Thursday, May 31, 2007

Oh, the youth of today

It seems that the youth of today is to busy binge drinking or downloading ringtones to go up to the bergkirchweih and get decently drunk. Nobody up there, us the only once dancing on the table to the music of a quite bad band.When ordering a beer, the waiter was saying something on the lines of "Thank God, finally somebody ordering a beer!" The only ones I met at the way down were the usual suspects of the biologists and the old physicists fraction. Back then when we were young, we wouldn't have been like that. We would have been on the Berg, ruining tables by dancing, getting seriously drunk and then annoying people in the city. But nowadays...

Monday, May 28, 2007

The Organizers

The Organizers
Originally uploaded by perreira
Amazing where your pictures might end up when you put them on flickr...

This one is used (correctly) by some italian school organisation (my italian is not good enough to figure out what the do exactly, but it looks like improving and coordinating didactics...) as a stock photo on the news page. I have no clue why somebody associates swedish carneval organisers with news on didactics in italy...

Saturday, May 26, 2007


Originally uploaded by COOP666
Why don't good looking women come around and undress for a modelling session at my pad?

Sometimes my Flickr contacts make me feel miserable...

Friday, May 25, 2007

Response for Phil

Judging now having returned from the After-Berg-Party I would opt for a skewness of the sky being the cause for the peak at 1.5 instead of 1.65. Knowing our detector I am positive about the detector being misaligned, the analysis being wrong and all other possible effects anybody could imagine.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

The sky is still above

For those who were wondering why my page counter seems to be stuck: I fought a battle with two year old data during the last three weeks. First getting it converted, then getting it combusted by our tracking software and now the last few days getting the output analysed. Thanks to a lot of my colleagues who I bothered with stupid questions I today produced my first own physics plot containing actual particles (after nearly five years of my PhD):

It shows that cosmic rays are coming mostly from above (Phi being the angle to the horizontal plane). That's great neaws, as it means current theories about the universe are still correct. (OK, there is some ambiguity, they can also come from the bottom. We can't distinguish with that detector. But there is a 50 % chance that they mostly come from above.)

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

The left

Don't leave the political left to the left! Everytime I read an article containing an intelligent point of view which takes apart critically the madness of our times, I think there is hope for a politic inspired by traditional left ideas. Then I get to the comments section and see all those would-be-revolutionaries fighting about the exegesis of Marx and distributing their conspiracy theories, generalising not-generalisable stuff, making up examples, misquoting, making up history etc, and then I loose all hope. Why can't there be any intelligent people on the left? All intelligent people I know who have been politically left gave up because of these trolls...

Maybe we should get together and create a new intelligent left (or something which is outside the classical left-right scheme, I think this is obsolete anyhow).

Saturday, May 19, 2007


I got a PDA with GPS, WLAN and a lot of other stuff, including TomTom Navigation for west europe. So now be prepared to more boring posts about GPS...

This had as a consequence a lot of fights with the GPS and my computer. The PDA is running Windows Mobile, which is a pile of crap and annoys me with sheer stupidity. The WLAN connection is dying randomly, but else you can work with it under the normal annoyance level of Windows.

I installed Outdoor-GPS for tracking and general GPS purposes. It's free and looks quite nice. Tracks are saved as opx, so in a format which is actually usable. With gpsbabel you can convert it eg to kml and import the track in google earth, which you see in the screenshot (I took the GPS with me on the way to the supermarket. Inside it had no GPS reception, this caused the track to look like I went swimming in the pond.)

Getting google earth to run again was also some pain in the ass, for some reason it froze at the splashscreen and ate up all my CPU. What helped was exchanging libGL as mentioned here.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Conference Talks

This is basically how a conference talk is recieved by the people who don't work on the specific area of the talk. Which is everybody but the speaker.

Sunday, May 13, 2007


Eigtenlich gibt es nicht mehr zu sagen, als es die SZ tut. Außer dass ich für die Estnische Moderatorin gewesen wäre...

Saturday, May 12, 2007


Originally uploaded by perreira.
Yesterday I went to germany's biggest flea market in Nürnberg, the Trempelmarkt. I couldn't resist this grammophone...

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

»¿ʇı̣ əsnqɐ ʇ,uɐɔ noʎ ɟı̣ ɓuı̣ɥʇʎuɐ sı̣ pooɓ ʇɐɥʍ«

Fun with Unicode. Found in a signature...

Saturday, May 05, 2007

No milk today...

Saturday evening, 19:30. You can't get any milk at the supermarket anymore. Meat would be difficult, for sure including a rant that everything has been cleaned already. So far for the 21st century...

Wednesday, May 02, 2007



It seems that for posting this number you can get arrested in some countries as it violates the DMCA in the USofA.