When I was young, my mother used to tell me that I should first finish what I started before moving to something new. I think this was mostly because in order to finish something I had to clean up the mess I made, but it's not a really bad rule to keep in mind I guess. However, even though I should first finish all my other projects before moving on, I picked up another project last week: getting a PhD.
Yep, as of the first of October my boss allows me to spend two days a week on doing research. This research is going to be (how surprisingly) in the field of static analysis and software quality. Our first research-topic is already starting to shape itself and I believe (how surprisingly) that it is going to lead to interesting results.
It might be nice to perform research, but in order to get a PhD you cannot get far without 1) good focus and 2) good supervisors. Luckily, I have a team of two supervisors that can certainly keep me focused: Joost Visser and Arie van Deursen.
In order to keep everybody up-to-date with the progress of the research, and to spend a little time in a more research-oriented environment, I will be traveling to Delft once a week. While last week was mostly filled with arranging a workspace, this week is going to be filled with giving a talk at the Research Colloquium. So if you have not heard my Fluent Interfaces talk yet, this is probably your last chance :)