One of the wonderful bits about my current volunteer work is that I am doing hands-on research (again). And this time, not with the idea of developing or testing a theory as it is often the case in academia, but with the humble and simple goal of improving people’s lives while ensuring the long-term conservation … More New insights into job downgrading…hands-on research again!
Have you ever felt that there is never time to learn new things that could make your work better…but that are not extremely urgent? That it is faster to do things “the old way” since learning the “new way” will take too much time? Do you tell yourself “I will do it in summer when … More New insights into job downgrading…the blessing of having time to learn new things
It is now a little over two months since Costa Rica published its first report on the Corona crises. At that point in time (11th of March) there were 22 reported cases of infected people. Today, there are 863 of which, only 288 are active cases. This country of 5 million inhabitants has suffered only … More What a tiny tropical country can teach the world about managing the Coronavirus crises
Over the last couple of weeks, those of you following this blog might have been surprised by the multiplication of blog posts…in different languages. So, here is why. Making the blog accessible to all From the start, Frank and I decided that we would write the blog in English as the main language. But we … More The challenge of a multilingual blog
The other day I realized what it is to be on the other side of the fence. In this case, in the shoes of the research assistants that have been working with me over the years. And this is the insight: the grass IS greener!! At least in some respects. Let me explain. Over the … More New insights into job downgrading: The blessing of having time for fast turnarounds
I do not know what the last drop in the glass was but this last weekend I finally felt the frustration of the current situation with the corona growing inside me. Physical tiredness or emotional tiredness? It might have been our respective family losses in Europe, the worries with Matilda, the sleepless nights when I … More The challenge of keeping up with positive thinking in times of Coronavirus
One of the largest frustrations of my current job as an academic and I guess that as a professor is the permanent feeling of not having enough time; of constantly being behind deadlines; of not being able to devote time to individual projects; of ending the working day with the sensation that I have been … More New Insights into Job Downgrading. The Blessing of Having Time to Answer Emails
In this post, I will explain what the database does that I am currently developing for the sea turtle researchers at Osa Conservation. In short, their problem is that have have multiple tables with sea turtle data, which are structured somewhat differently and which they want to bring together in one table. (See my previous … More A solution to a common data problem
Act 4. The beams The day after Frank set to cut the bamboo. We needed bamboo sticks of 6,5 meters long for the beams. But since the sticks are so long, we estimated that one good straight bamboo stick could serve for two beams. So, Frank set to the task. Act 5. The finger and … More Part II. How an economist, a computer engineer and a gardener embarked in the construction of a garage. And succeeded!
Or so it seems. This is a story in 6 acts. Act one. Denial Almost right after we arrived, the house caretaker took a glimpse of the car and very politely asked us if it was rented or it was ours. We proudly informed him that the car was ours, to which he immediately responded … More How an economist, a computer engineer, and a gardener embarked on the construction of a garage. And succeeded!