Bonne fête mon chat! What a milestone. For you, legal adulthood. For me, tipping from parenthood into co-adulthood. Don't misunderstand the term: you will always be my child. You will always be the only person who ever was my baby. This birthday highlights that my role will be shifting from carer to supporter, and that … Continue reading Dix-huit


Pi Day Report

Full of dedication these past weeks, I’ve been doing serious research into the world of Viennese patisserie. My criteria were 1. Delicious-looking, 2. New  and 3. Chocolate. Though for the sake of number 2, I sometimes skipped the 3rd criteria. The photographic evidence demonstrates the diversity attained:   Also discovered, as a result of this exercise: … Continue reading Pi Day Report

The fifth discipline

Given the current trend to include strength and conditioning as the fourth discipline in triathlon (see an article on this part of training for the Dutch national triathlon team in this month's edition of Transition), I've decided to document the overlooked fifth discipline: stuff. Scuba diving is nothing in comparison; triathlon really involves a large … Continue reading The fifth discipline

Eating problem, continued

I've been researching and reading up on how to solve my eating problem. It seems that this eating dilemma is going to be resolved--surprise surprise--with a golden third way. I should not either increase the baseline or compensate the calories as I go, but rather do both. This means two changes in my current eating … Continue reading Eating problem, continued


Trump, Brexit, the earthquakes in Groningen, interdisciplinarity in energy research, the poor showing of the Netherlands in the energy transition--this collection of glocal issues has recently spurred me to think and write about our systems of knowledge and how they come to matter. One the threads in this series of reflections has been the importance … Continue reading Tact

Post-truth and other truths

In the aftermath of the American elections, discussions about knowledge and truth have been framed by concepts of post-truth and alternative facts. Even among those of us who consider themselves experts in the processes of truth-making and knowledge creation, this framing has stirred things up, reactivating old fault lines in the STS community (see the … Continue reading Post-truth and other truths

Big Data and Energy: crucial intersection

Data seems to be everywhere in contemporary society, including energy.  Precisely because of this ubiquity, it is important to consider how data is created and used, and how it circulates, so that we can understand the implications for the energy transition, whether in the business sector, private and public life. The intersection of energy and … Continue reading Big Data and Energy: crucial intersection

When Big Data and Energy Meet

In 2018, one of the activities I’ll be pursuing as visiting professor at the Department of Science and Technology studies (blog) at the University of Vienna is giving a course on energy and big data. This will be the occasion to explore with students of the Masters programme in Science and Technology Studies how energy … Continue reading When Big Data and Energy Meet

Measuring People up and Database Logic

Average Joe and Plain Jane are two North American ways of expressing in everyday speech the typical, normal, just plain, average person. In Weten Vraagt Meer Dan Meten, the concluding chapter points to the tendency in professional and expert contexts to compare people via measurements, with a particular emphasis on averages. The various contributors to … Continue reading Measuring People up and Database Logic