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Our luggage checked in, waiting at PIT airport

  • Posted on: 6 June 2005
  • By: lucas

We checked in all our suitcase, hopefully we'll see them again in Amsterdam tomorrow morning. Everything went well this far, the thunderclouds have gone (we heard that it was total chaos this morning due to the weather).

Alleys and Peter went with us to the airport, they picked up their rental car. They helped us out a lot with checking in. Thanks again !

Ahh, free wireless internet, more airports should do that. Notably DTW and AMS ! it such a great service !

Franny is checking out the stores and Hannah is pulling one of our bags, very funny to watch. See you all in the good ol' Netherlands.

Red Team update

  • Posted on: 22 March 2005
  • By: lucas

First a photo:

The Hummer in the middle is called Sandstorm (the participant of last years race), the one on the right is Highlander, the left one is called the Topographer. As can be seen in the photo is that Sandstorm is highly modified while Highlander looks still quite like a 'normal' Hummer.

Fran's visa has been approved. Now we are still waiting on my visa.

Found the homepage of my nephew Thierry Koorneef

  • Posted on: 22 March 2005
  • By: lucas

I found the homepage of Thierry Koorneef (using the http://www.dogpile.com search engine)
http://home.versatel.nl/t.koorneef/

He has a lot of photos of his models of WW2 vehicles:

The models are meticulously put together. The level of detail is stunning. When we were growing up he was always busy with models. Nice to see his work.

FOSDEM 2005, Drupal Conference

  • Posted on: 27 February 2005
  • By: lucas

Last Saturday I went to FOSDEM at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) to attend the first Drupal Conference.

I've uploaded a few photo's in a gallery. Before you go there, the photo's are of a poor quality. The flash on my camera is not sufficient for these kind of photo's. My apologies. Luckily other people (notably Dries himself) made much better pictures with professional camera's. Links to these will appear on Drupal for sure.

It was very nice to see all the Drupal developers. I did't really interact with any of them directly because I don't actively contribute to the project (yet). The presentations were interesting albeit sometimes difficult to follow. Especially the lack of any microphone amplification in the large college room made things tough for a hard hearing guy like me. I must say that the university buildings looked quite run down. I hope the state of the buildings of other universities in Belgium are a bit better.

I'm going to join the Red Team

  • Posted on: 12 February 2005
  • By: lucas

Philips Applied Technologies (the place I work at) sends me and another colleague to join the Red Team for two months. The Red Team is participating in the DARPA Grand Challenge (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency). From the website:

"The 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge will be held on October 8, 2005 in the desert Southwest. The team that develops an autonomous ground vehicle that finishes the designated route most quickly within 10 hours will receive $2 million. The route will be no more than 175 miles over desert terrain featuring natural and man-made obstacles. The exact route will not be revealed until two hours before the event begins."

This means we (Fran and Hannah too of course !) will spend two months in Pittsburgh (PA) at the Carnegie and Mellon (http://www.cmu.edu) university. I'll be working on the control of the 'gimbal'. A platform for sensors that is stabilized by a 3 axis servo system. We hope to leave for the US around the end of March.

I really look forward to get involved in this !

More details will follow, we are now busy with passports / visa's etc.

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