)



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01 March 07 - 08:03

Twinkling Two



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