Dance Your Dissertation 2016

•December 10, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Here is the People’s Choice award winner in the 2016 Dance Your PhD contest, Involvement of myeloid heme oxygenase-1 in tumor immune escape mechanisms, by Emmanuelle Alaluf.

See all this year’s winners here.

A Christmas Surprise from my Dorky Husband

•December 8, 2016 • Leave a Comment

I found this on the door today.


Dark As My Heart: Best Nordic Noir

•December 7, 2016 • Leave a Comment


Antti Tuomainen’s moody and sinister novel Dark As My Heart, translated by your faithful correspondent, is on Crime Fiction Lover’s list of the 10 Best Nordic Noir books of 2016.

I recommend it.


Leonard Cohen: Everybody Knows

•November 12, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Hakone Marquetry

•October 29, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Amazing, beautiful and delicate decorative woodworking.

(thanks Nag)

Message in a Bottle

•September 18, 2016 • 1 Comment

Last year I threw a message in a bottle into the Columbia River & got a nice response from the 10-yr-old girl who found it. On August 16th of this year I threw another, but as far out into the Pacific as I could, from the end of the jetty at Cape Disappointment.  My friend and I stood watching, and determined that the bottle seemed to be going out to sea.


On September 6th I got a postcard in the mail:


So I am two for two. I’m starting to think that it’s rather easy to communicate via bottles.

Gunhild Carling: Bagpipe Swing

•September 15, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Gunhild Carling live in Central Park.

(Thanks, Nag.)

Which Side Are You On?

•September 5, 2016 • Leave a Comment

For U.S. Labor Day, Pete singing Florence Reese‘s haunting anthem Which Side Are You On?

Take it easy, but take it.


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