Life - Work - 'Philosophy'

(elkement. Last changed: 2019-05-12. Created: 2015-08-17. Tags: Life, Elke Stangl. German Version.)

I am interested in the impact of technology on our life and culture. On How to live a good life in the era of global interconnections, of rapid feedback loops. Of being a small dot in a large system - driven by mechanisms closer to statistical mechanics than to the illusion of an individual having an impact.

I am writing about technology, but at the same time I try to explore how using technology changes my thought processes.

My online places have always been experimental playgrounds - and I hope they will ever be.

Nature and Technology

I am a happy dinosaur.

I am a happy dinosaur. (2018-11-18)
Disjointed pieces. At some point in your life your stories should speak for themselves.

Best of 2017

Best of 2017 (2017-12-10)
What did I learn this year? Troubleshooting hydraulics is like debugging software. I really like classical thermodynamics.

Subversive? Physics?

Subversive? Physics? (2017-05-07)
Next iteration: What's the purpose of this site? This site has more or less the same article over and over again – perhaps in disguise and interlaced with technical notes.

My Philosophy!

My Philosophy! (2017-03-05)
Boiling it down to a short list, manifesto-style: On science, web, and business.

My Philosophy (?)

My Philosophy (?) (2016-05-01)
Pondering on what roles I have had say about my philosophy. Nothing ground-breaking or exciting.

Not much happened in 2015

Not much happened in 2015 (2016-01-12)
The most boring end of year overview.

Life and Work

Life and Work (2015-05-15)
We feel the fresh air of a new category: A new major tag that has infected most of our online content...

Again: Defining 'Subversion'

Again: Defining 'Subversion' (2015-04-01)
We are flabbergasted as we notice that we tied 'Subversion' to hackneyed clichés from managers' self-help books and Dilbert-style satire.

2014 in Books

2014 in Books (2015-04-01)
I had once started a first list of books here, stating that what you write about books says more about you than about the books.

E on Track (Edition 2014 - a Good Year)

E on Track (Edition 2014 - a Good Year) (2014-12-24)
I have come a long way. I celebrate a year devoid of planning, of stress, of expectations. Don't Worry, Be Happy! This was the year of 2014.

Instead of a 'Bio' ...

Instead of a 'Bio' ... (2014-11-08)
... we proudly present ...

Subversive Newsletter Nr. 5: A Mind-Altering Experience

Subversive Newsletter Nr. 5: A Mind-Altering Experience (2014-07-31)
Nearly 10 years have passed, so The Subversive Element can speak about it in public.

Brief Update: Life, the Universe, and Everything

Brief Update: Life, the Universe, and Everything (2014-05-04)
Now you know what this section of the site is good for.

Subversive Work

Subversive Work (2014-02-28)
The Element has tried hard to subvert the Modern World of Work. Not necessarily in a way comprehensible to anybody.

Impressions of a Career 'in Science'(?!?)

Impressions of a Career 'in Science'(?!?) (2014-01-26)
Reflecting on what I wrote in 1998. For better or for worse - those positions I defended back then did not change a lot.

2013 in Books

2013 in Books (2014-01-04)
The Elkement has become a curator.

About Life-Form Elke Stangl

About Life-Form Elke Stangl (2013-09-14)
More self-indulgence...

This Statement Is: For Free

This Statement Is: For Free (2012-12-30)
Discussing why a problem is not a problem for me.

Is My Life a Cliché?

Is My Life a Cliché? (2012-11-18)
It is, and Google proves it.

Knowledge Worker's Daily Subversion

Knowledge Worker's Daily Subversion (2012-10-27)
I have returned to where I started from. This website closes on itself.

Profile of Elke Stangl, one more attempt

Profile of Elke Stangl, one more attempt (2012-10-20)
If that would be web 2.0, I'd call this my profile

Physics on the Fringe

Physics on the Fringe (2012-10-18)
and other books on 'outsider science'

About My Graduation Speech

About My Graduation Speech (2012-09-27)
Not a translation of the German speech given on October 8, 1996 - rather some musings in retrospect.

The Magic of Deadlines and Numbers

The Magic of Deadlines and Numbers (2011-04-07)
This is not about numerology.

I am an Expert.

I am an Expert. (2011-03-22)
I am the total antithesis of a dilettante and an amateur. Ha!

In Need of a Deflector (for Requests)

In Need of a Deflector (for Requests) (2011-03-20)
Years ago (see older articles) I thought that I had the same problem as reported by many freelancers.

About to Change (Though Unaware of This)

About to Change (Though Unaware of This) (2011-01-07)
On reviewing your one history you are always biased and tend to rewrite it silently. Thus I am keeping the old versions of my web pages and force myself to re-read, comment and gradually change them.

Some Questions to the modern Networker

Some Questions to the modern Networker (2005-04-12)
Do you know somebody who could help me with...

The Subversive Element

The Subversive Element (2004-10-15)
Fundamental questions.

Instead of a CV

Instead of a CV (2003-09-08)
I am physicist and IT consultant, with experience in R and D (as a researcher and as IT services manager) and as an IT consultant, delivering security projects to customers in various industry sectors.

Favorite Books

Favorite Books (2003-01-01)
The list reveals more about me than about the books.

Personal website of Elke Stangl, Zagersdorf, Austria, c/o punktwissen.
elkement [at] subversiv [dot] at.