society

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 […]

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 […]

community and motivation

With the current black plague and the necessity to work from home, many people told me that it is difficult for them to stay motivated. This seems to be widespread and all the other bloggers I read on a regular basis have tackled this issue from their own perspective. Mark Manson wrote about it in […]

negative consequences of risk aversion and honesty

Here are some thoughts on the negative consequences of risk aversion and honesty. This is going to be a short one but given that what I want to write about is explained easily. I guess the major part of this post should happen on the readers side; reflecting on your own circumstances. This week I […]

cycling – reflections on a tale of two worlds

If I were to believe that one can define themselves in a singular way, I guess I could call myself a cyclist. I am also a fast cyclist. I tune my bicycle for speed; I want a perfect machine. I want it to be a smooth ride and I love it when I manage to […]

we are not even the product; we are the fuel – part 1

This is part one of a two part series that bridges technology critique, social science and a call to be more mindful of your time and focus. A while ago I listened to the waking up podcast where Sam Harris talks to Roger McNamee who is a former mentor of Mark Zuckerberg – the man […]

improve your health by fighting climate change

Congratulations humanity! You are successfully killing yourself! I read on TechCrunch the other day that the CO2 concentration in our atmosphere has climbed to over 415 PPM for the first time in human history. If you look at the graphs on the website it is difficult to dismiss this as not a big deal. If […]

the problem with “the others” and climate change

This post is going to be rather political and the way I will talk about the upcoming issue will not be of good taste to most people. Through my work email I received an email to support an initiative called “Scientists For Future” that concerns itself with climate change. The reason why I post my […]

minimal security

This is going to be my first attempt at writing consequently and with intent. Up until now, my blog and my posts have been a collection of thoughts, impressions and unstructured information. I have been toying with the idea of putting more effort into my writing and my blog. I decided to make a public […]

think

I have a new bicycle. My previous was stolen and I doubt the thief will have any fun with it. Its lifespan was long overreached and in order to get it back on its feet, you would have to invest a considerable amount of money. Nonetheless I am sad – it was a nice bike […]