Monday meltdown – disaster edition

Today was an absolute disaster, that started off with a couple of different Monday meltdown events. Or well. Heatwave meltdowns of the weekend that culminated in this horror show that was today. It could have been a wonderful day. A meeting on the final designs for the summer experiments. Another meeting with a new collaboratorContinue reading “Monday meltdown – disaster edition”

Warm and sweaty

God, it’s warm today. We’re visiting my mother in the east of the Netherlands, just before driving back to Bavaria tonight and tomorrow – we’ll sleep somewhere halfway. This weather though. It’s no joke. Luckily, my mother set up a play pool for the kids, to their great appreciation. I have mixed feelings about theContinue reading “Warm and sweaty”

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…”

Empty your plate already!

If you find yourself throwing away perfectly good food, you’re an asshole. Let’s be clear about that. There, I said it. God this pisses me off so bad. I recently had a dinner with some people I thought I knew well. At the end of the otherwise excellent evening, they suggested we’d throw out aboutContinue reading “Empty your plate already!”

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?”

Same boat, etc.

I wrote yesterday’s post in the most horrible circumstances. We had arranged to meet up with Dutch friends with kids the same age as ours (under 3 and under 1). The location would be some kind of camping farm, or whatever. When we arrived yesterday evening, I brought the kids to bed, and this turnedContinue reading “Same boat, etc.”

Not only lazy…

I always thought I understood this problem. You’re lazy or too busy. I get it. I’m a lazy bastard too. From that perspective, I am generally very understanding towards other lazy fuckers like me. For most circumstances you can get away with some lazy… Not this time. We’re staying in a town this week thatContinue reading “Not only lazy…”

Friday findings – Vol. 2

This was a week buzzing with (tansy) activity! Here’s some highlights. 1) On Monday I gave a talk about some of the work we’re doing in my team on artificial light at night. In particular, I presented a study that is almost ready to submit. The talk inspired an interesting discussion, with some new ideasContinue reading “Friday findings – Vol. 2”

A nice small omelette

I talked a lot about this week about how it was busy and all, but it was also pretty awesome. Not only did I pretty much finish every important item on my to-do list for this week, the past few days were also filled with excitement of a kind I haven’t felt in years. GivenContinue reading “A nice small omelette”