Emerging hopes in the fight against coronavirus

I recently posted a note about the benefit of being an optimist in times of uncertainty. Here’s the link to the original post. In a nutshell, it said that whenever solutions become reachable, optimists can find them faster than pessimists. I included links to a number of emerging solutions. To live to that spirit, this…

Favourite songs and their cultural ‘alter-egos’

Academic work can be a tad monotone, so, to stay sane, I consume enormous amounts of music. I am finding increasingly fascinating that songs in different languages can say very similar things in fantastically different ways. Below some of my favourite songs and their cultural ‘alter-egos’ (let’s see if you can figure out why the…

Curious finding

Coronavirus has increased the number of hours available in my day, which has allowed me to read some books I had in the queue. One of these books, by Randall Munroe (xkcd dude), is entitled ‘What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions‘. In the said book, I found this rather curious section: I…

Social distancing, lockdowns, and the large costs of enforcing large policies (UK version)

I am social distancing at home and would like to invite anyone who’s not doing so to get a grip on reality! Right now, social distancing is primordial! I worry, though, that without the accompanying expertise in public policy, some friends of mine are using expert epidemiological advice to support extreme social distancing policies that…

A brief personal background

I promised myself I would never blog about my life, but coronavirus’ stay-at-home situation is somewhat boring. So, here we go. Maybe I’ll stop after coronavirus is over. Maybe I won’t. I figured why not start with a small insight into who I am. Tinder-style, i.e., only the good stuff. This is me drinking glühwein…