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Never a Year Like ’09 – Happy ’10 December 30, 2009

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What makes a good presenter? August 20, 2009

Filed under: Video — Bertil Snel @ 11:52
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To be a good presenter you must:

  • Be an expert on the topic
  • Use relevant examples
  • Make a case
  • Care about the topic
  • above all, be entertaining

Ken Robinson in this presentation meets all these criteria amazingly. Watch his presentation on school creativity.


The next 100 years April 18, 2009

Filed under: books,Economy,Video — Bertil Snel @ 21:57

41-nfq85byl_bo2204203200_pisitb-sticker-arrow-clicktopright35-76_aa240_sh20_ou01_Most people find it difficult to predict what they will have for dinner tonight – George Friedman has a stab at the next 100 years.

George pulls a few surprises and interesting suggestions. Consider these:

2020 – fragmentation of China.
2050 – Global war between US, Turkey, Poland and Japan (the new world powers)
2080 – “Space based energy” powers the world
2100 – Mexico challenges the US

Mind you, George Friedman is not your average Nostradamus. George is chief intelligence officer and founder of Strategic Forecasting, Inc. (Stratfor), a private intelligence agency whose clients include foreign government agencies and Fortune 500 companies.

Without giving away too many clues of the book a number of other predictions:

– The US will remain the prime global power throughout the next century.
– Wars will be less deadly and fought in space rather then on earth.
– Turkey and Japan will become regional powerhouses as Russia and China decline.
– The US will develop three space-based weapons platforms, which Friedman calls “Battle Stars”
– By 2050, Friedman sees Japan pulling a Pearl Harbor-esque strike against the Battle Stars

The Next 100 Years presents a fascinating picture of what lies ahead.


Its Adobe March 31, 2009

Filed under: Video,Work — Bertil Snel @ 18:46

Tomorrow is my fist day at Adobe. Of course we all know adobe as natural building material made from sand, clay, water and some kind of fibrous or organic material but it is also one of the largest software companies in the world.
For Adobe I will work in the EMEA enterprise partner organisation working on an effective partner program.
Adobe is a very diverse software company with a line of creative solutions (ie Photoshop, Illustrator and Flash), business solutions (LiveCycle) and developer solutions (AIR, Coldfusion, Dreamweaver). With all these products they (should I say WE now?) are doing very cool things like social applications on Facebook, Flash on mobile phones (where is the iPhone?) and rich online applications. Needless to say I am very excited to be working in the creative environment!
Click the image below to see what awesom things can be done with Adobe products:


The Crisis of Credit Visualized March 15, 2009

Filed under: Economy,Facts,Video — Bertil Snel @ 10:28

The Short and Simple Story of the Credit Crisis.

Click more for part 2



Pi Day equals nerd day March 14, 2009

Filed under: Facts,Video — Bertil Snel @ 13:59

Pi PieToday is pi day. Nerds across the globe celebrate. Why today? 03/14/1:59 – roughly equal to π truncated to seven decimal places. 

π is an irrational number (like most humans) which means it cannot be expressed as a fraction and the decimals never end. Many have tried to understand pi and express it in the most accuracy. 

Pi has been calculated into the billions and some people make it a sport to memorise the the most digits of pi. In 2006, Akira Haraguchi from Japan recited ten thousand digits without error in 16 hours. Now there’s a geek! If you are really bored today why not try? Here are the first million digits to get you started.

And to get you excited about pi, here is a song:


If MySpace were a country (and other interesting facts) March 3, 2009

Filed under: Facts,Video — Bertil Snel @ 20:33

Sometimes size matters! Some of these statistics are staggering. And I expect that few will change, even in this recession.

Now you know…..