The blog tagging game is still going on. With all the big names and blog-gurus tagged, eventually the less known/unknown ones had to be reached. And because Dennis, who tagged me, can’t count really well (tagging 8 instead of 5 people) things are speeding up.
So here’s my list of 5 things you might not know about me.
- Before I started working I studied Technical Physics at the Eindhoven University of Technology. So, I do not have any computer science related schooling at all (not counting the one semester Introduction to PCs). Moreover, it took me about 10 years to get my diploma. I did switch to the (then new) 5 year version of the studies and started a 40-hour job after 7 years. It still is a long time, though.
- I have practiced archery for the small part of a year when I was about 13 years old. Despite all the training I didn’t get very good at it. The joint of my elbow has a slightly different angle than for most men. Archers call this a “woman’s arm” and it makes it more difficult to lift your arm up while pulling back on the snare and arrow. During a practice session I made a desperate attempt to get my arm up high enough (it did) and released the arrow. I did not hit the bullseye, but instead shot down one of the trophies that were lined up near the ceiling at the wallside of the archery track. I stopped archery in favor of waterpolo (which I already played and still play) after that. During festivities about 20 years later we went to the same archery club. The guy doing the introduction and teaching the guests how to shoot (from about 10 meters instead of 25) mentioned: “Be careful now, because you don’t want your arrow to stray. There was this guy once that shot down that trophy right there. You can see the hole in it from here.” I did confess being the one that did that.
- My attic contains a considerable amount of Lego. Star Wars Lego to be more accurate. My wife Nicole and I enjoy building the sets together on rainy Sunday afternoons. I find the correct blocks and Nicole puts the thing together. The picture below shows 5 sets (the AT-AT being my favorite one) of the about 40 sets that I own.
- I was the one who helped out Don Box at his famous bathtub session at TechEd Europe 2001 in Barcelona, Spain. I helped him into the bathtub (don’t worry, no complete nudity: he still had his shorts on. The audience could not see this, because he sat down with his bathrobe on), do his demos and he invited me to join one of his courses at DevelopMentor. I took the Guerilla.NET course in England at Windsor near London (there is a Lego amusement park there, but I did not visit it).
In the picture below you can see me after the session with Don Box and Joop, a friend of mine, who took the other pictures.
- I used to wear glasses at elementary and secondary school till I was about 15 years old. Nowadays I wear contacts. Without them I am nearly blind (5.5 minus and 6 minus for the left and right eye).
My turn to tag people: I tag:
- André Obelink: an incredibly active community member, both in The Netherlands and internationally for INETA
- Bart De Smet: one of the best weblogs on my blogroll
- Fredrik Normén: very detailed weblog on ASP.NET
- Maurice de Beijer: great Windows Workflow content and VSTO
- Marcel de Vries: on Team Foundation Server.