Hi there, I’m David! Nice to meet you.
I’m a Computer Science student at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany specializing in Machine Learning.
One reason why I started this blog is that writing helps me a lot with memorizing. No matter the topic, whenever I’m learning something new (and of importance) I try to adhere to writing it down. This way I can resort to my learnings even after some time has passed and I might already have forgotten the most part of it. Information stands no chance of becoming knowledge unless you keep reviewing the material. My notes, however, are a mess that probably only I understand. My native language is German, but I default to English resources, so when writing for myself I oftentimes jump between languages even within a single sentence. For me, this works perfectly fine—but not so much for sharing my learnings with others. As two-time Pulitzer prize winning author David McCullough put it:
“Writing is thinking. To write well is to think clearly. That’s why it is so hard.”
In order to publish a blog post I first need to reorganize my notes and review what I’ve learned if I don’t want to make a fool out of myself—which in turn will help me understand the topic much better. The posts on the home page of this blog are about more general topics. The deep dives into very specific topics are available here.
I like to read a lot. My Kindle is essential. I read mostly biographies and non-fictional books, covering topics like Personal Development, Psychology, Neuroscience etc. Here are some of my favorite books. During my daily commute I listen either to their Audible counterparts or to podcasts like The Tim Ferriss Show.
As a New Year’s resolution / personal challenge for 2017, I followed Mark Zuckerberg’s example and set myself the goal to learn a new foreign language. I already had to learn French in high school, which I hated, so this time I wanted to learn a language for the fun of it. I chose to learn Swedish, since there’s something about the Nordic languages that fascinates me. I made it a daily habit to learn with Duolingo and, in addition, took a Swedish course in university. You can follow my progress on Duolingo. With my native language being German, Swedish is my fourth language.
I also enjoy practising Yoga. It’s a good balance for sitting in front of a computer for 8+ hours a day and helps with correcting my posture. My goal for 2018 is to be finally able to do the splits. What’s more, in 2018 I’ve competed in my first Tough Mudder, a 10-mile obstacle race through mud and ice-cold water. Setting myself goals like these really has been a great motivation to get in the best shape of my life, both physically and mentally.
Lately, I’ve become more and more interested in philosophy, in particular the lectures of Alan Watts and Stoicism. I know, this might sound weird and boring at first, but really these teachings are very much applicable to our modern stressful lifes. They help me to live more in the present moment instead of worrying about the future or clinging to the past, to overcome failures more easily (even get something positive out of them) and not waste energy on circumstances I cannot change.
I’m also a huge Game of Thrones nerd. Not only is it a fantastic show, but it also is intelligently written and contains many hidden psychological gems that may teach you one or two life lessons if you care to pay attention. I encourage you to convince yourself and watch a few of the videos analyzing the behavioral traits of some of the show’s most charismatic characters, e.g. this and this video.
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Looking forward to hearing from you!