# Saturday, 14 September 2013

Last evening 5 colleagues from ae and me went out for an adventure: to run 9 km in het Rivierenhof without the comfort of lights except the headlights all 5700 runners were wearing. It was raining, muddy, slippery from time to time but it was awesome fun! As I only started training somewhere in August after having not been running for a couple of years I was glad that I was able to tackle this run down in 54:40 Smile.

To give you an impression of how the start looked like (I’m somewhere one of those shiny lights as well):


Picture originally shared on the GVA website.

I look forward to doing it again next year as well together with my awesome colleagues.

Update: the other pictures came online and these are my colleagues:

ae colleagues at Antwerp Night Run 2013

And me: at around 7km, still going well:

Kris van der Mast Night Run 2013 Antwerpen

Grz, Kris.

Saturday, 14 September 2013 21:13:22 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Sunday, 12 August 2012

A couple of days ago LEGO turned 80 years old. Watch this short movie, a great one I assure you, on how it all started out.

For me personally, I’ve always loved this little tiny bricks, thinking out ideas, sometimes assembling things with the help of non LEGO bricks just to build something cool. I think I got my first set at the age of 5 or so from my parents. A tiny car with and the driver had a white cowboy hat and also a smiley face. The LEGO I saw before that were mostly very old bricks my grandparents bought for their children, my uncle and aunt. When I grew up I mostly asked for LEGO for my birthday, Sinterklaas, Christmas eve, sometimes I got it even for making good grades at school. I also witnessed every year more specialized blocks coming out with more dedicated purposes. Personally I still like to believe that the magic of the bricks, the imagination unleashed that came from it and my LEGO Technic sets started off the spark to become an engineer later on. Not only LEGO of course but also some other influences got me there , which is for another story one day, but it for sure did help.

Being a young adult, age 19 - 20, I remember going back home after a great party in my home town. It was around 3 am in the morning or so and while walking home I passed by a pub. A young boy, 10 years old I assume, was playing outside with, yes, LEGO. Apparently he had some problems getting some pieces together and asked for help. Coming to think of it now the situation was rather bizarre but I simply sat down on the summer’s eve, and helped out the little guy with his LEGO kit until it was finished before going further home. The sparks in the eyes of the little guy reminded me of the happiness I felt myself when I was about his age. Though I guess mine was a way more happy one as my parents didn’t go to pubs and certainly didn’t let me stay up that late playing outside on the sidewalk.

Seeing this video, and how it all started, doesn’t only show the history behind the fun bricks, it also shows determination of a family and several key people who believed in something, conquering problems and having the courage to start all over again. As a kid I for sure didn’t know about that all but as an adult, and engineer, I can hugely appreciate and sympathize with what they did. Of course I’ll try to pass on the love for the bricks to my children one day and see the magic lighting up in their eyes when they try to build their own creations and the magic that comes with that. And of course I’ll be smiling when they come over to show me them, just like my dad did when I was young, hoping that they’ll become even better engineers than their old man. But rest assured, I won’t let them do it at 3 am in the morning on some sidewalk in front of a dirty pub. There’s a time for playing with magic, but there’s also a time to fall asleep and dream about magic.

If I may, a small comparison. The last years as a developer/architect/… I’ve seen magic happening as well. Nuget is called the LEGO for developers, small little bricks, fitting together to create something cool that helps out customers in doing their business faster and better. People don’t always realize it but it’s still some kind of magic, determination of dedicated people, who make that work.

Grz, Kris.

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# Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Today I’ve spent some time on getting the first pages right for a new site. Since 2006 I’ve only had a blog but no particular pages handy on my site. Due to demand by people I decided to take this part up and already crafted several pages:

Today these are still simple html but I want to switch to a full blown CMS system soon. The one that I have in mind is Orchard.

The pages themselves are made up with some small CSS 3 enhancements and HTML 5 semantics in mind. I based it on the Mango theme people can download for Orchard. Actually I started up WebMatrix, grabbed Orchard from the gallery, set up a site and took the aforementioned Mango theme. Then simply creating a couple of pages and in the browser save these as html. Then took Sublime 2 to change some paths to some scripts. Uploaded and voila, one happy camper Smile.

Grz, Kris.

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recently I gave a WebCamps for Microsoft and for that I created a custom hands on lab about Orchard CMS. I put this online for everyone to enjoy. You can download it here.

Grz, Kris.

Tuesday, 27 December 2011 19:43:51 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Wednesday, 19 January 2011

It was lingering for some time but I finally made it across the border of the magical number of 150.000 recognition points over at the ASP.NET forums. I’m glad I did as it shows the appreciation of those thousands of people I have helped out in the past trying to find their solution for their problems. I don’t know to how many applications my answers made a difference in order to get things done and shipped with happy customers as an end result but I’m sure it were more than just a few.


Grz, Kris.

Wednesday, 19 January 2011 15:38:32 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [4]  | 
# Saturday, 01 January 2011

People tend to write things down after events and in the mean time like to write down what they hope or expect in the future. I’m no exception on that part so here goes:



2010 was certainly an exciting year for travelling. I went to several places I’ve never been before or heard about before. Others were places I wanted to visit since I was kid:

  • USA: I went first to the MVP summit in Washington state, then took the plane to Arizona and with a big hired SUV Kurt Claeys (a former colleague of mine) toured around in several states (Arizone, Utah, Nevada, California). We visited the Grand canyon, Monument valley, Antelope canyon, Bryce canyon, Zion and from Las Vegas we also visited Death valley and the Hoover dam. It was quite a great trip though sometimes pretty cold (-20°C) but we had fun and great views. Definitely a great trip!
  • Lebanon: this was certainly a revelation to me. A country with rich culture, ancient buildings, tasty food (I got introduced to the traditional food of the country from day 1 by my friends and was very fond of the tabbouleh, knefeh and the zaatar w jebneh). The places that impressed me were certainly Baalbeck and the Jeita grottos. I was amazed to see how modern Beirut itself was. Certainly worth more visits in the future as I met quite a lot of very nice people I would like to see again.
  • Turkey: Ah, some well deserved vacation. Well vacation, our vacation was so immensely stuffed with things to do and to see that we hardly got time to sleep or to relax. It was a great vacation though especially the jeep safari.
  • France: Paris… As I recently got to hear from a guy presenting: it’s at the end of the parking to the right when you come from Antwerp… Well a parking that took me like 4 hours driving but it was certainly worth the effort. A couple of my best friends moved there so I got my personal city guides in this beautiful city which, I know it sounds strange, never visited before.


Even though I got very busy due to work I like to keep connected with my friends, even though they live far away from home. In 2010 I also got to know a lot of new people whom I hope to see again soon in the future. Especially in Lebanon I got to know a lot of interesting people.

Presentations, courses, community work and user groups

2010 sure was an exciting time for me. I gave the following presentations:

During the year I also gave several courses for Ordina, the company I work for:

  • Programming in ASP.NET 2.0 and 3.5 and ajax
  • Creating custom controls in ASP.NET
  • Hands on guide to best practices in ASP.NET
  • SAP integration via WCF in .NET applications

I’ve been around since July first 2002 on the ASP.NET forums and still continue to date to try to give help to others in need being both an answerer and moderator. Also this year I started out on stackoverflow, another vibrant community site for technical questions.

I also got renewed in April as an MVP for ASP.NET. An award of which I’m very proud.

In September I also became one of the board members of Azug, the Belgian Windows Azure User Group.


There are quite a lot of things that I’ve planned for the coming year and if all come true then some big life changing events are to be expected. Don’t worry, I’ll keep you up to date when the time’s right.

Personally I already lost 5 kg since August and I hope to continue a further loss on that part. I also plan to go sporting more during the week as well. I hope to travel again and see more of my friends at the same time. I also wish to give even more presentations and courses as I like to do them a lot. I’ll stay close to the community and you’ll mostly see me as usual at technical sessions. Either giving them or listening and learning from others.

Furthermore I wish everyone the best of health and love for the coming year.

Grz, Kris.

Saturday, 01 January 2011 19:03:00 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Thursday, 01 July 2010

8 years ago I started to program in .NET professionally. Also on that day I started out as a newcomer on the ASP.NET forums. During those years I was first moderated like all newcomers, then unmoderated and after a couple of years I was suddenly asked to become a moderator myself. I’m still doing that because I believe the community invested in me when I was in need of help and now I’m trying to invest my free time myself back into that same community. I hope to be able to keep up the good work there for years to come.


Grz, Kris.

Thursday, 01 July 2010 14:48:00 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Sunday, 13 June 2010

And another year, a great year, has passed. I’ve been reawarded as MVP, went to the US where I was able to drive around for a week and see the Grand canyon, Monument valley, Bryce canyon, Death valley, Las Vegas. A month later I visited the Middle East (Lebanon) where during my vacation I also gave a presentation about ASP.NET MVC 2. I got to know a lot of new and great people and learnt new things. All in all a great year.

Grz, Kris.

Sunday, 13 June 2010 12:01:00 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [4]  | 
# Wednesday, 01 April 2009

Got the mail today with the great news that I’m renewed as an MVP for the year 2009. I must say, a week after hearing that I became an ASP Insider this is also very good news. I also got the news that my colleague Marc Gregoire, one of the 3 colleagues I went to the MVP summit with, also got renewed. So also my congratulations go to him.

Grz, Kris.

Wednesday, 01 April 2009 16:45:20 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [2]  | 
# Friday, 23 January 2009

Today I got to hear that my grandfather passed away. He almost made it to the age of 92, a very respectable age, especially if you know that he still drove with his car up until he became 90. He has always been interested in technology and I really enjoyed our talks during the years I had the pleasure to know him. During the last months of his life my family and myself tried to spend as much time as possible with him, helping him out, trying to cheer him up during tough periods. I’s always painful to have to let go of someone you liked a lot and had a place in your personal education to become a decent person.

Grz, Kris.

Friday, 23 January 2009 04:19:00 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [2]  | 
# Tuesday, 01 April 2008

I just noticed this message in my inbox:

Dear Kris Van Der Mast,

Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2008 Microsoft® MVP Award! The MVP Award is our way to say thank you for promoting the spirit of community and improving people’s lives and the industry’s success every day. We appreciate your extraordinary efforts in ASP/ASP.NET technical communities during the past year.

I admit that I'm at least a bit proud of myself. Especially because I was able to help out people that were in need of getting into the right direction. And for the next year? Well I'll try to do my best to keep on helping the community.

Grz, Kris.

Award | MVP | Personal
Tuesday, 01 April 2008 20:05:21 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [7]  | 
# Wednesday, 12 March 2008

Today I was one of the people that stood on the "Ask the expert" booth at Techdays Belgium 2008. It was the first time I did this and I really enjoyed it. If Microsoft would ask me again I would be happy to help them out again on the next occasion. The fun thing was that I got to know a lot of new people, even at the booth itself. This is something I really enjoy, talk to people, get to know new people, interact and share ideas/views with them on technology.

I also got the chance to help people out with their particular questions just like I would on the ASP.NET forums but this way it's more direct of course because you're talking to the person right in front of you. I found it a bit strange though that one of the askers was creating ASP.NET applications for quite some time but didn't found out about the ASP.NET dedicated website. I showed the wealth of information that can be found over there and he really enjoyed seeing that and immediately wrote down the url. The most asked question however seemed to be this one: "When is the Entity Framework shipping date?". That was also the one we couldn't answer at our booth unfortunately.

Grz, Kris.

Wednesday, 12 March 2008 15:39:31 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [1]  | 
# Saturday, 01 December 2007

Well, I've got an iPod and thanks to my ADSL provider I also got 10 free songs to download on iTunes. Good combination right? Well, in the overwhelming screen of iTunes store it took me some time to find out where to put my code in. Most of the time you just have to enter the code when checking out. Not so with iTunes. I had to locate the Redeem screen first, which is in the right upper corner, and caused a bit of confusion in the beginning for the aforementioned reason that I'm used to enter the code in at last stage.

Well after I sorted this little thingy out I could search for songs and most of the ones I wanted could be found. Unfortunately for me several songs that I wanted couldn't be found. Bummer. But most of the time I could find the songs that I wanted for a longer time. Here's the list I bought:

  • Nelly Furtado: Say it right
  • Nelly Furtado: Do it
  • Kaisar chiefs: Ruby
  • Jeckyll & Hyde: Freefall (Radio mix)
  • Buscemi: Bollywood Swing King (Radio edit)
  • Sisters of Mercy: Temple of Love
  • Mecano: Hijo de la Luna
  • Tarja Turunen: I walk alone (I found out about it thanks to this article although I already knew Nightwish (man does that woman have a voice))
  • Within Temptation: What Have You Done
  • Timbaland featuring Keri Hilson: The way I are (Radio edit)

Quite a diverse list huh? Well, most people that know me, know that I like to listen to a lot of different types of music (hardcore, jump, pop, rap, gothic, new wave, metal, jazz, ...).

Grz, Kris.

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# Thursday, 29 November 2007

This day we had a successful demo of our ongoing effort to create a great application for our current client BICS. No crashes at all (is that a good demo?) so we were quite happy afterwards. The client itself was very content about the results we already achieved during the last iteration (we're using SCRUM like methodology for this particular project).

Most of the times a consultancy company gathers several of its employees and let them create a custom made application. This project's a more unique approach for me: 4 developers with different backgrounds from different companies and it works out well. Very well actually. There's a good motivation in the team, we also did some Saturday work recently, and there's also a good atmosphere around. It's great to be a part in such a team.

And for now, up to the next deadline of December 21st.

Grz, Kris.

Thursday, 29 November 2007 18:43:08 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Thursday, 09 August 2007

I just read the sad news about the death of a great .NET community person: David Boschmans. I knew David as being a great and nice guy that took the time to listen to the community. I heard at the VIP community weekend that he had health problems but that he was recovering. Rest in peace good man, you'll be missed.

Grz, Kris.

Thursday, 09 August 2007 15:06:54 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Sunday, 01 July 2007

Today I'm celebrating my lustrum on the ASP.NET forums. That also means that I started developing with .NET 5 years ago officially. I learned a lot in those 5 years and not only on a technical level. With this post I would also like to thank Patrick Vanoverbeke for picking me out of the crowd to start developing ASP.NET applications back then and giving me the opportunity to grow on a steady pace.

First I was more of a person that asked questions, trying to seek knowledge for problems. After a while I suddenly noticed a certain post, can't remember which one though, that I could provide the answer to. I did and got a friendly reply with a big thank you back. Well that gave a good feeling so I started out giving more and more answers. Somehow I got noticed by the moderation team and when they asked to join them I became a moderator to help even more people out. This year I also became an MVP thanks to my strong participation on the forums.


Grz, Kris.

Forums | MVP | Personal
Sunday, 01 July 2007 13:20:41 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [7]  | 
# Saturday, 23 June 2007

Since I became an MVP I also got into the VIP pool of people. This was my first time but it was nice to see some other Belgian MVP's but also others that made it to the VIP pool thanks to their outstanding community awareness. First we had an informal meeting as to what direction Microsoft sees the community going and where the VIPs see it going. Not all people were developers but also IT pro's were there. Some of them I already knew but most of these people were strangers to me. After we had introduced ourselves there was an IT pro that came to me and said: "thanks for the help on the forums". Apparently he had asked a question on the ASP.NET forums and I helped him out (and actually gave a correct answer too).

After that meeting we settled down in our hotel rooms, a very nice hotel in Ostend (Golden Tulip Bero). After that we gathered for a small game in Ostend where we had to find several key locations and put a card on a board that corresponded with something we could see in the neighbourhood. It was fun and actually the team I was in did win. After the competition we had a nice dinner in the Kursaal (a known building in Ostend). After that we gathered in a lounge bar with a lot of possible cocktails. I had some nice chats with several people that evening/night and not everything was tech related.

The day afterwards, which came too soon as I nearly couldn't sleep during those 4 hours I spent in the hotels bed, I was the first of the group to eat breakfast. But soon several other members of the group joined me so I immediately had some new conversations going on.

Normally at 10 o'clock the group would gather to play some other games but some of us had to leave. I was one of them as I went to Westend to team up with my parents.

Actually I had a lot of fun and want to thank the people that made it possible for me to attend it and I hope to see the other VIP people back soon.

Community | MVP | Personal | VIP | Microsoft
Saturday, 23 June 2007 14:13:15 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Wednesday, 13 June 2007

Yes, another year older for this guy. For IT minded people I'm going from 11111 to 100000 by the way. And for people that whish to know: I was indeed born on a friday the 13th back then. But I don't consider it bringing bad luck.

Grz, Kris.


Wednesday, 13 June 2007 07:29:54 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [6]  | 
# Saturday, 26 May 2007

Yesterday evening I attended a presentation by the Flemish conflict reporter Rudi Vranckx who's the guy that has massive knowledge about the Middle East. He just got back from Israel was is probably right getting ready to fly to Lebanon. He talked about his insights he gained through 18 years of reporting about the conflicts and it was very interesting. One of the reasons why I attended this presentation was because I know an MVP and collegue ASP.NET forums moderator who lives there.

The presentation was honest and the video material was mostly about the normal average day people out there that suffer from this ongoing conflicts. Rudi himself developed a high sympathy for a certain doctor in Irak who's trying to do research on the increasing rate of cancer patients and uranium enriched weaponry that was used during the Gulf War.

Grz, Kris.

Saturday, 26 May 2007 10:03:58 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Sunday, 20 May 2007

And this time I don't mean the song by House of pain (upon which I also danced when I was way younger :-)).

I like the second video because it was filmed in Antwerp (that's the province where I live) and because it's totally funny to see the reactions of some of the people in the crowd. The first video contains LEGO. So it must be good :-).


Grz, Kris.

Sunday, 20 May 2007 13:44:25 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Friday, 18 May 2007

I'm already subscribed for that event and if you would like to come to you can go to this page: http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032340308&Culture=en-US.

Hope to see you there!

Grz, Kris.

Friday, 18 May 2007 09:07:54 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Tuesday, 01 May 2007

Well, another company is actually lying a bit. I got the same boss, the same collegues, ...

So what does change? Well for starters we've become an independent company while formerly we were a subdivision of quite a large company in Belgium.
We're still a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and the quality we deliver hasn't changed a bit either.

Check out the site and the new logo:

Grz, Kris.

Tuesday, 01 May 2007 06:37:11 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Sunday, 01 April 2007

I just received this email from Microsoft:

Dear Kris van der Mast,

Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2007 Microsoft® MVP Award!
The Microsoft MVP Award is our way of saying thank you and to honor and support the significant contributions you make to communities worldwide. As a recipient of Microsoft’s Most Valuable Professional award, you join an elite group of technical community leaders from around the world who foster the free and objective exchange of knowledge by actively sharing your real world expertise with users and Microsoft.  Microsoft salutes all MVPs for promoting the spirit of community and enhancing people’s lives and the industry’s success everyday.  To learn more about the MVP Program, visit:
Your extraordinary efforts in Visual Developer - ASP/ASP.NET technical communities during the past year are greatly appreciated.

Of course I'm very happy with this recognition and I hope to be able to help out even more people during the next years to come by writing articles, giving presentations, and being a moderator on the ASP.NET forums.

Grz, Kris.

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# Saturday, 10 March 2007

Aah, pure youth sentiment. I bought a couple of weeks ago the first season, and watched it of course, of Buck Rogers in the 25th century. The graphics look pretty old to nowadays standards of course, like most of those old sci-fi series, but I still like the concept: an American astronaut that gets frozen while in deep space and awakens after 500 years and find his home planet Earth changed quite a bit after the holocaust.

Part of the success of the series was probably due to the actors, ladiesman Buck Rogers played by Gil Gerard, Wilma Deering played by Erin Gray and Princess Ardala played by Pamely Hensley.

I don't remember correctly if it was this serie or Battlestar Galactica that I could read by myself. Let me explain that a bit because some of my English speaking friends found this odd. In Belgium, where I live, foreign series/movies are only seldom dubbed to Dutch. This means that we get the chance to hear quite a lot of different languages on television while the translation is shown as subtext. I also remember that before I could read an American comedy was quite famous around here: Arnold. The star actor from that serie also played in 2 episodes of Buck Rogers. I couldn't read at that time so my dad had to read them for me. I guess the urge to learn to read certainly had something to do with understanding myself what was being said in those great series.

Some pictures:

Buck Rogers with his ambuquad Twiki:

Wilma Deering:

Princess Ardala:


Grz, Kris.

Saturday, 10 March 2007 15:58:02 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Tuesday, 06 March 2007

I received a VIP access for Dev Days 2007 which will start on March 27th. And thanks to my boss, I'm also able to attend it. So thanks everyone for the opportunity!

Grz, Kris.

Tuesday, 06 March 2007 19:18:57 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Sunday, 04 February 2007

Yesterday the EBC badminton club, of which I'm a member and former board member, organised its annual championship. Normally I would rank very low because I, together with my usual partner, are the only recreational players. But yesterday I even got to the cross finals! Some games were real thrillers. The most important things: I had a lot of fun playing, learned some new tricks while playing against people who were by far better than me and I also noticed that I'm getting better at my own game.

Sunday, 04 February 2007 09:40:35 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Thursday, 01 February 2007

Yesterday evening I gave a presentation about ASP.NET AJAX. About 30 attendees came to see some small demos about the UpdatePanel, giving precedence to certain async callbacks or cancelling one. Apparently everyone liked the demo material and the response was good.

I also used ZoomIt, a free utility that's really helpfull during presentations, during the session. No more changing font sizes etc. You can download it here.

I'll post the demo + slides after some cleaning up and providing somewhat more detailed information to better understand the demo's without the explanation of the speaker.

This evening I'll also be attending the talk provided by Scott Guthrie so I hope to see some familiar faces there too.

Another interesting thing to note: the source code of ASP.NET AJAX Extensions has been made available. Grab the bits here.

Another thing to note: Apparently there's a small issue with the current release of ASP.NET AJAX but there's a workaround. Take a look at the following article: How to work around the "Access denied" cross-domain frame issue in ASP.NET Ajax 1.0.

Grz, Kris.

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Thursday, 01 February 2007 09:48:33 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Monday, 01 January 2007

May this year be the one where your dreams/wishes come true and that you can share them with the ones you love. May you find happiness in your jobs and if you don't have a job that you may find one that makes you happy. I hope that the politicians will finally have the guts to see that they're not doing so great as they say they are and will do something about it. I also hope that 2007 won't be dominated by bad news: war, sickness, murder, hate, racism and that the news will bring some more positive news like science found a cure against cancer, coldfusion will become a fact, new plants that can survive in the desert and produce a lot of fruit so people don't have to starve anymore from hunger.

For myself: I hope I may find a nice house/appartment that I can buy and go live on my own and that I may become better at playing badminton.

Happy 2007!!

Grz, Kris.

Monday, 01 January 2007 09:11:05 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Friday, 22 December 2006

Yesterday evening VISUG, a .NET related Belgian user group in which I participate, organised a geek dinner in Antwerp. 12 participants showed up and we had a blast. Talking about work, tech stuff, .NET (of course), comics, movies, ... There were some people I haven't met before so it was also great to socialize with those as well. The food, spare ribs à volonté, was also delicious and if you visit Antwerp on an occasion I can recommend the Amadeus restaurant.

Grz, Kris.

Friday, 22 December 2006 15:08:38 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Sunday, 17 December 2006

Yesterday evening I attended with several of my friends the concert of Clouseau, a famous Flemish band. The concert itself was great with a terrific atmosphere in the Antwerp Sportspalace. After that we went further celebrating the 30th anniversary of one of the gang. I was the designated Bob of the evening, driving everyone home safely. Luckely I don't need alcohol to enjoy a good time so I didn't mind.

Grz, Kris.

Sunday, 17 December 2006 19:33:51 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Sunday, 03 December 2006

Today I went to see the A & B ranked badminton competitors in the Flemish Badminton Championship with my badminton partner Guy, who's also a friend of mine for more than 26 years now. Since I play the sport myself it was nice to see the people who are far better than me at work. I just like to play it recreational, although we also go for the win of course :-). Nothing as good as playing a couple of sets against equals after a day of sitting in front of a computer screen.

If you don't know the sport or haven't tried it yet I can really recommend it. It requires technique, you use practically every musscle in your body and it helps you to focus better.

You can learn more about it on wikipedia.

Grz, Kris.

Sunday, 03 December 2006 08:48:44 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Monday, 23 October 2006

When I was still a kid I enjoyed creating stuff from paper or carton. A bit of glue and scissors and lots of fun. Also origami was something I enjoyed and it wouldn't be the first time I folded a Crane.

I stumbled upon this site today but I did find a great resource of paper models and origami that you can print out and fold. Boy, why didn't this stuff exist 20 years ago?

Well, here's the link to the good stuff: http://cp.c-ij.com/english/3D-papercraft/.

If someone knows where I can find a tutorial on creating a paper/carton clock please tell me.

Update: Malcolm Metzler emailed me with this link: http://www.yamaha-motor.co.jp/global/entertainment/papercraft/index.html. Looks great.

Grz, Kris.

Monday, 23 October 2006 15:46:20 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Monday, 02 October 2006

Currently I drive an Audi A4 and am very satisfied of that car. Luckely because I drive about 1000 - 1200 km / week for my work.

Well, I just found out about this new Audi R8 thanks to Coolz0r's blog. Man does this car look hot or what? I would certainly like to testdrive this one myself.

Grz, Kris.

Monday, 02 October 2006 19:37:38 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [3]  | 
# Monday, 24 July 2006

Just to good to let it go: Boten Anna. Check out the subtitles of the song...

Grz, Kris.

Monday, 24 July 2006 17:59:58 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Sunday, 18 June 2006

I'm probably very late with this but finally decided to join del.icio.us so finally people can also see what I like to read or am interested in.

For people who don't know this service:

del.icio.us is a collection of favorites - yours and everyone else's. Use del.icio.us to:

  • Keep links to your favorite articles, blogs, music, restaurant reviews, and more on del.icio.us and access them from any computer on the web.
  • Share favorites with friends, family, and colleagues.
  • Discover new things. Everything on del.icio.us is someone's favorite - they've already done the work of finding it. Explore and enjoy.

Grz, Kris.

Sunday, 18 June 2006 10:43:06 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Tuesday, 06 June 2006

Anyone who knows me, knows that I like Star Wars. I was quite amused when I found out about this little flash movie: Store Wars.

Grz, Kris.

Tuesday, 06 June 2006 19:12:23 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Sunday, 04 June 2006

While reading through the blogs I'm subscribed to, for the ones interested I use RSSBandit, I found these interesting links(1) on the blog of Smetty's Soapbox.

On figure 1 you can clearly see that the forename Kris was quite popular in that time. On figure 2 you'll see that my last name van der Mast is most popular where I live. For the ones who know a bit about the geography of Belgium: I live in Essen which is at the top of the red colored part on the map.

Figure 1: Kris was quite a popular name when I was born in 1975.

Figure 2: van der Mast is most popular in the province of Antwerp.

Grz, Kris.

(1): Forename & Lastname.

Sunday, 04 June 2006 09:57:02 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Saturday, 27 May 2006


after been asked multiple times by peers and reading a lot of blogs myself, I also decided to start blogging. Since the urge to start blogging is mainly driven from the idea to share technical information, you can expect to see mainly technical content on this blog.
That's also the reason why I chose to have the Hello, World! as subject for my first blog post. Hello, world! is quite commonly used in the world of programming and if you like to know more about it I would suggest that you take a look at this article on wikipedia.

So, who am I?
Well, I'm best known online for my efforts on the ASP.NET forums where I'm a dedicated moderator and top 10 contributor nicknamed XIII.
If you want to learn more about me you can check out the About page.

Well, that's it for now...

Grz, Kris.

Saturday, 27 May 2006 12:53:06 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [4]  |