New insights into job downgrading…hands-on research again!

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!

New insights into job downgrading…the blessing of having time to learn new things

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

New Insights into Job Downgrading. The Blessing of Having Time to Answer Emails

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

Part II. How an economist, a computer engineer and a gardener embarked in the construction of a garage. And succeeded!

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!

How an economist, a computer engineer, and a gardener embarked on 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!