Introduction

Welcome to the latest reincarnation of my web site. Having moved to the UK in 2006, after 13 years in the USA, I decided I should at last do the redesign of my site that I'd been thinking about for the last year or so. I have shut down my old sites at Comcast and Geocities, and am working on this new one using Google Sites.

I can hear you think... Dichotomaly? Huh? Well, first off, I wanted something a bit different. Second, I was looking at either dichotomy or anomaly, or variations thereof, since my combination of interests sort of fits those terms (especially the combination of being a Buddhist and building models of tanks...). Suffice it to say that all the obvious choices were taken. So, after leaving it be for a while, I decided to combine both, and there we are! That's it, nothing fancier than that. As far as I know, "dichotomaly" is not an existing word.


For those of you who don't know me, here's a bit more info:

I was born in The Netherlands, where I did my Undergraduate Studies in Chemistry at the University of Nijmegen. I graduated with my Doctorandus degree (equal to M.S.) in '91. Following this, I did my National Service in the Royal Dutch Army as a gunner on a Leopard 2A4(NL) MBT from '92 to '93. In the summer of '93 I went to the USA, to pursue my Graduate Studies in Chemistry at Yale University, working for Professor Gary W. Brudvig. I received my Ph.D. in December 2000. During the '00-'01 and '01-'02 school years I was a Science Teacher at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison, New Jersey. In the summer of '02 I moved back to Connecticut, and was an Instructor of Science at Miss Porter's School in Farmington, CT until the summer of 2006. I then moved to the UK to become a Chemistry Teacher at St. Catherine's School, for eight years in England, and in the summer of 2014 moved to southern Spain, where I became a teacher of MYP Chemistry and IB Chemistry & Physics (currently teaching all Chemistry).Now I am also be one of two DP Pastoral Leaders, and a teacher of Mindfulness.

Olaf's Scale Models

My hobbies and interests are rather varied. My main hobby is building scale models; I did Tai Chi regularly until moving to Spain, but now I go for a short run regularly, to stay healthy, and I'm working on my golf game. I also dabble in photography when time allows. As far as modelling goes, I build almost exclusively 1/35 scale Post-WWII armour (and some 1/72), courtesy of my vehicle recognition classes while in the Royal Dutch Army. I spend at least half my time reading about armour, its history, its use etc. A recent diversion in scale modelling has been a foray into the realm of Warhammer 40,000, as I wanted to try out new techniques and take a break from historical armour.

That's about it, if you have questions, find me on Facebook.

Cheers,

Olaf
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