Googles Literature Style

Good literature is not just about great ideas, good stories, dramatic situations interlaced with well developed thoughts and reflections. Literature is also about a writer-specific form, the specific style of how to say things. And this is what makes writers so unique and recognizable. You quickly can tell if a text which deals with a train ride through south-eastern Europe… (more…)

The art of shoe-shining

Dear Ghazal, Here is something to add to your hit list of Munich events: For all intellectuals looking for some extra skills: Take a one day seminar in professional shoe shining in the Munich Institute for Professional Leather Care (the nice color match of the photo with my blog lay-out is as always purely accidental). Bookmark on Delicious Digg this… (more…)

LaSt ThOuGhT

After watching the marvellous New Years Eve party at Russian TV I came to the conclusion that: A Woman can reach any height in life if she is carried on a strong mans arms. Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on this post

Secret Life

When we moved to England in 1992, we quickly realized that the British Islands are very distinct in terms of their nature. Nowhere else we have seen before trees full of blossoms in early January. At least till today I was convinced that this must have to do with the rather mild winter in the southern counties of the UK,… (more…)

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

Hi Ghazal, I know this feeling very well, that one is afraid of not fullfilling its own expectations. Some people say we should learn to prioritize, refuse commitments which we dont see as important. Do the things, which you believe in, with all your energy, and skip the tasks which other people put on you. Of the few ideas which… (more…)

An angel asked me for a letter of endorsement

No doubt Christmas time is on the verge again, and with it come this very weird species of christmas angels. They are populating the highstreets, department stores and all the media, and depending on where in the world one goes, they are called either kid Jesus Christ (Christkindl), Snowflake (Snegotchka) or End-of-Years-Winged-Puppet (Jahresabschluss-Fluegelpuppe). But recently I received a personal message… (more…)

The magic of a cup of wine at 24 000 feet altitude

During 360 days of the year I am sober, training myself to fulfill the commitments I made in an act of intellectual megalomania. Keeping track of the several research projects, which I initiated before closing others, supervising the students and PhD students, trying to keep the collaboration projects running and the partners happy, doing at least some of the things… (more…)

Why I cannot afford a day in prison

Last Friday night I came home from a 3 days conference in the beautiful town of La Coruna in Galicia/Spain, and as usually a pile of unopened letters was waiting for me. One of them stand out from all the others, since it arrived in a yellow envelope. I found it suspicious right away, becaus it was not the glossy… (more…)


For my colleague from Israel it was a matter of faith, when he warned me that going to the lab on a Saturday wont be favored by God. Yes I know, I said to him, but first of all I am an bloody atheist, and second this super-ambitious student in my group occupies the RealTime PCR machine every day of… (more…)

A Night at the Races

Perhaps the highest concentration of horse related activities in Germany can be found in the two villages of Daglfing and Riem, which both are today part of Munich. When we moved here 6 years ago we found a house that once was owned of Charly Seiffert, a famous jokey and horse trainer.  Some of the wooden beams in our bicycle… (more…)