25-02-05

La meglio gioventu

Last Sundayafternoon, Sofie & Wim invited us to enjoy “La meglio gioventu” the masterpiece of Marco Tulio Giordana. Part 1 and part 2, each taking 3 hours. In between we enjoyed pasta y pizza in an sicilian restaurant in the city of St-Gilles (just outside Brussels).

Wonderful. Wonderful movie, wonderful friends, wonderful food, good wine and a little grappa to end the evening (we enjoyed a glass of Grappa di vino nobile di montepulciano).

Looking back, let me share one of my favourite conversations in the movie:

“Is there any way I can help?”

“That depands how strong you are. Are you happy?”

“Yes, sure”

“OK, than it is the moment to be very generous”

Slow movie, food and afternoon. Everyone should have one regularly.

I intensely enjoyed it.

bart


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20-02-05

Week-End mijmeringen

I like weeks, i like week-ends.

 

Gisteren teruggekeerd naar Limburg (zowat 1x per maand want heel wat familie en vrienden ginder – en het blijft er fijn vertoeven). Gisterenavond de verjaardag van Lode gevierd, samen met zijn vriendin & nog oude Bilzerse vrienden. Lode Martens, onthou de naam want hij is een exceptioneel talent in ontwerp en realisatie van juwelen. De grootste reden waarom ik van zijn werk hou, is dat hij elk juweel als een uniek gegeven beschouwd, bijna als een levend wezen, vanuit het geloof dat elke persoon een unieke persoon is. Daarnaast is hij een onwaarschijnlijk gedreven vakman – die in de voorbije jaren ook bij Cartier zijn strepen verdiend heeft.

 

Saturday afternoon is baby-day. Kaatje en Lientje, respectievelijk de baby’tjes van mijn (toekomstige) schoonzus en mijn zus, zijn ongelofelijke blije kindjes. Kan er uren bij zijn …

 

Tegelijkertijd deden het gelukkige leven mij ook denken aan het tragische gaan. Pascal’s begrafenis vorige dinsdag was intriest. Ben er een week niet goed van … Ga proberen het goede van Pascal (zijn enthousiasme, zijn oprechtheid, zijn geloof en respect voor de anderen) mee te nemen. Ik geloof in de goedheid van elke mens. Ik zou graag hebben dat elke mens een leven vol geluk mag kennen. Maar jammer genoeg hebben we dat niet altijd in eigen hand.

 

Dus laten we er maar vanuit gaan dat de maatschappij maakbaar is, dat we er allen aan kunnen bijdragen. Heel wat politici proberen het ‘bruto nationaal geluk’ toe te eigenen. Ik denk dat het bruto nationaal geluk, wat op zich een mooi concept is, de som is van eenieders bijdrage aan een goede samenleving, en dat begint bij onszelf, in relatie tot onszelf, onze familie & vrienden, onze vereniging of bedrijf, enzoverder. Wij zijn allemaal minister van ons eigen leven… Kaatje, Lientje, Pascal, Sofie, Aldo, Bompa, … uiterste geluk en tragiek ligt soms zo dicht bij mekaar.

Tough week...

bart



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13-02-05

Bloglines - Search engines - Mediacenter

Hey,

this week I attended a conference of Mediacenter: the intersection between media, technology and society. Although I left with the passing away of a friend in mind and couldn't really focus, it turned out to be amongst the best I ever attended. I'll share (part) of what I learned.

 

Let me start with one of the opening speakers: Mark Fletcher, CEO of Bloglines. For those unfamiliar, Bloglines has today 294,121,726 articles indexed, with approximately 2 mio users on the US market – resulting in 30 to 50% marketshare of the web-rss readers in the US (depending on source).

 

Mark had a nice trackrecord: after starting up Diba (sold to Sun), he started ONEList (which was later acquired by Yahoo to become Yahoo’s eGroups).

 

Weird start.

He was introduced as “Mark Fletcher, CEO & founder of Bloglines”. And he replied: since 30 minutes I’m no longer CEO of Bloglines, I’ve just been acquired by AskJeeves”. Guess they are used to this during these Sillicon Valley conferences … He explained that he wanted to remain active to further develop bloglines & that Bloglines will operate under own brand, but leverage on development & marketing capacities of AskJeeves.

 

Underlying principle is interesting: combing a search technology with a blogreader brings high relevance for exact matches. Now that Blogs are being accepted as an acceptable User Generated Content (UGM), it may bring more relevance to AskJeeves.

 

I ask him “Is anyone actually using AskJeeves ? Isn’t everyone using Google and/or Yahoo? ”

" Look at this he told me: revenues for 2004 are 261,3 mio$, growth of over 140% compared to 2003". Also earnings results are impressive. It may be the start of AskJeeves getting back on top of our mind ranks. Or it may be the start of a global blogwar …

 

I’m also a big believer in the power of User-Generated Content, especially towards specialised & local newscoverage. The big brands (cnn, bbc, nbc, fox or locally vrt, vtm, rtbf, rtl, belga, concentra, etc …) have an opportunity to take back/keep the market for online ‘branded’ and fairly generalistic newscoverage (although It’s not done yet if print or tv is better suited in the broadband era), but the amount of content generated by individuals is huge and gets better every day. The only thing is: you must be able to find it. And what do we do to find something ? Yes, use a search engine …

 

This week-end Skynet surpassed 45.000 Belgian bloggers. After about 18 months of the launch of the Skynet tool, this is becoming an impressive number !  And we’re only just at the start of this online mediarevolution !

 

bart.



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07-02-05

Sad ... very sad ...

 

All,

Yesterday evening Pascal Methens & his wife got surprised by a snow avalanche in the French Alps. They didn’t make it and leave 4 kids …

 

Pascal was a friend and someone I admire a lot. His energy & optimism have often been an inspiration for me. At the same time, he enjoyed having a joke – relativised quite some things, with a constant believe in young people … I had so many good talks, adventures, laughs with him that I cannot believe not to see him anymore …

 

Pascal started at Wang, became General Manager Apple – before moving to Belgacom group where het headed Belgacom Multimedia & Infohighways… At that moment, Pascal also became president of the Board of Directors of Skynet. Later on, he took on other positions in Belgacom group, before becoming CEO of Cisco Belux. A great career of a great man, which I will never forget. After John and Aldo, another friend leaves us …

 

Damn, I will miss him a lot !

 

bart


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