Michel Bel's Homepage
Email : Michel@Belxs.com
My name is Michel Bel. I live in
Naarden, east of Amsterdam, in the Netherlands.
I was born on 16 September 1951 in the Hague, but lived the first forty years of my life near
or in Utrecht.
I studied Mathematics there at the Utrecht
University, (fairly unavoidable as I won the Dutch Math Olympiad of 1968), and got my
masters ("doctoraal") degree in Foundations of Mathematics in 1977, with Econometrics as a side
dish. I was married at the age of 37 to Quirine, who has degrees in Swedish, speech therapy,
and linguistics, and am now the proud father of Mirjam, Thomas and Judith, who take up most of
my time outside working hours. The spare time I have left I spend on singing (also while
dishwashing), listening (mostly baroque) music, reading,
repairing and refurbishing HP 200LX
palmtops(see me at the Pforzheim palmtop
meeting), committee work, and sometimes building crystal radio's .
I also like to make useful things of small and/or obsolete computers.
You might want to look at some of these fun projects among which: a totally silent webserver
and a midi-file player.
And, my latest design: The "Li'l monster
PC". A mini-itx complete(ly weird) PC, fit for browsing, internet radio and office
Before University I first worked a year as Central Heating Mechanic, where I learned such
practical skills as pipe welding.
From my first year in University on I have earned my keep in IT, and there have variously done
programming (including but not limited to systems programming in Cobol, artificial intelligence
in PL/1, math in Mumps, graphics in Forth and word processing in Fortran), as well as presales,
prototyping, presentations and project management, crisis management and consulting, training
and trouble shooting. Initially as university assistant, after that as consultant for Digital,
Shell, Digital again, BelConsult(my own company), Philips C&P/Origin/Atos Origin,
Moniforce where they make the best
web-analytics software (now part of Oracle since 2008). Until recently I was working as a
senior consultant for CMC / T11 Company BV,
which is strong in Compliance Management and Fraud Control consultancy.
My current employer is the Verbond van
Verzekeraars, where I work as a senior Statistician in Insurance Crime Detection. (Fraud
Risk Analysis and Prevention).
See my CV if you are interested
Much of my work requires a lot of communication to get things done well in a short time. As
such I am very interested in the spiritual, psychological and communications aspects of
consulting, for which I have followed a heavy training. As such I am best in 'solving the
unsolvable' - stepping into projects where others fail, and restoring the project and
relationships - combining mediation with trouble shooting and hard project work. Where I need
help my personal coach keeps me
Organisational work: I regularly use to participate in some committee,
usually as the 'trouble shooting' member, e.g. not as chairperson or secretary, but doing all
the odd jobs nobody else wants. Although I had a (non-paid) stint of three years as treasurer
and hrm manager of a small subsidized foundation.
Among the jobs I did in these functions are: (advise on) fund raising, writing new 'articles
of incorporation' ( 'statuten' in Dutch) - a hell of a job by the way, legal consulting, and
organizing visits to sponsoring companies.
Currently I am web master for a.o. a small NGO Dignity Foundation
My favourite links (besides everybody's google)
Views of the Solar System
NS Reisinfo, Dutch travel by train
Logic , especially: Lambda Calculus and Combinatory
And I make my music files on the PC with Melody Assistant, which is an exceptional
(Improve your literacy, get your
electronic books from Project Gutenberg )
Favourite Irish (English language) poet: Yeats, esp. 'Sailing to Byzantium'.
Favourite Dutch poet: Ida Gerhardt. , esp. 'Onder de Brandaris' which starts: Dit is het huis
genaamd de Duizend Vrezen.
Favourite writers: John Irving, latest read: Last Night in Twisted River,
Orson Scott card - The 'Ender' cycle.
Currently reading: 'Ulysses' by James Joyce, (on paper, but get your
own version here at
My Professional Bible: 'The Secrets Of Consulting", by Gerald Weinberg.
A Recursion Theoretic Self Interpreter for the Lambda Calculus
Below you see some 'self interpreters', these are fully equivalent to 'Turing Machines',
'Universal Functions' or the construction used by Kurt Gödel to prove the incompleteness of
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