About the author
In short, I'm probably just a normal guy living in Ghent, Belgium, involved in web design and Silverstripe web development.
Although my grassroots were in Limburg, I went to the Jesuit-college in Turnhout, which eventually turned me into a convinced believer.
Interested in music, I've worked in a guitar shop in Hasselt for a while, selling guitars. After a year I decided to go to Ghent and study to become a translator in Spanish and English. In reality I ended up working in arts centre Vooruit as a stage technician.
I love winter and snow. Mountains. Norway. Most of my holidays are spent outdoors, walking or hiking. This brings me peace of mind in these sometimes hectic times.
Photography is another hobby of mine. Landscapes, or small things - it makes me look at the world in a different perspective. Check out my pictures on flickr if you like. Please contact me if you want to use any of these for commercial or personal purposes.
Since December 2009 I discovered the pleasure of running. Have a look at my running log. I somehow got the weird idea to run a marathon at some point in my life. (And more than one!) Around June 2010 I also created a small website where I share running routes. Everyone else is encouraged to add their routes as well. In August 2010 however, after my first off-road half marathon, I suffered from pain in my left hip. Turns out I've got FAI. Currently I'm not running anymore, although never say never.
In the meantime I'm trying to do some cycling. I've started a simple blog about my cycling experiences on Earth.
According to Jung based on the Myers-Briggs typology I'm an INTP. I better stop talking about myself then.
About this site
This website is currently in its fourth edition.
Starting as a simple html site around 2005, it soon grew to version 2.0: a custom blog written in PHP, with a very limited interface. I never wanted to use a prefab system like Wordpress because, as a computer-noob, this would never teach me the language, so I got into coding my own.
That changed around 2007, when I discovered Silverstripe. Silverstripe allowed me extend and modify behaviour and layout without limitations, so I ported my existing site to Silverstripe, writing a custom blog module. At that time the existing Silverstripe blog module was very limited, so I added emailfield, categories, trackbacks, notifications, etc...
With everything on Silverstripe, version 3.0 was born around January 2008. Along the way I added automatic integration of Twitter posts and integration of Flickr photos using machine tags.
Let's hope this version lasts for a while.
Things that I'd like to see, do or achieve in my life, in no particular order:
- see the fjords
- climb Galdhopiggen
- hike in Jotunheimen
- see wild reindeer
- sleep in the snow
- see wild moose
- make a trip from the south of the USA all the way up to Alaska hitchhiking/on foot/bicycle
- visit Scotland
- visit Iceland
- make the Everest Base Camp Trek
- photograph the Northern Lights
- bike from Belgium to Siberia (very unlikely)
- meet E.T.
- fly at light speed to another galaxy