Yes, it is the folly of man, or rather Elon Musk, and can be seen as a hubris filled PR stunt: launching a Tesla Roadster into space just because. But is a good upgrade from the wheel of cheese he launched in 2010, and it sure beats lumping blocks of concrete into orbit to see if a rocket works as planned. Landing 2 boosters to be re-used is no mean feat either even if the core engine missed its landing site and crashed, nor is reducing the cost of a launch 10-fold. The successful test launch of this Falcon Heavy shows Space X is more than serious about pushing development forward. Having fun by hurling a car into space is just the cherry, not the cake.
The resulting live video footage of the empty space suit behind the wheel with our blue ball circling in the background is pure fun. Topped off by a Don’t Panic message on the dashboard. I only hope Star Man that as rumour has it indeed brought a towel for the next leg of the trip in the general direction of Mars and then ever onwards.
In our new home in Amersfoort we have an attic space that is our studio for DIY and tinkering projects, which has two additional desks. We wanted something big and colorful on the wall. Elmine took the two little ninjas that in Enschede lived on our office desks for years, carefully made a series of macro photos with moss grabbed from the roof terrace, and then had them printed on 100×70 format.
So now we have two life size change ninjas watching our backs in our tinkering space.
This was the first full regular week of this year. Although I worked on many different things, all in all it was mostly an unhurried week, except for an evening sprint to finish up a report. Some of the things filling up this week:
Several discussions with departmental heads at the Province Overijssel to make open data relevant to existing policy goals
Planning an in-depth session with a nature and environment department along the same lines as the previous point
A session with the Frisian open data working group to create the year plan for extending their regional open data platform
Hired an intern to research ethical aspects of data governance and emergent data technologies
Doing Q4 2017 VAT bookkeeping for my companies
Wrote a report for the European Commission evaluating the impact of the PSI Directive in the Netherlands
A fresh wave of spam comments is being received by my WordPress install, since I started blogging a bit more again. A recurring message is “I noticed you currently don’t monetize your page”, and then inviting me into scammy SEO services. It strikes me that I actually do monetize ‘my page’, as it builds history and reputation, lands me speaking gigs, and in various instances helps convince consultancy clients to commit. I just don’t do ads. Those spam comments showcase exactly what is wrong with the web, it feels to me, by assuming just that one business model. The content is the purpose not a means, the ‘page’ is a means not a purpose.
The Spam versus Ham perspectives on a blog’s purpose
Spending less time posting to Facebook has positive impact on my blog. 8 thusfar in January 2018, which is equal to the first 9 months of 2017. I wrote 28 posts in Q4 2017 versus those 8 in the first 9 months of 2017.