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sheldonesque
Heidelberg (Germany)
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Great picture - it reminds me this 15 years ago: http://airandspace.si.edu/ceps/etp/mars/pathfinder/MPF3D.html
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Don't tell a scientist something about deadlines ;-) But was it on purpose to write about a sort of panic on Towel Day? (I have to deliver a short presentation/film about Gamma Astronomy by Friday - but it's fun :-)
Toggle Commented May 25, 2011 on regarding deadline panic at WWdN: In Exile
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This reminds me the famous answer Michael Okuda gave in a 1994 TIME interview: "And how does the Heisenberg compensator work?" - "It works very well, thank you". http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,981892,00.html
Toggle Commented May 21, 2011 on on the delivery of technobabble at WWdN: In Exile
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Many thanks for this wonderful text. To be honest, I know LA only as a visitor for three days (about a year ago - see my blog) and never lived there. But it's one of the most impressive urban areas I've ever seen - and I enjoyed your comparison to a circuit board very much! My first trip to the USA went to an atomic physics conference in Chicago in 1999 - and I was just overwhelmed (the conf. was held in the great old Drake Hotel). Later, in 2002/3 I was living in Manhattan (KS) for 13 months (as a postdoc at KSU). It may sound silly - but if I had to attribute a specific sound to that time it's just a train horn (something I was not used to in Germany). To some extent this sound makes me a little homesick though I enjoy living in Germany very much (your remark on the sound of a far-off diesel locomotive just reminds me that). I wonder what fascinates me about LA so much - is it all the stereotypes, vista points, landmarks, film industry etc.? One particular somehow hidden aspect may be the fact that I grew up in the Ruhr metropolitan area http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhine-Ruhr (Düsseldorf btw is part of it) and despite many differences in its urban structure its size and population is similar to the LA metro area. A landmark of LA which I liked very much is the Griffith Observatory with it's planetarium. I know this sounds geeky but the planetarium of Bochum (the city where I grew up*) was some kind of my second home - but that's another story ;-) *) Ready for another coincidence? The district "Langendreer" of Bochum where I was living is nicknamed "LA" (which is quite ridiculous since it has a population of only 30000).
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What you missed by not learning German: "Whenever the literary German dives into a sentence, that is the last you are going to see of him till he emerges on the other side of his Atlantic with his verb in his mouth." (Mark Twain)
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Thanks again for your great performance yesterday. You didn't give any impression of being out of your comfort zone. Btw - I had the honor to interview David Saltzberg during my USA trip http://tinyurl.com/6flqn5a last year. You can check it out here: http://tinyurl.com/26coze5
Toggle Commented Apr 29, 2011 on FedCon day one at WWdN: In Exile
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