Formula 1 2017, now this is going to be interesting

Old and new drivers

Even though the wait between seasons has been a lot shorter then it was not that long ago I still can’t wait for the new Formula 1 season so start. We have our Max Verstappen in the Red Bull for a full season for the first time, so he should end up higher in the ranking this year if all goes well. Not sure if it has even happened before, but we are starting the new season without the World Champion as Nico Rosberg has retired after his championship last year. We have some old drivers that are not with us anymore like Jenson Button and an old driver that left us but came back, Felippe Massa. Then there is Stoffel Vandoorne a driver I’m looking forward too to see race this year even if it might be in a car that is still not up there with the top of the pack.

No more Bernie

Another big change for 2017 is the fact that we will not have Bernie around anymore. He has no doubt had a big influence in the sport and has change things in a positive way over the decades but he is also a stubborn man that did not want to change things that easily and seemed to make a lot of the decisions based on money. Tee new owner of the Formula 1 is said to do things differently. One small thing they already implemented is that the teams are allowed to post images and video from behind the pit boxes, the so called paddock, more and they have also said that the old European GP’s are whet they are going to focus on as they are the life of F1, something I can only agree with.

New cars

The biggest change for us viewers will be the cars, which will look a lot more aggressive with wider tires, larger wings and more sound. Also more freedom to develop in areas previously not allowed for example the barge boards behind the front wheels. All this is going to make the cars corner a lot faster, but will reduce the top speed a bit, but overall will make them 3 to 5 seconds faster per lap. The drivers should also have done a lot of training on their necks in order to cope with the added G-forces in the corners.

Anyway, I will be sitting in front of the TV next Sunday, with a nice breakfast and a few cups of coffee, as it is very early for me, but I can’t wait !

Hunted: How to escape the law

A while back there was a TV program in Holland called ‘Hunted’ where teams of 2 people had to evade a team of multiple people acting as the police in Holland (will be called ‘police’ after this). This team had the same tools at their disposal as the Dutch police has, at least that is what we were told. The teams that played the game knew they were going to play in advance, so they had time to prepare and at some point they got a message telling them the ‘game was on’ and from that point in time they were fugitives.

After watching the episodes it was pretty obvious that the rules of the game were very much in favor of the police, probably to show how good they were and that there is hardly any escaping them in real life either. 3 of the main examples were:

  • The teams were given a bank account with 500 euro and they were allowed to borrow another 250 from other people.
  • The only communication I have seen during the program from the teams was either phone calls or SMS
  • They could not leave the country

The last one I understand is needed for the program to work, the other 2 I understand from the police point of view, but if I had planned to do something that would make me a fugitive for real and had time to prepare I would do things a bit different and probably outside of the rules of the game.

Hunted: Take cash money

Well, this one seems obvious and we all have seen it in movies and TV series, the police can track your use of credit cards and debit cards, so do not use them during your escape. Giving the players the options to get money they had was a huge benefit to the police. Most teams were caught on camera while trying to get money from an ATM or while paying in a store. So the solution is simple, get as much cash as you think you will need in advance and take that with you while on the run. That will avoid you being spotted when getting cash while on the run.

Hunted: Communication

The players seemed to were only allowed to communicate by calling and sms, which of course is a ‘no go’ when you are on the run as you can see in every movie and TV series out there. Even a widely used app like WhatsApp will encrypt your messages which would make it impossible (or at least very hard) to read them for anyone else. There are also other ways to communicate, for example an app called Signal, which was used by Edward Snowden and he is still out of the hands of the NSA, so I think it works. There are also ways to email with people that stay hidden, something like ProtonMail for example which has end-to-end encryption and even has settings so email send to someone will be deleted after a set period of time. Some of the teams did get a new SIM card for their phone, but still used their old phones (which were traced already) and still used calls and sms. Having people play the game that are smart enough to get a new SIM card but do not use a new phone or encrypted communication also makes me believe they were just not allowed too. So, get new phones and pre-payed SIM’s (don’t pay for them with your own credit or debit card) better get a few just to make sure. Give one to someone you REALLY need to communicate with and make sure they stay hidden at all times. Don’t call, don’t send sms, use some encrypted way to communicate instead. Use wifi from Starbucks or McD’s and not the same one all the time of course.

Hunted: Your background

Almost right away the player’s social media were checked and some were caught because they were staying or communicating with their ‘friends’. Their social media profiles were also used by a profiler to get to know the players, getting to know what skills they have, what areas they know, if they can live a long time without friends and family and much more. The best way is to just get rid of all the social media stuff. Remove all your posts and delete the accounts or at least set stuff to private if possible. On Facebook for example you can set all your previous posts to private with just a few clicks, this way only friends will be able to see your posts.

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Twitter seems to have something similar, but warns you that tweets posted before might be still visible at some locations. They mention that apps you gave permission to display your tweets might still show them.

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On Instagram you can temporary disable your account which should make your account hidden from view. No idea if that actually works.

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Social media is one thing, but what kind of stuff do you have sitting on your computer, laptop, NAS, phone and tablet at home? Does one of them log in to your social media or email account automatically and do you have to put in a password of fingerprint every time you want to use it? Chances are that if the police gets a hold of one of those devices they can access all your stuff. This was also shown in the program. They used the Facebook account from one of the players to post a fake message to try and get one of her friends to reveal her whereabouts.  So, get a password on that stuff is the least you can do. I would just take all that stuff with me and store it in a safe location (are there still lockers at train stations?) or just trash it with a hammer, better safe then sorry I guess. Sure, taking your desktop PC with you might not be easy, but get the hard-disk out. I have a tiny and very light SSD in there, that will not be any problem.

Hunted: Transportation

There are camera’s everywhere on public transport, but also lots of crossroads have them and many more other places so there is a chance you are spotted everywhere. But to spot you they have to know where to look first, they do not track every camera in the country in real time. During the show people withdrew money from an ATM and with a camera near that ATM they were able to see the licence plate of the car they were in and track them from there, some people traveled by bike, which might work OK, but is slow. Other hitchhiked which is a good way to travel, but if you are on the run for real you might end up on a most wanted TV program with chances one of the people you hitchhiked with will remember you. For some reason all of the players avoided public transport, but to be honest I think that might actually be a good way to travel, especially during rush hour when it is crowded and you can blend in with the crowd. Wear a hat or a hoodie, sunglasses and headphones and they will probably not spot you on any camera IF they actually have any idea where to look and if you do not make a mistake, by using a public transport card on your name or pay with your debit or credit card to buy one I’m pretty sure they will not be able to find you.

Hunted: In the news

On January 18th the fugitive scenario became a reality in Holland. A prisoner that was transported to the hospital escaped his guards and took off. Today, 8 days later, there is no trace from that guy (at least he is not caught yet) which kinda proves it is very possible to keep away from the police when you are hunted. OK, chances are that guy has left the country already, but that usually is the objective of any fugitive and so far he seemed to know what he is doing.

Best een gedoe een nieuwe TV

Kom je vrijdag thuis van je werk en wil je op de bank ploffen en een beetje TV kijken, geen beeld. Groene lampje brand, maar verder niks. Internet afzoeken, aan kabels rommelen, alles uit en aan zetten en nog steeds niks. Dus dan maar een nieuwe bestellen. Niet te lang over nadenken en een  mooie besteld bij Coolblue, de volgende dag in huis. Via internet gevolgd waar mijn TV was en netjes om 12:30 de chauffeur voor de deur (zou er tussen 12 en 15 uur zij) dus heel mooi. DE oude TV was inmiddels als van de muur af, dus het was een kwestie van de nieuwe ophangen, dacht ik.

Wat blijkt, de muurbeugel die ik aan mijn oude TV had zitten past niet, was een systeem met 2 verticale beugels en een strip op de meur, maar dat blijkt dus niet te werken @#$%#$%. Dus even snel gekeken of de Formido andere beugels heeft en deze even snel opgehaald. Nieuwe TV op zijn kop gelegd, en de beugel erop gelegd en wat denk je, boutjes die bij de beugel zitten te kort !@#$#@$%.

Volgende stap is dus naar Henk Schell om de hoek, ijzerwaren winkel die dat soort boutjes per stuk verkoopt “4 van deze boutjes, maar dan wat langer aub” Thuis aangekomen  bedenk ik dat ik ook nog pluggen nodig heb om de beugel op te hangen, dus weer terug naar Henk Schell voor wat pluggen en schroeven.

Dus nogmaals de beugel achter op de nieuwe TV gelegd en de bouten erin, blijken deze niet dik genoeg !#@@#$$#%^#$%. De bouten bij de beugel zijn M6 en achterin de TV moeten M8 bouten. Dit staat natuurlijk in de handleiding, maar wie leest die nou?

Terug naar Henk Schell, die zich inmiddels ook afvraagt wat ik in hemelsnaam aan het doen ben om wat M8 bouten te halen. Ook wat ringen meegenomen, ‘just in case’.

Eindelijk lijkt alles nu in elkaar te passen, beugel op de nieuwe TV, beugel op de muur, kabels erin en ophangen. uiteraard nog wat aanklooien voordat alles werkt (dit gaat op de een of andere manier nooit in één keer goed) en voila TV.

Dus iets wat eigenlijk zo gebeurd had koeten zijn heeft zo’n beetje de hele middag geduurd, maar uiteindelijk hangt er een nieuwe TV eb werkt alles zoals ik dat wil.

nieuwe TV

Verstappen’s wet weather masterclass

Verstappen’s wet weather masterclass – one of the greatest ever?
Dat is dus de kop op www.formule1.com

Zeker niet alleen wij met onze oranje bril zien dus dat dit mannetje heeeeel erg goed is. Als Adrian Newey het voor elkaar krijgt een goede auto neer te zetten volgend jaar word het een goed jaar voor ons Nederlanders, maar ook voor F1 in het algemeen.

Ik ben ook erg benieuwd hoe Stoffel het volgend jaar gaat doen, maar ook de nieuwe jonge gasten dit jaar Ocon, Sainz (die een geweldige race reed) en Lance Stroll. Al ken ik die laatste verder niet, maar nog een mannetje van 18 erbij lijkt me prima, kijken of Vettel ook over hem zo moet janken 🙂

 

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Carlos Sainz

stoffel-vandoorne

Stoffel Vandoorne

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Esteban Ocon

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Lance Stroll

Verder gaan we natuurlijk afscheid nemen van een aantal van de ‘oude’ garde. Massa heeft in Brazilië al afscheid genomen en ook Button zien we niet meer terug. Dan duurt het niet al te lang meer of ook Alonso vertrekt en Raïkönen zal ook in 2018 niet meer rijden lijkt me zo. We gaan de komende 2 jaar dus een aardig verjonging meemaken. Laten we hopen dat dit ook de spanning weer terug brengt met mannen die niet vastgeroest zitten in oude gewoontes en monddood gemaakt zijn door de mediatraining. Een groot deel van de aantrekkelijkheid van F1 is de spanning, het gevaar, maar ook zeker de persoonlijkheden. Ik ben benieuwd.

Starting a new job next month, very excited !

Working the same job for over 13 years is a pretty long time in my book and if the last of those years made you more and more annoyed with the way stuff works at the office (not gonna spill the beans on that here) it might be time to find a new job. During the years I have been looking for a new job on and off, but with the crisis in the world and especially in construction in Holland it was not easy to find something nice, if anything. During the years I had a few options, but none were good enough. Also I did not have the courage to take the big step from an indefinite contract to one for a year or even shorter. Also the people I work with were a big part of why I stuck around, can probably not find a nicer group of people around.

This all changed after a day where I was pretty pissed about ‘stuff’, a day we all have once in a while I guess and I looked at a well know website for jobs in architecture and one jumped at me right away. What I found interesting was the fact that there was no mention of any education or age (just years of experience) instead of the high education they usually ask for my job and I don’t really have. I really believe that experience outweighs the education in this case, no way to teach structural drafting or modeling (especially detailing) other than just doing it, if you ask me.

Visited the company website and browsed through it a bit and found a ‘facebook’ of people working there which had one name I recognized on it. Had to think a bit about where I knew that name from and I quickly realized I knew the guy from www.revitforum.org, where he is a member too.

Then there is the question of what to do. Just send in a letter (or email) or contact the guy I ‘know’. Decided on the latter option and asked him if I had any change of getting the job with my credentials. That night I got a message back telling me he would plan a meeting the next day. So, that went pretty fast, but it was interesting.

After that first meeting a second one followed with 2 other people and this one also went pretty well, other than me saying something that might not have been smart and not really what I meant to say. Tried to explain, but was not really sure that worked. This was later confirmed by them telling me there were some doubts about that one thing I said, but they wanted to offer me a 6 months contract anyway and if I took the risk I would be able to prove that the doubts they had were unfounded.

Did not have to think to long about it and accepted the offer the same night and a few days later I was at their office signing the contract.

After that there was the small matter of telling my current boss and colleagues I was leaving the company and I had no idea what to expect. Pretty happy they all took it pretty well, they didn’t like it, but understood it, which makes the last month a lot easier than if they had started screaming and yelling.

So, today we are 1,5 weeks past that day and I’m trying to finish the stuff I need to finish and hand over work to other people so I can leave the company, to start my new job, in a good way at the end of the month.

I am sure stuff will be very different and I will miss the people I work with now. But the good thing is the new job is very close to the old one, so I will run into them all the time I guess and I was told I could still come to the company poker nights.

Exciting times ahead !

 

Old job:
new job wim de bruijn logo

 

New job:

Maarten Memorial 2016 at Ahoy Rotterdam

Maarten Memorial

I have been reading about the Maarten Memorial event for years now and have seen pictures of all the cars that are there during the event, but as it is usually on a weekday it wasn’t really possible to go and have a look, even when it is basically around the corner from where I live.

This event is held each year on august 4th in honer of Maarten van Sten who died on august 4th 2003 from skin cancer. Maarten was passionate about cars and especially Lotus cars and when driving one he didn’t feel sick for a while. After his death his friends Koen, Yvo en Sebastiaan organized the first Maarten Memorial in 2004 and since then it has grown too over 100 cars in 2016.

Because I have a 2 week holiday I had the chance to have a look at the Maarten Memorial and even thought the weather was not as nice and there was a bit of rain, I have seen some interesting cars that you don’t see a lot ‘in the wild’ usually.

Below is a very small overview of the cars that were there this year.

This memorial is not just there to honer Maarten, but it is there to gather money for cancer research. You can do that by sponsoring one of the cars or by a regular donation. For more information or to donate go to the website of the Maarten Memorial. I have to note that your donation will go directly to the research lab of the Daniel den Hoed, without going trough the Maarten Memorial organization,  so every cent you donate is used for research.

Website: https://www.maartenmemorial.com/
Donate: https://www.maartenmemorial.com/doneer

Working with Mediawiki

I have been working on wiki’s for a number of years already, not the wikipedia one as they have way to strict rules if you ask me and everything I added  on there was almost immediately removed again, so not going to edit anything on there anymore. Instead I have been working on a wiki for a videogame I play(ed) over at www.entropiaplanets.com. The wiki was there when I first arrived on the site, but there was basically nobody running it. like now, I had an interest in gathering info and data, so the step was pretty easy to dig into that wiki and add data to it. First this was with the basic wiki software but after another guy (Eric) joined in on the quest to collect data we changed it to Semantic Mediawiki (SMW) which gave us the power to do very cool things like displaying data not only in tables, but also in graphs and even on maps. Over time the work on that wiki stopped  due to loss of interest in the game and other stuff to do, but the interest in the wiki software stayed.

I ended up helping a few people with their wiki. People posting some problem or issue on a mediawiki developer page on Facebook which I am part of. So far it has been the Lost Media Wiki that needed some help with the way the wiki looked and I was able to help him a bit. This wiki is all about lost media, meaning videos, music, games that we know are made, but seemed to be lost for some reason.

Later it was the British India Wiki a wiki about British Indian coins. This wiki was being made with standard wiki software,. but the kind of data that was added was perfect for SMW, so I suggested this and made a small example wiki to show what was possible. A few hours later the wiki was changed to one that had SMW and I explained a few things about how to work with it and how to add things. Now, about a week later that wiki has grown pretty quick and the guy building it seems to like SMW and is pretty good with it already.

The Engineers Guide to Drinks – Continued

After my last post about The Engineers Guide to Drinks I got lots of nice reactions, tips and suggestions. The coolest thing was Shaan Hurley making a blog post about the project on his Between the Lines blog. Meanwhile I have done a bit more work on the first glass as well. One thing I wanted to do is be able to tag the different liquids with their material and their volume, which I was not able to do with the family I had as it was just 1 family with everything in it. I had given this a little thought and Aaron Maller over at revitforum.org confirmed what I was thinking. So I was going to need separate, shared, nested families for the liquids. The hard work was already done, so I had to take my glass, remove all the geometry except the one layer of liquid, remove the formula’s load into my main family, link parameters and DONE! Well that is the short version at least, took a little longer, but after a few hours I had a working glass again and was now able to tag the liquids.The Engineers Guide to Drinks - tags

Unexpected help

To my surprise more people had been working on their own project as I found out when I got an email from Melina Vlachousi:

Hello Robin,

I had tried to work on this as well but it kinda fell through. I managed to build a few families for the glasses and some of the ingredients, maybe they can be useful to you and to others who want to work on this project.

Melina

 

She also send me the families she had been working on, for us to use:

The Engineers Guide to Drinks - help

Pretty sure I will be using the Fruit Squeeze, Fruit Wheel and Cherry and the glasses are a good start for the overall shape, but will need a lot of parameters, but they are a first step.

Added all the materials from the CAD file into my Revit project and setup the first batch of drinks. As you can see did not add the fruit and the way of sturing the drinks yet, but so far this confirmed that everything works well so far.

The Engineers Guide to Drinks - cocktails

Adding fruit

Next was the fruit I got from Melina. They were a little to large for my glass, so I scaled them down a bit and added them to the family with a visibility parameter. Rearranged the dashes a bit too, so it all is a bit more compact. We are slowly getting to the end of this glass, when we can start to clean up things a bit and maybe do some things a bit smarter.

The Engineers Guide to Drinks - drinks with fruit

Downloads

Download Family: Cocktail Glass (v2.0) (162 downloads)

Now what?

As you can see in the previous post, there are a few more glasses to be build and there needs to be a project made with all the glasses and materials in it, so we can build each cocktail we want. So, if you want to help out in any way, let me know with the reply form below, the contact form on this website, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedInengineersguidetodrinks@deurloo.net or on the Revit Forum and we’ll figure out who can do what.

 

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