Monday, July 30, 2007

Brain and Language - Talking Brains Blog

I just discovered that the two guys I mentioned in a post 3 months ago, recently launched a blog on brain and language, called talking brains.

Both are big names in the field, Gregory Hickok being Cognitive (Neuro)Science Professor at UC Irvine, and David Poeppel Biology and Linguistics Professor at the University of Maryland (and buddy of my Parisian supervisor). It was a pity that David Poeppel had to cancel his participation in the workshop I recently attended on the overlap of linguistics and neuroscience.

At first glance their blog features article reviews and job offers in the field. I guess most of it might be understandable to non-neuroscientists (cf. understandable neuroscience series).
Can't wait to see what's going to come.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Photolog pt. X and Post # 200 : Back in Berlin

I'm back in Berlin for the summer. It felt like coming home and somehow it didn't. Strange!

30 minutes after my arrival.

Dummy Post for the Stats

Nuthin' 'n' Everythin'.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Douglas Adams' God Reflection (link by Steven)

As probably the last post from Paris, I would like to forward you the nice 4min23sec reflection on the origin of the God idea by ingenious Douglas Adams. The two are probably playing cards together at the moment, giggling over the universe.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Sentimental Paris -- Ratatouille (again)

I recently met a guy who asked if it's hard for me to update my blog and I answered "never!".
This month, however, the interpost periods get longer and longer. I apologize but these are my last days in Paris...
Which brings me to the topic:
Go and watch the new Pixar flic Ratatouille if you can (I posted earlier about it). I had the pleasure to watch in a French 'première' last Sunday and it's honestly great (already top50 on There's also a 9 minute preview on the website. Check it out!

Oh I'm detecting nuttiness alright!

Friday, July 06, 2007

Photolog pt. IX - Paternoster Picture

Thanks to my sister and her boyfriend I recently had the opportunity to use a paternoster elevator. You know, one of these lifts with a constantly moving vertical chain of small boxes.
I know it's not a very original question, but I wanted to know what happens at the very top, and of course the small boxes don't go upside down but are translated over the "hairpin bend" by a giant noisy gearwheel. What a classy fun -- especially with this sign shortly before ("last floor - continuation safe").

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Stuck but Smart -- SMS

Oh no--I'm stuck at Rome airport with an important oral exam tomorrow (at Paris).
Nevertheless, I was lucky enough to have a little insight. Maybe everybody already knows, but you know the classic text message sound? bipbipbip beeep beeep bipbipbip. I wondered who would invent such a crap. After some thinking I came to the conclusion that it must be morse for S-M-S (compare S-O-S): ... -- ...
Cool, ain't it?!
I wish I would be as cool as the insight.
Keep your fingers crossed.