Archive for June, 2009

Influenza, anywhere?!

Posted in Statistics, Travel, Uncategorized with tags , , , on June 30, 2009 by xi'an

Everyone should take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs, including frequent hand washing and people who are sick should stay home and avoid contact with others in order to limit further spread of the disease [CDC Public Guidance].

As I am getting ready to take my plane for the 3rd Rimini Bayesian workshop mentioned on that post (no, I haven’t yet changed my slides!), I am [rather idly] wondering why we do not hear more about the H1N1 pandemic. Checking on the site of the World Health Organisation (WHO) shows a widespread repartition of the flu since most countries are hit (I spotted Haiti and most of Africa missing from the list, but this may be due to a lack of proper reporting rather than no case so far).

Novel influenza A (H1N1) activity is now being detected through CDC’s routine influenza surveillance systems and reported weekly in FluView [CDC Surveillance].

While I see the point in not panicking people by adopting extreme measures like those taken in Mexico (too late) during the first weeks of the outbreak, it seems to me that nothing is done at the moment, at least as perceived through my everyday life. I do not see people wearing masks when they cough, washing hands more regularly and so on… It sounds like the [maximum] Phase 6 level announced by the WHO has no visible impact. Is it because the disease actually has less impact than previously thought? Mais que fait la police?!


Posted in Wines with tags , on June 28, 2009 by xi'an

CarmenereMy favourite Chilean wine, with a pleasantly tanic body preserving its fruity sweetness and a superb constancy…

ABC in Paris [still] on line

Posted in Statistics, University life with tags , , , on June 27, 2009 by xi'an

The “ABC in Paris” meeting is now over, but I managed to (poorly) record both first sessions on, so if you are really eager to know all about ABC and ready to face blurry slides (also available on the webpage) and distorted videos, as well as numerous apparitions of yours truly, you may want to visit

Videos from ABC in Paris

Apart from this epiphenomenon, let me add that the conference went on quite well with about 60 people attending and a wide variety of topics, including on-going work and novel directions. Despite the gruesome schedule, we even managed to end up on time, thanks to the self-restraint of the speakers! There should be a follow-up to ABC in Paris next year, maybe ABC in London…


Posted in Wines with tags on June 25, 2009 by xi'an


A fairly decent well-preserved 2003 Vacqueyras, La Font des Arbousiers, if a bit on the light side…

ABC in Paris live?!

Posted in Statistics, University life with tags , , , on June 24, 2009 by xi'an

Thanks to David Welch, who pointed out the possibility today, I have been experimenting with the free broadcasting system, trying to broadcast the whole ABC in Paris meeting  this Friday by simply using my webcam. An attempt from the conference room was successful and so, if nothing happens in-between, I will activate the broadcast on Friday (with no guarantee!)
Watch live broadcast from ABC in ParisObviously, the above link is only going to work during the meeting [9:30m-6pm, Central European Summer Time, ie UTC+2], if at all! (So please refrain from commenting on the link not working.)

Little bonsai [day 37]

Posted in Kids with tags on June 24, 2009 by xi'an


Stationary condition for the three would-be-bonsais…

Last update on ABC in Paris

Posted in Statistics with tags , , , on June 23, 2009 by xi'an

This is simply to announce a last minute change of room for the talks of ABC in Paris, next Friday, June 26, from Amphi(theater) 5 to Amphi(theater) 2-3, located in front of one another, on floor 2 of the (only) university building. The remaining information available on the meeting webpage is up-to-date. Check there for travel instructions. There is a métro stop called Porte Dauphine that is located just next to the University. (If you end up in the Russian embassy, you went too far!)

In case participants worry how to find Amphi 2-3, Université Dauphine is located in a single building (the former NATO headquarters) and there is a single set of lifts that stop on the second floor next to Amphi 2-3. Getting lost is thus almost impossible….