The Covid-19 hiring hassle…

This pandemic has had a huge impact on many lives over the past year. So many people, including some people close to me, have lost their jobs due to Covid-19. I am in the lucky position to have reasonable job security – at least for the coming few years. My livelihood and family situation areContinue reading “The Covid-19 hiring hassle…”

You have to find pleasure where there is none…

Alright, I’m just gonna say it. Grading student exams sucks donkey balls. It is probably one of my least favourite things to do out of all things academic. It is of course a necessary evil, and therefore it needs to be done, and needs to be done with care and attention. The switch to onlineContinue reading “You have to find pleasure where there is none…”

Three and counting…*

One thing that I have noticed lately is how keen Germans are to switching the conversation back to German, as soon as an opportunity to do so arises. I thought my level of English would get me through my scientific career, but I was pretty wrong about that. At the moment, my English is slowlyContinue reading “Three and counting…*”

Being outdoors is not what it used to be…

You know that feeling when you have been outside in the cold all day, and you come inside and struggle to keep your eyes open? That’s how I feel right now! We were ‘hiking’ in the Altmühltal today. Well, we spent the first two hours covering one and a half kilometre, that is the timeContinue reading “Being outdoors is not what it used to be…”

I’m not even sure it is because of Covid-19

I used to be quite the selfcare advocate. I also practiced what I preached. There was not a holiday ever left unspent. Coffee breaks? Took them religiously. Lunch time? Solidly placed in my schedule daily at 12 o’clock sharp. Lunch walk with colleagues (for coffee) almost every day. Daily average of 10.000-15.000 steps. I meditatedContinue reading “I’m not even sure it is because of Covid-19”

What’s the difference?

I’m braindead today, so I asked my wife what to write about. It has been a long day filled with exams and online meetings. Everything is wonderful. Except my brain. That one’s just destroyed. So my wife’s response was to write something about the difference between the two of us in dealing with the complexitiesContinue reading “What’s the difference?”

… and I hate games!

It is all one big stupid game, isn’t it? Academia. There are these moments where you think you almost feel quite comfortable. But then you can’t. You always need to be on the lookout for ‘something’, always on the move, always running. Otherwise, you’re out. I thought I was in a good place when IContinue reading “… and I hate games!”

It’s out of our hands now…

You know what scares the shit out of me? New things… or stuff that I don’t feel like I’m particularly skilled at. They freak me out big time. Our university now enforces online exams for groups that exceed forty students and this was all communicated at short notice. This included all courses I teach. OurContinue reading “It’s out of our hands now…”