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St Andrew’s day and winter blues

November 30 2013 , Written by Wing-Fai Thi

Google has a cunning way to teach trivia to the world via his doodles. Today’s doodle celebrates St Andrew’s day, the national day of Scotland. The Scots have devised a genius scheme to beat the autumn-winter blues. Winter blues is particularly acute...

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ALMA et encore ALMA

November 29 2013 , Written by Wing-Fai Thi

Two ALMA proposals. My original plan was zero. Usually zero is bad. Getting a zero mark at an exam is bad. Having zero euro on his bank account is bad. But for me this zero would have mean freedom, freedom to enjoy my week-end. How am I ending up writing...

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Coldplay - The Scientist

November 28 2013 , Written by Wing-Fai Thi

The interpretation of song lyrics depends on your state of mind and on your own experience. I should not listen to this song. Maybe because it reminds me some of my past mistakes. But this is a beautiful song. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLm_aSP36...

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ALMA, the trigger of emotions and stress

November 27 2013 , Written by Wing-Fai Thi

Writing observing proposals is stressful but I do not understand why people feel obliged to do it. Perhaps they want to make revenge on selection committees by inundating them with proposals to read and judge. Astronomy is not a dictatorial system. We...

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The new doctors (the real ones, not the incarnations of Doctor Who!)

November 27 2013 , Written by Wing-Fai Thi

2014 will be their year, whatever they choose to do. Many will live in a new country, meet new people, face new difficulties, but also encounter new opportunities. But we are still in 2013, a few more weeks to go. And a few of PhD students have to defend...

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ALMA and the most enviable way to become a professor at MIT

November 25 2013 , Written by Wing-Fai Thi Published on #book reviews

What means “ALMA” for you? If you are an astronomer, you immediately think of the Atacama Large Millimeter Array in Chile. But if you are not, it may be the tunnel in Paris where Lady Diana had her fatal accident. If you are an historian, you may recognize...

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Painting and astronomy part I, The Astronomer

November 24 2013 , Written by Wing-Fai Thi

I lived a few years in the Netherlands, where my appreciation of the Dutch painters from the old masters to the members of the Stijl grew. But the most famous painting that concerns directly astronomy can be admired in Paris. Johannes Vermeer has produced...

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Today is the day of the Doctor

November 23 2013 , Written by Wing-Fai Thi

Doctor Who was created 50 year ago. There are many reasons why I like the show but I would rather talk about the first time I was introduced to it. I appreciate that in the TV show The Big Bang the scriptwriters have to push to the extreme the personality...

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A little story

November 22 2013 , Written by Wing-Fai Thi

I had once a little mirror, a magical one. When I starred at it I could see dark spots. There were my fears. There were my worries. There were my bad feelings. I just needed to wipe the mirror and all were gone. Life was so easy. But one day I dropped...

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On writing this blog

November 21 2013 , Written by Wing-Fai Thi

Science news articles and blogs are about recent discoveries. The materials are available, being the press releases and the original articles. On the other hand, writing a blog about daily life makes that I have to be even more aware than usual of my...

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