Catching up instead of catching fish…

It was a beautiful late afternoon to go fishing. The sun shone bright against the deep blue sky. We decided to try our luck at the Maas, the river that gave the city of Maastricht its name. I’m not from here, and I don’t know this river. To be honest, it had also been aContinue reading “Catching up instead of catching fish…”

More pictures? More rants? More what?

WordPress statistics, as I have written about several times, are a weird thing. Unpredictable as hell. However for almost the entire time I’ve been daily blogging, one thing was almost a given. The number of views was pretty much double the number of visitors. I always saw this as a good sign: if visitors likedContinue reading “More pictures? More rants? More what?”

Bad day

I don’t know what is/was wrong with me today, but nothing feels right. I woke up feeling absolutely drained. My energy levels were low, and I was cranky, and that feeling only got worse as the day continued. I couldn’t help it, but I felt annoyed by everyone and everything today. I was snarky towardsContinue reading “Bad day”

Aren’t you afraid?

Some people have asked me if I’m not afraid people will read my blog and feel offended in any way. The answer is no. I’m no longer afraid what people think about my blog. It’s my blog. Those who don’t like what they read will know how to find their way to the X-shaped buttonContinue reading “Aren’t you afraid?”

Some confetti

Reading the news over the past two days saddens me, and to be frank it sickens me to my stomach. What a twisted world we live in. Trust me, I know nothing about war, and very little about the politics and ideologies that drive any of it. You really wouldn’t want me to write toContinue reading “Some confetti”

The final phase

A short post today. I spent my afternoon getting the final phase of my light pollution experiment going. In this final phase, we will investigate whether light pollution disrupts feeding by an insect herbivore on six plant species. In the picture below you can see the sleeve cages I use to keep the herbivores onContinue reading “The final phase”

Pure rage

I don’t easily get angry. I consider myself reasonably laid-back, and although I don’t hide my emotional state very well, I don’t think many people have seen me angry. Today? I’m not just angry. I’m furious. 100% pure rage. Let me share a story. About two years ago we moved out of an apartment thatContinue reading “Pure rage”

The to-do list

Three days! That’s the amount of time I spent ‘out of office’ last week. Still working, albeit from a mobile office on location. I reviewed some papers, worked on conceptual figures for a paper I’m a part of, and even looked at some data. It was, however, also working remotely, with limited (mobile) internet access.Continue reading “The to-do list”

Mixed emotions

This already will be our last night in the Netherlands, before we return to our home in Bavaria after a week spent with family and friends. I’m excited to go back, but sad to leave at the same time. Excited, as my team has taken great care of our running light pollution experiment, and I’mContinue reading “Mixed emotions”