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 The big tutti quanti box has been replaced by a smaller box with the traditional wine (and not one, but two bottles!)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.
PhD student Elles Raaijmakers always tries to see the funny side of things and reproduces this in cartoons and comics. This time: Ronnie explains the simplicity of science one more time.
Women are systematically underrepresented in leading academic positions. TU/e has been actively promoting change in that department for several years, but reality has proven tricky.
Design must reflect the practical and aesthetic in business, but above all good design must primarily serve people - Thomas J.Watson
Keeping this quote in mind, for the Dutch Design Week of this year I decided to brutally ignore chairs, lamps, watches, foldable bicycles, distorting mirrors and improbable clothes of the future. These are just some of the projects that caught my eye (and my heart) instead.
We all need symbols in life. Whether animals we venerate (like lions, roosters, cows, dragons, etc.), monuments we admire (i.e. Tour Eiffel, Gateway of India, Brandenburger Tor, etc.), or real or fictive characters we worship (such as gods and goddesses, kings and queens, celebrities, and Santa Claus and the like…). So what would count as a symbol for the Netherlands? Sinterklaas and his zwarte pieten? “Oh no, please, not again…”, I hear you say, right? This is far too controversial and doesn’t stand for the unity of the Dutchies. There’s fortunately one symbol that embraces all Dutch cultural characteristics and hence isn’t subject to any controversy: the fiets!
2001 saw the release of the movie Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within. Based on the classic console game, the movie impressed with its hyper realistic computer-generated imagery (CGI). It marked a milestone in representing people, and experts doubted if real people weren’t used in the movie after all.
‘That knowledge is very superficial which remains only on your tongue. The intrinsic merit and value of knowledge is that you act upon it.’ The TU/e automotive teams, as STORM, IM01 and all the following, are indeed the legacy of pragmatism.
When I decided to start the PhD in my actual research group, little did I know of the uphill battle ahead. Strong competition? Hard working? Geen probleem. But surviving here as the only PhD woman being single among fourteen PhDs, postdocs and technicians was an endless inner struggle.
When they want to generate research revenue, scientists can get quite creative. The first sponsoring requests for experiments have appeared on Kickstarter and Indiegogo already. Sometimes, scientists make up their own data. Chris Snijders aims for the big bucks via the App Store and Google Play.
The Netherlands is believed to be a safe haven for biking. An excellent network of bike lanes, (relatively) short distances to cover, flat land and a biking culture makes biking the obvious choice for transportation. Especially for students, biking is the go-to mode of transport, and the best one. There are well-defined traffic rules for biking and the lack of knowledge of those rules makes you prone to biking accidents.
On my way back from a meeting, I walked passed our new supermarket on the campus. I stopped. I turned around. It was high noon. I was hungry. Would this new shop feed me? I was curious, but also anxious. Well, the first impression was one of a shock. In front of the shop a pink crocodile (or was it an alligator?) was staring at me, with its mouth open … hmm… maybe it was hungry, too. Not very welcoming to customers… Fortunately, it was chained down to a huge nearby plant. Jungle? Yes, the concrete jungle in Flux.
I was always curious to why the Dutch are considered to be thrifty and in what ways they do it. Last week I was at the PechaKucha#18 talk at the Temporary Arts Center (TAC) and there were two talks that I would like to share with you.
Engineering seems to have obtained an interesting hold on almost every aspect of our lives that thinking without it seems to have removed the essence from every train of thought we initiate. My observational skills have created a memory database that notifies me on a daily basis that there are at least two circumstances in a day when I end up comparing an everyday event to a scientific theory or a technical jargon.
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At this university there are students who are not taking any classes, but they are still forced to pay the full sum of their tuition fee. How is that? When you take a look at what they are doing instead of following courses, their reasons become clear. They form one of the most important cornerstones of the TU/e, they are the student board members and part of student teams.