Amazing essay:
Nolen Gertz on Nihilism.

"As the idealist focuses more and more on how reality ought to be, the idealist becomes less and less concerned with how reality is. The utopian views of the idealist may be more compelling than the dystopian views of the cynic, but dystopian views are at least focused on this world, whereas utopian views are, by definition, focused on a world that does not exist."

Alice and Eve was a fascinating event, celebrating the accomplishments of women in computer science.

In the attached pictures you see some of the insights two speakers, whose topics where specifically about gender-related differences.

I think this might resonate with some of the Fediverse developers?

Looking forward to the program of today:
Alice and Eve: A celebration of Women in Computing

Some amazing researchers of the University of Twente have organised the event together. Thanks Marieke Huisman, Marielle Stoelinga, Sophie Lathouwers and Alma Schaafstal!

See the full program at

Great New York Times article by Nicholas Kristof:

This Has Been the Best Year Ever

With one of the insights, about fears of overpopulation:
"They don’t realize that when parents are confident that their children will survive, and have access to birth control, they have fewer children."

Woohoo! I won the Bits of Freedom privacy quiz, and all I got was this lousy T-shirt ;-)

Last friday, I joined the Big Brother awards of Bits of Freedom (

"Bits of Freedom is the leading digital rights organisation in the Netherlands, focusing on privacy and freedom of communication online."

Each year, they have an award ceremony for the worst privacy offenders, and the best privacy advocates. Congratulations Marleen Stikker, for winning the Felipe Rodrigues award!

Music! 🎡

It's the time of the year again, that in the Netherlands, we vote for our favourite music of all time. It's an impossible choice of course, and this year, I have no Dire Straits, no Queen, and no Beatles in my list. But I do love all the songs in there. Which ones do you like too? Please tell me :)

And feel free to share your own list of favourite songs.

An amazing about food. What kind of foods are unhealthy, and what kind of foods have a big environmental impact?

From the paper: "Multiple health and environmental impacts of foods" by Michael A Clark, Marco Springmann, Jason Hill, and David Tilman (

Wat een prachtige aflevering toch weer van Zondag Met Lubach!

Dit vond ik één van de leukste uitzendingen tot nu toe!

Terug te kijken op

There is a moment when enough 'awareness' is spread, and the aware people start tackling the actual problems. This is such a moment.

To all the people working on the Ocean Cleanup Project: amazing work! I really hope your Interceptors will close the tap, and make sure that plastic from rivers never reach our oceans! Keep up the good work!

Here is the link to the announcement, including the livestream of a few hours ago:

As a regular reader of The Guardian, it's cool to see their environmental pledge!

Read it here:

One part makes me wonder though, about how they want to achieve this:

"Our reporting on the environment, from our international team, will never be influenced by commercial or political interests and will always be rooted in scientific fact. "

The Sustainability week of the University of Twente is very inspiring so far.

Tuesday afternoon, there was a sustainability market showcasing sustainability initiaves at the UT and its contractors.

Then Tuesday evening there was a Studium Generale of Marjan Minnesma, about Urgenda, their court case against the state of the Netherlands and their vision of a very necessary transition to 100% renewable energy.

Today, I'm attending the ARISE symposium ( Looking forward!

Do you agree that formula 1 races are a bit too long to watch? Marble races are just much more full of action! Congratulations Crazy Cat's Eye!

Thanks Jelle for building yet another great sandy racetrack!

Watch here:

Dit voorjaar werd gezocht naar jonge mensen die zich in hun vrije tijd willen inspannen om de regio Twente sociaal en economisch te versterken. Lang verhaal kort: Vanochtend is op de TwenteTop in Rijssen het Young Twente Board gepresenteerd! Samen met Jan, Aniek, Daan, Vera, Carlien, Rense, Bente, Jelle en Gyula hoop ik dat we wat nuttigs kunnen betekenen voor de huidige en toekomstige inwoners van deze mooie regio!

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