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Bayesian week in a statistics month at CIRM

Posted in Books, Mountains, pictures, Running, Statistics, Travel, University life, Wines with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on February 28, 2016 by xi'an

Calanque de Morgiou, Marseille, July 7, 2010As posted earlier, this week is a Bayesian week at CIRM, the French mathematical society centre near Marseilles. Where we meet with about 80 researchers and students interested in Bayesian statistics, from all possible sides. (And possibly in climbing in the Calanques and trail running, if not swimming at this time of year…) With Jean-Michel we will be teaching a short course on Bayesian computational methods, namely ABC and MCMC, over the first two days… Here are my slides for the MCMC side:

As should be obvious from the first slides, this is a very introductory course that should only appeal to students with no previous exposure. The remainder of the week will see advanced talks on the state-of-the-art Bayesian computational methods, including some on noisy MCMC and on the mysterious expectation-propagation technique.

Warwick ale festival [and I am not even there!]

Posted in Travel, University life, Wines with tags , , on February 20, 2016 by xi'an

Sens’o risotto

Posted in Kids, pictures, Wines with tags , , , , , , on February 6, 2016 by xi'an

A chance dinner last Sunday led us to dine in Sens’o, an empty Italian restaurant on one of the Paris islands with a superlative scallops risotto and a chance encounter resulted from talking from the idle waitress who happened to be a free-lance journalist. We talked for quite a while on her previous trips to Haïti, Egypt, and field hospitals at the Syrian border in Turkey. (The restaurant was empty for a combination of reasons, from the drop in tourists after the November 13 killings to January being a low tide month, to a blistery Sunday night being unattractive for revellers. Not because of bad reviews…)

Eagle and Child

Posted in Books, Kids, pictures, Travel, University life, Wines with tags , , , , , , on February 4, 2016 by xi'an

cooking experiments [more fixation on food]

Posted in Kids, pictures, Wines with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 31, 2016 by xi'an

I received the above bowl (or jar?) above as a[nother X’mas] gift. Not only it is a beautiful pottery from a Norman handicraft centre, at Noron-la-Poterie, but it is specially designed to cook Norman-style rice pudding, and it does it superbly! (The recipe stems from bakers cooking rice in cold and creamy Norman milk while their traditional wood oven was cooling down. The ensuing slow cooking produces a very creamy rice pudding.)

Besides testing this new bowl, I further experimented on the kitchen front this week with a Nutella galette des rois and a red wine risotto, both of which were far from successes! Maybe due to the poor Pic Saint-Loup I used… The most notable achievements were borrowed from two recipes I found in The Guardian. Including a sweet potato tarte tatin. Even though the sausage and kale dish found therein let me [and even more my family] quite dubious about the appeal of kale for human consumption…

a fixation on food [U.S. airports survival guide]

Posted in Kids, Travel, Wines with tags , , , , , , , on January 30, 2016 by xi'an

In connection with the big snow storm of last weekend in the U.S. North-East, The New York Time published an airport survival guide that includes a comprehensive Best Dining section on each major airport. Sections that I find somewhat hilarious in turning what is just the thing to avoid (why would you need food before sitting in a plane for several hours?!) into a hype! Here are some particularly crunchy and savoury quotes (and a mention of the brewery that makes the famous Fat Tire!):

“Less healthy but perhaps more popular, Garrett Popcorn Shops, also in 2 and 3, specialize in the Garrett Mix, a blend of cheese and caramel popcorn.”

“At B Gates, Elway’s steakhouse is popular for its burger as well as Colorado-raised steaks, and New Belgium Hub serves microbrews from the Fort Collins brewer.”

“There is a strong Cuban accent in Miami’s airport restaurants, beginning with four Café Versailles, branches of the Little Havana landmark.”

“At its culinary rival, Terminal D, Bisoux will box your croque monsieurs and other bistro fare to go.”

(with the last one managing to stuff two French grammar mistakes in one line).

Dublin [porter]

Posted in pictures, Travel, Wines with tags , , , , , , on January 20, 2016 by xi'an

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