Archive for October, 2008

Wordee Number 3 – Mono

Friday, October 31st, 2008

Greetings!

Interview number 3 with Wimer Hazenberg, who redefined ‘mono’ and ‘show’.

Details

Beck

So here I am in an extremely rainy Amsterdam and after a long day of boat rides, seeing Anne Frank’s House, buying overpriced iPod adapters etc, I’m due to meet Wimer at the quite hidden but really busy DeZotte Belgian bar.  I arrived first and luckily got a great seat just as you walk in the door.

DeZotte

After chatting to the barmaid for a while she was wondering how I had found the place as it’s a bar for locals and I tried to explain to her that it was suggested by someone who lives in Amsterdam.  ‘Ah a friend of yours?’ she asked.  ‘Eh not really’ I said.  I then tried to explain why I was meeting a complete stranger in a Belgian bar in Amsterdam and the concept of TBWP.

I have a funny feeling she didn’t get it and thought I was on some sort of weird blind date with a man I’d met on the internet.

Which when you think about it, that’s kind of what I was doing.

And then an extremely tall, Beck lookalike walked in.  Hello to Wimer :)

Wimer Hazenberg

Orval

It has become a bit of a tradition now for the Wordees to suggest a drink to sample from their fine coutry.  Wimer recommended Orval, one of the 6 Belgian Trappists made by monks, so thats what we had!  The glasses were a little bit small for the drink so they pour the rest into a shot with some sweet mixture for you to down after your pint.  Quite a nice wee idea and we gladly obliged.  Myself a Wimer chatted for a long time on what have become the regular topics of conversations with Wordees: relationships, beer, politics, culture, more beer and geeky internet stuff.

Orval

We then happily downed some Leffe and Duvel and after a couple of hours I had learnt that Wimer works for a software/web design company and that he is going to be soon employing someone for the first time!  How exciting is that?  Wimer redefined mono with his website Monokai.nl, his ‘playground’.  It’s a great site with lots of interesting work so check it out!

Barmaid/Camerawoman

We then decided to have the interview outside in the rain as it was really noisy inside. As my trusty cameraman Marty had left for an even rainier Belfast earlier that day we had to recruit the confused barmaid as our camera operator.  She gladly videoed us and Wimer then tried to explain the project in Dutch afterwards.  I still dont think she understood and to this day still thinks we were on a blind date.

Goodbyes

It was great to meet Wimer and we at TBWP wish him all the best with the future of his company and hopefully he has a bit of good weather in Amsterdam soon :)

You can’t help but be inspired!

Friday, October 31st, 2008

Just saw this over at Do Not Fold and had to share it.  Gary Vaynerchuk makes one of the most inspirational speeches I’ve ever seen.  The title of the talk is ‘Building Personal Brand Within the Social Media Landscape‘ but it should be ‘Just do what you love’.

Amazingly inspirational, Gary totally nails it on the head.   He says exactly what the web community needs to hear.  We’re in charge nowadays!  We need to listen to this man and start doing what we love.  The Internet makes it allowable for us to do anything.  Anything!  So many of us are stuck in jobs that we hate, why?

Make sure and watch this until the very end.  Thanks Gary.

Blindfolded wheelchair assembly!

Friday, October 31st, 2008

After a spot of wpm (words per minute) challenges today in the Masters studio, I challenged Kyle Boyd to assemble his wheelchair in under a minute…blindfolded!  See his wpm (wheelchairs per minute) speed below.

I did it in 40 seconds afterwards but it wasn’t on video!  Honest.

Wordee Number 2 – Context

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

Hallo!

Here is interview with Wordee number 2, Steven Verbruggen who redefined ‘Context’.

Details

Sleeping

Steve was the nicest guy ever!  Steve picked us up in Antwerp after our meeting with Koen.  He drove us to Leuven, the city of Stella Artois.  Jo, our trusty interpreter, sat in the front while myself and Marty, our continually improving camerman, sat in the back.  Leuven is about 30 mins drive from Antwerp and while Jo chatted to Steve in Dutch, me and Marty…well…we fell asleep.  How rude are we?  It was a long day and Steve’s gentle driving was too much for us.

Well when we arrived in Leuven, Steve took us to the local hostel to see if we could get a room.  How nice of him?!  Unfortunately they were all full up due to the Werchter festival (which we were also heading to the next day) so Steve said he would take us to Werchter where we could camp.  Again, nicest guy ever.

Cafe de Curve

So we went to Steve’s local, ‘Cafe de Curve’, for a couple of pints.  Steve’s girlfriend, Lore, joined us and the five of us had a great time.  Steve introduced me to Duvel, a drink that would become my beer of choice during my eurotrip.  It’s 8.5%, maybe that had something to do with it? We chatted for hours about various things including beer, politics, culture, buying words (of course) and falling for Irish girls/guys.  Steve is a self described new marketing/cross-media professional currently working at the interactive agency These Days. He bridges the gap between marketing and technology.  I have never met a man so in love with a word.  ‘Context’ has definitely landed on it’s feet with Steve!  He will surely take great care of it.

Wet, wet, wet

After our long chat and even longer beers, Steve drove us to a very wet campsite in a very wet Werchter where myself and Marty would spend a very wet night in a very wet tent.

Meeting Steve Verbruggen

Blogged back

Steve made a blog post about our meeting on his Minor Issues blog.  No problem about the drink Steve, thanks for all the chauffeuring :)

Further Info

I met Steve on the second day of my trip and 6 weeks later I was back in Leuven where it all started and we met up again for some more Duvels at the Marktrock festival.  Good times :)

Meeting Steve Verbruggen Second time

Word of the day

Context -the set of circumstances or facts that surround a particular event, situation, etc.

Don’t Vote

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

Interesting approach to persuading people to vote next week.  It works though, I kinda wanna vote now.

Justin Timberlake ‘I can do anything, I was in a boyband, ok?’.  Brilliant.