Estimated contribution: zero

I don’t understand university politics and decision making. Maybe politics in general. But most certainly university politics. What’s the deal with their decision making? Our university, like much of the rest of the country, had a so called covid 3G regulation in place, where the G’s are for (German translations of) tested, vaccinated, or recovered.Continue reading “Estimated contribution: zero”

The rule of two – Check!

I’ve talked before about some of the persistent unwritten rules in academia that are heavily outdated, but still spreading. Somehow, they are always about numbers. For instance, the ridiculous rule of four – which posits that as long as you write four papers per year, you should be fine. I think it’s a bunch ofContinue reading “The rule of two – Check!”

Enough with this weird week already

I was off my game today. I found out at work that I didn’t bring my laptop. That never happened to me before. I was just confused. Have been all week, maybe. Not sure how it happened, but the way this week unfolded was just weird. Maybe it was because I took Monday and TuesdayContinue reading “Enough with this weird week already”

Buckle up! It’s gonna be a rough ride…

I’m scared. There, I said it. I’m bloody scared! This whole pandemic situation freaks me out, and it’s exhausting. I try to do my job as an academic – teaching, supervision, research – while generally keeping in mind the safety of myself and those that I’m responsible for, being my team and my students. BeforeContinue reading “Buckle up! It’s gonna be a rough ride…”

Career perspectives in a pandemic…

A tweet came by today, and it made me think… Because the Twitter plugin on WordPress keeps failing on me, I’ll paraphrase here. The tweet suggested that the pandemic (hereafter: fucking pandemic) hits academics hard, and that productivity has severely decreased since fucking pandemic times. The tweet was also asking how to maintain a competitiveContinue reading “Career perspectives in a pandemic…”

Disclaimer: this review was written by a human being, and may include opinions, mistakes, and biases. Take it with a grain of salt.

I was just mindlessly scrolling through Twitter, when I bumped into a tweet that inspired today’s blog post. I usually like to include the original tweet when I am inspired to write about it, but since this one is a poll, the editor in WordPress will not accept it. Messes up my entire post. Argh.Continue reading “Disclaimer: this review was written by a human being, and may include opinions, mistakes, and biases. Take it with a grain of salt.”

Admittedly, this was better than Zoom…

Today I taught my first ever in-person class to people, since having a teaching contract (about two years now). I’ve done similar forms of teaching as a student assistant many years ago for a variety of courses, but it somehow feels different as a teacher. Today we taught biodiversity. I’ve taught the same course lastContinue reading “Admittedly, this was better than Zoom…”

An anxiety-free Monday

Regular readers will know that I hate Mondays more than any other day of the week. Somehow the relaxation over the weekend pretty reliably convinces my brain that it’s completely stupid, and doesn’t know shit. On Sunday evenings, I already feel the nerves for starting up again on Monday… What if I fuck it allContinue reading “An anxiety-free Monday”

Write, rest, edit, rest, edit, (…), submit!

I ended this rather productive day today with a supervision meeting. In this case, it concerned a PhD candidate I co-supervise, together with a colleague in the UK. This particular project is almost coming to an end. Around the new year, the three-year contract will run out. Having said that, the candidate is in aContinue reading “Write, rest, edit, rest, edit, (…), submit!”

The horror of ecological experiments

Lately, me and a PhD researcher in our team were having some struggles in our project. As is often the case when you’re working with live organisms (Ecology, Yay!), things can go wrong, due unexpected organismal misbehavior. And if things CAN go wrong, they DO go wrong. Murphy’s law is the only universal truth inContinue reading “The horror of ecological experiments”