If in the past you added me to your circle based on the idea that I was in any way affiliated with the occupy movement, please remove me from your circles again! The 99.9th percentile I previously listed on my profile (unfortunately for me) is almost completely uncorrelated to the distribution of wealth.
If you add me based purely on my profile or posts and don't know me in person, please let me know to what circle(s) I should add you. I have the following circles that I add strangers to:
* Fiction writing
* Diet, workout and nutritional hacking:
* Software engineering
* Information security
* Computer forensics
* Least authority and high integrity computing.
* Geeks who love public speaking.
* West Africa ICT
* Nieuwegein (my current home town)
* Haarlem (Hier stond mijn wieg)
* Benin (Pays de mon Amour)
* Curaçao (ami lo nunca lubidá kuanto dushi korsou transformá mi mente í mi kurason)
* Smart and interesting people (that fit non of the above)
Regarding power lifting, nutrition& diet: I'm currently hacking away on my diet and training program, testing hypothesis's about the possibilities of applying control theory to diet and exercise. So far things are looking pretty interesting. I'm blogging along as things progress. I am also making serious progress on a book here.
Regarding software engineering: I'm increasingly a fan of C++, partially as a result of C++ with the new standard becoming a much more productive language to work with, but more notably resulting from the realization and controversial view that garbage collection is probably the biggest mistake if not the biggest fraud in computer science history.
There are major parts of C++ that I hate though, most notably much of its C compatibility and memory insecurity. C++ collides in fundamental ways with my other computer science love: least authority and high integrity computing.
I'm flirting a bit with Rust at the moment, once I finish my current projects I need to start looking at doing a real project in Rust. Rust is absolutely amazing.
Regarding information security: I'm basically kind of a red smurf information security specialist. As on of a select group of information security specialists who realizes that, and this is unfortunately a controversial view, "the user is not to blame", I try to educate developers, architects and 'classic' information security experts about the fundamental flaws in the way that information security is addressed in much of the current computer science community. I'm pretty passionate about security based on the principle of least authority, high integrity system design, and design of secure but discretionary systems that both don't rely on users to be constantly on their toes, and at the same time don't get in the way of the user when she is sharing or delegating authority while interacting in social cooperative patterns of behavior.
Regarding public speaking: basically I love to give talks on information security, least authority and high integrity computing. Gave quite some talks on one of my pet projects (MinorFs) a few years back after having written a magazine article on the subject. The last few years I have hardly given talks anymore though.
I recently created a new one hour presentation titled 'Defeating Trojans' , that talks about how the upcoming version 2 of my open source MinorFS system can help to defeat Trojans that work by exploiting the inherent insecurity of identity-centric security models. Until now I gave this talk only once (at the OHM2013 conference last summer). The information security problems that this talk and my previous talks showed can be solved in a fundamental way, are today still far from solved.
If you feel my talks could help your company be a part of the solution, I'dd be happy to come and speak at an expenses only rate if travel time is reasonable. That is, I can come and give a free talk at your company on a Friday if travel times allow this without requiring me to take the day off on Thursday, and if your company takes care of any necessary airplane tickets, train tickets and possibly hotel accommodation costs.
Regarding computer forensics: I've been working on the development of computer forensic software for well over a decade. Currently I am studying Computer Forensics & Cybercrime Investigations, and am working on the development of a new computer forensics file-system as part of my M.Sc thesis. This project is currently sucking up a solid part of my time resources, forcing me to allocate less time to my regular blogging, fiction-writing, nutritional-science book writing and power-lifting activities.
Regarding west Africa ICT: My wife is from west Africa, and I'm there occasionally. I try to be in contact with ICT professionals from west Africa so when I'm over there we can organize free software-engineering, C++ or information-security classes to talented youngsters who appreciate the knowledge. Get me a class full of young high-IQ talented open minded CS people with good math skills and 4 days to work with them. I'll give them 4 days fast paced hell, each of them, even the smartest ones will struggle to keep up and I will loose half of the class over those 4 days, but the other half will have gained valuable insights and knowledge.
To quote Vin Diesel: "There's gonna be one speed: mine. If you can't keep up, don't step up. You'll just die".
There is massive potential. Many west African CS graduates are really really smart and lack much of the conservatism that hinders many of their European, American and Asian peers. I strongly believe that west African CS people have what it takes to really turn west Africa into the next India. I'dd love to try and help play a small part in awakening this sleeping giant with my modest 4 day contributions when I'm there. Unfortunately my french at the moment is still rather poor, so I'dd be given my lectures in English. And I do use a lot of technical terms. If you are francophone and not sure if your English is sufficient, please drop me a message, I have created a self-assessment quiz that should take you up to an hour and gauche your understanding of some of the key concepts I will use. There are no training tracks projected for 2016. For 2017 I am planning two courses for Cotonou (Infosec and C++) in July, and have room for one course in Accra (that I can make either infosec or C++ depending on interest).
The dutch town where I was born and grew up in. I love to stay in contact with interesting people from this town.
Regarding Nieuwegein: The dutch town where I currently live. Although I've lived here for almost a decade now, I still don't really seem to connect with this town or its people yet. I like to connect with people from my own town to try and change that.
Regarding Curaçao: I have really fond memories of my times on dushi Korsou. While I'm 100% dutch and no longer have any ties with this amazing island, Korsou remains the only place in this world that has truly captured my heart. Love to be in contact with the amazing and often intriguing people from this amazing Caribbean island that I had such amazing times on in the past. Really hope to visit Korsou some time in the coming years during the tumba festival and maybe try to have some of those amazing barbecued 'kargo' (large sea slugs). Damn, I miss Curaçao.
Regarding Sci-Fi writing: I wrote my first SciFi story on my old mobile phone in the winter of 2013/2014 while visiting the Republic of Benin. I'm currently working on my third SciFi story and my first two stories are currently available for free on B&N, Kobo and iBooks.