This year’s a little different

I had my annual evaluation meeting this morning. I hate these meetings. My first one – years ago – was a 3.5 hour rant by my superior, telling me how I lacked the knowledge to fulfill the job description. They could have delivered this message in two minutes. It created another huge dent in theContinue reading “This year’s a little different”

Freisinger Buckl Revisited

Earlier this year – on the second of April to be exact – I wrote a short post about the Easter Flowers (Pulsatilla vulgaris) in the Freisinger Buckl, a nature conservation area just South of the Isar river. Some two weeks later, I visited the area again. When I visited the area then, it wasContinue reading “Freisinger Buckl Revisited”

I think it’s in my blood…

It almost seemed like springtime today! After weeks and weeks of cold weather, and lots of rain, today we had a pretty good day, with quite some sun coming through. We had barely set foot in our garden over the past weeks, except for dumping some organic waste on the compost pile every now andContinue reading “I think it’s in my blood…”

Deep connect

This evening, I had a short conversation on Facebook Messenger (of all places) with an old friend that I had not spoken to in two years. She bumped into a horrible old picture of me on a field excursion we enjoyed together during our Biology studies, I think this particular expedition was in 2009. SheContinue reading “Deep connect”

This will change your life

I will keep it simple today, but nevertheless, the message of this post will change your life. It did for me. At the very least, you will enjoy better meals, and that is a great place to start to make improvements! Preserved lemons! That’s it. Preserved lemons are the magical ingredient to make anything tasteContinue reading “This will change your life”

Weekly patterns

Even though my weeks are rather unpredictable in terms of how other people hijack my schedule, there are still very predictable trends in how I feel or perceive the day every day of the week. My emotional or psychological state of being seems to closely follow the day of the week. I thought it wouldContinue reading “Weekly patterns”

Non-reviews

I reviewed a paper the other day. For quite a reputable journal, I might add. Not some predatory rubbhish. It was quite a nice piece, too. This paper had a very decent introduction, results were quite well-presented (and certainly convincing). However, the methodology lacked some specificity, and I could certainly not reproduce their statistical models.Continue reading “Non-reviews”

Life’s Edge – Exploring what it means to be alive (or close)

I greatly enjoy the writings of Carl Zimmer. When it comes to describing immensely complex aspects of biology, such as the complex molecular machinery that drives cells, tissues, and organisms, I don’t know many that can present them in such a digestible way. I have been waiting for Zimmer to write a new book everContinue reading “Life’s Edge – Exploring what it means to be alive (or close)”

Lower your expectations

We almost didn’t go… Heike has a tendency to look at weather forecasts (and traffic conditions) too much. Because – as per usual – the German weather forecast predicted 200% chance of rain all day every day, she was in serious doubt whether we should even drive out this weekend. I care less about weatherContinue reading “Lower your expectations”