Saturday, July 19, 2008

A PhD in Horribleness

Is it possible that there's someone who hasn't heard of Dr. Horrible's Sing-along Blog (you've got all weekend to watch it free)? I can't get the music out of my head.

[Updated 29.07.08] Free again here.


Tuesday, July 15, 2008

The Most Idiotic NY Times Article Today ...

is this one. At least I think it is. I couldn't bear to do more than skim it.

[I'm sorry, Mr. John Tierney, did the bit about how your male offspring played with trucks while your female offspring played with dolls get cut for length?]

[10 hours later, still mad] Okay, having read more of the article, who are these totally unnamed 'critics' that, as Tierney claims, fear that a quota system for women in the hard sciences is on the way? He's not willing to quote anyone -- is that because no one actually thinks that this is going to happen and he's just using the specter of quotas to scare people into ignoring the fact that his article is entirely one-sided (i.e., everyone hates quotas, don't they? therefore, women must be innately uninterested in the hard sciences).


Friday, July 11, 2008

Stuck in Poppelsdorf

Today, Saturday, there will be a demonstration by Neo-Nazis in Duisdorf (that's two miles down the road from my apartment). Concurrently, the counter-demonstration is scheduled to go down Endenicher Str. That's one of the streets I cross to get to work (maybe a 20 minute walk from my apartment, just down the street from work). There's supposed to be 1000 police officers for the demonstrations. So is your intrepid blogger going to go and check it out for your blog-reading entertainment?

Nu-uh. No way. Aint happenin'. I'm not even going to try to go to work. I've got 5-6 weeks of waiting for a new passport starting yesterday, and this is the last thing I need. I'll keep an eye on the papers and point out any interesting pics I find.

[Updated - 13.07.08] Here's a link to a photo of many police vehicles in the field outside my office.


Tuesday, July 08, 2008


I'm back. And here is what 30 is like: jet-lagged. I spent the day flying from Chicago to Amsterdam (at least the woman at passport control wished me a happy birthday) to Bonn. And with my laptop still being repaired, I spent the evening watching old Veronica Mars episodes on my iPod. And, now, the day after, I'm totally rested but completely foggy. It's quite weird.