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Workaround formulier inschrijven verhuizing naar Gemeente Leiden (@GemeenteLeiden en hun IT weten het al)

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/03/25

Het formulier is een klein beetje stuk, maar gelukkig is er een workaround.

Eerst het probleem

Alle knoppen “Volgende” verversen alleen de linkerkant van het formulier, maar niet de invoervelden.

Dit zie je al bij de eerste stap als je bij “Inleiding” gelikt hebt op “Volgende”: links kom je op “Contactgegevens”, maar de invoervelden laten dat niet zien.


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Links over beoordeling psychodiagnostiek

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/03/20

Wat links voor mijn archief, geïnitieerd door mijn interesse in SRZ-P:


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Current state: still fighting with rectum cancer, but chances for better quality of life

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/03/12

The below thread describes my current state; this is how the rest of the family is doing:

  • Eega is almost recovered from surgery of a set of huge and smaller cysts; her cancer seems not to have returned
  • Brother has his third big cold in 3 months time; hopefully it is not COVID-19; not much response from his caretakers. He is still very confused about the family situation and should get more care than the 6 hours a week he gets now (out of the entitled 15+) but requests for more care since 2017 have had no success
  • Mom’s Alzheimer’s is progressing fast: she thinks I’m her brother and insists I should take care of the burden of her problems

This is a follow-up on Far less active on blog on social media: some personal things that need to be done. about a year ago, where I did not know what year would be ahead.

From [WayBackThread by @jpluimers: Monday was the most Wiert day of my life. At 08:30 the @hetAVL rang, 3 hours before admittance. The request was if I wanted to come in early… (on Twitter: [] Jeroen Pluimers on Twitter: “Monday was the most Wiert day of my life. At 08:30 the @hetAVL rang, 3 hours before admittance. The request was if I wanted to come in early and discuss possibility of postponing surgery. 1/… “)

Monday was the most Wiert day of my life. At 08:30 the @hetAVL rang, 3 hours before admittance.

The request was if I wanted to come in early and discuss possibility of postponing surgery.


I’m quickly running out of time and energy to do a long update, so here is a short one:

Tuesday surgery, monday admittance, friday final surgery check, today final sigmoidoscopy.

Custody and mentorship of mom’s Alzheimer has been to court; should be OK.

Eega scans OK too.


Today, I got up. Twice. As it’s probably the toughest day of my life yet. Tomorrow will be a very similar for my eega.

Her CT scan results will hopefully conclude what the spots on lungs and liver actually are.


Very early in the morning the team had discussed the sigmoidoscopy results, as it looked like the tumor kept shrinking, despite 13 weeks after radiation therapy.

There is only a small (~20%) percentage of patients for which this happens.


When this happens, they then can take part of a “Wait & See” protocol.

The plan for me is to give it some 4-6 more weeks, then perform a new MRI plus sigmoidoscopy. If the tumor is gone or only scar tissue is visible, repeat MRI plus sigmoidoscopy every 3 months for 5 years.


If the tumor grows, then opt for surgery.

In my case, besides the tumor, also one lymph node will be observed, as it initially was larger, but now has shrunk to normal proportions.


This means a 180 degree turn in events. I am still a cancer patient. But for the foreseeable future, I won’t need a stoma. I might not need one for the rest of my life.


Note that this a formal approach with about 400 patients in The Netherlands and results equalling or surpassing immediate surgery.

Some background information, most parts in Dutch:


– Portuguese, as Angelita Habr-Gama in 1991 was the first to try this approach in Brazil, calling it “Watch and Wait”…

– Angelita Habr-Gama “How to avoid surgery in rectal cancer” presentation

– Internationally renowned surgeon Angelita Habr-Gama, MD, PhD, named 2014 ASTRO Honorary Member…


– prof. Geerard Beets en patiënt Harrie Keusters: “Publiekslezing ‘Wait & See’ endeldarmkanker AVL 21 maart 2018”



– 2013 patient Harrie Keusters linkt naar “Wait and See bij endeldarmkanker”…

– Professor Geerard Beets introducing himself in Dutch



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Abilities that makes you a better developer – Hacker Noon

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/03/05

If we have passion for what we do, why not try to be a better professional every day?

Source: [WayBackAbilities that makes you a better developer – Hacker Noon

That is an interesting, but very hard question which very few people around me are afraid of trying to answer.

I think the hardest part for most developer isn’t the tech/science bits as usually they have a natural feel for natural science and formal science related topics (which I’d rather not call STEM).

I’ve a hard time to remember the STEM acronym because it means “vote” or “voice” to since I’m Dutch, and equally hard the . Also I really dislike the term “hard science” as “soft sciences” are very hard for me. So lets stick with natural science and formal science.

So if you are a developer and trouble motivating yourself to learn new things in the mathematics, algorithms & data structures, databases, computer architecture, operating systems and networks, then you will have a really really hard time.

I can understand it is tougher to motivate learning about English (and other languages), paradigms & design patterns, teamwork, or to put it in a broader perspective the human side of affairs. Those however are the areas that do not come “natural” for most developers and are in effect the ones most developers need to work on most to improve.

Doing that will make it a lot easier to work with people around you.

For myself, I still have to grow a lot in those areas even though I already have. Having originated as nerd/geek/introvert or however you want to call that direction, my natural habitat is still a silent place with little distraction with some relatively quiet people around me that help me keep focus and force me in the rhythms that are good for me. But I’ve learned to speak for large groups, write (not just posts) and have many other nice social interactions.

That growth brings so much joy and makes work so much nicer, that the effort and persistence keeps being worth every minute I put in.

Via: [WayBack] Cesar Romero (@cesarliws) on Twitter: “Abilities that makes you a better developer”



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Sometimes your day is brightened by a tweet that is much too kind

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/02/15

Tuesday was a day that got brightened. Thanks Elisabeth!

[] Elisabeth met bgh Wendy en Minthe pensionada on Twitter: “@jpluimers Hallo Jeroen, al lang like jij mijn tweets. Vandaag heb ik mij in jou verdiept. Wat ik lees vind ik schokkend, triest, liefdevol en mooi tegelijk. Je bent een geweldig mens, een super broer en je bent ernstig ziek. Je vrouw die met de gevolgen van kanker moet leven. Respect 🌸❤️”


Hello Jeroen, you have long liked my tweets. Today I immersed myself in your tweets. What I read is shocking, sad, loving and beautiful at the same time. You are a wonderful person, a super brother and you are seriously ill. Your wife who has to live with the effects of cancer. Respect.


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