This blog is mainly about energy engineering, physics, software related to these, IT security, and about my life as a small a business owner and webmaster. (Plus the occasional weird posting).
elkement is an amalgam of my first name Elke and The Subversive Element. I run an engineering consultancy together with my husband. Following Star Trek terminology he is Chief Engineer and I am Science Officer. We are physicists tinkering with heat pump systems and control units. I am the theory department – developing software for simulations and analysis of measurement data, and
hacking securing stuff. I am also an IT security consultant, supporting Public Key Infrastructures since more than 15 years.
For the official contact data / e-mail see the legal info page.
Personal website / extended About Me: elkement.subversiv.at.
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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.
Physics: 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.
IT Security: Stories of the past – When I Did Social Engineering without Recognizing It – and my ‘Internet-of-Things’ related tinkering: Hacking My Heat Pump – Part 2: Logging Energy Values.
Life and work. My ambiguous relationship with the corporate world, struggling with having skin in the game as an entrepreneur. ‘Doer’ versus fence-sitting commentator. Career Advice – Borrowing Wise Words from a Sailing Hacker
Poetry: The weird and bizarre in seemingly random search terms and spam comments. Poems from the virtual scrapyard:
Imaginative Poetry. Inspired by the Second Name of Collected Space.
The Web: Meta-posting about the internet and blogging and thinking online about being online. 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 reviewed them.
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.
Since May 2017 the blog’s main domain is elkement.blog – I am now on a paid plan so that you do not have to look at ads any more.
Since 2014-12-24 this blog’s icon in an angry dinosaur. Nobody ever asked why so it must be self-explanatory.
[Last edit: 2019-03-01: Routine check and clean-up.]