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Hello! I'm graduating this year from the double master degree of Industrial Ecology en Science Communication at TU Delft. This blog is about my final year at TU; how do I get sick of TU Delft so I can start my "grown up life" without getting too nostalgic the rest of my life about "my" University. Enjoy reading :)

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Posted in March 2012

User testing is AWESOME!

Woehoe! I reached this really fun part of my graduation project. All this time (from September untill now) I’ve been researching to which criteria a design of a sustainability support system should comply to. And now I turned these criteria into a design to test with product designers. Today, my friend Marlous helped me out with the pilot test and it was so much fun. 

And the fun isn’t over yet. From this friday on, and the entire next week I’ll go to product designers and ask them to go through my prototype. All of this to create the ultimate useful amazing website that helps product designers to DO sustainable design. This will be one of the final stages of my project, after this user testing all that’s left to do is to write two reports (a thesis and an advisory report for the company I’m graduating for); present at my graduation company and present at Uni. 

If everything goes well I’ll be done before summer. Perfect timing right? And with this kind of spring, I really don’t mind being at Uni working … having picknicks in the Mekelpark and taking little naps in the sun. It’s a hard life, being a graduate student … 😉

 

The tree underneath my graduation room at the Physics building (TNW) 

 

The view over the Mekelpark from my room 
 
 
Picknick with my Science Communication study-buddies 
 

Music and graduating

This morning I listened to ‘Doe Maar’ (a Dutch band that plays reggae inspired music) in order to get me started. Then, I spend a couple of hours working without music, fully concentrated. And now, to finish the day, I listen to French chansons by Amélie-Les-Crayons [yes, she sings as beautiful as her name is]. Her music makes me want to go outside, enjoy the last rays of sunlight and leave all my graduation worries at my desk. It’s amazing how music can help you do work.

Soooo my graduation tip of the day is: Take some good quality headphones with you when you go to study somewhere. And let the music energize you, make you concentrate (Baroque music does that trick with me as well, Bach is the best) or relax you. Have fun. Oh yeah, I listen my music from this website: http://scovre.com/music/; it’s super nice, better than LastFM or Grooveshark [that’s my opinion at least ;)] 

 

 

Woehoe! My anti-RSI software forces me to quit for today

I love my anti-RSI software. 10 seconds ago it told me to quit for today and do something else, and yes, I’m really really happy I’ve got a legitimate excuse to turn my computer off. Sooooo goodbye, cheerios, see you tomorrow again screen, for now I’ll ignore you…

 

Messy room, messy head

Oh no, it happened again. When I’m busy working and don’t take time to reflect upon what I’m doing, my head becomes messy. In those times it can happen that during the evening that I get restless, thinking about stuff I should do and things I shouldn’t forgot to write down the next day etc. This mess is reflected directly upon the places where I work… for instance my desk and my email account. 

 

 

My emailaccount has all these folders, but sometimes I don’t take the time to put the right emails in the right folders. Also, I forget to answer certain emails (sorry friends!). I’m busy with graduation work, but still I will spend the next hour tidying my desk … hopefully it helps to tidy up my head as well. My emailaccount I’ll do tomorrow, I can’t get too tidy in one day ofcourse. Let’s hope the tidying of the surroundings also helps me to make sense of my thoughts .. 

Floating

 
I need a life buoy.
 
During my graduation project I often feel like I’m floating to all these different places, but I’m never totally sure it’s the right place to drift to. Sometimes my supervisors help me, they guide me somewhere but when I’m on my own again I start floating away. I’m always curious whether other people who are graduating feel the same way. 
 
In the end, I just hope I drift the right way and receive my diploma at the end of June. Wish me good luck!  

Music filled weekend

Friday I danced to the music of this amazing Catalan band and yesterday I was treated to two singer songwriters in my own living room! Also, I’m typing this little piece while listening to Bob Marley. It’s a music filled weekend and I love it!

It’s just the best day ever today. The sun shines, my head is filled with happy music memories and it’s a lazy sunday, I don’t have to do ANYTHING. So actually, this is also the end of this tiny blogpost … I’m going for a nice walk to de Delftse Hout (our little nature area in Delft :). Soooooo cheerios, enjoy the weather, and I’ll write soon again 🙂 

Concert in our own living room!!

Stop drawing, start typing!

I love the last course that I have to finish for Science Communication. But, the fact that I love it makes it troublesome for me. I spend the entire day working on it, and it made me superhappy. But, I need to finish it, so I can work on my graduation project again. I keep on making AWESOME (at least, that’s what I think about them myself) drawings, timelines, graphs … but I should just type and finish the report instead of only expanding on it and making it more complex … 

Ok, I think I have an idea. I will give myself a time limit, I can work on it only in my free time (goodbye studyfree saturdays and lazy sundays); by doing this it will stop being fun, and I will just hurry and finish it. I’ll keep you up to date about this daring new strategy of mine, I hope it works otherwise I will never graduate in June as planned …  

 

 

One of my awesome timelines …

Tired

Why does my brain not function like yesterday? Today I’m handing in part of my graduation report; so it’s deadline time! Yesterdag was amazing, I sat behind my computer and typed for hours. Beautiful sentences took shape on the screen, and while I’m reading them over today they even still seem to make sense. It’s like a miracle.

And now, a day later, I can’t get a letter well written. I feel tired and unconcentrated; I’m wondering whether I should go home and lay underneath my blanket untill my brain agrees to function normally again. There is no reason for this tired & unconcentrated mood, I didn’t drink beers last night and I slept 8 hours. Arg! Ok, at least I could write this blogpost quite easily, maybe that’s a good sign for the report writing. Let’s give it a try, send good thoughts my way please (to do this, try thinking loudly in the direction the physics building (that’s where my graduation room is); "MEREL !! Your head becomes normal again !! Type Type Type!! " ) 

Inspiration, where art thou!

Normally I’m quite good with this kind of thing. I read something, I think and write a nice little piece of text. I should be good in it, because during my internship with the Dutch popular science magazine KIJK I wrote loads of small articles, and practice makes perfect. 

But why is this not working today? I need to write a review about a book for KIJK; I read the book and thought all this stuff about it but now it doesn’t want to come out of my pen and onto the paper (I’m an old fashioned writer, I like writing stuff on paper before I type it into the computer). I know what I think about the book (Great! Detailed! Expert author! but … Maybe too much into the subject (renewable energy technology) for KIJK readers). I could write this, but that text misses some ‘gravy’.

Hm, maybe I should explain the Gravy bit … Mashed potatoes are perfectly nutritious, but without gravy they are a bit boring. In my head it’s the same with writing … There needs to be gravy, why would anybody read it otherwise! Scientific writing by the way doesn’t need gravy, you can force people to read your writing because it’s science, that’s why I don’t like scientific report writing. Hmm… but talking about gravy, I need to go! I’m having dinner, maybe if I leave the review writing for a bit I’ll get some divine inspiration .. Anyways, my deadline is next week, time enough to get a gravy worthy idea. 

 

Potatoes with gravy … delicious! 
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