Ep. 5: Hats off for creativity

Ep. 5: Hats off for creativity

In the fifth episode my guest was Devika Mathur, a poet from India. She recently published her first book of surrealistic poetry called Crimson Skins, which was featured among my Erratic book Wednesdays reading recommendations, and has lots of other works available on her blog, social media and in various literary magazines. She’s also quite active in the writing community and curates a wonderful newsletter about poetry and mindfulness, so she was a joy to talk to. We talked about poetry, the importance and often overlooked necessity of creativity and inspiration in our lives and of course, her book. She shared all about how she got started with surrealistic poetry and why she chose that particular style, her writing process, where she finds inspiration and how she came to be a published author. We also talked about the place poetry holds in our society and how it has changed over the years, as well as some advice for new writers and artists. Devika even read one of her poems for this episode, so if you’re passionate about the creative process, this one is for you. Come check out Devika’s work on her blog and social media and show her some love! You can also drop by at erraticengineeress.blog and share your thoughts on this episode. Devika’s book Crimson Skins: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55097303-crimson-skins Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/my.valiant.soul/ Blog: https://myvaliantsoulsblog.wordpress.com/ Newsletter: https://tinyletter.com/my_valiant_soul

Ep. 4: Cats and hats

Ep. 4: Cats and hats

In this episode I talked to Miša Bitenc Hernčič, a fellow Slovenian and blogger @letters_from_jeddah who followed her heart and moved to Saudi Arabia. Her stories and letters are always interesting and provide an honest and personal glimpse into life on the other side of the world, which is even more welcome now that we can’t travel as much. We had a chat about adapting to a whole new culture, her relationship with her husband from Sudan, their daily life in Saudi Arabia and all the delicious food. She shared a bit about her content creation process and how she’s trying to educate her audience, smash unwarranted prejudice and portray the foreign culture and traditions with honesty and the respect they deserve. Also, she’s a real cat lady and has a special Instagram account dedicated to helping the local stray cats at her street corner and their catventures, so if you’re a cat lover, she’s your gal. Check out Miša’s blog and social media channels and show her some love! You can also drop by at erraticengineeress.blog and share your thoughts on this episode. Miša’s blog: https://misapise.com/sl/home-2/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/letters_from_jeddah/ Cat Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/catcornerstories/

Ep. 3: You can leave your hat on

Ep. 3: You can leave your hat on

In this episode I spoke to Donatas Kveselys, a fellow engineer who’s going to be the next big thing in stand up comedy. He’s Lithuanian, but he’s currently living in Sweden, which is where we met when I was couchsurfing with him and his flatmate in Gothenburg. Since I was a guest on their sustainability radio show, One and a Half Vegan, I invited Donatas to bring a little humour into my podcast. We did a deep dive into stand up comedy: material creation process, what’s funny in different countries and cultures, advice for new stand up comics, Donatas’s plans for the future, Lithuania and of course, corona. We also discussed what’s (in)appropriate to make fun of, so if you’re uncomfortable with dark humour like suicide jokes, please consider this a content warning. Check out Donatas’s YouTube channel and Instagram and show him some support! You can also drop by at erraticengineeress.blog and share your thoughts on this episode. YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIPqyHfpqh78ayvLkOX3hJg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/donataskveselys

Ep. 2: The hut of sustainability

Ep. 2: The hut of sustainability

It's the second World Engineering Day For Sustainable Development today and in this episode I had a chat about sustainable architecture with Manca Zupan, an architect and a fellow sustainability geek. We dived into all sorts of sustainable building practices for both homes and public buildings to give you an overview of what's out there and what options you have if you want to make your living space greener. Don't worry, we didn't get super technical, but we did talk about energy efficiency, passive houses, how dragons are a potential fire hazard for green roofs, plastic roads, life cycle assessment and climate change mentality, so you might learn something new! Go check out Manca's Etsy shop Maniushka while you're at it. She doesn't make hats though. References for this episode: My sustainability posts at erraticengineeress.blog, Heat pumps explained - The Engineering Mindset on YouTube, Solar FREAKIN' roadways! on YouTube, The opportunities of solar panel recycling - GreenMatch, Study: Plastic Use in Asphalt Pavements Showing Promising Results, Ecochain life cycle assessment (LCA) guide