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Archive for June, 2004


It’s Over

Wednesday, June 30th, 2004

Hol­land lost tonight against Por­tu­gal. 1–2. I must admit that Por­tu­gal was defin­i­tive­ly the stronger team espe­cial­ly dur­ing the first half. Before I go on I have to say that we were deal­ing with a clas­sic case of a home ref­er­ee. Scan­dalous. Sure it is no excuse but I have nev­er seen so many free kicks going to the home team — ass hole. All in all I think reach­ing the semi-final was not that bad for Holland.

Hol­land’s biggest prob­lem was, as usu­al, play­ing posi­tion. We lost the ball many times in the cen­ter. Long balls to the front and fin­gers crossed that some play­er, such as Makaay (who was brought in at the start of the sec­ond half) or Van Nis­tel­rooy might be able to con­trol it and get a shot at the goal. It nev­er hap­pened. In the sec­ond half Hol­land played more aggres­sive and I real­ly felt that things would hap­pen. Then Por­tu­gal was unlucky and Andrade divert­ed the ball in his own goal. 1–2. The pres­sure was on, but Hol­land nev­er got a good shot at it. Goal­keep­er Van der Sar had some ter­rif­ic saves, if it was not for him the score would have been much worse.

Now Hol­land needs to get ready for Ger­many in 2006. The world cup. We have a decent team and the young­sters will need to prove them­selves. But with peo­ple like Robben, Van der Vaart, Snei­jder, Heitin­ga, Bouma and oth­ers I think we will be a team to watch. Let’s just hope we can avoid the South Kore­an fias­co two years ago (we did not qualify…)



Research: Product Interaction

Thursday, June 17th, 2004

Design and Marketing

One of the things that keeps me very busy at the moment is writ­ing my thesis,
being a manda­to­ry part of get­ting my master’s of sci­ence degree. I have
a back­ground in Eco­nom­ics but con­vinced the fac­ul­ty that design is an economic
enti­ty of impor­tance, espe­cial­ly relat­ed to high tech­nol­o­gy, mar­ket­ing and branding.
The task was not easy, design is tra­di­tion­al­ly, with­in the aca­d­e­m­ic field of
Eco­nom­ics and Busi­ness, not looked upon as being a strate­gic ele­ment. Naturally
I begged to dif­fer. Any­way, I was blessed with a super­vis­ing pro­fes­sor that
“gets it.” He’s not a design­er but a mar­ket­ing guru, yet he
talks about Apple and Tar­get and the way they used design to dif­fer­en­ti­ate their
offer­ing from com­peti­tors. When­ev­er I have a dis­cus­sion with him he reminds
me of the fact that design mat­ters, now more than ever.




Life in the Fast Lane

Wednesday, June 16th, 2004

I have been rather busy late­ly and posts have been rare — this entry will explain some of the rea­sons but will prob­a­bly leave you with more ques­tions than answers. Bear with me. In a few weeks time you will know why. Right, let’s start some rumors.

First. I will be mov­ing to Italy in Sep­tem­ber. Some of you may know why, yet some of you may have to wait a lit­tle before under­stand­ing what the heck is going on. It may not come as a sur­prise to you that this new endeav­or is design relat­ed. This deci­sion will change my life and career. Trust me. 

Sec­ond. I will have my own blog. Yes. I must be the last design­er in this busi­ness not to have his own blog. That will change. I’m cur­rent­ly work­ing hard to get every­thing ready and fig­ure out how to hack my way through Mov­able Type 3.0. Yes, I did cough up the $69. Six Apart needs to make mon­ey too, you know. 

So why leave SB? There are a few rea­sons. First and fore­most I want my own design. Some­thing I can play with and change the way I see fit. Fur­ther­more my own blog will be asso­ci­at­ed with my voice more clear­ly. Expect some thought pro­vok­ing con­tent in the future. So when will it launch? Ah, good ques­tion. I can’t let you know an exact date at this time. But in a few weeks is prob­a­bly real­is­tic. Don’t wor­ry, you will hear about it. 

Third. You prob­a­bly noticed that there have not been any new issues of FAST, Week­end Read­ing and Guru on Paper. Again this is due to the lack of time at the moment. As any blog­ger knows, qual­i­ty con­tent takes time. Blog­ging in gen­er­al takes time and ded­i­ca­tion. In the com­ing weeks you should not expect a whole lot of posts. But I will be back (you know how to pro­nounce that…) 

Some links

To avoid post­ing an entry exclu­sive­ly about me, here are some links to note­wor­thy stuff relat­ed to design, usabil­i­ty, blog­ging and what not.



Dude, That’s My Airbag

Saturday, June 12th, 2004

Sat­ur­day after­noon and nasty hang­over. “The airbag.ca domain can not be found.” Retry. No luck. What? Greg? Greg? No Greg? What? Dude, you can’t do this to me — you’re like my cup of cof­fee and cig­a­rette in the morn­ing, ermm, after­noon. This is so unfair. What am I sup­posed to do with­out your wit­ty words, thought­ful com­men­tary and styl­ish design?

Check email. Hur­ray, email from Greg!

So, it appears that thou­sands of Cana­di­an domains have been sus­pend­ed and are pend­ing imme­di­ate removal from the world wide web. Uh? I’m not sure as to why this is hap­pen­ing, or the ratio­nale behind this deci­sion for that mat­ter. In all hon­esty I don’t give a rat’s ass — airbag is alive and kick­ing, all­beit at a new address:


Update your book­marks, links and blogrolls! Now!


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Business Logs

Friday, June 11th, 2004

What makes a great com­pa­ny? Their dol­lars? Their prod­ucts? Their ser­vices? No. Even­tu­al­ly it’s the peo­ple, human cap­i­tal, that makes a com­pa­ny bet­ter than good. Busi­ness Logs is a new ven­ture cre­at­ed by three tal­ent­ed indi­vid­u­als, each one of them adding their exper­tise to cre­ate a com­pa­ny that can help a busi­ness move for­ward by using online com­mu­ni­ca­tion tools. These indi­vid­u­als are Paul Scrivens, Mike Run­dle and Matthew Oliphant.

Per­son­al­ly I’ve always been inter­est­ed in busi­ness in gen­er­al and high tech­nol­o­gy. Using blogs as a means to improve com­mu­ni­ca­tion is noth­ing new. Using blogs as a means to make mon­ey is noth­ing new either. But how about com­bin­ing the two? Blogs are defin­i­tive­ly catch­ing on in the cor­po­rate world. Busi­ness Logs aims its ser­vices at those com­pa­nies that see the pow­er of blogs in busi­ness. It will be inter­est­ing to see what they come up with, how they will tack­le prob­lems and what dif­fer­ent strate­gies they will devel­op in the future. I wish them noth­ing but good luck.


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