Posted in 2020

Setting up a new python project with Cookiecutter

Every so often, I need to set up a new repository for a python project including a lot of boilerplate. Because you only set it up once I always spend a lot of time googling best practices and reinventing the wheel. To resolve this once and for all I decided to make a template tailored to my own preferences.


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Uploading a package on PyPI

These are some simple notes to remind myself how to upload a python package to PyPI. The full description on how to upload a package to PyPI can be found here.

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Invitation to the public defense of my doctoral thesis

Nederlandse versie.


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Buying cryptocurrency

I have always been very skeptical about cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin. However, now that printing money is considered a valid response to the corona crisis, and is likely here to stay, I like the idea of having a currency of which there is a fixed supply. Previously I considered cryptocurrencies too speculative, mostly because I did not, and still do not, fully understand how they work. I am investing a small amount into cryptocurrencies as an experiment, where I intend to learn about these instruments, and potentially make a small profit. I found Investopedia to be one of the best resources on getting started with cryptocurrencies in general.

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Git basics

A few years ago, I made a flowchart to serve as a reference for basic Git usage for the Casimir Programming Course. The flowchart is intended to serve as a reference for the novice who has learned about the basic concepts of Git. For a proper reference on Git, I would recommend the Pro Git book I hope this flowchart is helpful to some, enjoy!


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Quantum Inspire Launch

Last week I had the pleasure of being part of the Quantum Inspire launch event. Quantum Inspire is Europe’s first public quantum computer, and the world’s first multi-qubit platform with both a transmon and a silicon-spin backend. You can read my summary of the discussions we had during the event on the Orange Quantum Systems website or watch the recording here.

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How to deal with conflicting views

Based on some of my former writing you may expect to find mostly technical articles here. However, I have always been interested in not just content (what) but also in form (how). The latter has led to an interest in business, leadership, and processes. Subjects which in my mind can no longer be completely separated from technical discussions. In this post I will reflect on the question: What do you do when you disagree with someone on e.g., a technical matter? This discussion is based on my personal experiences and views but I think the ideas can, to a large extent, be generalized. I am looking forward to your thoughts and comments. Let me know where there is a flaw in my reasoning, where the logic doesn’t apply or any other views you have on the matter.

Richard Feynman

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Building a site using Nikola

Building a personal website is something that shows up on my personal todo/ideas list from time to time. My main motivation for doing so is to use it as a means to learn. I find that writing, and in particular explaining things, is an excellent way to structure one’s thoughts and learn things. On a practical level I hope to get a better understanding of all the technical aspects involved in building a website. This post describes the technical steps I took to build this site and is intended to serve as a future reference to myself or to others interested in setting up a personal site using Nikola.

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Cryoscope featured on the cover of Applied Physics Letters

Our paper presenting Cryoscope recently got published and is featured on the cover of Applied Physics Letters. Cryoscope is an in-situ technique which uses a qubit to accurately sample the flux pulses used to dynamically control its frequency. This measurement is key for determining the linear-dynamical distortion on the flux control line and later correcting it, as needed for high-fidelity two-qubit gates.


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