More guest posts

January 27, 2010 / 0 comments

I’ve had another two posts published over at the Vitae researcher blogs. One is on organising your references with citeulike (a website that I think is brilliant), and the other is on what makes a good academic homepage. The homepage question is a big one, I think – all of us academics have a homepage…

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OOoh, I wouldn’t call it that…

January 21, 2010 / 1 comment

Number 8 in a series of N… Chambery airport isn’t really in Chambery. If you’re going there, you should probably realise you’re looking at a 20euro taxi ride from the train station. Or if you have a bit of time, you can take a local bus (number 6) to the end of the line (Voglans…

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Zooming and panoramas

January 18, 2010 / 2 comments

I’ve been playing with a javascript zoom thing, which is available free from this site, as a means of displaying panoramas better. I think it works quite well. Here are a few examples – Grenoble after sunset, the Chartreuse mountains and a very snowy Grenoble from the memorial to the troops of the mountain. I…

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The signs of Grenoble

January 16, 2010 / 0 comments

Number 1 in a series of N… The wines of the morning! Discounted wine between 8am and 2pm! Marvellous. Must remember to pop in on my way to the lab.

VITAE researcher blogs

January 13, 2010 / 3 comments

I mentioned a while back (in this post) that I’d applied for a paid blogger job with VITAE, the organisation that supports UK researchers, but didn’t get it because I couldn’t make an induction session in London. To my delight I was contacted a few days ago and asked if I was still interested. So…

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OOoh, I wouldn’t call it that…

January 7, 2010 / 0 comments

Number 7 in a series of N… Actually, I think that if I were to suffer a massive career change and open a native American gift shop in France, I might well call it Sioux Venir. I’m really rather taken with the name. I’ve never been in, of course – I don’t have much call…

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It snowed here, too.

January 6, 2010 / 2 comments

Campus looked a bit like Narnia, but with cooler street names. Being in the Alps, they know how to handle snow. Public transport runs fine. People change the tyres on their cars, then just get on with it. I’ve not cycled since it came down as I’m a bit nervous of ice, but the trams…

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GF38 encore

January 5, 2010 / 0 comments

I finally got to catch a Grenoble Foot 38 match just before xmas, and you know what? They didn’t lose!!! The final score was 1-1 against Nice, which for GF38 is really very good. In my not so expert footballing opinion, they were robbed, too, and it should have been a win. But what do…

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Belated seasonal greetings from Grenoble

January 3, 2010 / 1 comment

Where Père Noël seems to find it rather hard to get in….