reflections on december 2022

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In general

I feel very grateful for all the good things that happened and all the good folks I met this year.


Summer Palace

We watched Summer Palace by Lou Ye. It's set in the 80's and is about a young women from the countryside that moves to Beijing to study. The story follows her relationships through the years as civil unrest shakes the country that would finally culminate in violence and political suppression in 1989. Her friends and her big love leave the country for Berlin, she stays. Decades later, they reunite.

Ye reportedly got banned from filmmaking for 5 years after this movie was released.

I really liked the atmosphere of the entire film. It really brings the feeling of the 80's student scene in China alive such that it feels like we've been there. The film is a masterpiece.

White Lotus, Season 2

We watched the second season of White Lotus. The first season took place in a Hawaiian resort called White Lotus. The second season is set in its Italian franchise.

Compared to the first season, the second season has a more elaborate plot and a more satisfying final. I like the first season more, because the characters were more interesting. Aubrey Plaza is cool though.

Debian 11 and Ubuntu 22.10

I upgraded my work laptop to Debian 11:

$ lsb_release -a
No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID:	Debian
Description:	Debian GNU/Linux 11 (bullseye)
Release:	11
Codename:	bullseye

I also upgraded my home laptop to Ubuntu 22.10:

$ lsb_release -a
No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID:	Ubuntu
Description:	Ubuntu 22.10
Release:	22.10
Codename:	kinetic

So far, so good.

Kool Savas

I like Savas. I think he is a prolific artist.

As the year comes to an end, I am getting nostalgic for when I was younger: I have been listening to a lot to Kool Savas this month. These days, I like his more mature stuff better. For example, his album Royal Bunker with Sido is pretty good. I always liked the song Jedes Wort ist Gold wert.

Bonus: Savas played one of the brothers in Thomas Arslan's critically acclaimed film Geschwister. The film is about a Turkish family in Berlin's Kreuzberg neighbourhood. It's a good one.

Plant journal

We have four plants in our home.

Ole (office) and Dagmar (living room) have fungus gnats. I ordered SF nematodes, which are supposed to eat their larva. They arrived as a powder in sealed package, similar to sea monkeys. And similar to sea monkeys, I had to mix them with water (15–20°C). Afterwards, I watered Ole and Dagmar with the mixture.

Now we'll see.


DFG Call: Research Software – Quality Assured and Re-usable

Phillip, Lennart, and I submitted a letter of intent to a DFG call for proposals on improving the Hydroinformatics Modelling System (hms). I wrote my PhD thesis with hms. If we get invited for a full proposal, it'll be back to the roots for me.

Circle of friends

Interdisciplinary networking

I attended a networking event organised by TU Braunschweig. I'm pretty shy, so this kind of events are difficult for me. But I met a couple of nice people there that I want to stay in touch with.

Urban Critical Zone Science

This month, I connected with a lot of people from TU Braunschweig that work in the urban area.

Letter of intent submitted to VWStiftung to thoroughly understand the Urban Critical Zone around the city of Braunschweig. Hope they like what I wrote enough to invite me back for a full proposal.



American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting 2022

I participated in the Town Hall Transforming Critical Zone Research Through Shared Science, Tools, Data, and Philosophy, organised by Bhavna and other people from the Critical Zone Network-of-Networks Team. Interesting discussions on how to set up a Critical Zone observatory and synthesis work.

Coming soon

Daniel is being very productive.

SIAM Conference on Mathematical & Computational Issues in the Geosciences

Daniel submitted an abstract on SERGHEI to the GS23. It introduces the model and shows some performance benchmarks. I hope it will be of interest to the applied mathematicians.

European Geoscience Union General Assembly 2023

Daniel is preparing an abstract on urban flash flood modelling using SERGHEI to the EGU General Assembly 2023 in Vienna. A new application area for SERGHEI, but results are very promising.

Reading for pleasure

Santaland Diaries

Anna gifted me Santaland Diaries by D. Sedaris. It's a collection of six Christmas-themed short stories. One of these stories, Santaland Diaries, was the story that made Sedaris big. Overall, it's a quick read. Sedaris's stories are cynical and mean-spirited. Especially Santaland Diaries, which is a recollection of his work as Santa's Elf in a mall, and the story called Dinah, the Christmas Whore reminded me of Bukowski. But I prefer Bukowski. My favorite story was Front Row Center with Thaddeus Bristol, where Sedaris reviews elementary school Christmas plays.

D. Sedaris, Santaland Diaries, Victor Gollancz Ltd, London, UK, 1999.


Author: ilhan özgen xian

Created: 2022-12-29 Do 09:06