Latest change: January 2011


Name Ben Brandenburg
Date of birth 3 februari 1961
Education - VWO (1979)
- (HTS) Bachelor civil engineering (1983)
- (HTS) Bachelor business economics 1984)
- (AMBI) Bachelor Systems development (1993)
- Bachelor Artificial Intelligence (2007) (see website (Dutch))

Personal introduction

Welcome to my portfolio. I will show myself here in many, but not all aspects. To really know me you will have to meet me, talk to me and drink a beer, join me in amazement about everything, cry and laugh about past experiences and argue with me about my ideas and yours. This is a start.

I'm happy that Wislawa Szymborska found better words to express this:

Curriculum vitae

What needs to be done?
Fill out the application
and enclose the resume.

Regardless of the length of life,
a resume is best kept short.

Concise, well-chosen facts are de rigueur.
Landscapes are replaced with addresses,
shaky memories give way to unshakable dates.

Of all your loves, mention only the marriage
of all your children, only those who were born.

Who knows you, matters more than whom you know.
Trips only if taken abroad.
Memberships in what, but without why.
Honors, but not how they were earned.

Write as if you'd never talked to yourself
and always kept yourself at arms length.

Pass over in silence your dogs, cats, birds,
dusty keepsakes, friends, and dreams.

Price, not worth,
and title, not what's inside.
His shoe size, not where he's off to,
that one you pass off as yourself.

In addition, a photograph with one ear showing.
What matters is its shape, not what it hears.

What is there to hear, anyway?
The clatter of paper shredders.

--Wislawa Szymborska
translated from the polish by
Stanislaw Baranczak and Clare Cavanagh

From The People on the Bridge - 1986