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Friday, April 1st, 2016
1:22 pm
My cats.
You can see my cats here.
Thursday, December 4th, 2014
10:34 am
Saturday, May 24th, 2014
7:15 pm
Paris, November 2013, Part I - Salon du Chocolat
On Oct 30 to Nov 4, M. and I went to Paris. The main goal of our trip was Salon du Chocolat. It's an annual show of chocolate. It's huge. It's awesome. It's money well spent. Here are some pictures.

Chocolate airplane

Chocolate airplane

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Saturday, December 28th, 2013
8:44 pm
Munich, July 2013, part 6 - Nymphenburg Palace
The day after I decided to go to Nymphenburg Palace. It is not the most popular palace in Munich, but it has two main advantages. The first is being it not very popular, so it is considerably less busy. The second is that it is within the city zone, so getting there is just a matter of hopping on the tram.

We start with ducks

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7:23 pm
Munich, July 2013, part 5 - Tollwood festival
On the day later I decided to go to Tollwood summer festival. If I understand it correctly, it started a small hippy music festival, and now it is a big hippy music festival. I went there mostly to wander around - it was too late to buy tickets even if I wanted to.

The festival is held in Olympiapark. The first thing you see when you arrive is the BMW museum:

BMW Museum

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Sunday, September 1st, 2013
10:18 pm
Munich, July 2013, part 4 - engine porn
(And few other things).

At the conference there were few (quite little, actually) exhibitors. Here are some small rocket motors (for space applications, mostly):

Small rocket engines

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Wednesday, August 28th, 2013
10:26 pm
Munich, July 2013, part 3 - Munich centre
This post is mostly about Munich centre that is not Marienplatz

Munich Centre

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Saturday, August 17th, 2013
6:29 pm
Munich, July 2013, part 2 - Marienplatz
The major attraction of Munich is Marienplatz. A nice place, overall, not too exciting though

The new city hall tower with the Rathaus-Glockenspiel on top of it. Bunch of figures dancing to celebrate first a marriage of some Bavarian Duke. After that, other dancing figures show the dance to celebrate the end of the plague. It is still danced in real life every seven years. Our guide from a walking tour said that this thingy was voted as the second biggest tourist letdown in Europe. I don't know if it is true, but in the 21st century it is kinda lame.

The new city hall

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Saturday, July 13th, 2013
10:42 pm
Munich, July 2013, part 1 - the airport.
Between 30/6/2013 and 9/7/2013 I was in Munich. I went there for EUCASS 2013, where I presented my work and I stayed for few days there.

Where do you start your trip? That's right, at the airport. Germans take the terrorist threat very seriously. Like, really, really seriously. For example, Israeli planes are met and escorted by a police armored vehicle. This one - it rolled next to us during the taxi when we landed and when we took off.

Police escort

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Sunday, November 4th, 2012
9:09 pm
Stuttgart, part 3
Not really Stuttgart, but rather a town nearby. On my last day they took me to Esslingen.  It's a lovely town about 20 km from Stuttgart. If you are in the area, do go there.

The pictures are phone pictures - forgot the camera


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Sunday, October 28th, 2012
10:31 pm
Stuttgart, part 2
One evening I went to the Mercedes-Benz museum.It's a nice looking place that shows the history of Mercedes brand along with some motorcar history. The place looks nice from the outside:

Mercedes museum - the building

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Current Mood: cheerful
Wednesday, October 24th, 2012
7:54 pm
Stuttgart, part 1
In October 2012 I went to Stuttgart. It was a work visit - I went to DLR to work on some papers that we have together.

Most of the visit was work. I very little time to see Stuttgart and surroundings.

They rented a room for me in a Dachswald hotel. The hotel sucks - check tripadvisor. It is also quite creepy - it has a lot of dead animals on the walls:

Hotel Dachswald - Creepy Hall

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Tuesday, June 19th, 2012
8:56 pm
Teksavvy DSL
А у кого ещё тут сабж? У вас тоже проблемы последние пару дней? Такое впечатление что вернулся в дни модема. Пару дней назад speedtest.net показывал даунлоад 0.3 Mbps, но сегодня я просто не могу подключится к сайту (точнее тест пишет что failed). Шо за фигня?
Sunday, April 29th, 2012
8:47 pm
It appears that I got a job at BGU. Can't say that I am happy. Certainly can say that I am relieved. 

UPD: Screw this, I AM happy. It just took a while for the news to settle down.

Current Mood: cheerful
Sunday, October 30th, 2011
1:38 am
Academic rant
Me, 3 weeks ago, writing to a certain department head: "Dear Prof. X! I am going to apply for a position in you department. My primary interest is A, and my secondary interest is B. From looking at your site, I find that A might not be entirely suitable for your department, while B fits much better. Would you mind if I submit my research plan for A, or should I stick with B?"

Prof. X, 3 weeks ago, in a response: "Dear scary_hairy, you can submit whatever is more interesting to you."

Me, yesterday: "Dear Prof. X, here is my cover letter, CV, teaching statement and research plan with emphasis on A."

Prof. X, yesterday: "Dear scary_hairy, perhaps you could make a connection between your plan and B. B is of much interest to our department".

Me, to myself: "FFFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! There was a reason for the e-mail that I sent you 3 weeks ago, motherfucker!"

And the point is that it's not complicated on a practical level. I am actually doing B now, so I can write a research plan quite easily. It's annoying on a principal level - I was doing everything I could in order to prevent this situation, but it happened anyway because the other side is a schmuck.
Tuesday, April 12th, 2011
12:39 am
Ну? Поехали?
Monday, October 4th, 2010
9:06 pm
Good riddance.
I am quite ashamed for my faculty that gave this guy a Ph.D. But I guess he was a good aerospace engineer. On the other hand, he wasn't working in the field, but went to be a bureaucrat, so may be he is not that good. Well, I hope his next job won't be science related

Monday, January 11th, 2010
11:04 am
Thursday, December 31st, 2009
12:00 am
Scotland, 9/8/2009
On this day, we walked a little bit around Pitlochry. We wanted to visit the Blair Athol distillery. It was Sunday, it opened only at noon, so we walked a little bit around the village. We went to the Atholl Palace Hotel, that once was a castle and now is, well, a hotel.

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Saturday, October 3rd, 2009
5:51 pm
Scotland, 8/8/2009
First half of that day was not very successful. On this day we took the car that we ordered. We ordered from Eurocar and asked to take it from the city with the thought that it is going to be easier than the airport. Wrong. Eurocar Edinburgh city is not far from the airport and you still have to take the bus in order to get there and it takes about half an hour to get there. When we arrived we had to wait for the car for more than an hour, since they had a lot of people there. Since we specified the time, they knew how many people should arrive and on which hours, so they could arrange the shifts accordingly. The guy there was really sorry and we don't blame him - it's a fuck on company level and not personal.

Photos and moviesCollapse )In Pitlochry we stayed in the Torrdarach house. It was a very lovely place with very nice owners - they made us tea with shortbread when we arrived and gave us explanations about the area. You might find a little bit problematic if you don't have a car - you have to climb up the mountain to get there and if you carry your luggage it might be not very nice. Otherwise, it's lovely - it has very nice rooms, a beautiful garden and a nice view.

Current Mood: happy
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