Omdat iedereen een verslag schrijft kan ik natuurlijk niet achterblijven. ;-)
Afgelopen zaterdag (14 sept 2013) was de Challenge Amsterdam Almere. 3.8 kilometer zwemmen, 180 kilometer fietsen en als toetje 42.2 kilometer lopen. Ik noem het bewust geen hardlopen, want er wordt ook redelijk veel gewandeld.
Het begin als volgt: vanmorgen moest ik voor Nine Connections in Maarssen zijn en als niet auto bezitter ga je dan met de trein. Op de fiets naar het Centraal Station. Mijn fiets heb ik in de ‘fietsflat’ gezet. Op slot in een rek. Zoals het ‘hoort’. Want, ja ik woon in de stad en erger mij soms ook aan rondslingerende fietsen. Dit was rond 9:00.
Toen ik om 13:00 terug kwam was tot mijn verbazing en drie keer heen en weer lopen mijn fiets echt weg. Het rek was voor midden op de dag ook opvallend leeg. Bij navraag bleek dat de rekken IN de fietsflat geruimd waren (daarbuiten stonden nog allemaal wrakken). Mijn fiets, die ik (waarom weet ik niet) niet aan een rek vast had gezet was ook meegenomen.
Nu kan ik dus naar f*cking weet ik veel waar om tegen betaling mijn fiets op te halen! Als ik niet betaal, krijg ik mijn eigen fiets niet terug! Ik mag een bezwaarschrift indienen..
Vraag: Heb jij iets moois dat ik in dat bezwaarschrift kan zetten?
Wat is de gemeente Amsterdam (stadsdeel centrum) in godsnaam aan het doen?
Als ze zo druk zijn met het ‘opruimen’ van fietsen? Zijn er dan niet gewoon fatsoenlijke parkeerplaatsen voor fietsen te kort?
Een gemeente (stadsdeel) die zonder waarschuwing je fiets mag onteigenen vanuit een gebied dat aangemerkt is als fiets parkeergebied? Daarbuiten je fiets tegen een hek parkeren is dus een betere optie als je je fiets wilt behouden!
Nou, ik ga zo mijn fiets maar eens ophalen bij het Fietsdepot. Het valt mij nu pas op hoe dichtbij IJmuiden eigen is ;-)
The US newspaper business has lost 50% of its advertising market in the last seven years. Google Adwords has taken over a large part of that market and takes parts of other publishers as well. How and why? My educated guesses:
Taking on the big guys
Smaller advertisers (i always use my dad’s business as an example) have money to spend, but the effort needed exceeds the profit for newspapers and publishers. The sales guy has targets to stay motivated and putting the same effort into larger deals is more interesting to them.
Google Adwords gives advertisers like my dad the option to compete with the big guys, within a small budget. Impossible when it comes to pull page advertising in newspapers and/or magazines.
Google Adwords doesn’t really care when:
You cut your budget.
End your campaign halfway.
Optimize your campaign after two days.
Change ads after just 24 hours.
put more money into the same campaign.
Bottomline: Google has opened up to a market that is larger then traditional news media ever imagined. Local advertisers appear to be very lucrative as long as you have the option of shifting the responsibility into their laps. Google did that while newspapers were focussing on contracts with the big guys.
The big guys are now slowly leaving or opting for online advertising for lower CPM rates. The newspaper business has taken decades of effort to kill themselves.
The last weeks have been crazy and needless to say I haven’t done any solid workouts. The stuff I needed to do are almost done and I have more time to workout and get closer to being as fit as I was last July. Maybe a bit better too.
To get myself there a bit faster I decided to start a 30 day challenge tomorrow. 30 days without eating and drinking sugars, carbohydrates and glutes. You might miss alcohol in this. True, I will not drink alcohol besides one glass of wine or an accidental beer. Don’t want to fully torture myself here, I do triathlons recreational and want to keep seeing it as a fun thing to do.
I will keep you posted on what is happening. My guess: frustration and weightloss.
Unfortunately I am unable to find it now, but years ago I read a great blogpost. Written by an anonymous Economic that claimed to like economics like he did his ex-wife. With a lot of old love, fascinating misunderstanding and a pinch of hate.
As I remember he stated that mankind had created a system that was highly unstable. Why? Because it has to continue to grow in order to perform for all or most of us. Anything besides the universe is unable to do so. This causes the system to grow like a bubble and burst every once in a while. Logical no?
“Lance bij Oprah staat gelijk aan Johannes de Bultrug die aanspoelt op de middenstip van Wembley waar Angela Merkel en de Dalai Lama net op dat moment Lady Gaga’s bikinilijn ontharen met een plofkip.”—
Shortly after Twitter comes with its own filters. In your Face(book) Instagram!
The whole thing between the companies is not what we should worry about. The fact that a Facebook owned company is slowly closing building a wall around its content. Well its your content, but they own it just as much as you do. They also have the right to share, delete and use it for commercial purposes.
You the consumer and me the consumer are stuck in middle of this and all we have are each other and some filters. Sitting there means waiting in line to get screwed over and over again.
I have come to the point were I ask myself: does the life my followers see need filters or is it just cover up stuff? Maybe I should go filterless for a while and just ditch instagram!
“Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood have an average age of 68 years and 297 days, while the Supreme Court justices’ average is 66 years and 364 days. That makes the rock band one year and 10 months older than the members of the highest court of the U.S.”—http://www.freep.com/article/20121126/ENT04/121126077/1035/rss04
If you work for or own a company with a product or products on the market. There is probably a need for feedback, for sure if its a digital product. You and your coworkers probably already talk to a lot of people and might talk about your product(s).
Where does al this information and feedback go?
From what I have seen so far. Most of it is being told to the person responsible and if he or she doesn’t act or ask questions it gets lost and nothing happens. That’s a lot of potentially good information that gets lost into nowhere. I picked the following solution up from a keynote that I’ve seen online (Which I fail to find again though).
Setup a simple form that all employees within you company can access (Wufoo, Google form etc.). Ask them, no Tell them to add all feedback they get to that form. From very negative to flatteringly positive and share this feedback.
Don’t tell me what our customer said before you’ve added it to the form!
Suggestions to put in the form?
When did you speak to the customer/fill in the form.
Who filled in the form (name or initials)
Who was the customer (name)
What company does he work for (might com in handy when you want to contact him/her and somebody forgot their last name)
Category of the feedback (which department, who should work on this)
Tone of the feedback (From negative complaint to flattering feedback)
Is it urgent? (Should somebody take action within 24 hours)
Space for a detailed information.
And after that?
There are several possibilities of course. I’d advice to make one person responsible and make him/her taking care of getting the information to the right people. Keep track of the progress and communicate to the customers that gave the feedback.
Do you like or use this method for feedback collection? Please share your experiences.
Last weekend my dad emailed me the above picture. It shows my great grandfather on a unicycle. He is riding it down the street were I grew up. The picture has been taken in 1938, just before the second world war started and times were probably good. The kid in the shorts behind him is my grandfather. Its most likely his unicycle.
The first I’ve seen it was last Friday but I already love this picture. It made me think about the story that is behind it. From what I’ve been told my great grandfather was well known for fooling around. He called himself an inventor and ran a bakery for hobby. He used to hunt and was the chairman of the Dutch hunting association. A father of two, husband and a walking network. He was a good networker and people all over knew him.
That is roughly what I know. Getting to know more becomes harder by the day. Just like the stories the generation of my grandparents is fading away. They have through hard times of war, rebuilding our society, struggling for social welfare and bad economic years. Maintaining a diary or such was probably the last thing they would do during those years.
We are all (considering the fact that you are online and got here via Twitter/Facebook/Tumblr) maintaining a diary of our lives. Not in a dull book but fast and short. We update our statuses, write blogs and tweet stuff. When combining this our kids and grandchildren will be able to see what was keeping us busy on this very moment. In fifty years this post could be read by our offsping and they will not need the fantasy to figure out what I had on my mind.
Based on my tweets they will know how I viewed my surroundings and politics. Youtube will display moving images of me and reveal some of my musical preferences. Linkedin can tel them about my jobs, the people I worked with and all the people I’ve met when working. All my achievements can be found online and it will be easy to track what is true en what is false.
Wondering what my great grandfather would have commented with this picture. We will never know but maybe it was something like:
I took my sons unicycle and showed him how it should be done properly! You should have seen the look on the boys face! @achtergracht
We are leading well documented lives writing our own history in many ways. All from our perspective and my guess is that this will enhance the memory of us. Pretty fascinating right?
I just recently found out about this 8% rule and yes I have already broken it. Aren’t rules meant to be broken?
But what is this 8% rule?
It is a simple rule to give you some guideline on gaining weight after your main goal(s). It is frustrating and almost impossible to maintain ideal racing weight year round and gaining some weight after a race is ok. Preparing for my race made me less social. I needed to catch up with that and eat lots of the delicious stuff my dad makes.
How do you know what your limits are?
Ideal racing weight * 1,08 = Limit
So for me goes:
78 * 1,08 = 84,24 kilograms
I am already above that so I need to start working out more. I have decided to improve my running this winter and come back to full distance triathlon better prepared for the run!
“Talk to one stranger every day. It’s scary in the first week, but most people will be excited about talking to someone. It doesn’t really matter what you say. ‘Nice [add clothing or accessory]’ will get the conversation starting!”—Advice on Quora.com
Train as much as you need, not as much as you can.
Preparing for your first triathlon (full or half distance). This is what I have learned. I am not an expert and you should use this as you ultimate guide. Just trying to help you out here.
First of all figure out what you minimally need to do in training to reach your goal. You steadily work towards reaching that level instead of starting at that level. The last 6 weeks are the most intensive long and heavy, the rest is building up towards those weeks.
My needed level? Swimming 1 kilometer without being tired, cycling 120 minutes at racing pace, running 12 kilometers at racing heart rate. Sounds easy right?
How to manage not doing much distance and intensity in the begin? Focus on posture, technique and material.
Former collegue Joris shared a post he had found on Google+ (yes, there are active users there). This was written by Enrique Gutierrez and it makes you think about the impact of a case like this. I like following cases like this to a level that does not go into details, but most people don’t even put effort into understanding what the media is telling them.
A part of the Google+ post shows that:
Guy: “Wait, so what they’re saying is, Samsung is the same as Apple?” Friend: “I know, right? Makes me think twice about how much I paid for my Mac Book” Guy: “Seriously”
The conclusion both men appear to make is that Apple acknowledges that a Samsung product is almost the same as their product. Apple, the company they adore, trust and buy products of tells them the competition is just as good what will the crowd do? Since the world is filled with cheapskates they will compare prices as a natural reaction to conclusion they made earlier.
And yes, Samsung is winning the race for the affordable hardware. The traditional cognitive dissonance comes around to play with the Apple customers. They paid a part of their monthly income to have one or more Apple products because they genuinely believed they were buying something excellent and that feeling is gone.
I think you get the point by now. The question that I have is what will happen now? Should Apple oppose these message and give further explanation or should the keep shut and hope that it will fade? Samsung is paying a lot but seems to get a lot of usable publicity from it.
I found myself lying in a black hole of nothing. My biggest physical achievement ever was done, the Olympics are over and I handed in my thesis. Which was about time after 7 years of paying tuition. But all left then was spare time, beer, friends en little sleep.
Black hole might a bit harsh because I have just been enjoying myself. Gained a few (3,5) kilo’s, met all my friends and visited the local bars I used to be in regularly. I had to explain the bar staff why I wasn’t around for a while and they looked shocked when I told them about the triathlon :-)
But from now on I will pick up training again and prepare for the Amsterdam Marathon on the 23rd of October. I will not be running long training distances (again). I will be doing it differently. My longest training will be around 10 kilometer at marathon pace and I will be doing high impact trainings of shorter distances. The shortest will be around 5 kilometers.
The short runs are at anaerobic threshold and that ain’t fun. My feet burn, calves are coming off and I sound like a asthmatic pony while sweating like the Niagara falls. But sweat is just crying fat en pain is the receipt of an effective training.
ps. On the 1st of September I will be joining a friend to the opening of a new gym in Amsterdam. Not a fancy one, but a rough Crossfit like gym. I might be going there to survive the Dutch winter and get some extra strength into the body.