That escalated quickly

I gave up cornsnake breeding in 2008, after two rough breeding seasons that yielded pretty nice offspring, but also created circumstances that left me no choice but to end it there. My snake breeding hobby was always somewhat self-sustained. I bred a small number of offspring, of which I kept only a select few. TheContinue reading “That escalated quickly”

Bottomless pit

Two sick kids beaming out vomit in every direction. That’s more or less what our last 24 hours looked like. Or well, more for Heike than for me – this time. After the week of projectile vomiting around Christmas, I’ve had my vomit baptism multiple times over. This time, work saved me. Yesterday I cameContinue reading “Bottomless pit”

Five academic behaviors I try to unlearn

This week I have been quite busy in the academic writing landscape, having worked on a series of collaborations in various stages of writing. One was an old collaboration that is now pretty much ready to submit (final polishing editing). Another one was a last-author manuscript that was led by a PhD student that IContinue reading “Five academic behaviors I try to unlearn”

Not sure what it means, but I’ll celebrate anyway!

Do you realize that there are quite a bunch of you? It’s when you reach certain milestones that you really start to think about their meaning. Today I reached a new milestone – 200 WordPress followers. For some reason, the 127th or 43rd follower never made a huge impression, they were just a random number.Continue reading “Not sure what it means, but I’ll celebrate anyway!”

Moms have it easy*

Being a dad can be a miserable job. For at least three months in the early child’s life, you’re plain useless, no matter how hard you try. The child will not acknowledge your existence, except in the form of unstoppable baby cries that are heartbreaking and adorable at the same time. And at various timesContinue reading “Moms have it easy*”

Imposter parenting

This post was half triggered by a couple of posts I read yesterday about imposter syndrome. It’s also triggered by the events of this particular day… I’ve been a father to a beautiful son for almost three years, and he was joined by an awesome little sister almost a year ago. These two little tadpolesContinue reading “Imposter parenting”


The most important thing about work is – of course – the fact that you can take holiday. There, I said it. You can’t enjoy the highs without the lows. You get the analogy. It’s not that I don’t like my job. I love what I do. It’s just that I also really love holiday.Continue reading “Great!”

Pics or it didn’t happen

They say that a good picture can draw you in and tell you a story. A picture says more than a thousand words. It’s true, I guess. I have learned this recently, and I have learned it the hard way. Last month when I traveled around Croatia, I shared my trip here on the blog.Continue reading “Pics or it didn’t happen”