It all starts with a seed

Today was time for the next step in our latest experiment. After leaving the pots filled with field soil to acclimatize for a week, and watering them several times to reach a more homogeneous soil moisture, we sowed our experiment today. I say we, because I was helped today by two wonderful and motivated PhDContinue reading “It all starts with a seed”

‘Smonday’

I recently saw this thing make the rounds on Twitter about ‘Smonday’, loosely paraphrasing, it meant the horrible feeling you get on Sunday, when you’re already worrying about the workload on Monday. I have written about Smondays many many times before, albeit I had no word for it yet. As I’m a regular experiencer ofContinue reading “‘Smonday’”

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…”

The Joy of qPCR data… (spoiler alert: there isn’t any)

Have you ever found yourself in a place where you asked yourself, ‘well how the fuck did I end up here’? Well, I did today, and god, this day was boring as fuck. As part of an experiment on the effects of light pollution, which I conducted at the end of 2020, I was interestedContinue reading “The Joy of qPCR data… (spoiler alert: there isn’t any)”

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”

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”

At least give me a garden, please

A buddy of mine talked to me recently about the crazy housing prices in the Netherlands. They’re in the process of buying, and well, on the one hand they benefit from a steep profit on the sale of their current home, but on the other they also suffer from having to spend probably twice theirContinue reading “At least give me a garden, please”