Who Inspire?

Who inspire me, loosely listed in random order.

Kees Overbeeke  

Kees Overbeeke, my mentor in Delft. Helping to move the project forward, keeping my feet on the ground, exploring life universe and everything, always able to put things in context so that they made sense or sense again. Kees, you went too soon.


John Flach  

I know John M. Flach since my work in Delft, which had an overlap with John’s research at the time. He was not part of the committee of my PhD, but Kees Overbeeke was kind enough to ensure he could be present, and that he was allowed to ask a question ‘from the audience’. John is a kind and great person. He has a clear and sharp mind and I always find myself learning from him, no matter what subject we discuss. He manages to always expand if not explode my mind. Thank you, John.

Richard Dawkins  

I read the Blind Watchmaker after reading a reference to it in the Salmon Of Doubt from Douglas Adams, and I have been a fan ever since. It is one of the books on my shelf that looks like it has never been read, which is true actually. The copy I read I lend to an uncle and instead of giving me back my copy – because it acquired additional beer stains – he bought me a new copy.

Wes Cecil  

I came across Wes’ youtube channel looking for background information on William James, and have been listening to his lectures ever since, many of which multiple times. Dr. Wes Cecil writes about himself: “I am a student of language and literature. I have been reading, writing, and studying for most of my life. I received a B.A. in English from Fresno State and then went on to receive an M.A. and Ph.D. in English at Indiana University. I am interested in literature, philosophy, history and gardening. For the last 16 years, I have been a teacher at Peninsula College and, when not working, reading, or writing, spend much of my time in my garden.” I highly recommend to listen to Wes’ YouTube Channel.

Enno Voorhorst  

OK, I may be biased when it comes to Enno Voorhorst, as he is my nephew. Apart from a kind and generous person, he is a very talented and skilled guitarist. Just watch and listen to this. Awesomely incredible.

Feja Voorhorst  

Feja Voorhorst, my late father. Your departure came much too soon, and painfully unexpected. I know I must enjoy the memories I have. Like biking in Amsterdam and I lost you for a second because, as it turned out, he went back to pick up a 5 cents coin you saw on the street in passing. Walking in the winter sun to Morcote. Ice-skating through the Botshol. Building a dam in a river in France. Walking through an exhibition of Van Gogh, looking for paintings of trees representing female body shapes. Stories about the children, your last painting, a new project or, as my private statistics advisor, how to analyse data. Just to get your point of view, to look through your eyes, that always gave a fresh perspective. You may not always have had the answer. You never needed to have the answer. In all discussions, you were hardly ever the subject. Instead, we exchanged ideas, tried to understand the problem, together looking for a solution. We always found one, or a step forward. I hope I make you proud.

Richard Feynman  

Richard Feynman was one of those people who could explain a problem in it’s essence, no matter how complex the problem or the background of the person who he explained it to. He embodied the Einstein quote: “If you can‘t explain it simply, you don‘t understand it well enough.” I can highly recommend his autobiography and especially “the meaning of it all

Tom Djajadiningrat  

Dr. J.P. Djajadiningrat, Tom. A great product designer, not only able to come up with outstanding ideas, but also the skills to realise them and make a version one, whether it is a piece of software, a kitchen tool or an innovative digital photo camera. Excellent partner to work with, bounce of ideas and bring ideas forward. A long time ago I had the privilege and pleasure to work with Tom on a variety of projects. It has been too long ago. Tom; any-time any-where. Just call.”