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Århus

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Velkommen til Århus

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Office BBQ

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Now reading: Sapiens by Y Noah

Now reading: Sapiens by Y Noah

--Dr J Rogel-Salazar

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FreeWord

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Tequila Mockingbird

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日本りょうり

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Now reading: Homo Deus

Now reading: Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harare

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El Retiro - ¡qué calor!

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Mercado de San Miguel, Madrid

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Saludos desde Madrid

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Visiting the Francis Crick Institute

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Resting while making #macOS applications

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"Data Science and Analytics with Python" is published

Very pleased to see that finally the publication of my "Data Science and Analytics with Python" book has arrived.

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Hello New York!

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London #westandtogether

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Depeche Mode in London

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England v Barbarians #Rugby #CarryThemHome

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London's creative heart

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Herzlich willkommen im München

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Now Reading: "Weapons of Math Destruction"

Now Reading: "Weapons of Math Destruction" by Cathy O'Neil.

 

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Happy #StarwarsDay - May the 4th be with you!

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Google Next #London

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St Paul's

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March for Science

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Olympic - Birdman

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Leon

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Richmond

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Easter at the office

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London from above

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Hot Cross Buns

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Sunday afternoon

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Catching up with some reading #geek

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Chapulines

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La Ciudad de Puebla de Los Ángeles

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Hacienda La Laborcilla

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Cosmovitral; Toluca, México

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Museo Internacional del Barroco; Puebla, Mex

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Museo Internacional del Barroco; Puebla, México

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Valle de Bravo - Catedral

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Mexico City - Cathedral and Templo Mayor

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GA - Intro to Data Science and Analytics

Very pleased to have given an intro talk on Data Science and Analytics at General Assembly yesterday.


 

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TIE Pilot Helmet

Very pleased with the new TIE Pilot Helmet.

Will be a great complement for the AT-AT!

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Shell Game in the LMC

Shell Game in the LMC


An alluring sight in southern skies, the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) is seen here through narrowband filters. The filters are designed to transmit only light emitted by ionized sulfur, hydrogen, and oxygen atoms. Ionized by energetic starlight, the atoms emit their characteristic light as electrons are recaptured and the atom transitions to a lower energy state. As a result, this false color image of the LMC seems covered with shell-shaped clouds of ionized gas surrounding massive, young stars. Sculpted by the strong stellar winds and ultraviolet radiation, the glowing clouds, dominated by emission from hydrogen, are known as H II (ionized hydrogen) regions. Itself composed of many overlapping shells, the Tarantula Nebula is the large star forming region at top center. A satellite of o ur Milky Way Galaxy, the LMC is about 15,000 light-years across and lies a mere 180,000 light-years away in the constellation Dorado.

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Copenhagen Gold Medal Rum

Easing into the Christmas break, starting Christmas Eve with a bit of Copenhagen Gold Medal Rum.

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Supermoon over Spanish Castle

Supermoon over Spanish Castle

No, this castle was not built with the Moon attached. To create the spectacular juxtaposition, careful planning and a bit of good weather was needed. Pictured, the last supermoon of 2016 was captured last week rising directly beyond one of the towers of Bellver Castle in Palma de Mallorca on the Balearic Islands of Spain. The supermoon was the last full moon of 2016 and known to some as the Oak MoonBellver Castle was built in the early 1300s and has served as a home -- but occasional as a prison -- to numerous kings and queens. The Moon was built about 4.5 billion years ago, possibly resulting from a great collision with a Mars-sized celestial body and Earth. The next supermoon, defined as when the moonappears slightly larger and brighter than usual, will occur on 2017 December 3 and be visible not only behind castles but all over the Earth.

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Carrot cake

And the carrot cake is out of the oven

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Windsor Half Marathon

Not a bad day for a run. Although I have nor been training as hard as I should have, the time f0r the Windsor half marathon came very quickly. No excuses, no time to complain... I took my running shoes, monitor and some other bits an pieces and headed to Windsor. Perhaps it was too early on a Sunday morning... but as I said, no excuses.

The weather had been a bit rainy and I was pleased to see that the day was opening up quite nicely. "Goldie locks weather for a run" -> not too cold, not to hot, just right.

I am very pleased with my 2 hour and 23 minute time for the 13 mile race around Windsor Great Park... maybe next year I will train a bit harder! In the meantime, it's time for a rest and perhaps some nice food.

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Getting ready for WWDC16 in San Francisco

Getting ready for WWDC16 in San Francisco

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England v Wales - Rugby

I have been meaning to post these pictures of the Old Mutual Cup test match between England and Wales on May 29th. It was a great day and England won 27-13 after a very shaky start. In the end England scored 5 tries, and despite the poor kicking of Mr Ford they managed to defeat Wales.

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Getting busy at Strata+Hadoop London

It is starting to get busy at Strata+Hadoop.

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Keep calm, I'm a Physicist

A great belated birthday:

Keep calm, I'm a Physicist

Keep Calm Physicist

 

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And today my name seems to be...

Juy! Is that a name‽ Oh well at least they got the order right!

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Visiting Hursley House and The IBM Galileo Centre

Today I was in Hursely and I had the opportunity of spending the day at Hursely House and the IBM Galileo Centre. Very nice grounds and a very inspiring place. Judge for yourselves!

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Signature beetroot brownies

My signature beetroot brownies are being baked.

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My geek reading has arrived

My geek reading has arrived and I am very pleased.

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Now reading: The first fifteen lives of Harry August

Now reading: The first fifteen lives of Harry August

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Staying late, but things brighten up!

Staying late to finish some work before switching off for well-deserved break was not a great prospect.
Glad to see that things are blighting up!
Starting with a great view, right?
London Bridge Rainbow
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What to do with those extra apples‽ Crumble!

What to do with those extra apples‽ Crumble!

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Ballet Folklórico de México in London

What do I think when I hear the name "Ballet Folklórico de México"? Well, I think of colourful clothes, big smiles, joyful music and great "zapateado". I also think of Sunday TV and weirdly enough, school. I do remember the end-of-year festivals at school, when señorita Caballero would choreograph some traditional dances for us.

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BalletFolklorico_DancerI was thus very pleased to see in the Guardian Weekend, that Ballet Folklórico was coming to London, and that it would be the first time in 20 years that they would be in the British Isles. I had never seen them live, so it was a great opportunity to do so, and boy was I pleased to have done so!

They had their show at the London Coliseum, the home of the English National Opera, and it was a great venue to hear some well-known songs. I was expecting great dancers, but I was pleasantly surprised to hear live music from start to finish.

 

The programme was divided into 9 distinct parts, going from Mariachis to pre-hispanic dances and indeed a lot of zapateado:

  • Los Matachines: as many cultural expressions in Mexico, La Danza de los Matachines (also known as "Moros y Cristianos") is a clear mix of European and pre-hispanic influences. It is a popular dance in religious festivals in the North of the Country. The interpretation presented in London was simply superb.

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  • Guerrero-Guerrero: The name of one of the Mexican independence heroes; one of the states in the country is named after him and perhaps best known for places such as Acapulco. The company presented three parts here Solo de Mariquita, Las Amarillas and El Gusto.
  • Mexican Revolution: There is no November 20th parade in Mexico without the mention of Adelita and Las Soldaderas. This makes reference to the brave women who joined the fight during the Mexican Revolution in 1910. I really liked the reference to the railways as an important means of transport for los revolucionarios. BalletFolklorico_Adelita
  • Charrería: Sometimes dubbed the "Mexican National Sport", Charrerías incorporate equestrian competitions and demonstrations, specific costumes and horse/cattle trappings, music, and food. I was truly amazed by the lasso skill of the main Charro who never stopped dancing.
  • Fiesta en Tlacotalpan: Tlacotalpan is a town inthe state of Veracruz. It has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, and the Ballet Folklóriko celebrated the traditional 2nd February Candelaria party with a Carnival. It was great to see real mojigangas on the stage. Even La Bamba made an appearance!
  • Los Quetzales: A quetzal is a magnificent bird with beautiful plumage. And with just a few movements, I felt transported to Puebla de los Ángeles. Great headwear and lots of colour!BalletFolklorico_Quetzales
  • Danzón and Jarana: Once again the mixing of cultures in Mexico brings a fantastic result and in this case Europe, Africa and the Caribbean give us dances such as Danzón and Jarana, from Veracruz to Yucatán.BalletFolklorico_Jarana
  • Danza del Venado: And from the South of the country, to the Sonora Dessert in the North. La Danza del Venado (or dance of the deer) is a visceral performance representing the hunt of a the deer by the Yaquis. Truly magical performance!
  • Jalisco: If Mexico is known for anything in particular, it would definitely have to be for teh recognisable sombreros, and Mariachi music from Jalisco. How did I enjoy the Jarabe Tapatío, La Negra and Viva México.

What a great way to finish a fantastic performance. People could not be stopped from joining in from their seats. I am truly glad that I had a chance to join la fiesta while El Ballet Folklórico de México came to visit London. I hope they enjoyed it as much as I did!

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Now reading: "The Physics of Rugby"

Now reading: "The Physics of Rugby" by Trevor D. Lipscombe.

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Tortilla is ready!

Tortilla is ready! It needs to cool down...

Where is that sangría?

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Trafalgar Square and National Gallery

This Sunday I went to visit the National Gallery as I haven't been for a while.

I enjoyed the visit very much and I recommend it highly.

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Run by the Thames

I had the chance to go for a morning run around the Thames; first time this summer! Yay1

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Sky Garden - Photos

I had the chance to go up 20 Fenchchurch Street building... better known as the Walkie-Talkie building last week and had a bite to eat in the Sky Garden in the 35th floor of the building. It is a very nice open area with gardens and a great view of London and the Thames. You have to book in advance, but it is free and it definitely is worth it. Here are some views!

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Happy Star Wars Day!

With it being May 4th, I would like to wish you all a happy Star Wars day!

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A couple of views from the Hungerford Bridge

Some time last week I ended up having to go from Waterloo station to Embankment Pier... Long story... However, I took the opportunity to take a couple of panoramic shots from the Hungerford Bridge:

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Banana Coffee Chocolate Cake

A banana coffee chocolate cake is about to go in the oven… Let’s see how it turns out.

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Attending the Data Science Institute seminar at Imperial College

 

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DSI Talk with Dr Gautam Shroff 19/02/2015 - NOTICE: These are only notes and they may not make much sense out of context... 

Current business themes - Digital imagination - Simplification - Governance - Suistainability

Digital re-imagination

From = Data "raw material" to = Delivery "means"

  • Internet of things
  • Social
  • Big Data
  • Mobility, Cloud
  • Buzz word of "analytics"

What does big data mean? Not that its a lot of data but its width -> High dimensional spaces.

Things to take into account:

  • Data width v Data length

  • Real-time response v Strategic response

Simulation is very important although it is not traditionally in the arena of predictive analytics.

The typical path:

Prediction

  • analise historical customer transactions
  • analyse historical offers
  • predict each offer type probability

Optimisation

  • for a desired cost-benefit ratio find unique customer-offer strategy

But that is not enough. In practice there are a number of external factors to take into account. So you try or simulate

The typical flow #predictive #analytics is prediction & optimisation. But the real challenge are external factors. So try or #simulate #DSI

Unfortunately trying is not a viable option for a number of businesses out there!

Agent-based modelling and Casual Analysis are not purely statistics, you need assumptions to set them up!

Detecting abnormal behaviour using deep learning. Look at Office power consumption: http://www.cs.ucr.edu/~eamonn/discords

EXAMPLE: Enterprise contextual intelligence: detecting specific event from twitter

  • Supplier intelligence
    • Detecting events that could adversely impact a supplier (fire, strike, flood, etc) and pushing these based on conversation/transactional context
  • Context-aware information advertisements
    • detecting nature user-activity; discerning need and pushing top relevant internal/external social network updates
  • Correlating unstructured events with structured data
    • detecting significant news events using entity-specific indicators and correlating them
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Failed Battery

I have had this 17-in MacBook Pro for a few years… perhaps about 8 years? Probably a bit more? In any case, I have it more as a memento than anything else as I have a more modern one these days. I still keep it updated and all the rest of it so I was rather surprised to get it out and see that the battery has effectively bursted!!! I hope the rest of the machine still works though :(

Failed Battery

 

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Mendeley goodies

I got my Mendeley t-shirt, plus a tote bang and stickers. Thanks @mendeley_com.

Mendeley Goodies

 

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Chris Hadfield event at the Royal Geographical Society

Chris Hadfield is speaking at the Royal Geographical Society in London as part of the Guardian Live events. I managed to get a couple of great seats to hear him speak about his book "You are here". Looking forward to seeing the images he captured while at the ISS.

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Visualized.io London

Yesterday I had the chance to attend the first Visualized.io conference in London. It was a fully packed day with lots of interesting speakers and fun people. The variety of the talks was quite good and most of the presentations were very well prepared. I was surprised at the bad use of video in a couple of the talk in the morning session, but apart from that it was all very good.

I ended up winning a print and it is not decorating one of the walls at home. You can see a picture at the end of the gallery below. The conference tool place at Protein in the heart of Hipsterland (aka Shoreditch) and it was a well attended event.

I particularly enjoyed the talk by David McCandless who turned out to be the mystery guest. Similarly, the presentation by Pascal Raabe about memories was very good and inspiring. Another good presentation was the "smelly" talk given by Kate McLean.

Andy Kirk gave a view about the Design of Time and you can see the slides here.

If you are interested in seeing what twitter was saying before, during and after the conference, check this page.

Finally, the conference was at Eventfire archived here, and I am surprised to see that I was the top contributor according to them! :D

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El Patron - Mexican Restaurant in Putney

I had the chance of going to a newly opened restaurant in Putney, near the rail station. It is a small place with good burritos and great cocktails. The deco is simple but effective and the guacamole is not bad!

I think I may come back!

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El Patron 1

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Now Reviewing: Fractional Calculus by R Herrmann

Now Reviewing: Fractional Calculus by R Herrmann

Fractional Calculus

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What type of mushrooms are these?

Hello knowledgable readers, I am wondering if you may know what these mushrooms are. They may be the cause of my cat having stomach problems. Anyway, do let me know what you think.

Garden Mushrooms

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Now Reading: Alan Turing - The Enigma

Now Reading: Alan Turing - The Enigma by Andrew Hodges

Very good read

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What you need to make Casserole - really?

In today's Observer there was a supplement about cooking... I had a quick look and was quite surprised by some of the things they advertised... Some "tortilla baking trays" for the "Mexican Wave" of cooking (????) and stuff like that. They were all worthy of talking about but what really took my composure were the items recommended to make a casserole:

  1. Chef''s knife
  2. Poultry shears
  3. Garlic press
  4. ONION GOGGLES
  5. Herbs mincer

Yes, dear reader, ONION GOGGLES, without them your Casserole will literally make you cry! As much as the laughter I had when I saw this. Should you want to see for yourselves, just check the snap I took:

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Baseball in San Francisco

Enjoying some baseball at the AT&T park, watching the San Francisco Giants v Phillies http://t.co/NRFyvByh0f

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One more year in Pictures - Project 365

This is the 2013-2014 instalment of the Project 365. I can't believe it has been three years of this already. I hope you enjoy!

Here is a link and you can find a video below:

Project 365 - 2013/2014

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Le Tour de France à Londres

Very pleased that I was able to catch a bit of Le Tour de France à Londres. Très bien!
Le Tour de France

 

 

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WWDC programme

Yay, it looks like the programme for WWDC has been released.

WWDC

 

 

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40th anniversary of the famous Rubik's cube

Ribik's Cube

To celebrate the puzzle’s 40th anniversary, today’s Google Doodle is a fully-functional Rubik’s Cube! If you had a cube for every possible arrangement of the 54 colored squares, and you laid them end-to-end, those 43,252,003,274,489,856,000 cubes would extend 261 light years.

But no single Rubik’s cube can be configured to all of those Rubik’s universes.

If the traditional cube isn’t challenging enough for you, you can head over to the Chrome Cube Lab and try your digital hand at some other cubic puzzles.

The folks at Numberphile took an in-depth look at the math behind a Rubik’s Cube in a series of videos on YouTube.

Here is a video of the doodle Rubik's cube being solved:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRwGMmae0Lg

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What is this?

 

Does any if you tweeps know what this is? It is hanging at a conference room...

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Optimist

Optimist:

Someone who figures out that taking a step backward after a steer forward is not a disaster… it’s more like a cha-cha...

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Sorted for some geeky reading

Very pleased with the post that arrived today. It looks like I am sorted for my healthy dose of geeky reading.

 

 

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"Monster" London Sevens 2014

 

Monster London Sevens 2014

Great poster for the Marriott London Sevens Rugby, I particularly like the tentacles cheering up. Well done!

 

 

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Now Reviewing

Now reviewing: Modern Statistical Methods for Astronomy with R Applications

 

 

astrostatistics

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Reading GeekFest

Reading GeekFest - PhysicsWorld and Mathematics Today

 

 

Reading Geek

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Google Doodle - Carlos Juan Finlay

Born on December 3rd 180 years ago, Carlos Juan Finlay is the man who came up with the theory that yellow fever was spread by mosquitoes. Glad to see that a Google Doodle can help with letting people know about this important Cuban scientist.

Finlay's research on cholera and yellow fever didn't initially get much support. He suggested that yellow fever was carried by mosquitos and he suggested that cholera was waterborne. His work was proven later by the Walter Reed Commission and in 1902 Finlay became the chief health officer in Cuba. This confirmation paved the way for the eradication of yellow fever, creating the chance to save thousands of lives.

 

 

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What's in a name...

It seems that @starbucksuk name policy does not work with email...

 

Starbucks Missing Name

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Dr Who - 50th Anniversary Doodle

It seems there are a number of things to commemorate around this time. Not only the 10 years of England winning the rugby world cup but also 50 years of Dr Who.

I watched the first ever four episodes last night thanks to the great BBC 4 (even newspapers writing about that).

And now Google celebrating the 50 years with a Google Doodle game! All with TARDIS sound effects and music! Brilliant!

 

 

 

 

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England Rugby World Cup - 10 years...

It is true, it has been 10 long years since England won the Rugby World Cup against Australia. The memories may be good and the celebrations of the ten year anniversary are in full swing: round tables recalling the victory, charity match in Twickenham, DVDs, tweeting the match as live, and Strictly… maybe not the latter.

There are of course criticisms about not consolidating that win into a more sustained legacy, but let’s hope that things are getting better.

The 2003 winning team: Josh Lewsey, Jason Robinson, Will Greenwood, Mike Tindall, Ben Cohen, Jonny Wilkinson, Matt Dawson, Trevor Woodman, Steve Thompson, Phil Vickery, Martin Johnson (c), Ben Kay, Richard Hill, Lawrence Dallaglio, Mike Catt, Jason Leonard.

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Related Articles:
Rugby World Cup 2003: How the Guardin covered England’s victory

 

 

 

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Google en Día de Muertos

Feliz Día de Muertos

 

Dia de Muertos

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New England Rugby Alternate Shirt

I quite like the look of the look of the new England #Rugby alternate shirt. Now you know!

Rugby Canterbury 1 Rugby Canterbury 2

 

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Now Reading: Flatland by E Abbot Abbott

Now reading Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions by Edwin Abbott Abbott was published in 1884. Edwin Abbott Abbott used the pseudonymous "A Square" to talk about a two-dimensional world, pointing out observations on the social hierarchy of Victorian culture. However, the book's more enduring contribution is its examination of mathematical dimensions.

 

 

Flatland

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Department of Coffee and Social Affairs

Walking around Holborn and Camden today I came across the wonderfully named Department of Coffee and Social Affairs in Leather Lane. I shall give that a go next time I am around there.

Department of Coffee and Social Affairs Department of Coffee and Social Affairs

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Kings Cross Regent's Canal

Very impressed with the changes around Kings Cross Regent's Canal. You can take a look at some of the changes here.Kings Cross Canal

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Home

This makes me feel just at home

home

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Now Reading… The Invisible Man

Now Reading… The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells

Invisible Man

 

 

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Blueberry muffins

Well, I did give a go at this recipe for blueberry muffins. I have not tried them yet, but they do look good… I mean considering… What do you think?
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Black Forest Gâteau

Here is the result of trying out the recipe that Dan Lepard published yesterday in the Guardian. Less decoration that expected, but great favour!Black Forest Gateau

 

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Clearing... There's an app for that

With the Clearing process imminently starting, I knew a plethora of tools and information for students would be available. Nonetheless, I was still surprised to find out that there is a Clearing app. Well, you know what they say

"There is an app for that!"

Clearing

Good luck to all students tomorrow!

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Coffee

Just felt a bit as if I was somewhere in @ifcportlandia, but it was @tried_true_cafe #PutABirdOnIt

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Coffee under a new name...

I said it before, and say it again, why do Starbucks ask their staff to get customers' names? Bad idea... See?

 

Starbucks fail

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Excellent run by the Thames

The weather has been so nice that I could not resist going for a run by the river. Perhaps the first of the season...

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Excellent day for Rugby at Twickenham

I am glad they got the weather forecast wrong for this bank holiday weekend. Enjoying a bit of sunshine, a beer and some rugby with England v Barbarians.

 

Twickenham

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At the Gherkin

At the Gherkin bar for a cocktail! Yeepee!

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#Popocatepetl has been spewing some ash… Pics

Well, it would not be a visit to Puebla without having a look at the pair of volcanoes Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl. Great views, but I was now expecting coming out from dinner and having the feeling that it was foggy… It was not fog, but actually volcano ash from Popocatepetl.

Popocatepetl ash 1

Popocatepetl ash 2

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Now Reading: Pricing the Future

Now reading "Pricing the Future" - Finance, Physics and too 300-year journey to the Black-Scholed Equation by George G. Szpiro.

Pricing the Future

 

 

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The London Underground: 150th Anniversary

The first journey on the London Underground (or the Tube as we affectionately call it) was made 150 years ago, on 9 January 1863. Since then, the iconic transport system has become one with London itself.

Google has celebrated the occasion with a doodle. 

Tube Doodle

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Yard of Jaffa Cakes again

Well, it seems that it is becoming a bit of a tradition. My colleague has kindly given me my Xmas present: A yard of Jaffa cakes. Anyone want some?

Jaffa Cakes Yard 2012

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Skylon - Sci-advent - Day 2

 

skylonThe image shows the flow of hot air passing through the piping in a cooler for a new engine that is able to lower the temperature of the air lower than -140C in just 1/100th of a second.

The cooler is part of a new type of spaceplane engine demonstrated bye Reaction Engines Ltd (REL), Oxfordshire. The company ran a series of tests on key elements of its Sabre propulsion system under the independent eye of the European Space Agency (Esa).

REL's idea is for an 84m-long vehicle called Skylon that would do the job of a big rocket but operate like an airliner, taking off and landing at a conventional runway. The vehicle would burn a mixture of hydrogen and oxygen but in the low atmosphere the oxygen would be taken from the air, in the same way that a jet engine breathes air.

Taking its oxygen from the air in the initial flight phase would mean Skylon could fly lighter from the outset with a higher thrust-to-weight ratio, enabling it to make a single leap to orbit, rather than using and dumping propellant stages on the ascent - as is the case with current expendable rockets. A key element is the engine's ability to manage the hot air entering its intakes at a high speed. These gases have to be cooled prior to being compressed and burnt with the onboard hydrogen.

REL's solution is a module containing arrays of extremely fine piping that can extract the heat and plunge the inrushing air to about -140C in just 1/100th of a second. Ordinarily, the moisture in the air would be expected to freeze out rapidly, covering the piping in a blanket of frost and dislocating their operation.

It is the innovative helium cooling loop with its pre-cooler heat-exchanger that REL has been validating on an experimental rig.

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Rocknest - Sci-advent - Day 1

Rocknest

In the tradition of Advent Calendars, I will be posting some science related entries from today up until Dec 24th... So, here's the first entry:

 

Panoramic View From 'Rocknest' Position of Curiosity Mars Rover
This panorama is a mosaic of images taken by the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on the NASA Mars rover Curiosity while the rover was working at a site called "Rocknest" in October and November 2012.

The center of the scene, looking eastward from Rocknest, includes the Point Lake area. After the component images for this scene were taken, Curiosity drove 83 feet (25.3 meters) on Nov. 18 from Rocknest to Point Lake. From Point Lake, the Mastcam is taking images for another detailed panoramic view of the area further east to help researchers identify candidate targets for the rover's first drilling into a rock.

The image has been white-balanced to show what the rocks and soils in it would look like if they were on Earth. The raw-color version, shows what the scene looks like on Mars to the camera.

Image Credit: NASAx/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems

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Guinness Manga
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The Shuttle Enterprise

While visiting the city that never sleeps I finally had the chance to visit the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York. The main attraction for me was the prospect of seeing and being close to the Enterprise shuttle, and having a look at the Concorde.

The museum is quite big and there are plenty of things to see. The shuttle pavilion is at the very end of the aircraft carrier Enterprise and the whole visit was very exciting. The shuttle is housed in a temporary venue and I look forward to seeing the actual permanent building when it is finished. I was surprised to know the story behind the name of this shuttle itself. It seemed to be a bit of a coincidence to share its name with the famous Star Trek spaceship.

The original name was supposed to be Constitution, in honour of the USA's bicentennial. But more than 400,000 trekkies had something else in mind. The petitioned US President Gerald Ford to change the name to Enterprise after the starship captained by James T Kirk. The pavilion shows a picture taken on September 17th 1976 on the day of the shuttle Enterprise roll-out ceremony with some of the Star Trek cast members along with its creator Gene Roddenberry.

Enterprise 3 Enterprise 2 Enterprise 1

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Oh look, I'm on display at @Tate in #TheTanks

Oh look, I'm on display at @Tate in #TheTanks

Quantum Tunnel at the Tate
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Now Reading: Las Trampas de la Fe

Y como diría el mismo Octavio Paz, aunque actualizando: un mexicano del siglo XXI lee la obra de una monja de la Nueva España del siglo XVII. Podemos comenzar.

Gracias a mi hermana por tan agradable presente.

Las Trampas de la Fe

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London '20 12' - medals

At some point during the competition, the medal table looked like this:

Medals 1

The final medal countdown ended up as follows:

 

Medals 2

 

 

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Excellent brunch at @tried_true_cafe; the new menu is a great addition to the coffee

Excellent brunch at @tried_true_cafe; the new menu is a great addition to the coffee

Brunch

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