The story of Twan Bolderman

A young lad with just one goal in mind: to use lightning as a source of energy. But Twan wanted too much and wanted it too fast, just like others in society. He lost sight of the risks and dangers, which eventually led to his horrific death.

Twan was a fictional character which was designed to illustrate to us and today’s society that the way in which we treat each other now should not become the standard.

We like to believe. So much so that we choose to believe in something faster than we should. If we would take a step back and think about what can go wrong, then we shall see the possible dangers.

In contemporary society, we ‘people’ are spoiled by the speed of events. All techniques are becoming faster and it’s the heyday of globalization. That speed lets us yearn to all that is possible, but it also makes us aware of what we are as a society. Just think about youth unemployment, the immigration issue, global terrorism et cetera. Because of this speed, people want these problems to be solved immediately, despite the consequences.

With this hoax, I try to show that speed isn’t always positive. In our quest to always be faster, we don’t see the faults and consequences anymore. The dangers in our society run the risk of becoming issues which we ‘store’ to deal with later. When it has gone completely wrong, society will look at these issues and say ‘if only…, where did it go wrong?’

Before we make a choice, however big or small, first think carefully about what the consequences might be. Not only for yourself, but also for the future generations.

Let Twan Bolderman be a lesson, before it is too late.

Update – Lightning spots

Just a small update of what I’m currently working on. I’ve found some interesting reports while doing some location research for the wiring test. I’ve looked at lightning strikes in the Netherlands in May 2004 till 2017, and some peculiar details came up.

I have found out that in these last 13 years, when there where lightning strikes in The Netherlands, they almost always striked near the same places. Why that is the case I’m not really sure. I’ve looked at wind on different levels, humidity, temperature and water currents. But I wasn’t able to pinpoint the exact reason why it happened on those places.

One place got me most interested. From 2004 till 2017 there was a place in The Netherlands that almost never got hit in May. In the north of The Netherlands (Groningen) there is a place that was only hit twice in this period. Even when there where severer thunderstorms near that location, that placed got spared.

To be absolutely sure that it isn’t a coincidence, I’m going to spit through all months from 2004 till 2017 to find out if it is recurring. Because it is a lot of data (5000+ lighting maps), I could use some help! Please send me a message via Twitter / Facebook or email, there will be beer and pizza!

Link to the lightning maps