Energy Transition in the wild: an Excursion to Seestadt

Anna Pillinger, Stefan Lasser, Harrie Mort, Tzu-Min Chang (photo), Anne Beaulieu and participants of the course “Energy and Big Data: Transition and the informational turn in Energy.”  University of Vienna, Summer Term, 2018. On a crisp Friday morning the students of the seminar class “Big Data and Energy: Transition in the Informational Turn in Energy” … Continue reading Energy Transition in the wild: an Excursion to Seestadt

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In memoriam Abby Lippman

On Friday 27 April, a memorial was held at Concordia University to honour the life and work of Abby Lippman. While I couldn't attend, I did wear trainers on Friday, with a nod to what was her footwear staple, decades before this became fashionable. Trainers fit her life--Abby liked to run things. Important things. McGill … Continue reading In memoriam Abby Lippman

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

Tact

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