© MMIX. First Edition.
This website and weblog went live at 18:00 CET on Thursday, 10th of December 2009. To mark the historic occasion, a grand and lavish reception was held at the De Industrieele Groote Club in Amsterdam.*
For those in the know, 10th December is also Human Rights Day. Therefore this blogsite was launched on the occasion of the sixty-first anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly. It is also the tenth anniversary of my graduation from high school and when I ‘dove head first into the big wide amazing world’ though some say I dove long before that.
Design and development by the Berlin-based digital agency Your Neighbours.
Header photo was taken at the Palace of Versailles by Paris-based photographer Virginie Duthoit.
The PS monogram was designed by Sydney-based graphic designer Astrid Wehling.
The original blog was powered by iWeb and hosted on .mac. It went live on 31st December 2006. It was hardly updated. A second incarnation was powered and hosted by Blogger and it went live 12 August 2009. But WordPress was a better alternative and this is the official and final version. All that came before it are redundant.
Thanks to my friends who gave me valuable suggestions and feedback on developing this website. Thanks to my dear friend and unofficial design consultant Astrid Wehling who gave constructive advice on the design process. To my mate Marc West who first suggested that I should get a blog to rant. Actually he said, “you should totally get your blog back up – these kinds of rants are what blogs are for.” To Jon Worth for encouraging me to use WordPress and Twitter in the first place. Thanks to Phillip Knightly, Ben Leeson, Mario Lendvai, Ernst-Jan Pfauth, Luit ten Kate, Peter Trevaskis and Sarah Wilson for all your comments, suggestions and insights.
Finally, a special thank you to Edial Dekker, Floris Dekker, Roel van der Ven and Kamiel Blom from Your Neighbours, I compared the development of the site to the moon landing, and I can honestly say we have gone to infinity and beyond with this project.
*No reception, neither lavish nor grand, was held. It was an excuse to go to Amsterdam and share a drink with my best mate Bas van Bree albeit in a grand and lavish setting.
Thank you one and all.
10 December 2009