A reasonably-sized novel

This post marks the half-year point of daily blogging. I started off on the 30th of January, caused by my dissatisfaction with the amount of writing I (get to) do for my job as a scientist. There is just so much – what would you call it – noise? The job supposedly comes with aContinue reading “A reasonably-sized novel”

A good batch!

Today was another amazing(ly long) day filled with Zoom presentations from 9.00 am until 3.30 pm. These were the final presentation of the landscape planning course I co-coördinated this semester with the landscape planners on-campus. I’m responsible for teaching the students a thing or two about ecology, and how landscape planning can be optimized andContinue reading “A good batch!”

Some days are better than others

Some days are better than others. This is also very true if you write daily blog posts. On many days, something will come to you at some point in the day, and if it is worth it, you will remember it (or equally often you won’t). On other days, you know what you want toContinue reading “Some days are better than others”

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”

How do you sleep at night?

It’s 3AM on a random Monday night. “Mama, mama?” the young boy calls from the other room. He has a room of his own, with two adjecent kingsize beds, of which he occupies (almost) one. His mother quickly rises to comfort him back to sleep, while quickly dozing off in the second bed. It’s quiet…Continue reading “How do you sleep at night?”

We’re all thieves

Let’s face it. Almost nothing is truly original. Writing, or any form of creativity for that matter, is nothing but creative stealing and recombining other people’s ideas that have inspired you along the way. Because of this, we need to source good material to steal and loot from. Importantly, high quality loot is likely toContinue reading “We’re all thieves”

I don’t like cruise ships

After we left Playa del Carmen a few days ago, we spent two days in Tulum, a smallish town a bit off the coast, with nice beaches a short bike ride away. Tulum town itself is nothing too special, although we found quite some interesting looking local restaurants and taquerias off the main road, whichContinue reading “I don’t like cruise ships”

Crocodile Hunting in City Park

**** TL;DR: There are pictures all the way at the bottom 🙂 **** It is crazy how time flies. It seems like just yesterday that I was in Italy for work, but here I am, four weeks later, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Again for work. I arrived here in the middle of the night twoContinue reading “Crocodile Hunting in City Park”

It all happened while I was on the plane!

So… Yeah. The first conference I attended this summer has ended. As you may remember from my previous posts here and here, I went to Italy last week. Ten days, alone, which, for me, was very VERY exciting. After a scarring terrible experience a few years ago in Malaysia, I felt very bad about going solo again. IContinue reading “It all happened while I was on the plane!”