All posts by Florian Dirnberger

Mechanical engineer

Engineering series 2: Canal du Midi


The following text outlines a once groundbreaking civil engineering work that became an example of obsolete engineering art in the 20th century: Le canal du Midi, lying in the very south of France.

I took short glimpses at parts of this construction, whose substantial elements were built at the end of the 17th century, during a few days trip to Narbonne and a stay in … read more

How to maintain a 20s physique

Master the mundane

Like most members of the 21st century workforce, I spend the majority of my workday sitting in front of a computer screen1. In addition, I have to afford several hours of commuting time every day (usually spent in the train).

That’s what I have been doing for approximately ten years now.

Despite the absence of physical tasks during these hours and the bad eating habits … read more

Engineering series 1: Bibracte

Table of contents

  1. Introduction
  2. The Morvan massif
  3. Bibracte
    1. Gallic origins
    2. Metallurgy
    3. Civil engineering
  4. The fate of the Gauls

1. Introduction

During the summer of 2016, I made an extensive bike tour through the Morvan massif in east-central France.

Apart from the picturesque landscapes, this region boasts with a noteworthy history and great a many archaeological sites and museum exhibitions.

It gravitates for the most part around the ancient town … read more