ScaleConf 2016: Scaling Support by Education Customers

https://youtu.be/ZP1jImalXfU A few months ago, I spoke at ScaleConf 2016, which was quite intimidating. It's a developer conference, and I'm not a developer. I posted my slides a while ago, but now you can also watch the video as well. I hope you like it! I really enjoyed infusing Thomas Kuhn's theory of paradigm shifts I [...]

Arcadia Dam

About one hour drive outside of Harare (Zimbabwe) is the beautiful Arcadia Dam. When we were in Harare for a wedding at the end of April, we went to that dam with my brother-in-law, who also has a boat there; an Aquascape, a boat designed and built by my father-in-law. I was introduced to tubing [...]

James K.A. Smith, “You Are What You Love”

Originally published on CULTURESHOCK. Since the publication of his 2009 Desiring the Kingdom, James K.A. Smith has been developing his anthropology of the human being as lover. That the first part of that book was subtitled "We Are What We Love"--almost exactly the title of his latest book--shows the continued focus of his work. With You Are [...]

Constitutional Hill

One of the first big assignments the first democratic government had in 1994 was to compose a new Constitution. The Constitutional Court is the legal organ that credit the first Constitution, and today guards the nation's submission to the Constitution. The Constitutional Court is a beautiful building with both the location and the architecture bursting [...]

Bono & Eugene Peterson: The Psalms

https://youtu.be/-l40S5e90KY The Psalms Fuller Theological Seminary, with several famous theologians on staff--including Richard J. Foster, Miroslav Volf, and Joel B. Green--has documented a meeting between Bono and Eugene Peterson. Bono has never hidden his Christian background; he reached out to Peterson when The Message translation of the Bible was released to say thanks and invite [...]

Haters Gonna Hate: From Brussels with Love?

  When Taylor Swift is singing her "Shake It Off" song, she's not focusing on very deep aspects of life. Granted, while the message to not care too much about what other people say is valid, she is still only singing about dating and dance moves. There are deeper sides to life. Worse haters that [...]

Mischa – Two

We have some pretty talented friends. One of those friends is Mischa. Her angelic voice takes you out of this world. Read my full review of one of her previous show here. Go check out her Soundcloud profile or visit her Facebook page. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhMPGRaxvMA&feature=youtu.be

Scaling Support by Educating Customers

At ScaleConf 2016 in Cape Town, I was invited to speak in front of a large audience of developers. I focused on one of the biggest passions of most developers (not): support. However, while devs might not get excited about support, they all understand the importance of it. With having WooCommerce active on 1+ million [...]

Why I (Now) Use Polymail for Work

Half a year ago, I wrote a post in which I recommended the Mailbox App made by the Dropbox team. Unfortunately, Mailbox was discontinued earlier this year. So I started yet another search for a mail client that had the same strengths as Mailbox: an option to snooze, a focus on "inbox zero", and great [...]

Studying Scripture: Lectio Divina

One of the dangers of studying Scripture is that the focus can be too much on the cognitive side. While this is an important aspect of being human, it is only one aspect. Applying different methods for studying the Bible can help avoid these pitfalls. An approach that has helped me a lot in catering to various [...]

Bruce Lunnis: The Age of the Digital Superhero

My favourite talk at WordCamp Cape Town 2015 was Bruce Lunnis'. He shared some of the stories of the do_action-hackathons in Cape Town. On those events, WordPress professionals gather to make websites, set up eCommerce and design branding for NGOs from the Cape Town region. Bruce highlighted a few of the success stories of how [...]

“So How Long Will You Stay in South Africa?” On Answering the Underlying Question

Even though I have definitely picked up some South African lingo, most locals still hear straight away that I'm not a national (yet). Once that is clear and they understand that I'm not Dutch or German, but Belgian, they ask me how long I've been in South Africa (since August 2013). The follow-up question to that [...]

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