a journal of the plague and pestilence [and war] year

Posted in Books, Kids, Mountains, pictures, Travel, University life with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 28, 2022 by xi'an

Received my first biking ticket ever, not for [cautiously!] Xing one of the 60⁺ red-lights on my bike route but for driving [most respectfully!] on the sidewalk in order to reach Dauphine as roads are currently under construction in the area, traffic is a mess, and bike lanes are closed. Had I realised this was at all possible (considering the absence of sanctions on reckless car and truck drivers!), I would have stopped before reaching the Paris traffic police which was already ticketing another cyclist.Read Upright Women Wanted [on Kindle, a courtesy gift from Tor] for just a few dozen pages and then almost gave up out of boredom! I found of limited literary or scenarist interest, despite its nominations to both Hugo and Locus Awards 2021, but finished it in the train to Roissy airport… I am still stuck (and much disappointed!) on the first pages of Susan Clarke’s Piranesi, as the story (?) takes place in an endless complex of empty rooms and the descriptions are endless. By comparison, the growing madness perspiring through the Gormenghast series is at least providing a leading line that makes it worth reading! Although it won the 2021 Women’s Prize for Fiction, and was praised everywhere and nominated for many prizes, imho, Piranesi stands as far as possible from Clarke’s earlier masterpiece Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell… I do not think I will manage to ever finish this book!

Cooked a batch of kouign amann but failed to include enough butter! Still eatable. And made a rather successful attempt at tortillas, following a NYT recipe.

Watched Witch at Court (마녀의 법정), which proposes a [of course] highly unrealistic story of an evil policeman turned politician and eventually being faced with his crimes by the daughter of one of his early victims. As often in K drama, everyone is connected to the case, with prosecutors being relatives of victims or culprits (but not bothered by conflicts of interest), red herrings abounding, and trial outcomes being decided on the flimsiest proofs. Nonetheless, this is the one series I (fast-forward) watched that addressed the most frontally women exploitation and sexual crimes.

useR! 2022 [all virtual]

Posted in R, Statistics, University life with tags , , , , on May 27, 2022 by xi'an

jeux de nupes

Posted in Kids with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 26, 2022 by xi'an


Two tribunes in the weekend edition of Le Monde denouncing the appalling surrender of the Socialist and Green parties, giving up their European ideals to unite with a Eurosceptic, Marxist, &tc. “untamed France” party in preparation of the incoming legislative elections, next June. The May 68 figurehead Dany Cohn-Bendit and his cowriters also point out the permanent ambiguity of this pro-Putin party, blatantly illustrated by the Ukrainian tragedy. Beyond giving away European principles, this electoralist strategy is simply disastrous as both Left parties will end up with many less representatives than in the previous elections…

PINTS [Paris/Ile-de-France NeuroTheory Symposium, 02/06/2022]

Posted in pictures, Travel, University life with tags , , , , , on May 25, 2022 by xi'an

angelic visit to Mt St Michel

Posted in pictures, Travel with tags , , , , , , on May 24, 2022 by xi'an

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