Should I start a writing challenge and why is the answer yes?

Someone on science Twitter asked the Twitter world today whether they should be starting a writing challenge, and whether it would be a good idea with a newborn around. I guess it’s the time of the year again for New Year’s resolutions, haha. But this is a nice one. And food for a post, too.Continue reading “Should I start a writing challenge and why is the answer yes?”

Like meeting an old friend

One of my oldest friends – if not the oldest – has lived in Asia since 2014, and for the most of it, he’s been working as a teacher in China. We’ve been friends for close to 25 years. We went to high school together, and share many similarities in our personal life histories. It’sContinue reading “Like meeting an old friend”

Soulless

It turns out that writing a daily blog quickly becomes exceptionally boring if you have got nothing interesting to do all day. First, our baby got sick with fever. Great Christmas. Then, a couple of days later, our toddler joined the club. Luckily the baby recovered already, but Rafa is still feeling quite bad. LostContinue reading “Soulless”

I didn’t really want her

It’s time for another post about cornsnakes! Nobody cares, but I do. You’ll appreciate them sooner rather than later, trust me. This morning, my son ‘helped’ me clean some snake enclosures. He doesn’t really help. It’s more of a hassle having him around, because he hands me over anything I could potentially need (but mostlyContinue reading “I didn’t really want her”

Only six months in, and already messing up

I found out today that I’ve been assigned a couple of manuscripts as an editor, and I have not received any notification about them at all. These manuscript central systems (and equivalents) suck so badly. Whenever I am asked to review something in these systems, I get a hundred reminders, but when I’m assigned toContinue reading “Only six months in, and already messing up”

The fourth wave – the highest of all

I had almost forgotten about the third wave, and the two before it. We were all feeling great, to be honest. This fourth wave, it sort of snuck upon us. We didn’t see it coming, and boom, suddenly it was there, with a force that outweighed all previous waves. Although there certainly are some parallelsContinue reading “The fourth wave – the highest of all”

The shittier posts matter too! Here’s why!

My writing on the blog has been a bit sketchy lately. Posts haven’t been very long or very detailed. Some might say boring, even. This may all very well be true. I ended yesterday’s post with the question why I would write a post anyway, if I know it is gonna suck. There’s a coupleContinue reading “The shittier posts matter too! Here’s why!”

As long as it’s daily…

I have little to write today. I’ve done a lot of driving in the morning, and I’ve spent the day with family in the Netherlands. What I do with family is both wildly uninteresting, and, to be fair, none of anyone’s damn business. Hehe. I will instead spend the evening watching horrible Dutch Friday eveningContinue reading “As long as it’s daily…”

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.”

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)”