The Dancing Engineer who loves #OpenSource and #Ouvert

[Dutch Lock Down Day Two Hundred Thirty Seven]

I have done almost NOTHING in preparation for today’s Life Coach session and also I’m supposed to be live streaming something open source right now, but I’m also freaking the fuck out and so I’m just gonna talk about this month’s theme instead, mmkay?

But first the news:

My hands down absolutely favourite definition of ‘open source’ is the one available at

“The term open source refers to something people can modify and share because its design is publicly accessible.

The term originated in the context of software development to designate a specific approach to creating computer programs. Today, however, “open source” designates a broader set of values—what we call “the open source way.” Open source projects, products, or initiatives embrace and celebrate principles of open exchange, collaborative participation, rapid prototyping, transparency, meritocracy, and community-oriented development.”

Specifically, their focus on the Open Source Way which applies to software, sure, but also to EVERYTHING.


The open source way is a set of principles derived from open source software development models and applied more broadly to additional industries and domains. exists to share how the open source way can change our world in the same way the open source model has changed software.

But what is #Ouvert? I’m so glad you asked.

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Say Hello To My Little Friend

[Dutch Lock Down Day One Hundred Eighty Five]

Mascot by Kelly Mahoney at SoSplush


I totally slept in again today.

Will I get back on track tomorrow?



I don’t know?

But first the news:

First, I want to introduce you to the perfect hand drawn circle. Drawn by the first genius of the Italian renaissance.


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Just Do The Things

[Dutch Lock Down Day One Hundred Seventy Seven]

Part of why the morning productivity has eroded somewhat is that I get lost in the ‘Tubes. Not just the internet – twitter, facebook, insta – but checking email / slack for work and browsing YouTube / Twitch / Periscope.

I *need* to dive directly into morning pages as soon as I get down here, but did I figure that out in time to do make this morning as productive as it can be?

Don’t be silly.

But first the news:

Yes, I’ve already been awake for over an hour and I’m just now getting down to this writing thing.


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I’ll Stop Talking About This Morning Thing Soon

[Dutch Lock Down Day One Hundred Sixty Seven]

Tomorrow is September and I’m actually pretty stoked about it cause I change the tagline and with it all the graphics across the socials.

I know how to do it manually, but could it be scripted?


But first the news:

I’ll work on that script over the course of September and see if I can get it ready for the next change over.

In the meantime, want to see the new tagline and picture?

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How Was Your Vacation?

[Dutch Lock Down Day One Hundred Forty Eight]

It wasn’t so much of a vacation as a passion project – last week I worked out my personal branding through research of brand archetypes, pinterest gathering, color exploration, logo experimentation, and picture collages.

But first the news:

Wanna see?

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