Ribble CGR SL

After cycling with friends on my previous folding bicycle and seeing how they fly over the streets on their drop bar race bikes I decided it is time for me to upgrade as well. Turns out I wanted a grown-up’s bicycle after all! Although I could do any ride on my folding bicycle, I was quite disappointed by the fact that it does not fold down so small after all. After deciding to get a drop bar…

weak minds make a weak society

To think that the “free and enlightened” citizens of the European Union would throw away their freedom so easily—it saddens me beyond belief. Apparently not even cycling is allowed in some countries due to new corona virus measures. Picture taken at Yanaka, Tokyo with my new bike; post follows.

After reading on /r/gravelcycling on Reddit from a fellow French cyclist that his government is not allowing him…

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…