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Best of 2017

(elkement. Last changed: 2017-12-14. Created: 2017-12-10. Tags: Life, Looking Back, Garden, Heat Pump, Introspection, Learning, Philosophy, Simulations, Thermodynamics, Work, About. German Version.)

I did not have ambitions 2017. It should have been a year of taking stock - and it was, in a good way.

  • I time-travelled and re-lived some history of software engineering, and finally learned basics of computer science. This was philosophical delight, but also useful and necessary: I was able to boost the performance of my simulations (above a level of what was, maybe, embarrassingly slow).
  • I tinkered a lot with numerical simulations of our heat pump system. Main thing I learned: The more modern the building, the more you'd need to simulate humans' behavior, rather than physics or control logic.
  • Reverse engineering and troubleshooting is what finally connects all the fields of science and engineering I love: Troubleshooting, ferreting out hidden causes and effects in hydraulics feel the same as sniffing and debugging software and networking protocols.
  • Theoretical physics reading: I returned to classical thermodynamics and statistical mechanics; I find it fascinating and beautiful in its own right, even if only at the pre-1960s level. I took stock of my writing on heat transport - and I am happy I can actually really use physics on a daily basis, in down-to-earth engineering projects.
  • I was thinking about automation, standardization, and big social media platforms. I struggled with this blog post about the future of small business for a long time, but optimism won. I might frame this even more positively today: There is a place for artisanal service delivery despite or because of Everything Being Offered As A Service by Omniscient Data Krakens.
  • My blog turned 5 in spring, and I allowed myself to return to a more philosophical blogging style (briefly). Otherwise, I finally and subconsciously made the elkement.blog my main resources of technical content - or at least content related to my professional domain, and content edited for clarity and entertainment. Whereas on elkement.subversiv.at I let my stream of consciousness flow. It seems that the pattern that finally emerges is: elkement.blog = elkement's tech / science magazine and platform for personal research news, with an ever growing focus on fields I have training in and daily practical exposure to. elkement.subversiv.at gravitates against the same focus, but I allow myself to focus on my personal perspective only. So here you find 'what I am doing with [insert: heat pumps, security,...]', over there you find the useful content as such.
  • Tomato harvest was great. I tried to grow late varieties - like Ox Heart - directly outside, and it worked.
  • Dinosaur Kale tastes good. And it is able to recover from a at attack of a bug that targets kale (and radishes' seed capsules). Don't try to keep seeds of radishes in the land of canola.

This website is an old-school non-interactive site. My blog technically isn't, but looks like one now, for the lack of visible comments. However, messages have reached over covert 1:1 channels, so I do now that there is a small but sincerely interested group of readers. I thank you all for reading my stuff!

Cheers!

elkement (Elke Stangl) 2017

Not much happened in 2015

(elkement. Created: 2016-01-12. Tags: Edible Wildflowers, Administration, Garden, House, Infrastructure, Life, Looking Back, Nostalgia, Photovoltaics, Projects, Remote Work, Work, About. German Version.)

The most existing things, in no particular order:

Infrastructure updates - 'real'

Solar panels, before installation

Infrastructure updates - 'virtual'

  • We migrated three bank accounts, and I learned what I never wanted to know about different ways to setup debit orders. My favorite: an anonymous form on the vendor's website. Security = knowing your client account
  • Our village has changed its zip code. I learned what I never wanted to know about how organizations store addresses. Goodie: Opening 'support tickets' turned interactions with big platforms into something human.

Work and Life

Edible wild vegetables from the meadow in the garden

I had misspelled Bizarr in the Tags list. Now I corrected it - and it means a Tag will die! I think this is the right kind of comment for this kind of 'article'!

Instead of a 'Bio' ...

(elkement. Last changed: 2018-03-03. Created: 2014-11-08. Tags: Spaceship, Bizarre, Life, Garden, Lifeform, Art. German Version.)

... we show you an organic - 'bio' - space probe.

Organic 'Bio' Space Probe

Elkement is an amalgam of Elke and the Subversive Element.

Physicist and consulting engineer by trade and by day, self-proclaimed dilettante science blogger and avant-garde poet by night.

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