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Hi, I'm Joris Roebben, an online enthusiast from Antwerp (Belgium) and co-founder of bakerMEN. On this blog you can read my personal musings and online encounters. Feel free to skip the boring parts and don't hesitate to join the conversation. Enjoy!

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1 December 2012 0 Comments


Without any doubt the most innovative and smart pop-up book I have ever seen.

Prepare to be amazed. From the lenticular cover that changes with the angle of your hands all the way to the Z, ABC3D is as much a work of art as it is a pop-up book. Each of the 26 three-dimensional letters move and change before your eyes. C turns into D with a snap. M stands at attention. X becomes Y with a flick of the wrist. And then there’s U…Boldly conceived and brilliantly executed with a striking black, red, and white palette, this is a book that readers and art lovers of all ages will treasure for years to come.

Made by the French graphic and book designer Marion Bataille.


5 June 2012 0 Comments

MaKey MaKey, easy easy!

Playing piano with bananas, or would you rather play walking up and down the stairs? Playing Mario Bros with your old Play-Doh leftovers? Controlling your games with water?

Sounds fun! And what’s more, it’s possible and even quite easy thanks to MaKey MaKey, a spin-off founded by some MIT Media Lab students.

MaKey MaKey is an invention kit for the 21st century. Turn everyday objects into touchpads and combine them with the internet. It’s a simple Invention Kit for Beginners and Experts doing art, engineering, and everything inbetween

Check it out, it’s actually pretty awesome:

PS you still have one week left if you want to help fund MaKey MaKey.

16 May 2012 0 Comments

Nathanial Hörnblowér lives!

A great tribute to Beastie Boys co-founder Adam Yauch, aka MCA, aka Nathanial Hörnblowér…

1964 – 2012

11 April 2012 0 Comments

How Linux is built

No tech knowledge required, just an introduction to the Linux operating system in plain English. Nevertheless impressive how the Linux ecosystem is sustained:

2 February 2012 0 Comments

One Hour per Second #YouTube

According to YouTube every second one hour of video is uploaded. That’s like almost a decade of video every day!

Discover more time bending stats at www.onehourpersecond.com.

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26 October 2011 0 Comments

The Anatomy of an Agency

Agencies are famously diverse. We have examined a few of their species and drawn some arbitrary conclusion…

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The Anatomy of an Agency


22 October 2011 0 Comments

Pizza Math

Looking for an easy way to explain math to your kids? Use pizza!

Pizza Math


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21 September 2011 0 Comments

The evolution of Music (in 180 seconds)

23 June 2011 0 Comments

The Ultimate Guide to Hipster Essentials

Hipster Essentials

26 May 2011 0 Comments

Let’s Play! An introduction to Gamification

Gamification, an introduction:

Gamification is the process of incorporating game play elements into non-gaming applications such as products, services, websites, software, processes, marketing and communities in order to drive participation, engagement and loyalty. Gamification’s main purpose is to help people to get from point A to B in their lives: whether it be for personal growth, societal improvement or marketing engagement. It tricks people into believing that there’s a simple way to imbue their thing. With the psychological, emotional and social power of a great game.