/me is done!

Whoa, that feels nice!

I’m (finally) done waiting for the approval for my graduation! I’ve set up an appointment to deal with all the bureaucratic hassle that has to be dealt with at the university, but I’m not going to change a single letter of my thesis anymore.

Done! yay!

Update (2008-04-07): I’ve had to reschedule the appointment to Thursday April 10th. I hope this will be the final appointment!

No more mr Student

If you want to buy a house, you’ll have to have an income of some sort.
My income at Ordina is not bad at all for an intern, yet it is far from enough to pursuade the bank to lend me the sack of money needed to buy our house.

Therefore, I’ve decided to take up the offer graciously made by Ordina to become a trainee for a year. The fun starts at April Fool’s (and it’s not a joke 😉 ) and will last for at least a year. Big things are about to happen in the next couple of months, I’m really looking forward to it all!

Thanks for the lovely bouquet Reggie!

Fear of Islam is ruling The Hague

Each and every day there seems to be news about Geert Wilders, his Islam-critic film Fitna, "Boerkinis", troublesome (islamic) allochthonous youth and more.
One could say it’s the Islam, or rather the fear around it, that’s keeping the reporters and our politicians busy.

To start with Fitna, the recently completed but still unviewed critical film about the Islam and the Koran by Geert Wilders is stirring up dust since plans to make it were unveiled. There have been protests in Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia, a detahwish has been proclaimed by a religious leader in Iran, and even people have been killed in the demonstrations against the film. Why, I hear you ask? Apparently because of the inability of the inhabitants of the country in question to protest without killing some of the people marching on their behalf. But that is not at question here. Fact is, that Wilders has agreed to showcase the film one day prior to its public unveiling to our National Coordinator Terrorismprevention, Joustra, one the sole condition it is not to be banned after that.
Why even bother to showcase it at all before its release? To give the NCTb a head start of one day in coordinating the actions necessary to prevent terrorism?

Furthermore, the cabinet and its ministers are nearly daily criticising Fitna, or warning the maker about the social concequences his film might have. Last week, Balkenende has warned Wilders that the response from our country might be more violent than expected and he has advised him not to release it if it will trigger such responses. Pieter van Geel (leader of the Tweede Kamer fraction of the CDA) and Maxime Verhagen (CDA) both have urged Wilders to take his responsibility and not release the film at all last Thursday.
Wilders himself responded, as can be suspected, with the words: "Jullie kunnen de pot op".
The politicians are so busy trying to stop the film because it would trigger radical actions from the islamic community in our country that they are overseeing the damage they are doing to our country as it gives a really bad image towards other countries.

The question remains what would have happened when Fitna was not given the attention it has gotten recently.
One could only imagine what would’ve happened with the Iranian government threatening to boycot us, the religious leaders in Afghanistan who would thus not call to murder all infidels and those opposing the Koran. I know it is a long shot, but my guess is it would not have been like this. Rhetorical and polarizing: at least my question is not being criticized by the government (yet).

Short thesis-update

Since it already is the 18th of December, I’m telling you, my precious readers, the thesis is nearing completion.
There still are major loads of work to do, and since my thesis coordinator at the university (again) is away for some time next week it’ll be a mad dash to the end.

Wish me luck here, at least I’ve rested well last weekend during a short break. 😉

Meetings rule!

And I mean it!

Especially if you’re a good-sounding as I am now, with my clogged nose and lovely nasal voice. 😉
However, considering the above, I’m currently doing my job well.
At least, according to my supervisor(s) and co-workers here at Ordina. To underline this, they’ve tried to make my thesis better by handing me some more theoretical frameworks and research methodologies.

Thanks guys for making me read even more! 🙂
No, I mean it 😉

Thesisupdate: Proposal is accepted!


After my first proposal for a thesis was rejected by the university as the quality of the proposed thesis didn’t quite match the (high) university-standards, I sat down to rethink what Ordina was asking from me, and what I wanted myself.
I met with the supervisors from both Ordina and the university to discuss the matter and came up with an ingenious solution (if I might say so myself), I was not going to report on the symptoms, I was going to study the root of the problem!

What this problem is, and what the symptoms are will remain undisclosed for now: I promise to elaborate on them later on.
To those with whom I’ve discussed my proposal in the last week: yes, that subject is now accepted.

My data-collection stage will commence as of now, and I’m planning to start writing shortly.
FINALLY: we are getting somewhere 😉

A warm welcome

As many of you know, I’m currently doing an internship at Ordina since the last week of July. To my great surprise, I found a note yesterday stating I could collect a bouquet delivered for a mr. Tijhof. Curious as I was, I went to our neighbours to retrieve the flowers only to find out they were sent for me! Who on earth could be sending ME a flower bouquet? Turns out it’s from the business unit I’m currently doing my internship with, so I’d like to thank you all for this fine present!


Today has been a big day in my, so far very short, career.

My internship has been approved! I will be busy writing my masterthesis at Ordina, a leading company when talking about SOA and SOA-integration. My job is to write a thesis which not only will grant me a degree at my university, but one that will satisfy the need at Ordina for certain knowledge.
So far, I’m still trying to find an optimal subject for me to write about.

I’m currently still debating, continuing with a longlist of 9 subjects. I will narrow it down to about 2 or 3 subjects to make my final decision. Also, I found myself a thesis-supervisor at the university, mr. Guah. He will be responsible for the approval of my thesis, and support me when needed.

These two combined make up a great week for me, I hope it’ll be like this for quite some time.