12 Aug 2014 @ 8:06 AM 

This morning I woke up with news that saddened me… the passing of Robin Williams.

In honor of this man, of whom at least two generations grew up with, as a comedian or, movie star.
I was actually surprised that in his career he only received one Oscar, for his part in the movie Good Will Hunting.

Over the years I found that a lot can be learned from the characters played by him.

Good Will Hunting: Sometimes what’s unsaid has more value from what is said.
Not many people notice that you can learn more from what’s not being said compared to what is. The way people phrase something, the way they don’t phrase it and anything in between.
A simple analogy: If a glass is filled for 50% with water, would that be half empty or half full? ;-) Depending on the such an answer one could deduct if a person is an optimist or or not.
I know, it’s a bit simplified… but you’ll get my drift.

What I’ve learned from him in the movie Patch Adams: Quality of life above quantity of life.
If someone gets to be 100 years old but the last 30 years he/she was bound to a bed and was ‘living’ as a vegetable due to the many medications that were required to keep them alive, would you truly call it living?
I’d join the character Patch Adams and would call it being alive, not living.

In the Disney movie Alladin, Robin Williams was responsible for the voice of Genie. From him I learned to always help friends and to see the diamond in the rough, instead of the dark rock.
And of course the most important message: Dare to act out and be crazy.
This was also a main thing I’ve learned from his role in Goodmorning Vietnam.
Dare to challenge people and stand by your believes, even if the personal risk is great.

Now I could go on about his work from Comic Relief, Jumanji, Great minds think for themselves, Mrs Doubtfire and not to forget Dead Poets Society.

For now all I can say that we’ve lost a great and inspiring actor whom did an amazing job in portraying roles and characters with a fresh and inspiring view of the world, of people and to always laugh when you can.

To close this post I would live to use a phrase, taken from the movie Alladin: Genie, you’re free!

Posted By: Jeff Wouters
Last Edit: 12 Aug 2014 @ 08:06 AM

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 06 Aug 2014 @ 11:14 AM 

Have you ever wanted to visit an event with PowerShellians? Only PowerShellians?
An event where industry experts, MVP’s and the PowerShell Product Team is presenting and giving you the scoop on the wonder that is PowerShell?
Well… here’s your chance!

The PowerShell Summit comes to Europe! (Amsterdam to be precise)

Back in 2012, before I became an MVP, I registered for the PowerShell Summit North America.
I was completely psyched that I would get to meet guys like Jeff Hicks, Don Jones, Jeffrey Snover, Richard Siddaway, Ed Wilson and many more…
Attending this event left me with a wonderful feeling and a head hurting of the knowledge gained in just a few days.
Events, both visiting and presenting at, is a main part of what drives my passion.
But… I noticed that lack of PowerShell deep dive session at the larger events.
Why is that? Because if you do a deep level session and most people won’t be able to follow/comprehend, the speaker would get bad ratings.
So speakers can’t go deep dive at such events!

The PowerShell Summit doesn’t have that problem :-) This because all attendees have a focus on PowerShell, though some stronger than others.
You’re a newbie to PowerShell? No problem, speakers will take you step by step so you won’t be thrown into the lake in the hopes that you may swim, or not ;-)

Just to give you an idea…
Here is the PowerShell.org Youtube Channel… and to provide a glimpse of the content of the sister event, PowerShell Summit North
America, this year you can take a look at this playlist.

Posted By: Jeff Wouters
Last Edit: 06 Aug 2014 @ 11:15 AM

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