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Sunday / June 8th / 2003
Rid of the dust...

Let's get rid of all that dust once and for all. It is never too late for a good old-fashioned Spring cleaning. All the books and shelves and lights and anything else I could find around the house has been freed of dust, vacuumed, rearranged and put back together again....
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Friday / May 9th / 2003
Real success...

So here is a provocative maxim to make you think a little: Real success that lasts is built upon a path of many failures. True or false?...
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Thursday / March 6th / 2003
Lots of poor souls...

According to the news this evening it is now official. The rate of unemployment has never been this high since twenty years ago. That is about the time when I first started living here of all places. But the bad news does not stop there. The experts predict that the...
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Wednesday / January 8th / 2003
The mind's ideal career...

As if change of fate does not influence the immediate surroundings in strange and mysterious ways, I randomly happened to discover an interesting link in my latest BBC Science weekly email newsletter. Have you resolved to start the new year with a new career? What do you want from a...
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Thursday / December 19th / 2002
Rejected again...

Whenever I get rejected from yet another company, I feel a little letdown of course. On the other hand, I also try to remain as positive as I can. Not easy but necessary for survival. I make it a habit to call the person back as quickly as possible, thank...
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Saturday / December 7th / 2002
Figure something out...

Does a good honest background combined with a solid level of knowledge and experience give one any advantage during this day and time? The way I see it, my mind is a sort of gold mine of information which can be used in a number of creative and perhaps also...
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Monday / November 11th / 2002
A thousand and one possibilities...

Great news! We have found 1238 new jobs based on your job search agent criteria!I have signed up with a number of these so-called job search sites on the Internet, and this is taken from a typical email that I receive on a daily basis. The twenty or so wonderful...
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Monday / October 28th / 2002
Still no jobs...

I think that now after more than two months I am beginning to resign myself to the fact that this unemployment thing will be much more difficult to kick than I had originally expected. So what is an honorable man to do these days? Well, I will continue my active...
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Wednesday / October 23rd / 2002
Eyes peeled...

So I had yet another interesting interview this morning. Much like the others, but this time around I felt more positive about the results, a gut-feeling that things are indeed picking up speed for me. As it turns out, the potential job position is an international one at a relatively...
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Saturday / October 19th / 2002
Looking around for fun...

The job fair was not very successful. In fact it was "almost" a waste of my time. Most of the available positions were for dynamic and hard-working young bucks, not old-farts like myself. What a bomb. Had some interesting talks though with a number of individuals, but when I mentioned...
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Thursday / October 17th / 2002
Hunting for a place...

Tomorrow it is off to a job market congress in Utrecht to find out if there is a way for me to better myself in life. Busy, busy, busy and walk around alot. I have printed out a number of copies of my resume (in color) in order to impress...
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Monday / October 14th / 2002
Swayed by the more obvious...

Believe it or not, intuition plays an important role in even the seemingly most logical thought processes, you know those cold yes-or-no decisions based on hard facts. The truth of the matter is that without some form of underlying intuition, it would be impossible to make any decision whatsoever. Too...
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Wednesday / October 9th / 2002
Naar dieptepunt...

According to the weekly Dutch newspaper I subscribe to called the Automatiserings Gids, the number of job openings in the wonderful world of information technology in the Netherlands has decreased ever so drastically (again). In fact, they write that it has reached an all time "dieptepunt" which is a dutch...
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Tuesday / September 24th / 2002
Tide trickling in...

Now is the time when all the formal rejection letters start rolling in, like a cool slow tide trickling in. Your bare toes curled into the sandy beach as the sea water squeezes its way between your toes. Most of these thin envelopes are opened only to reveal terse statements...
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Wednesday / September 18th / 2002
Very questionable indeed...

As a young man on the dole who is desperately seeking employment in a competitive world, it is easy to be naive and fall victim to those questionable folks and their deceptive practices. Just the other day I was called up on the phone by someone who claimed to have...
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Thursday / September 12th / 2002
Just a few more days...

At this rate I will have nothing else to do in about a week or so. I never would have expected that I could have been so overly productive during times of extreme idleness, that is living the shameful life of not having an honorable job. Even in my free...
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Tuesday / August 20th / 2002
New opportunities...

For the very first time in my life, I will be unemployed. Can you believe that? Unemployed. That is at least if I do not find some other form of paying employment before the first of September. Bring in the bacon like any respectable father is supposed to do. That...
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Tuesday / August 13th / 2002
Work hard get far...

People in this country sure have to work hard. Really really hard. Getting up at five thirty or six in the morning to go to work, and then not coming home until past seven in the evening does not seem to be that unusual here. This must be tough for...
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Saturday / July 20th / 2002
Career personality test...

Kiffin, your career personality type is ENFP. That means that based on the standard measure of personality traits, you have strong organizational and project management skills. When others lose sight of the big picture, you help them to stay focused to see what's important and weed out unnecessary details. You...
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Friday / July 12th / 2002
Running a tight schedule...

One of the most difficult tasks I have at the moment is playing the role of diplomat between the technical folks and the commercial guys and gals. Seems there is a potential communication gap that I try to bridge using the tools of carefully thought out strategies and subtle jumping...
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Thursday / July 4th / 2002
Project manager I am...

Gotta drive up north today to talk with the technical folks there who will be helping us set up our web servers. This involves two parallel projects which intertwine alot and are therefore interdependent on alot of mutual factors and interfaces. The functional design document is still in the making,...
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Thursday / June 20th / 2002
Communication breakdown...

Lately I have on occasion been reminded by certain individuals (whose names I would prefer not to mention here) that I am too often lacking in certain regards when it comes to the art of communication with other human beings. This results in misunderstandings and agreements which are not quite...
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Thursday / June 13th / 2002
Badged at last...

Well after having been working at the new premises now for nearly two months, I received my company badge in the mail today. I guess that makes me a full-fledged (external) worker now even if I am merely a so-called subcontractor. Does that make me any less valuable? I think...
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Saturday / June 1st / 2002
Just plain listening...

An invaluable talent which few individuals own is the ability to listen. By listening I mean not just the laid back passive kind of listening but the skill to listen attentively and actively, thereby really understanding what the other person is trying to get at. In my daily routine, especially...
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Saturday / May 18th / 2002
Bottomless pit...

I have those periods in my life where I have this itchy feeling that I am only blowing the little money I have down a bottomless pit if you know what I mean. Down, down, down the bottomless pit. This year we have rebuilt and added a new room, are...
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Sunday / May 5th / 2002
Trash day...

Today is Sunday and that means it is "official" trash day. Every week on this day of destiny, I take it upon myself to empty all the trashcans in the house. There are in total seven trashcans of various sizes, shapes and colors. I have to admit that while this...
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Friday / April 26th / 2002
Busy week...

This has been a busy week for me, a very busy week. I have had to acclimate myself to new working surroundings at a wonderful new company with all kinds of new-fangled technologies and information I have been collating full-time, trying to understand everything and even more about this new...
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Tuesday / April 16th / 2002
Got the job...

Hurrah, I finally got the job today! Originally it was agreed that I would be contacted yesterday evening with the final decision, but no one called. So the first thing I did when I arrived at the office this morning was to give my account manager a buzz. He is...
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Tuesday / April 9th / 2002
Translate mind stuff please...

The many woes of translation work have kept me occupied for the last couple of weeks. You see, since there is no work available which is relevant to me, that is one matching my knowledge and background, I have assumed the role of "junior" translator type of person. At least...
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Tuesday / March 26th / 2002
Rushing too much...

Today turned out to be a very long day for me again. Yet another important assignment had to be completed in time, and as you can expect in the business in which I dedicate myself, we all went into overtime mode. Why? Well, tomorrow is the deadline, at twelve noon...
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Wednesday / March 20th / 2002
Three hours extra...

Alright so it is time once more for me to commute via automobile again, at least for the time being. Of course, I prefer the fifteen minute bike trips, especially now that the weather is improving as Spring approaches. However, a more important project has popped up for a potential...
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Friday / March 8th / 2002
Goedemiddag...

"Goedemiddag met IQUIP, receptie Reeuwijk." This afternoon I get to work as receptionist. When the telephone rings, that is how I am expected to greet the caller. What am I doing downstairs behind the reception? Good question. As part of the general cost-cutting activities lately, it is expected that we...
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Monday / March 4th / 2002
Drinking coffee...

You know, I never ever could have imagined that a film about drinking coffee could be so spiritually stimulating. Slurp....
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Saturday / March 2nd / 2002
Razor thin...

There is a really fine line (razor thin I should say) between shaving yourself well and cutting yourself all over the place so that blood splatters arise on your freshly ironed spotlessly clean collar. This is especially annoying if you are wearing a white shirt to work with a professional-looking...
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Thursday / February 28th / 2002
Telecom blues...

I like to brag about myself and tell people that I am an IT professional specializing in telecom, my area of expertise being mobile telecommunications. If you do not believe me then have a look at my curriculum vitae and judge for yourself. That is, if you can read inbetween...
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Sunday / February 24th / 2002
But first...

Ripping out the old pinkish carpet from the stairs started out pretty well early this morning. Within ten minutes I had already torn away most of the major pieces all the way from the attic to the bottom floor. Stripped away the thick slabs of carpet and tossed them down...
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Friday / February 15th / 2002
A flash of creativity...

Don't feel like writing down much today. Started out okay, got rolling really well, things picked up speed nicely and it was looking real good, really good, fantastically good. You know, I know that what I am doing is the right thing. But... boom, crash, bang and all the rest....
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Tuesday / February 5th / 2002
Much too busy...

I am much too busy to write a good blog for today. Must finish off an important presentation I am going to give at an important telecom company tomorrow. This fine company is a large mobile operator in Europe, and they are preparing all kinds of interesting stuff for the...
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Friday / February 1st / 2002
Splash and remain afloat...

People tend to behave in a very irrational and unpredictable manner when put in stressful situations. This is especially the case when the consequences are potentially life-threatening. For example, scoring an important assignment and bringing in a lucrative project for the company. Big bucks in a time of insecurity and...
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Wednesday / January 30th / 2002
More patients...

Speaking about junk mail, here's one I received early this morning which is completely off base: I noticed your email address on a physician list serve related to growing your practice. With your permission, we would like to send you information regarding new approaches to improving and/or growing your patient...
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Tuesday / January 15th / 2002
Funny story...

Wanna hear a really funny story? Well, in the morning I was hastily working behind my computer trying to get some last-minute work done. Rush, rush, rush. The construction folks were working hard in the garage, hammering, drilling, sawing and other kinds of noises. Rush, rush, rush. Got called a...
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Friday / December 21st / 2001
Things are slightly different...

Today is (almost) my last working day of the year 2001. Hard to believe, yet another year past the millenium. When I was a kid, the year 2000 seemed so very, very far away. The impression back then was that the lifestyle in the year 2000 would be quite similar...
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Tuesday / December 18th / 2001
Let's humble ourselves...

So what's an experienced telecom expert like myself doing for work lately? Well, howabout some visual basic programming? Web design? Other internal projects at the company? Yes, that's true. But I have nothing to complain about. At least I have work, and I am enthusiastic about it. Who says that...
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Wednesday / November 28th / 2001
Still hanging around waiting...

Still hanging around waiting for the right project to come around. Currently there is nothing available. Just hanging around trying to make the best of things work out, if you know what I mean. On idle since September and there is no end in site at the moment. I am...
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Tuesday / November 27th / 2001
Is the preferred assignment realistic?...

"...Kiffin would like an assignment in which he can pursue an advisory role, based on his solid and broad technical background, preferably in a leadership role weighted with some responsibility. He likes to help customers think together and from within a team environment come up with creative solutions to complex...
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Thursday / November 22nd / 2001
After days of preparation it happened...

After days of preparation and high expectations, my presentation took place yesterday evening. The idea was to explain the project for which I am responsible and what we have achieved since the start. I would say that things went fine. Around twenty-five people showed up, and there was lots of...
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Thursday / November 15th / 2001
Time to scrape off the winter ice again...

Scrape, scrape. Winter inititiation in the form of thin ice covering the windshield. Early this morning, I was greeted by this when I entered my car on the way to visit a customer in Den Haag (normally I go by bike). There is always a first time for each season,...
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Friday / November 9th / 2001
Ever wondered how I spend my working hours?...

Well, wonder no more. Here follows a short description which "should" hopefully give you a slightly better idea. That is, if you can understand it. "Service providers continue to urgently require well-automated operations processes whether they are incumbent providers or new entrants and whether communications service providers, application service providers,...
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Thursday / October 25th / 2001
Everywhere companies are laying people off...

Technology companies worldwide are laying off employees. Other companies are simply going broke or just closing up business. Of course, since this is such a sensitive subject, no one wants to talk about it hoping that by ignoring it that it will go away. Lots of questions and people wondering,...
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Wednesday / October 24th / 2001
Time to celebrate...

This morning my proposal for a new service portfolio for IQUIP was approved by the committee assigned to oversee internal research and development projects. I wasn't that nervous, but having to present my views in front of the group was certainly not a very easy task.The name for the new...
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Tuesday / October 9th / 2001
Little bit worried...

I am a little bit worried that I am turning into a lazy bum. During the day I do work hard, but in the evenings and weekends I tend to do very little. What energy I have left over is spent on the kids and the computer, and of course...
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Monday / September 17th / 2001
Riding on my bike again...

Riding on my bike to work every morning is a perfect opportunity to prepare myself mentally for the upcoming day. As I slowly wake up with the wind blowing across my face, the green pastures to my left, I think about life in general and what has been happening to...
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Saturday / September 8th / 2001
Hard to believe I have been here for a week...

Hard to believe that my first week at my new employer has gone by, so quickly. The first three days involved an introduction and training, whose purpose was to get familiarized with the company, its organization, policies etc. Lots of presentations, talks by the directors and managers, that kind of...
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Friday / September 7th / 2001
Message from IQUIP...

This is a message from IQUIP...hi there all you folks in the real world....
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Wednesday / September 5th / 2001
I decided to rough it...

Okay, so finally after three days I decided to rough it and bike my way across the Dutch countryside to my new employer IQUIP just around the corner. Actually I had planned to cycle starting from the very first day, but as usual it has been pouring down endlessly. Thea...
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Monday / September 3rd / 2001
Time to change my life...

Time to change my life again, for the umpteenth time. First day on the new job. In less than one hour I am off for a three day introduction training. Shouldn't be that difficult, meet people and take it easy. I was planning to take my bike, but it is...
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Saturday / September 1st / 2001
Good-bye CMG...

Yesterday after four years and three months I turned my back to CMG Wireless Data Solutions and said farewell. Strange. I will not miss my work particularly, however I regret leaving many of my fine colleagues. I have learned alot at that company and worked on many challenging projects, but...
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Thursday / August 23rd / 2001
Back at the office...

Right now I am back at the office. Just a few moments to waste time blogging again. Actually I should not be doing this during work hours, but I am anyway. Today it is Thursday, meaning that I have only six more days to (try to) be productive. That's hard....
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Wednesday / August 15th / 2001
Just got back from Valras Plage...

Just got back from Valras Plage in the wonderful world of Southern France. About 1300 kilometers non-stop all the way back to good old Gouda. That's more than 14 hours cramped in the car -- fortunately we have air-conditioning. After nine days as Beach-combers francaise at the scorching Mediterranean beachfront,...
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Sunday / July 29th / 2001
Rush, rush, rush...

Rush, rush, rush... Here we all are getting ready for summer vacation. Tons of junk spread all over the place, a complete mess. By the end of the day everything will be packed up and put in the car. Rather than leaving at four in the morning, we decided to...
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Wednesday / July 25th / 2001
Before I leave for vacation...

Before I leave for vacation I need to figure out what books I want to bring along. I always lug a pile of reading material and end up reading just a little, but you never know. Too much is better than too little, and if one book is a dissappointment...
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Monday / July 23rd / 2001
Quiet on the road...

I couldn't believe how quiet it was on the road. Normally it is busy and because of the daily traffic jams, it usually takes me at least an hour to drive the measly 38 kilometers. That's about 24 miles. Everyone has left en masse for summer vacation, except the Gishes....
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Saturday / July 21st / 2001
In a little over a week...

In a little over a week we will be heading down to southern France to enjoy our long-deserved three week vacation. It should be lots of fun. First a week to the Dordogne and then down to the coast to the small town called Valras Plage where we went two...
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This archive includes all of my blog entries I have ever written which fall under the category Work and play or thereabouts.

The entries are listed reverse chronologically from top to bottom.