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Pim van Pelt
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Attended Eindhoven University of Technology
Lives in Mountain View, California
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Another great day for combining hiking and geocaching. I found 28 caches in the hot summer sun at Calero county park during a 4h10m hike of 9.69km length and highest point at 301m (ie: not very high).

I had a great time, walking in my new hiking boots [no blisters!] I guess it's time to retire those Prada loafers.
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BTW nice pics!
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Alexis found Overlooking Shoreline! With +Marina Hombroeckx​
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The dragon on your shirt is looking at me. I told him to give you a big hug from me. Did you get it? :))
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Sometimes, Androids can be as bad as iPhones.
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Tell me about it. I've just changed my MMS server to the Google DNS one just to annoy someone :)
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So much fun!
 
Today +Sarah Sidney Coty took me on quite the adventure. The Geocaching 2015 Roadtrip is celebrating 15 years of geocaching adventures, and from July 17th onwards, players are invited to go after either a very difficult (D5) or a very tricky terrain (T5) geocache. So, why not do both?

I attempted CAVE MAN (http://coord.info/GC3197F) and succeeded. Here's the trip report, in pictures. My log entry is as follows:

My buddy GeoGrins had the perfect idea for the T5/D5 challenge for the 15y Geocaching souvenir. She says: why choose if you can do both? My interest was piqued, big time.
So we went out here in the lazy Sunday morning and grabbed our trusty rusty Fenix flashlights, some po-po gloves and winged it. Small hike up the trail, then saw the cave mouth. Oops: big human, small hole, reminded me of an experience some 39y ago. Okay giggles were had to prepare for the journey, and I manage to push through. The lights are so bright! But uh oh, of all the things I FORGOT A PEN. Hahah, you may laugh now. I sure did..

Crawled back out to get the pen, and back inside I went. Looked around a bit, really needed the gloves, by the way. Disturbed a family of mice, the mommy of which jumped out at me. So cool :) I then found the prize in the wall, just outside if the living room. Signed the log with a grin on my face, took lots of touristy pics, also of the flashlight gear, and went on my merry way.

Thank you, surely the best and coolest hide I have ever had the pleasure of finding.

A T5/D5!!! Booooyah!
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The most fun AND SCARY! cave cache I have found is "Ice Caves on the Prairie" GC377ZE
in North Dakota. If you have time, read my log on the cache page.
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Byebye Rainbow Dash! May you meet many friends on your journey and may your flights always be happy.
Friendship is magic.
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The incomparable GeoGrins taught me how to use a Garmin Oregon 650T today - I decided to try it out with +Marina Hombroeckx and Alexis - we hiked 7km and I logged the track :)
At about one third of the way, in the northern most point, Marina and Alexis turned around and I continued the loop. In total 2:38h of hiking time, max elevation 418m.

It was a hot, sunny, but beautiful day. I met some deer.
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+Pieter van Pelt on August 1st, Marina/Alexis and I went to the Almaden Quicksilver county park. On August 2nd, I hiked in the Calero county park (pics will be shared shortly).
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I was not left behind! \o/
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Study session for amateur radio. Getting closer to the exam date of 8/15/15 and want to do well. I'm going over the question pool and marking those which are unintuitive or simply trivia based, will go over them individually later and have myself quizzed on them. That used to work in school, who knows if it still works now :-)
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Happy to quiz you this week....
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Hi, I'm Olaf and I like sunbathing and warm hugs.

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o/~ When I finally do what frozen things do in summer!
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Today +Sarah Sidney Coty took me on quite the adventure. The Geocaching 2015 Roadtrip is celebrating 15 years of geocaching adventures, and from July 17th onwards, players are invited to go after either a very difficult (D5) or a very tricky terrain (T5) geocache. So, why not do both?

I attempted CAVE MAN (http://coord.info/GC3197F) and succeeded. Here's the trip report, in pictures. My log entry is as follows:

My buddy GeoGrins had the perfect idea for the T5/D5 challenge for the 15y Geocaching souvenir. She says: why choose if you can do both? My interest was piqued, big time.
So we went out here in the lazy Sunday morning and grabbed our trusty rusty Fenix flashlights, some po-po gloves and winged it. Small hike up the trail, then saw the cave mouth. Oops: big human, small hole, reminded me of an experience some 39y ago. Okay giggles were had to prepare for the journey, and I manage to push through. The lights are so bright! But uh oh, of all the things I FORGOT A PEN. Hahah, you may laugh now. I sure did..

Crawled back out to get the pen, and back inside I went. Looked around a bit, really needed the gloves, by the way. Disturbed a family of mice, the mommy of which jumped out at me. So cool :) I then found the prize in the wall, just outside if the living room. Signed the log with a grin on my face, took lots of touristy pics, also of the flashlight gear, and went on my merry way.

Thank you, surely the best and coolest hide I have ever had the pleasure of finding.

A T5/D5!!! Booooyah!
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He was not there, but I did find some pets (a family of mice!) +Adam Bender 
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So, my 8yo daughter has went through the tail 6wk of 2nd grade in US public elementary school and as such got a language aptitude test like all children. She has not had any English education and has focused largely on German and Dutch reading so far.

To my surprise her overall score was 551 which is labeled 'Advanced' and her writing, never done before this trip to California, squarely in 'Early Advanced' stage. I am puzzled by (but also fairly sceptical of) these results. Does anybody know the validity/value of the CELDT test in the states?
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CELDT is given to kids that speak any other language at home, or any kids that are classified as "English Learner". Its a federal mandate.
"Early advanced" is the bar at which you no longer considered an "English Learner" but equivalent to native speakers.

Had the same thing with Konstantin just this week. Except: He's five years old, never been to the school before, and on site they told me he's expected to take this 45 mins test by himself with only a teacher, who didn't even introduce herself by name.  I was supposed to wait outside. 
Berkeley schools administers the test to K-graders during class without even telling the kids.

After the foreseeable result (aka complete meltdown, no recovery) I told them he won't be taking the test.
Went back a day later with a letter from daycare stating that he's fluent in English, to see if I can avoid repeating that. They told me that all I'd need is to sign that I am waiving the English support class.

Konstantin is now decided that he doesn't like school, before he's even truly been there. Well played.
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    CS, 1995 - 1998
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    Telematics, 1998 - 2001
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July 6
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Da P, dapke, dapje
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Dad, Enjoyer of Food and Drink, RC Pilot, Tinkerer, and Friend.
Introduction
Schlepping IPv6 packets from left to right and back, father of Alexis (2007) and buddy to Marina. I like to cook, travel, and fly model aircraft and I dabble on the drums. I live in Zurich and have worked at Google since 2006.
Work
Occupation
Site Reliability Engineer at Google
Skills
I dabble in management. I am reasonably technical when it comes to non-abstract large system design. I can cook a 7 course meal. I rarely crash model helicopters.
Employment
  • Google
    Site Reliability Engineer, 2006 - present
  • BIT bv
    Engineer, 2001 - 2006
  • WiseGuys
    Software Engineer, 1996 - 2001
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Mountain View, California
Previously
Zurich Switzerland - Wageningen Nederland - Best Nederland - San Jose California - Reading Great Brittain - Turnhout Belgium
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Is a nice breakout place from the Sea life aquarium in Konstanz. Great food (including sushi) and friendly but slow service.
Atmosphere: GoodDecor: GoodService: Good
Public - 2 years ago
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I have a seasonal pitch at this camping site since 2009. It is open all year round, with fantastic amenities, very friendly and competent staff, and my family and I go there most weekends to unwind. The most impressive details about this camping site: - large 400-600 sqft / 40-60 m2 pitches - indoor swimming pool + wellness (sauna, massage) - outdoor swimming lake - huge playground, with lots of toys - 16A power, water and drainage at each pitch - cozy log-cabins and pre-installed RVs for rent - heated, very clean! toilet facilities, showers included, bathtub for babies - Restaurant called 'Campino' with simple, but tasty and affordable menu - 250m from a 'Edeka' grocery store Lots of fun stuff to do in the weekends, including day trips to Singen / Konstanz / Bargen(CH) and a great laid-back atmosphere created by the staff. And, for me personally, the best spot ever to do model helicopter/airplane flying.
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Food: GoodDecor: ExcellentService: Excellent
Public - 3 years ago
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I've been to this restaurant several times over the past year (2011/2012). Every time I was pleasantly surprised by the service, friendly and competent waiting staff, and desert prepared at the table. The venue is an old water-mill, and the decor is cozy.
Food: Very GoodDecor: Very GoodService: Very Good
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