Kategorie-Archiv: Beyond

Office Coffee Consumption

Starting Monday, I’m leaving the institute. No more physics, but computer science from now on. More on this later.

When we started here in the institute, we bought a coffee maker to prepare our cups of coffee. We also took note of every single cup of coffee we consumed. For my final day, I evaluated our coffee consumption.

Three people were the heavy hitters of the machine: André, Ludovico, and I. Ludovico joined in May of 2014, while André and I drank from March 2012.

The distribution of coffee consumption over time looks like this:
You can clearly spot the period in which André was working in Italy and was only in Jülich for a few days per month.

In total, the coffee machine made 2937 cups of coffee, of which André drank 1248, I drank 1177, and Ludovico drank 349. Guests drank the leftover 163 cups. André consumed about 190 g of caffeine.

The highscore for »most cups per month« is lead by André, who managed to drink 60 cups in July 2015; the final period of his thesis. This was apparently quite an intense month, as it also has the highest amount of total coffees consumed (137).

On average, we drank about 63 cups of coffee per month over the whole time the machine is here, of which André took in 28, I 27, Ludovico 8. Not accounting for the year in Italy, André had 38 cups a month. And counting only the time Ludovico is here, he drank about 20 cups per month.


LaTeX Tips and Tricks for Particle Physicists

During the course of writing my thesis I spent quite some time into getting the \(\LaTeX\) stuff right. LaTeX is such a great language1, generating amazing output, and enabling so many cool typesetting possibilities. How could one not!?
I thought it would be nice sharing my meta-research with others. So I held a talk at my institute to show the most important packages and concepts, I drew on while writing my document.

It tackles writing units in LaTeX and writing particle names. It highlights a few other, smaller packages, but also introduces BibLaTeX and glossaries in more detail. The great engine that is latexmk is introduced as well. It is also the first presentation I did in LaTeX Beamer!

You probably want to use the PDF linked after the embed since you can click all the links easily there.

Local PDF

  1. Markup language. Programming language. Whatever. 

The Future

There you have it. Since the 2nd of July, you may call me Dr. Andreas. I myself am still one signature away from doing so, since the dean currently is on vacation.

As the project »My Doctorate« is over, also this blog has finished its purpose.
Well… its original purpose.

You may have noticed that I removed the play on words from the title. Instead of Doktorandi, which was supposed to be a portmanteau between Doktorand (doctorand) and Andi1, the title is now Dr. Andi — which is what I am now2. Yay!

Instead of giving you some insight into the weekly life of a PhD student, I will keep this blog around to note on some random facts from my past and future research.

Also, maybe I’d like to post some \(\LaTeX\) and C++ and CUDA and Doxygen and CMake and … snippets here and there. But let’s see what the future holds.

I’d be happy if you kept connected, though.


  1. Captain Obvious to the rescue! 

  2. Again, modulo a signature.