Gobs' Life

A home for my stream of (not DnB related) consciousness.

October 23, 2022, 9:50 Oct

As Long As The Grass Grows - some thoughts

I recently read "As Long As The Grass Grows - The Indigenous Fight for Environmental Justice, from Colonization to Standing Rock" and I found the energy to write up some of the parts spoke to me most.

This was an extensive and excellently written book, and I would highly recommend it. It was a c...

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October 23, 2022, 9:50 Oct

Civil disobedience for academics

Tomorrow (Monday 24th of October 2022) I will give a presentation to my research group on civil disobedience for academics. I wrote out what I wanted to say as well, since I worry that I will digress, and so here it is below. You can find the pdf here.

Presentation storyline

Total speaking tim...

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October 20, 2022, 9:49 Oct

Imperial has a gas problem

I made a LinkedIn post about a recent disruption of Imperial's ChemEng department's oil and gas career's talks. Leaving this post here as a placeholder because I have a lot more I would like to say about my time at Imperial, the idea being that I'll periodically update it.

Climate denial denial

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September 18, 2022, 11:22 Sep

Old people are violent too

People use the word "violence" quite loosely. Let me put it another way - before going to university for me "violence" was reserved for things Vikings did, like murdering, raping and pillaging. The kinds of activities that get me out of bed in the morning. After school "violence" started popping up...

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Recently I've been having days where I feel completely overwhelmed by all the things I want to do. Complaining about being too busy is a pet peeve of mine because you only have yourself to blame (mostly, I'm assuming that you don't have to work a lot just to make ends meet). I think that the people...

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August 7, 2022, 10:39 Aug

The Value of Music

I've recently realised a simple and deeply rooted assumption I've had regarding the value of music. In brief, I used to believe that what gave music its value was its complexity, the technique. To make good music was to make complicated, technically demanding music, despite the fact that most of the...

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September 23, 2022, 2:40 Sep

Scientist Rebellion website

I forgot to mention that a while ago (~2 months now) I made a website for Scientist Rebellion Belgium using grav, same way I did here. I documented the entire process and I think it could be useful for some.

Scientist Rebellion Belgium hasn't really gotten off the ground yet, but fingers crossed...

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June 26, 2022, 3:48 Jun

CarFreeBrussels action idea

Got a bit excited the other day and had an action / campaign idea crystallize in my head. I currently have too many projects for the future to be able to carry this forward, but thought I'd write it down so that someone else can do it perhaps (and also because I'm on holiday and I decided to do a ph...

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June 26, 2022, 3:48 Jun

Can't be arsed anymore

It's been a while since I wrote here, which is a shame because I've recently realised it's a much more reliable place to unload the battered container of my unfiltered thoughts than my diary, which was recently stolen (for the 3rd time!). So here's some thoughts that have been buzzing around said co...

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January 26, 2022, 10:22 Jan

I joined XR

If there's anyone who could consider themselves a "regular reader" of this consciousness toilet I call a blog, then they may have surmised that I'm rather anxious about the environment and whatnot. It was this anxiety, combined with a sense of shame at how uncaring I had become, which led me to join...

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November 23, 2021, 1:07 Nov

Techmology, sometimes she not so happy

From time to time I think we all find ourselves wondering about words:

Why on earth do we talk about 'content' these days?

When I say 'to be honest', does that mean the rest of time I'm being a lying turd?

What the fuck is 'blockchain'?

I recently watched two Ted Talks about economic gro...

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September 23, 2021, 10:35 Sep

Quick start guide for Julia and Docker

I actually secretly hate Docker because it keeps popping up in my life and I still don't quite get it. Eventually I will, but for now here's a quick start guide (mostly for myself) to test stuff out with Julia in a Docker image.

To install Docker on Ubuntu, see here. See also troubleshooting a...

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September 17, 2021, 6:35 Sep

Climate anxiety

I was around 10 years old when I watched "An Inconvenient Truth". I would be lying if I said I had concrete memories about it, but I do remember the fear it instilled in me. The fear that the world I was growing up in, which I was only recently getting to grips with, was heading towards disaster. In...

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August 10, 2021, 5:36 Aug

Something something flying and holidays

I recently realised that my entire near term memory is taken up by Covid and lockdown. Contemplating experiences earlier than this, such as going to a festival, feels like remembering my time at school - memories of memories. So I was extremely grateful to be able to go on holiday to Greece last wee...

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June 30, 2021, 6:51 Jun

Sentiment and Pretense

This is not, as the title may suggest, the name of a Jane Austin novel but rather a short article on two faults I'm scared of committing whenevers I write. They're more familiar when used as adjectives, that is to describe someone who is sentimental and pretentious. Despite worrying that I come acro...

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April 5, 2021, 12:44 Apr

Why I hate social media

I'm a bit of privacy nut. I've seen the documentaries about governments and tech companies harvesting our data either for "security" or to sell me stupid shit (I'm not sure which is worse), and I'm scared to watch more. I religiously implemented all the suggestions in privacytools.io to the po...

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First things first, you can find the web app at countdown.gobs.eu. Repository for web app is here.

Probably about 2 months ago I had the brilliant idea of attempting to create a Julia web app. Since this took me a while, I thought I'd document my struggles here in case anyone else wants to tr...

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February 25, 2021, 3:55 Feb

Does hypnosis work?

Recently my girlfriend has started doing hypnosis therapy before going to sleep. For the sake of privacy, let's assume it's to cure her of her shameful enjoyment of farting in crowded spaces, and I was curious to know whether it's actually helping or not. In fact this is one of many dubious treatmen...

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I've had a couple of discussions about discount rates in energy systems models and I find it quite a fascinating topic. It's got a bit of a Cat's Cradle - Kurt Vonnegut vibe about it. Anyway, I decided to write the short article below on the subject, which proved surprisingly difficult. Apparently I...

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February 25, 2021, 3:59 Feb

Does mindfulness reduce anxiety?

I thought I'd start things off with something light. I've recently got into meditating once or twice a day, mainly in the hope of daydreaming less, being more focussed and being less stressed. Mindfulness and meditation (I must admit I don't bother to differentiate between the two) seems sensible -...

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June 30, 2021, 6:43 Jun

Intro

I'm writing this at 6:18 in the morning (all my best ideas occur between 23:00 and 7:00) after having finished Ben Goldacre's "I Think You'll Find it's a Bit More Complicated Than That" and I'm feeling inspired. I've thought about writing a blog for a while now, to allow me to vent my daydreaming on...

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February 22, 2021, 7:03 Feb

Obfuscate

I can’t think of a worse choice of word for saying “confuses or obscures” something. However, it would be less baffling if people used it more, hence I will try to use it from now on.

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