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Research

A few lessons from the lab – November 22, 2010
If I had a time machine – January 14, 2011 
The riddle of shear failure – January 21, 2011
ASCE Structures Congress 2011 – paper and presentation – May 17, 2011
Our lab on TV – May 25, 2011
fib Symposium 2011 – paper and presentation – June 14, 2011
The making of a specimen – August 29, 2011
Halfway my PhD – September 1, 2011
A presentation in Dutch  – September 22, 2011
Presentation at ACI Fall Convention – November 6, 2011
From real traffic on a bridge to a square steel plate – March 21, 2012 
A setup for half-scale slab shear experiments – March 28, 2012
International Bridge Conference 2012 – June 24, 2012
Spreiding puntlasten plaatviaducten – July 4, 2012 
IABMAS 2012 – July 19, 2012
9th fib PhD Symposium in Civil Engineering – July 31, 2012
TEDxDelft Salon Announcement – October 3, 2012
Kick-off 3TU.Bouw – October 11, 2012
Fifty Shades of Concrete – October 23, 2012 
Thesis Update – October 30, 2012 
Shear and Punching 101: Distance in the codes – November 13, 2012
Taking the Lab to the Stage – November 27, 2012 
Sulfur Concrete in Plain English – January 8, 2013
Paper nominated for Paper of the Year – February 7, 2013 
On the road to the defense, part I – February 14, 2013 
Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting: Presentation and Paper – February 17, 2013 
Paper published in the ACI Structural Journal – February 21, 2013 
Breaking News: The Dissertation – May 14, 2013 
Presentation at fib symposium 2013 – June 20, 2013 
Presentation on Shear Assessment of Solid Slab Bridges – June 27, 2013 
IABSE presentation on slabs subjected to a combination of loads – June 30, 2013 
Presentation from ACI Fall Convention 2011 – July 4, 2013 
Prolonging the service life of existing reinforced concrete slab bridges – July 14, 2013 
Quick Scan Method – Presentation at the International Bridge Conference – July 18, 2013 
Presentation of my PhD Defense, “Lekenpraatje” – July 21, 2013  

Presentations

Tomorrow’s presentation – December 1, 2010
Evaluation of my presentation – December 3, 2010
Preparing a presentation without slides – May 21, 2011
Preparing a presentation without slides – the aftermath – May 24, 2011
Another presentation style – February 4, 2012
Slideshare – April 12, 2012
Giving a poster presentation for the first time – June 26, 2012
Powerposing to boost your conference presence – October 17, 2012 
Performing for TEDx Delft Salon – October 19, 2012 

The process of doing a PhD

The possible cause for concentration problems – September 27, 2010
How to learn from your supervisor – November 30, 2010
Reverb 10 – Day 2: Writing – December 5, 2010
Just ask – December 6, 2010
Reverb10 – Day 7: Community
 – December 7, 2010
Reverb10 – Day 9: Party – December 9, 2010
Reverb10 – Day 10: Wisdom – December 10, 2010
Reverb10 – Day 13 – Action – December 13, 2010
Reverb10 – Day 17: Lesson learned – January 4, 2011 
Reverb10 – Day 24: Everything’s OK – January 5, 2011
Mastering your PhD by P. Gosling and P. Noordam – Book Review – January 13, 2011
A PhD defense at TU Delft – January 18, 2011
How to handle a large amount of literature – January 24, 2011
Literature review – The sequel – January 27, 2011
Building a Successful Career in Scientific Research by Phil Dee – Book review – January 30, 2011
Reimbursement – February 27, 2011
My analysis report or How to analyze large amounts of test data – February 28, 2011
My PhD study companion – March 4, 2011
The phases of reading – March 10, 2011
How much time does a conference take? – March 28, 2011
The Unwritten Rules of PhD Research  – Gordon Rugg and Marian Petre – April 4, 2011
How to get a PhD by Phillips and Pugh – May 30, 2011
Reviewers’ comments – June 20, 2011
How to tackle a large task –  July 10, 2011
Who am I to speak up – July 11, 2011  
Book review: Starting research: An introduction to academic research and dissertation writing – Roy Preece – July 31, 2011 
How to write an abstract in 30 minutes – August 1, 2011 
A PhD defense at Georgia Tech – August 28, 2011
Five reasons why I decided to pursue a PhD – September 19, 2011
Studying versus Research – October 12, 2011
How to present calculations in a report – November 13, 2011 
The basic elements of a presentation with slides – November 14, 2011 
Tools for planning towards the defense – February 6, 2012 
Doing a PhD – is it work or school? – February 13, 2012 
Contents of my job – March 18, 2012 
The PhD movie – March 24, 2012
Finding time for writing – March 26, 2012
On perseverance – April 9, 2012
Gaining confidence in your research – April 11, 2012 
How to write a paper in two days – April 16, 2012 
At the beginning of the road – April 20, 2012
Top 10 posts on PhD Talk – May 26, 2012 
Ten great blogs for PhD students – June 28, 2012 
Reading loads: understanding different levels of reading – September 25, 2012 
Reading loads: keeping up with the output – September 27, 2012
Power of We – October 15, 2012 
Reading loads: Archiving after reading – October 9, 2012
The Creative Process: Conditions – November 1, 2012
The Creative Process: The Creative Habit – November 8, 2012 
The Creative Process: Reading Sparks Creativity – November 18, 2012  
The Creative Process: The Importance of Questions –  November 20, 2012
Letting Go – November 29, 2012 
Thesis Distance – Inner Resistance – December 2, 2012
The Creative Process: Creativity without borders –  December 11, 2012
The Archetypes of PhD Students – Which one are you? – January 17, 2013 
Introducing: Silver Linings – January 24, 2013 
Improve Your Public Speaking Skills – January 31, 2013
Five Ways to Control your Budget in Graduate School – February 26, 2013
25 Quick and Easy Ways to Save Money in Graduate School – March 3, 2013
PhD Life at TU Delft – March 10, 2013
The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us – March 21, 2013 
The Creative Process: Essential Components of Creative Acts – March 28, 2013 
Silver Linings: To Ask or Not To Ask – March 31, 2013  
Discomfort, Friction and Creative Blocks  – April 11, 2013 
Five Best Practices for Getting Started with Research – May 9, 2013 
Writers’ Lab: Seven Short Research Ideas to Discuss in a Conference Paper – May 28, 2013 
Writers’ Lab: How to stay motivated when writing an entire dissertation – June 4, 2013 
Five Key Elements to Consider when Applying for a PhD – June 6, 2013 
Writers’ Lab: Writing your acknowledgements – June 11, 2013 
Defending tomorrow! – June 13, 2013 
Silver Linings: Flowing through conference travel – June 16, 2013 
Writers’ Lab: How much time does it take to write a dissertation – June 25, 2013 
Writers’ Lab: The final months of the dissertation – July 2, 2013
Celebrating Milestones in Graduate School – July 11, 2013 
On the road to the defense, part II – July 25, 2013 
Writers’ Lab: How to write your conclusions, Part I: journal or conference paper – July 30, 2013 
Writers’ Lab: How to write your conclusions, Part II: Doctoral Dissertation – August 6, 2013 
The Defense: My experience – August 8, 2013 
How to Prepare for the PhD Defense – August 15, 2013  

Academia

Social media and Academics – November 18, 2010
Insider Higher Ed’s leaving or staying in academia – January 10, 2011 
Ten reasons why you should study abroad – March 7, 2011
How to make your autobiographical essay stand out – June 19, 2011
Assisting assignments – June 30, 2011
Diversity – September 29, 2011
Four reasons for blogging – November 28, 2011
Explaining your work to friends and family – February 11, 2012
A new world of work for scientists – February 16, 2012
First lecture – ever – March 29, 2012 
Thank you, Fulbright – March 31, 2012
Twitter and scientists – April 21, 2012
Blogging as a means to tackle publication bias? – October 2, 2012
Science is Fun, Science is Play – October 21, 2012
Authenticity in 2.0? – November 4, 2012
Why Blogging is for Every Single Academic – December 6, 2012
Can Blogging add an Additional Dimension to Academic Publishing – December 9, 2012 
Academic Lessons from the Story of Success – December 13, 2012
The Shires and Thoroughbreds of Academia – December 20, 2012  
Five Lessons for Science Teachers – March 7, 2013
Silver Linings: Joi Ito on Learnings, Authority and Kickstarter – March 24, 2013 
Why Writing is your Single Most Important Skill – April 9, 2013 
Silver Linings: Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish – April 28, 2013 
Thinking about STEM – May 2, 2013 
Silver Linings: Podcasts and the Love of Learning – May 12, 2013 
Silver Linings: Conferences, and flying around the world – August 11, 2013

Structural Engineering

Software review: Codeform and Codeproof – June 25, 2011
Structural engineering conferences – September 11, 2011
Journal top 5 – January 21, 2012
Smart Materials, made in Delft – December 18, 2012
First Time at the TRB Annual Meeting – March 5, 2013

Productivity and Time Management

First steps in speed reading – September 16, 2010
A few good friday habits – September 17, 2010
Friday already? – October 8, 2010
How a few software tools created several hours per week – November 8, 2010
How staying longer at work resulted in getting less work done
 – December 9, 2010
Some motivational words – January 8, 2011
Reflections on Lifehack’s 11 things to avoid in 2011 – January 16, 2011
7 ways to motivate yourself – January 29, 2011
Ten tips for a better concentration – February 3, 2011
How I started to take my own planning and deadlines seriously – February 7, 2011
5 tips to boost your productivity – February 14, 2011
Five ways to jumpstart your day – February 17, 2011
Seven simple steps to tackle writer’s block – February 21, 2011
Strengths or challenge – February 26, 2011
An afternoon without network connection – March 14, 2011  
Decisions and priorities – March 27, 2011
Gremlins and procrastination – April 3, 2011
Leechblock – May 27, 2011
Using shortcuts to write faster – July 17, 2011
Focus Booster – July 22, 2011
Blog post about holidays – August 25, 2011
Five helpful websites – September 3, 2011
Five pitfalls to avoid when working from home – October 10, 2011
Cleaning out the information stream – January 8, 2012
Inserting the chapter title to the header in Word 2010 –  February 12, 2012
The writer’s little helper – March 19, 2012 
Improving your Spotify experience – April 2, 2012
To Pomodoro or not to Pomodoro – April 5, 2012
The benefits of 750 words – April 26, 2012
My time management system – June 5, 2012
How to stop making excuses – July 6, 2012
On morning routines – September 19, 2012
A fresh start – October 4, 2012
The active bird catches the worm – October 23, 2012 
Towards better concentration in five steps – October 25, 2012
Introducing: Writers’ Lab – January 10, 2013 
Writers’ Lab: Writing for non-native speakers – January 15, 2013 
Writers’ Lab: A personal Narrative on Writing – January 22, 2013
Writers’ Lab: 750 words versus longhand journaling –  January 29, 2013
Writers’ Lab: Make Your First Draft Fun – February 5, 2013
Writers’ Lab: Writing Academic English for Non-Native Speakers – February 12, 2013
Writers’ Lab: Seven Lessons from Academic Writing – February 19, 2013 
Writers’ Lab: Overview of Journals on Structural and Bridge Engineering – March 12, 2013
One powerful trick to boost your productivity – March 14, 2013
Writers’ Lab: A Writing Diet – March 19, 2013 
Writers’ Lab: The Art of Writing Compelling Figure Captions – March 26, 2013 
Writers’ Lab: Writing More Compelling Articles and Blog Posts – April 2, 2013 
Why do we procrastinate – April 4, 2013 
Writers’ Lab: List of Common Mistakes – April 16, 2013 
Six Essential Elements in Writing To Dos – April 18, 2013 
Writers’ Lab: How You should Start Writing from Day 1 – April 23, 2013 
Writing and Cravings – April 25, 2013 
Writers’ Lab: Five Ways of Getting in the Zone – April 30, 2013 
Writers’ Lab: A Quick Hack for Writing with Less Disturbances – May 7, 2013 
Writers’ Lab: How to put a landscape table on a portrait page – May 21, 2013 
Teach yourself Speed reading – May 23, 2013 
Consider the Internet as a Tool, not a Time-suck – May 30, 2013 
Writers’ Lab: Turning passive sentences into the active voice – June 18, 2013 
Writer’s Lab: A Quick Tip for Proofreading – July 9, 2013 
Writers’ Lab: Constructing effective outlines using assertive language – July 16, 2013 
Writers’ Lab: A drastic revision strategy for improving your paper’s story and organization – July 23, 2013 
Writers’ Lab: Editing your writing, paper-less style – August 13, 2013  

Health

The work-life balance thing – November 15, 2010
Reverb10 – Day 5: Let go – December 5, 2010
Reverb10 – Day 11: 11 things – December 11, 2010
Reverb10 – Day 12: Body integration – December 12, 2010
Reverb10 – Day 12: Body Integration – Part 2 – December 12, 2010
Reverb10 – Day 19: Healing – January 4, 2011 
Reverb10 – Day 28: Achieve – January 6, 2011
Reverb10 – Day 31: Core story – January 6, 2011
First steps into mindfulness – January 7, 2011
Overcoming fear – January 9, 2011
A few thoughts on the video “Mindfulness with Jon Kabat-Zinn” – January 16, 2011
The silent creativity killer: lack of sleep – January 20, 2011
Mindfulness – your thoughts as leaves on a stream – January 23, 2011
Lack of sleep – Part two – March 6, 2011
Mindfulness – an update – March 19, 2011
Four mindful habits – April 8, 2011
More mindfulness – July 3, 2011
Using the iPhone to battle insomnia – March 22, 2012
How to make meditation a habit – April 23, 2012 
Pzizz – April 28, 2012
Pranayama iPhone app – November 6, 2012
Treat Yourself to Relaxation: Silva Relaxation app – January 13, 2013
Beat stress by breathing with your diaphragm – January 20, 2013
Silver Linings: Gratitude in the Shower – January 27, 2013 
Silver Linings: Meditation and Your Brain – February 3, 2013 
Silver Linings: 10 minutes of Standing Yoga – February 10, 2013
Silver Linings: Kickstart your health – February 24, 2013 
Silver Linings: Your Daily Checklist – March 17, 2013
Silver Linings: Meditation, your Brain and your Heart – April 7, 2013 
Silver Linings: Loving Kindness – April 21, 2013

Silver Linings: Getting started with meditation – June 2, 2013
Silver Linings: Listening to your inner circadian rhythm – June 9, 2013 
Silver Linings: Study Yum – June 23, 2013 
Silver Linings: Creativity and Meditation – July 7, 2013 
Silver Linings: Hormones and your Health – July 28, 2013  

Travel

Reverb10 – Day 3: Moment – December 5, 2010
Reverb10 – Day 22: Travel – January 5, 2011 
Magritte – February 24, 2011
A few places worth visiting in Amsterdam – March 17, 211
Keukenhof – April 10, 2011 

Other

A new blog – September 14, 2010
Day zero project – October 4, 2010
Branding fail
 – November 15, 2010
Reverb10 – Day 1: One word – December 5, 2010
Reverb10 – Day 4: Wonder – December 5, 2010
Reverb10 – Day 6: Make – December 6, 2010
Reverb10 – Day 8: Beautifully different – December 8, 2010
Reverb10 – Day 14: Appreciate or How I came to terms with my situation. – December 14, 2010
Reverb10 – Day 15: 5 minutes – January 4, 2011
Reverb10 – Day 16: Friendship – January 4, 2011
Reverb10 – Day 18: Try – January 4, 2011
Reverb10 – Day 20: Beyond avoidance – January 4, 2011
Reverb10 – Day 21: Future self – January 5, 2011
Reverb10 – Day 23: new name – January 5, 2011
Reverb10 – Day 25: Photo – January 6, 2011
Reverb10 – Day 26: Soul food – January 6, 2011
Reverb10 – Day 27: Ordinary Joy – January 6, 2011
Reverb10 – Day 29: Defining moment – January 6, 2011
Reverb10 – Day 30: Gift – January 6, 2011
Reflecting on Reverb10 – January 7, 2011
The importance of good communication – February 13, 2011
The Julie Project – June 5, 2011
In defense of Latin in secondary schools – June 27, 2011
Blogs I am currently following – July 18, 2011
Blog birthday! – September 15, 2011
Creating history – TEDxDelft 7 november 2011– October 19, 2011
Live blogging at TEDxDelft – November 7, 2011
Space: Research and Tourism (TEDxDelft) – November 13, 2011
Ideas – and Feynman (TEDxDelft) – November 13, 2011
Simplify – January 19, 2012
Getting your message through on Twitter – April 14, 2012
Book review: George Saunders – Pastoralia – April 30, 2012
Who buys music anyway – June 30, 2012
TEDxDelft: Never grow up – October 5th – September 23, 2012
Therion: Les Fleurs du Mal Review – September 29, 2012
Liveblogging at TEDxDelft – October 5, 2012 
TEDxDelft: a recap – October 6, 2012 
Storify on TEDxDelft – October 6, 2012 
TEDxDelft LiveBloggers – October 7, 2012
Vrouwennetwerk 2.0 – October 28, 2012
Lest We Forget – November 11, 2012 
Never Grow Up, Today but also Tomorrow – November 15, 2012 
Why Blend In if you can Stand Out – November 22, 2012 
Manon’s Tales from the Road – November 25, 2012
A Wonderful World of Sensations – December 4, 2012
Affiliate Links and Sponsorship Opportunities – December 16, 2012 
Happy Holidays – December 23, 2012 
Calling for Contributions – January 3, 2013
In Her Language – January 6, 2013 
PhD Talk on Brazen Careerist – January 7, 2013
TRB Annual Meeting – Social Media and an App, done Right – February 28, 2013 
Silver Linings: Kickstart your Change – April 14, 2013 
Silver Linings: The PhDcat(s) – May 5, 2013 
PhD Talk among Top 100 Thesis and Dissertation references on the web – May 16, 2013 
Silver Linings: Favorite flashmob – May 19, 2013 
Silver Linings: What I learned from “Stoppen met Shoppen” – May 26, 2013 
PhD Talk, post PhD – August 1, 2013
Silver Linings: Discover your major strengths – August 4, 2013 

 
 

We perish due to lack of knowledge

I have been here this evening reflecting on the last three weeks which have been intense involving a lot of studying and doing practicals but fruitful. I have just concluded LATINA (learning and teaching in a digital world) summer course and am looking at how beneficial its for this generation to go digital. You may have all the digital gadgets but if you do not know how to use them then they are useless to you. you may be having internet all the time but if you do not use it creatively then you will never know what is happening in the digital world.

It’s after attending this course that my eyes are now wide open that a lot is taking place in the clouds. There are so many sites and software free  of charge that can solve people’s challenges. so for anyone who has been using the internet for only few thing like socializing, try to go deeper in digital technology a lot is happening. Your life will be simplified and creativity will penetrate your vessels and finally you will be called someone knowledgeable. Enjoy as you start stretching yourself beyond what you know in the digital world.