SEO—the bane of my blogging

On this blog I am using the YOAST SEO plugin that tells me how I should optimize my content so other people will find it. However, I noticed an unwelcome side effect on myself emanating from SEO and readability analysis the plugin provides. First, the readability measures seem to assume that the readers—if there are any—are somewhat stupid. Sentences with more than twenty words are penalized. The ease of reading measure also seems to revolve around readers…

the normalization of life

Recently I kept thinking a lot about how we humans always seem to adapt to new circumstances that we then perceive as the new default. I started thinking about it after one of my cycling runs. I used to do a 40km course through Tokyo and I still remember how broken I was the first time I finished it. When I came home I had to sleep for an hour to let my body recharge. After a…

the japanese dichotomy of politeness

There is something about Japanese culture that has always struck me as odd. Generally, people in Japan are uber friendly and there are countless occasions where Japanese politeness has saved me when I was lost or when I did not understand something which then lead to some mistake on my part. However, on the street there are always encounters with Japanese people that I find puzzling. For example, people on bicycles on the sidewalk tend to stop…

stoic practice

Recently my patience has been quite low, and for some reason I have been short tempered. Really small things were able to throw me off balance. For example, when I had a video call with my brother and we were chatting about current issues in academia, I became quite heated when explaining something to him that I am opposed to. Not about anything he said, just about the subject matter of what I had said myself. However,…

the illusory self and how I have been living a lie

Currently I am in the process of reading “Can’t Hurt Me” by David Goggins and I have to say I am positively surprised—and shaken to the core. David Goggins writes about his life journey from being abused as a child, to becoming one of the toughest men on earth. What I find very refreshing is his brutal honesty and his approach to taking accountability for failures in his life. While given the current societal climate, his…

QWERTY should be dead

QWERTY is an incredibly dated keyboard layout providing only disadvantages from a technical and usability point of view. Why is it still around; and what are the alternatives?

enter the rabbit’s burrow

After falling down the rabbit hole when I started to read the mechanical keyboard Reddit, I bought myself…

a lack of scientific rigor

This is going to be a long one because it needs some introduction to give context to my experience. Back to the issue at hand—science. It as fascinating for me how systems can function and fulfill their goal despite being critically flawed. One such system is science. When I was young I dreamed of becoming a scientist. I believed in the idealized image that, as a researcher, you work on the forefront to expand humanity’s knowledge. Two…

seeker of truth

I consider myself a seeker of truth. Most people ascribe this title to themselves because it sounds virtuous. However, I think that most people are seekers of convenient truth. They do not actually want truth, especially not if it challenges their held believes. I dare to say that I am a seeker of truth in the literal meaning. I do believe that truth is one of the most important concepts in life. Truth is the fabric that…

domain update

I recently bought palladion.tech and I will slowly transition all my sites to that. The current URL palladion.it should generally still work until 04.2021 but will cease to exist after that. The transition will also probably break a few things. I expect matrix and email to break because some of the configurations need to be changed by other people. I try to do all to forwarding and error handling that is required but even if something breaks…

when you have a hammer…

I am sure you can complete the saying in your head. And this post is about exactly that, being blinded by the hammer. In a previous blog post I wrote about setting up Webstorm development with docker. After progressing further in my project I needed to setup more complicated configurations and what seemed an easy change turned out to be a rather tricky problem. Admitting an…