I’m nervous, man

I have felt pretty much constantly nervous over the past couple of days. Our second child is due August 2nd, and that’s not too far away. Our first son Rafa came quite unexpected – ten days early – and birth started early in the morning, after a late evening of dinner with friends. We wereContinue reading “I’m nervous, man”

Life-changing experiences

*This story is totally not what I intended to write about today. I had something completely different and more uplifting in mind. A story about a crazy (but funny) place I lived together with Heike for a couple of years. However, I felt that it needed a bit of a preface of how I endedContinue reading “Life-changing experiences”

A more productive routine in three simple steps

Five months ago, I was worried about not writing enough, and atrophying my creative writing muscle. And I guess it really was true. Since October 2020, my days were filled with running up and down different facilities at different locations and managing different experiments with the team. For five months in a row, that meantContinue reading “A more productive routine in three simple steps”

Stop thinking, start writing

Prologue One should not have Zoom meetings all day. Geez, that messes up your head. I have been staring at a screen since 8AM this morning, and only briefly stopped to grab a bite and bring my son to bed after lunch. I have been outside (at 5.30PM) to water my tomatoes. That’s when youContinue reading “Stop thinking, start writing”

Nothing is ever good enough

There are only a couple of options that I have considered suitable for myself to spend my time doing to make a living. The first one being running my own business, the second being writing. However, thus far I have mostly stuck with the third option, the one of becoming a scientist. Since I wasContinue reading “Nothing is ever good enough”

It’s a bit of a milestone, no?

Today is a special day, as it marks the last day of three months of my daily writing challenge. This post is also my 100th blog post. (I already had a couple of older longer format posts on here from over the years, if you wonder why the maths don’t match up) I started thisContinue reading “It’s a bit of a milestone, no?”

Better things to do

I got rid of social media from my phone. Facebook I already deleted a year or two ago, and I hardly ever look at it these days. What a waste of time that was. It opened up huge pockets of time! I’ve never looked at Instagram much. I just post pictures of things that IContinue reading “Better things to do”

To my clickbait friends :)

A couple of days ago I was working on my daily routine of mindless scrolling through Twitter, when my attention was grabbed by one particular Tweet that asked an interesting question. It was something like ‘I posted a link to a recent blog post of mine that I found important to share with the world.Continue reading “To my clickbait friends :)”

Charging the batteries

“Are you a battery type of person, or a generator type of person?” he asked me, with that typical grin on his face. It’s the grin that always shows up when he asks me cryptic questions like this one. He likes to confuse me sometimes, I think. I told my therapist I often feel exhausted,Continue reading “Charging the batteries”

Impact and its impact

What is it with science these days that it is such a quest for impact? Has it always been this way? The first thing my new employer said when I started working for him and we had briefly discussed some experimental ideas that I had was ‘This will be great, I think it has NatureContinue reading “Impact and its impact”