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Personal Gems in Infinite Jest

When I first heard about the book Infinite Jest I instantly knew I had to read it. I was reading All Things Shining and it discussed how some people see it as the defining book of our times. Infinite Jest could just be for us what Odyssey is for the Greek period, and The Divine […]

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A story about data visualisation and the Ultraviolet EP by Dagny

Data visualization can be so much fun. I’ve previously used sentiment analysis to generate visuals of Avicii’s Tim and Madeon’s Good Faith. This time, the visual is based on the Ultraviolet EP by Dagny. Why Dagny? I first heard Dagny’s music in October 2018. She was the supporting act for Lemaitre’s show in the Melkweg, […]

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How to play Werewolf remotely using Google Sheets

My friends and I like to play a game called Werewolf (Weerwolven in Dutch). Last week, one of us had the idea to play it remotely. We initially tried to use the official online version on boardgamearena.com, but that required a premium account with a monthly subscription. As several of our friends already have a […]

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The light side and dark side of the internet

I just finished reading The Ethical Design Handbook. It is a good read that introduces a set of guidelines that help you design ethical digital experiences. It also discusses dark patterns. Dark patterns pop up all over the place as soon as you know what they are. In this post I will show you one […]

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How to set up a remote quiz for friends and family

Last weekend, my girlfriend and I set up a remote quiz for our friends. This post discusses the setup that we used. Read ahead if you consider setting up a remote quiz for your friends and/or family. Technical requirements First up are the technical requirements. You and your friends will need to prepare a few […]

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Visualising the emotion of Avicii’s new album: TIM

Earlier this year, I shared a personal project. With the project, I showed how I used a service by Google (the Google Cloud Natural Language API) to analyse the emotion (or sentiment) in music lyrics. In this post, I use the same technology to visualise his posthumous album TIM. If you haven’t read about my […]

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The tech of 1984

So, I’ve just read Nineteen Eighty-four. Not because Trump is using ‘alternative facts’ and unintentionally making the book sell out on Amazon. Frankly, I just wanted to read for some time already. And having read it, I’d like to talk about the other, non-political, side of the book: the tech. Beware: full spoiler territory ahead.  A world […]

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Books: What Sapiens taught me about business

I’ve just finished reading  Yuval Noah Harari’s Sapiens: A brief history of humankind. It’s a great read that takes you through our species history, from the first homo sapiens to the future of what we might become. Three things of this story stuck with me the most. I’ll share them in this post. If you […]

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How Amazon Go gives me an uncomfortable itch

Amazon Go is about more than just a frictionless customer experience. It’s about a service that might collect a lot of customer data.

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The problem with rating systems and how to solve it

This week I finished a book that made me reconsider my ratings for other books. It was that good. As I rated my book on Goodreads.com, I noticed a shortcoming in rating systems: I can’t redefine my definition of ‘best’.

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