A walk in the light haze of Pannonhalma.

A walk in the light haze of Pannonhalma. The Archabbey is beautifully maintained and wonderfully well-kept, as are the grounds. As one of the iconic Benedictine abbeys of Hungary and part of the UNESCO world heritage, it is definitely worth a visit.

Taken on Dec 26, 2017 @ 14:14 near Pannonhalma Archabbey, this photo was originally posted on my Instagram. You can see the original on Instagram by clicking here..

I could tell you…

Courtesy of a buddy in satellite reconnaissance, he sent me a few of these t-shirts of a project so secret, they did not even allow an official mission patch to be designed. The (somewhat clumsy) Latin on the patch translates to “I could tell you… but then I would have to kill you.”

Taken on Dec 08, 2017 @ 13:40 near Budapest II. kerület, this photo was originally posted on my Instagram. You can see the original on Instagram by clicking here..

Epidemiologists, here’s your chance to make your parents proud.

I found this t-shirt as a stocking stuffer for my dad, who still doesn’t really know what I do for a living, other than that it has ‘to do with viruses’ (yeah… almost, Dad.). Epidemiology geeks, there’s hope: here’s your chance to make your parents proud this Christmas!

Taken on Dec 06, 2017 @ 23:26 near Budapest II. kerület, this photo was originally posted on my Instagram. You can see the original on Instagram by clicking here..

In which my awesome father-in-law has taken care of my bedtime reading

In which my awesome father-in-law has taken care of my bedtime reading for the foreseeable future... :) thank you so so much! ️ I've only had an hour or so to go through them but can already see the difference between these books and the rest of the SDR literature out there. Instead of clobbering the reader with heavy maths out of the gate or reading like something written by radio anoraks for radio anoraks, the Clarks' books read easy while going deep. If you have any interest in #sdr #radio or are as lucky as I was to have picked up a #HackRF for Christmas, you MUST get these books!

I only had an hour or so to go through them but can already see the difference between these books and the rest of the SDR literature out there. Instead of clobbering the reader with heavy maths out of the gate or reading like something written by radio anoraks for radio anoraks, the Clarks’ books read easy while going deep. If you have any interest in sdr radio or are as lucky as I was to have picked up a HackRF for Christmas, you MUST get these books!

Nostoi

One of the best things about my job is traveling to new (or in this case, old) places. And yet it wasn't until I had a home to go home to that I began to appreciate the wide world. Always on the road, existence is a sort of fleeting limbo. But if you have an Ithaca to yearn home for, a Penelope whose arms await you, you suddenly understand. It's in being away that we discover our home. It is in home that we discover away.

One of the best things about my job is traveling to new (or in this case, old) places. And yet it wasn’t until I had a home to go home to that I began to appreciate the wide world. Always on the road, existence is a sort of fleeting limbo. But if you have an Ithaca to yearn home for, a Penelope whose arms await you, you suddenly understand. It’s in being away that we discover our home. It is in home that we discover away.

“Next stop: Leiden University Faculty of Law!”

Returning to a place from one’s old life is always a complex experience. I’ve spent a year studying in this town, a mere decade ago: yet today, it feels like an eternity or a past life. So much has changed since then, and I barely recognise the man I was.

Back when I lived in Leiden, I was attached to the law faculty, housed in Kammerlingh Onnes’s old lab. If you had told me then that a decade and a bit later I would be back, but as a data scientist working with a client nearby, I would have laughed. Data science wasn’t even a thing back then, and while I was always into statistics and maths, I never saw myself doing it as a career until (relatively) quite recently. And so, to return to a town that holds all these memories from a past life is strange to say the least. Strange – but not necessarily unpleasant!