Back from skiing in Vars

Karlijn and dries
Last week we went skiing in Vars, a small village in the Hautes Alpes in France. Vars is part of the domaine de la foret blanche (domain of the white forest) whose ski pistes span a total of 180 kilometers. Some photos are available in the Vars 2008 gallery.

Second wedding anniversary

Marriage
Today is our second wedding anniversary. I still have a crush on her. :)

Belgian Prime Minister using Drupal

Prime minister belgium
Today, a new Belgian government has been sworn in, ending a political deadlock of nine months. With our new government comes a new Prime Minister, and with our new Prime Minister comes a new website. It's not quite the same as the constitutional reform that was promised many months ago, but at least the Prime Minister's official website is using Drupal: http://premier.be. Snickers.

Axl playing

Axl playing
Lately, I've been getting grilled by my wife for not posting enough pictures of our son Axl (in addition for being the usual slacker with household duties, that is). Start-up life gets the blame. To make up for it, here is a picture of Axl wearing his infamous Hugh Hefner pajamas. His ability to attract chicks is unbeatable too. ;-)

Belgian government using Drupal

Invest belgium

The Belgium government is using Drupal at http://invest.belgium.be.

It is the website of "Only in Belgium", a campaign to promote companies to invest in the Belgian industry. The campaign, and the accompanying website, are being promoted in the media and on national television.

The design of the "Only in Belgium" website was done by Prophet and the implementation was done by dotProjects -- two Belgian companies.

I'm told that the "Only in Belgium" website will be translated to seven languages, and that the Belgian government has additional Drupal sites in the pipeline. Good stuff!

It's great to see Drupal gain some traction in governments. If you think about it, Drupal is also the ideal tool for local government websites: it is powerful technology that is cheap and independent and that lends itself to collaboration. Local governments could team up with other towns and local web development shops to work on a common technology platform. What is often missing are local Drupal experts that want to coordinate such initiatives.

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