Archive for September, 2009

Laser movie

Clifford produced a really cool movie on the Laser effect, explained so that pretty much anybody can understand it. No calculations required.

To learn more about this, go here.

Here, at the shores, we update you on news way after they break out. When they have become oldies. In cyberspace, this is after a couple of  days.

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I have just attended the XV European Workshop on String Theory. It took place in Zürich, Switzerland. Here is the link to the conference information and the talk slides. The conference featured a lot of young speakers who I had not met before. I found it very entertaining. Curiously enough, I really got to feel for the first time that different countries have their own way of doing physics. I think this reflects a bit on the attitudes of different cultures on what constitutes good taste. There is nothing wrong per se with any such preferences, it’s just an observation that I have heard many times before, but it had not really made itself so obvious to me as this time around. The menu of topics covered was rather formal and the hospitality of the event was incredible. I’m very grateful to Matthias and Matthias for providing such a welcoming environment. Here is a picture of Zürich (the best of the ones I took while wandering aimlessly through the streets of the city).


The weather was absolutely perfect and the town is truly a lovely place to loose oneself into.


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One year.

It seems incredible, but this blog has turned one year old.

Right now, I’m at the airport in London waiting for my next flight to a conference this week. More details will be available later. In the meantime, I’ll find some way to celebrate the passing of time and the one year anniversary of the blog.

Thanks to all the readers and commenters that keep on returning.

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Broken headphones

Today my headphones in the office are broken (the left ear headphone is not sounding music). So I need a new (inexpensive) pair of headphones for my computer to pass away the days while I work. I don’t like the ear bud versions, so don’t even suggest those. They feel like an insect crawling in my ears and I find them really uncomfortable.

Any recommendations?

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