Category Archives: campaign

TED India fundraising update

As you are probably aware, I am trying to raise funds so I can go to TED India. I’ve reached 9% of the target so far, which is 6 times as much as reached in my previous campaign. The experience has already been invaluable. First, there was the blog post. As you can see, the [...]

Help Sjors get to TED India

I’m going to TED India! My application has been accepted (you have to apply in order to attend) and I’ve booked my flight. Only one minor detail remains: paying for the conference ticket. I “should” be able to “afford” this conference, since I’m a software engineer in a fairly rich country. So it’s really a [...]

Adopt a Star

Back in February I watched Travis Metcalfe’s talk about the Pale Blue Dot project, where you can adopt a star for $10 and sponsor scientific research. And not just any star; the recently launched Kepler satellite is looking for planets around these stars. Now that’s a cheap price to pay for so much fame and [...]

Solving Unproductivity

I will distribute free copies of Getting Things Done! We all want to save the world, but we are remarkably ineffective at it. We leave the car at home once a week, replace a few light bulbs and complain to our friends that the government should do something about AIDS. Perhaps we even donate a [...]

Earth Hour – On the bright side

Those following me on Twitter may have noticed that I am a little bit skeptic about Earth Hour – an initiative that asks everyone to turn off their lights for one hour to raise awareness about global warming. It is a great thing when the whole world joins together for one hour to think about [...]

Google Summer of Code 2008

Every year Google pays students to do work for several open source software organizations. They call it the Summer of Code, although for people like me it will be the Winter of Code; see my previous post (English translation). I will work for OpenStreetMap which is an effort to create a detailed map of the [...]

Mijn (en andere Spoorzoners) nieuwste online project begint eindelijk een beetje van de grond te komen. bevat informatie over de herstructeringsplannen voor onze wijk en dan vooral over sloop, nieuwbouw en renovatie. Het doel is om meer inzicht te krijgen in deze plannen en waar nodig (opbouwende) kritiek te leveren. Hopelijk kunnen we daar [...]