PhD student Elles Raaijmakers always tries to see the funny side of things and reproduces this in cartoons and comics. This time: playing outside isn't just for kids.
The upcoming carnival season poses a significant threat to all. No, I do not allude to drunk Dutch or sexually repressed men dressed up as clowns, waddling around in an awkward polonaise. Instead, we are at risk of being ‘attacked’ by an ‘earworm’. This phenomenon, also known as involuntary musical imagery, concerns the ongoing repetition of one or more lines of music, stuck in one’s head.
In my latest column in January, I described the cultural differences in greetings (bowing, kissing or shaking hands) around the world, and we saw that the Dutch and the French, for example, practice greetings or express wishes in different ways. Now let’s go deeper into the topic and examine habits in the more intimate, romantic and passionate kissing, a.k.a. French kissing.
PhD student Elles Raaijmakers always tries to see the funny side of things and reproduces this in cartoons and comics. This time: Ronnie gets caught illegally downloading software.
Most people must have heard of it by now, TU/e will start making use of evening hours for lectures from quartile 3 and 4 of this academic year. What’s going on?
Examination period. A few individuals spend these two weeks in total rest and certainty, while most are grinding away many a tense hour behind their books. Uncertainty or the awareness that it might have been better to start studying the subject matter earlier cause many students to keep studying late, burning the midnight oil. Don’t do it!
PhD student Elles Raaijmakers always tries to see the funny side of things and reproduces this in cartoons and comics. This time: meanwhile, during an evening lecture...
“What’s in a name?”, said Shakespeare once famously. While the philosophical debate continues, I often ask people, “what does it mean!?”. In response comes a confused reply - “What do you mean?”. Yes, your name, it would have a meaning in your culture or language, right?
We have four children, and each one is growing fast. Pants are too short in no time, and jackets fit too snugly before you know it. It always comes as a surprise, but we can’t but accept: I never try to convince them short is the new black, nor do I urge them to wear their jackets on their left arm and right arm alternately. I just buy them new clothes.
These forms of greetings are actually the title of a book that reviews various business practices and greeting forms in about 60 countries. Needless to say, such general informative books are quickly outdated. But not so when it comes to greeting practices, the topic I want to tackle in this first column at the beginning of this new year 2016.
Around dinner time my wife and I always like to watch Australian Master Chef, while knocking together our own food during the commercial breaks. A well-known item from this popular cooking contest is the Mystery Box – a box containing a very limited set of ingredients that the contestants have to cook with. And then it turns out that you can compose the nicest dishes with licorice, fennel, sesame seed and red port. On some occasions the contestants are given an empty box. Then they have a free rein and can go ahead using their own imagination to the full. At such moments a number of candidates completely lose it and literally and figuratively make a complete mess of it. Out-of-the-box thinking is by no means easy.
Societies can be individually or collectively oriented. During a discussion with drinks, we started talking about Albert Heijn, because this Dutch chain of supermarkets often is a topic of discussion. And why not: this is where the country sources its bread and butter, or cheese rather. So at a point I said with disdain: ‘AH decides what the majority of us students eat, based on the Bonus card’. To which my Dutch friend reacted: ‘So what is the problem? Didn’t your parents decide for you what to eat when you were younger?’ My reaction: ‘No, I could say what I wanted to eat.’ My friends’ reaction: ‘Nooo, you could say what you would like to eat and you would get it?’
PhD student Elles Raaijmakers always tries to see the funny side of things and reproduces this in cartoons and comics. This time: Ronnie could do with some new glasses.
Google Streetview recording nice pictures of the street as well as unprotected Wi-Fi traffic in a neighborhood. TomTom which shares information with the police about stretches of roads where many motorists tend to speed so that the police can target their positioning of speed cameras better. ING which wants to analyze payment data of customers, and wants to sell these analyses to third parties, so that those commercial parties can focus their publicity efforts more. The tax authorities that use SMS parking services to trace tax fraud. These are examples from everyday practice whereby personal data is used in a way that makes many people’s hair stand on end. That is when the so-called ‘creepy line’ has been crossed.
TU/e-employees will soon receive their Christmas gift box as a traditional sign of gratification for the hard work performed in the past year. The big tutti quanti box has been replaced by a smaller box with the traditional wine (and not one, but two bottles!) and a Bijenkorf gift card. This box is simple, easy to take home, and it fits the Calvinist approach to gift-giving. So far so good, although…
A cold typical fall evening, I sped through the signal and heaved a sigh of relief as I approached the familiar building. Exam week and like for every other person at TU/e, exhaustion and caffeine were the only two companions for the week ahead. Taking the elevator lost in thought, my mobile suddenly beeped to an unfamiliar tone. One new email in the student id: on a Sunday?!
On Friday November 13, Valeria Solesin was killed during the ISIS’s attack in Paris. Valeria was at the Bataclan concert hall when three men, without masks, burst in with Kalashnikovs and began shooting blindly at the crowd, for more than 10 minutes. Valeria had my age, your age, my story, your story.
“I am an international student. I do not smoke or drink. I don’t have any fascination for music nor do I go to pubs. I do not sleep around either. Yes, we exist!” At least, “we exist” is a fact.
Cartoonist Sandor Paulus illustrates a hot TU/e topic. This time: protesting via Flux seems to work.
You can measure it, but you cannot see, touch or weigh it. You can burn, save, waste or kill it, but you cannot destroy or change it.
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