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Discovered in Cueva de las Manos in Santa Cruz, Argentina.

As you can see from this ancient cave painting dating back who knows how many thousands of years, even at the beginning of civilization the human mind craved creative expression and immortality.

Was this due purely to some dastardly mutations of the DNA, a spontaneous sizzle of electrical sparks in a developing cortex, an inspiration from a loving God who chose to reveal himself, or a combination of similar random spiritual and physical events?

Probably none of the above, but rather some other reason that we will never understand.

| Gishtech | 0 Comments

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The kind folks at Atlassian have approved by addon and it is now publicly available on their marketplace website. Hopefully people will find it and ask me to help them out.

| Ubuntu | 0 Comments

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After having used Ubuntu for years and staying with 16.10 for quite some time, I decided what the heck. First I upgraded to 17.04 and then I upgraded to 17.10. Unlike previous upgrades, everything went smoothly and I didn't have a single problem along the way.

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| Gishtech | 0 Comments

A collection of advanced tooling which provides seamless data migration from Assembla to Jira.

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Assembla to Jira Migration Tool

This is by far the best migration toolset around. Here are the reasons why this version beats out all others hands down:

  • Fully automated with minimal manual actions.
  • Configuration file with various options.
  • Import users (names, emails, roles and permissions).
  • Import tickets, comments, attachments and relationships.
  • Retain ticket status, labels, ranking and custom fields.
  • Link back to original Assembla tickets for reference.
  • Save relevant Assembla context in user-defined fields.
  • Insert embedded image thumbnails in descriptions and comments.
  • Convert markdown and urls.
  • Retain watchers of tickets.
  • Create scrum or kanban board with workflow.
  • Map Assembla milestones to Jira sprints.
  • Populate the backlog, future and current sprints.
  • Assign stories to epics.
  • Resolve cross linking between external projects.
  • Take into account the API differences between hosted and cloud.
  • Tons of great documentation and trouble-shooting guide.

Need help? Go to gishtech.com.

| Music | 1 Comment

I come down
from the misty mountain
I got lost
on the human highway
Take my head
refreshing fountain
Take my eyes
from what they've seen.
Take my head
and change my mind
How could people
get so unkind.

-- Neil Young

| Health and happiness | 0 Comments

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You are entering the next zone, so adjust your velocity accordingly and watch out for the upcoming speed bumps. There's no stopping me now.

| Work and play | 0 Comments

In the hopes of landing an interesting and challenging assignment, I sent out the following notice in English and Dutch:

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Looking for an enthusiastic full-stack web developer for a certain task, project or whatever?

Specialties include: Ruby on Rails, JavaScript, Bootstrap, HTML/CSS and Website Design.

As freelancer I offer professional services for an attractive price.

More information can be found on my website: http://gishtech.com and github http://github.com/kgish.

Op zoek naar een gedreven full-stack web developer voor een bepaalde klus, project of whatever?

Expertise in Ruby on Rails, JavaScript, Bootstrap, HTML/CSS en Website Design.

Als freelancer bied ik professionele diensten aan voor een aantrekkelijke prijs.

Meer informatie is te vinden op mijn website: http://gishtech.com en github http://github.com/kgish.

Curious if and how many reactions I get back, fingers crossed.

| Family and friends | 0 Comments

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Now running around with all the other dogs in dog heaven.

You were the sweetest dog ever, and you always made us all so happy just by your presence and unending affection. Having to say goodbye to you was harder than we could have ever imagined, and we felt very sad indeed. Sweet dog of ours, we will miss you very much.

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Had my father still been living today, he would have reached the ripe old age of one hundred years. I still miss you and hope all is well.

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Arlington Cemetery with the other heroes.

| Meaning of life | 0 Comments

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In this modern era of mobile phones, computers and keyboards, it's nice to reach out for old-fashioned pencil and paper and jot down spontaneously those thoughts which come to mind.

To be honest, feeling the graphite tip of the pencil press down on the paper surface and etch out words and figures makes me feel more like a real human being.

Back to the roots of existence in order to get in touch with the past and feel inspired.

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Modern society is making it more and more difficult for older folks to find employment deserving of their experience and competence.

This is not only very sad, but it doesn't make much sense either. From an economic point of view, there's a large workforce void out there waiting to be filled by eager, enthusiastic and qualified people.

Sure it might cost a bit more than hiring younger folks, but with a slightly increased payroll comes a huge benefit which more than compensates any disadvantages. More often than not, a single older person not only counts for two or more equivalent young bucks. Through a structured sense of seniority, he or she also inspires the surroundings to become more orderly and efficient.

In general older people are a gentle folk, wise and creative, not to be afraid of. Eager to avoid fading away in some dark corner, rather to pursue an active and meaningful life, the slightly older person will be inspired to be more eager and productive.

He or she will also challenge and inspire the younger generation, making them more productive as well, which is great for the company.

So what's the big deal? Let's make society a better place by getting these people back on board where they belong.

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| Music | 0 Comments

I'd like to take a walk
But not around the block
I really got some news
I met a man from Mars.
He picked up all my guitars
And played me traveling songs.

-- Neil Young

| Books | 0 Comments

The wonderful little book is called "On Being Nice" and this is how it ends:

"Friendship begins, and loneliness can end, when we cease trying to impress, have the courage to step outside our safety zones and can dare, for a time, to look a little ridiculous."

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The last time I was in London I made it a point to visit the store which can be found on 70 Marchmont St, Kings Cross. I can recommend very highly dropping by and seeing for yourself the interesting material they have to offer.

Be sure to visit the The School of Life website.

| Golf | 0 Comments

So you hit a pretty good long iron shot to the green but get an unlucky bounce. The ball rolls off the green, nestles itself just off of the fringe but ending deep in the high grass. The top of the ball is visible, but just barely. You have only ten yards or so to work with to the flag, and the greens are very fast today. What now?

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I've been plagued by this challenging situation many times. Still I haven't figured out how to play this shot without either fluffing it a couple inches, skulling it across the green, or clubbing it too fat and sending the poor ball to who knows where. The odds are that nine out of ten tries I will hit the ball badly and lose a valuable stroke or two. Training this shot hours on end down at the practice green doesn't seem to help.

I decided to do some research on the Internet and see what kind of advice other so-called professional golfers have to give. I was very surprised to learn that there is a very wide range of possibilities, from one extreme to the other, and not a single one offering the magical solution to this frustrating predicament.

Please feel free to choose one of the following, cross your fingers and hope to die:

  • Take your gap wedge, open up the club face as wide as possible and swing through the ball.
  • Hold a five iron perpendicular to the ground and hit the ball with the toe of the club like you are putting it.
  • Hit down on the ball with your wedge contacting the ball on the downward arc.
  • Swing through the ball with your sand wedge scooping the ball out like it's in the sand trap.
  • Tap the ball lightly with your rescue club so that the ball jumps out ever so slightly.
  • Take a fairway wood and pop the ball out by striking the upper half of the club face.
  • Hit down solidly on the ball with the putter and let the ball pop out.

So partner, which will it be? Choose one of the following weapons: gap wedge, sand wedge, low iron, high iron, wood, rescue, putter or something else. They all seem to work.

After searching for the answer, I now realize that it doesn't matter that much which advice you choose. Just take what first comes to mind and hope that your first hunch is the right one.

| Programming | 0 Comments

Decided to go out and splurge again, so I signed up for the following online course: Functional Programming in Haskell.

This is an even more serious training for experienced software developers, and I look forward to starting it in September.

Later on I can impress family and friends with such amazing one-liners like this:

pascal = map ([1,1]^) [0..]

which generates the infinite list of rows of Pascal's triangle (yawn).

Paying the extra €69 to get some so-called paper certificate sounds like a waste of money, but I think that it will encourage me to take things more seriously and do my best to complete the grueling course with flying colors.

Wish me luck.

| Vacation | 0 Comments

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We had a fun and relaxing long weekend in London, the weather was great and we ate out every evening. We must have walked more than 10 miles a day which was good exercise. Our hotel was located right next to Hyde Park, so we could either take a long stroll into town by foot or just hop on the metro at Paddington.

Check out the photo album.

| Work and play | 0 Comments

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After a dry spell I get to be productive again. I'm pleased to be working on this amazing website as Ruby on Rails Developer in the Collections Development Team.

This is pretty challenging stuff and gives me the chance to work with others on a noble pursuit. Namely:

"Providing a platform that allows you to explore great achievements from the past to achieve great things in the future."

See also: Europeana's vision for the future.

| Life in Holland | 0 Comments

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Be careful, you are now entering the land of the dead.

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Taken from the blog article: Where to find God.

"You don't need a book, or a course, or a church, or anything else to find God. You can find God right where you are, with nothing at all. It's simply a matter of surrendering. Simple doesn't mean easy though. It's not easy to surrender to God. We're stubborn. But there's no substitute for the peace we seek. Let go, and keep letting go every time you notice yourself resisting. We are our own enemy. There's no devil, it's just us."

See Living with Confidence by Dan Pedersen.

| Golf | 0 Comments

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Down below at the practice green.

I could easily shave off 3-4 strokes a round by honing my short game around the green. Time to work on those bump and runs, chipping out from the thick rough, and don't forget those tricky shots from the bunker.

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In view of my upcoming assignment next month, it's time to get serious about the Ruby programming language. Although I already consider myself pretty good and gain great pleasure when coding amazing stuff with this wonderful language, an in-depth refresher from beginning to end would be useful and fun.

That's why I decided to give in and splurge, expanding my computer library collection by ordering the famous book.

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This thick tome of more than seven hundred pages is the perfect medicine for me. It also looks real nice next to all my other Ruby books. I've now read about a third of this book and am sawing through it nicely with speed and agility.

| Meaning of life | 0 Comments

Taken from the blog article: Beware of Extreme Rationality.

"All of us are irrational at times. Sometimes a lot of us become irrational together and this leads to extreme group behavior. What would be nice to see is a contagion of rationality. But it has to be rationality tempered by empathy and compassion. Otherwise, even rationality can cause extreme negative behavior. Extreme rationality is itself irrational."

See Living with Confidence by Dan Pedersen.

| Life in Holland | 0 Comments

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These days it seems that the grass is growing really quickly, faster than one might expect. Just two weeks ago they had mowed down the whole area, and nothing was left except for a brown and barren field of nothingness. Taking my afternoon walk with the dog, I crossed the bridge and was engulfed by a vast green sea of swaying grass. Nature will never give up no matter how badly we disrespect her.

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For the third day in a row the sun is blaring and the temperature is rising. One wonders who in their right mind would be crazy enough to go to the gym and work out during such a heat wave.

That's exactly what I did. I worked out for a couple hours and must have sweat ten liters or more. As if that was not enough, I took a long hot sauna letting the extreme heat soothe my mind and body.

| Golf | 0 Comments

Today marks an important historical day for Dutch sports. For the first time in history, Tom Dumoulin became the first Dutch cyclist to win the renowned Giro d'Italia. This is the second most important race after the Tour de France.

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Breukink vindt Giro-winnaar Dumoulin absoluut geen eendagsvlieg

While perhaps only slightly less significant than Dumoulin's win, but also very deserving of an honored spot in the annals of Dutch sports history, is that I managed to win the Club Championship on the very same day.

After a grueling first nine holes, I was able to pull my game together again by shooting a nice 37 after the turn to beat out the leader by one stroke.

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Uitslag Clubkampioenschappen Strokeplay 2017

Bij de heren sloot Kiffin Gish finale zijn ronde (83 slagen) af met vier parren op rij, waarmee hij Nico van Leeuwen één slag voor bleef. 252 slagen (85-84-83).

| Life in Holland | 0 Comments

I was very unpleasantly surprised to receive a "beschikking" in the mail this afternoon stating that due to a minor red light infraction I have been charged a whopping 239 euros. Seems to me a bit of an overkill for only easing past a stop light a few feet on a busy road.

Here I am waiting in a traffic jam behind a long line of slow-moving cars. I stopped directly under the stop light which due to bad luck was just out of view being above my car and out of sight.

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I wait patiently until the traffic moves far enough forward giving me enough room to pass safely across the tram tracks. My car was barely crawling as I moved forward, not like I could have caused an accident or maybe even killed an innocent bystander.

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To be honest I have to admit that the pictures look bad are very incriminating when you view it objectively. Nevertheless I will write a polite letter of apologetic protest pleading my innocence. Hopefully they too will realize the unlucky circumstances and offer me some form of leniency.

Maybe I should have been more careful, am fully to blame and therefore need to be punished severely so that it will never happen again.

| Golf | 0 Comments

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This is a picture of me teeing off on the tenth hole. Great drive down the middle of the fairway. Seven iron hit well, just nicked a low-lying branch and bounced into the fairway. Eight iron landed six feet from the flag, and unfortunately my birdie putt just lipped out.

Been trying to practice as much as I can, especially now with such nice weather for golf. My last few rounds were 38+39=77, 43+35=78, 41+36=77 and 41+38=79. Being able to break eighty again with relative ease makes me feel young again.

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Not bad for the first official tournament this year. Hitting the ball straight and far felt good and even managed to make a couple nice birdies. Not a single double-bogie which is always a nice accomplishment. Although I could have easily shaved off a few strokes had I focused just a little bit better.

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| Family and friends | 0 Comments

Thanks again Mom for the nice telephone conversation we had this evening (for you it was morning). Not that I really had that much new to tell you, but it is always a fun treat hearing your voice again. Simply chatting for old times' sake. Since we live so far away from each other, it is extra important to keep in touch on a regular basis. This in order to re-energize each others souls and ascend one notch higher into that spiritual realm. Time passes by swiftly like a running stream, and without realizing it yet another couple weeks or even months have come and gone. I think about how well you raised us kids. Despite life's many ups and downs, the older I get the more thankful I am for the loving role you played and the way things turned out. God has been kind to me.

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This personal weblog was started way back on July 21, 2001 which means that it is 7-21-2001 old.

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Important events

Graduated from Stanford 6-5-1979 ago.

Kiffin Rockwell was shot down and killed 9-23-1916 ago.

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Began well-balanced and healthy life style 1-8-2013 ago.

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First met Thea in Balestrand, Norway 6-14-1980 ago.