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Black

Black. Black like ink. Like absence. Like the Nothing in “Neverending Story.” Not just black, but Vantablack: a surface that eats light...

Immortal for a Day

A few days ago, I drank my morning coffee while listening to a soft hiss from outside. They were finally removing the words HAIL SATAN...

Eve of Lockdown # 2

Groningen, Dec 14 2020. Four days before schools were supposed to close for Christmas in the North. Recently, I read a chill-inducing...

Let's Party!

Groningen, the Netherlands, End of 2020. People celebrating Christmas and/or New Year's Eve are busy making spreadsheets to plan their...

My Failures at Book Dating

I am looking for book recommendations. Recent, contemporary, not unfunny. Preferably with protagonists who do research. Real scientists....

To Each Their Own Hellhole

We had hopeful news today about the first corona vaccine. In a recent article about the contenders, our newspaper decided to review them...

Staying Upright

A few days go, we celebrated the graduation of one of Niels' PhD students by having dinner at our house. (Cue <suspenseful music in times...