This blog is mainly about physics, energy engineering, and software somewhat related to these two. Bonus material: Musings on (online) life and work in general and experimental internet poetry.
In the early days of this blog (in 2012/2013) my personal musings about ‘science and me’, about life and work and my career choices had been my preferred topic.
I’m Elke Stangl and elkement is an amalgam of my first name and The Subversive Element. I run a small engineering consultancy together with my husband. Following Star Trek terminology he is Chief Engineer and I am Science Officer. We work on heat pump systems using a special heat source; I am mainly concerned with software development related to automation and analysis of measurement data.
Before that, I had been working as an IT Security Consultant for a long time (for which I have no formal education), and in another life before IT I worked as a scientist in R&D (based on my PhD in applied physics). My current occupation is the result of years of soul-searching and trying to reconcile all this while reconnecting with my roots.
Personal website: elkement.subversiv.at This is sort of the precursor site of this blog, and currently serving as a dump for more sketchy personal meta-musings and list of resources … while at the blog here I try to create more self-contained articles (… even if that might not be obvious ;-))
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E-Mail: elkement [insert at] subversiv [insert dot] at
More legal stuff and contact data on my business page
All images and content here is my own or our company’s, unless stated otherwise. The Subversive Elkement has a weird sense of humor but turns into a nitpicking stickler and painstaking submitter of DMCA complaints if somebody pirates content without consent.
[Page last edited: 2016-11-12. Minor changes.]
Each section of this blog corresponds both to a standard blog category and to a page that lists all postings in that category:
Physics: I write about thermodynamics, heat transport, energy, and related history of science, e.g. about Peter von Rittinger’s Steam Pump or Carnot’s Theorem. Allegedly mundane things – as the freezing of water – are more complex than it seems: A Sublime Transition.
Heat Pumps (and renewable energy). We plan heat pump systems that use a special heat source – the combination of an underground water tank and a solar collector. I am often writing posts as a public to questions we’ve got. How does it work?
IT Security: The page’s URL still reflects my former specialty – Public Key Infrastructure. I published some stories of a past life – When I Did Social Engineering without Recognizing It – but now I focus on monitoring, control snf Internet-of-Things related security issues: Hacking My Heat Pump – Part 2: Logging Energy Values.
Life (and work). Recurring topics are my ambiguous relationship with the corporate world, struggling with having skin in the game as an entrepreneur as a ‘doer’ versus fence-sitting commentator: Career Advice – Borrowing Wise Words from a Sailing Hacker
Poetry: I am looking for the weird and bizarre in seemingly random search terms and spam comments. I craft poems from the virtual scrapyard:
Imaginative Poetry. Inspired by the Second Name of Collected Space.
The Web: I am one of those meta-posters writing about the internet and blogging and thinking online about being online and crafting conspiracy theories about Google’s intentions: About 14,5 Random Thoughts on Blogging and Social Media.
Historical category: Reading. I kept tracks of books I read, sometimes I review them. But I hardly review books in a way doing them justice, so I the ‘book reviews’ are also listed on one of the other category pages: Hacking the Biological Clock.
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Until Nov. 2015, the site’s title was:
Theory and Practice of Trying to Combine Just Anything
For a long time, the tagline has been:
Physics versus engineering
off-the-wall geek humor versus existential questions
IT versus the real thing
corporate world’s strangeness versus small business entrepreneur’s microcosmos, knowledge worker’s connectedness versus striving for independence.
I have been called a Dilettante Essayist, a fantastic mind with matching off-the-wall humor, and my writing has been called honestly irreverent. I don’t keep track of blog awards, but this one was special: I was honored to be named Geek of the Year and having a resume that reads like a character from The Big Bang Theory.
As per 2014-12-24 this blog’s icon in an angry dinosaur.