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Archives for April, 2008

This post is a relatively recent (May 24, 2006) critique of a PLoS paper.

Today is Orthodox Easter. Most everyone here will have lamb for lunch today. We did something different…. First, for breakfast I had snenokle (here is a recipe from a delightful Balkans food blog Palachinka) and I ground some chocolate on top of them: Then, we had eggs. Not just painted on the outside, but simmered…

Is there a herpetologist in the house?

My kum Miroslav (see previous posts just below) has taken a picture of this lizard, which is quite common in Nigeria. This is a male (females are more drab and single-colored) and it is about 0.5 meters long (20 inches). What is the common name and the Latin name of this lizard? Please tell me…

Basics: Biological Clock

Considering I’ve been writing textbook-like tutorials on chronobiology for quite a while now, trying always to write as simply and clearly as possible, and even wrote a Basic Concepts And Terms post, I am surprised that I never actually defined the term “biological clock” itself before, despite using it all the time. Since the science…

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My ‘kum’ Miroslav (see the previous post) is working in Nigeria right now. A few weeks ago he went to Lagos on business and took this picture from the car:

EuroTrip ’08 – Belgrade, kumovi

‘Kum’, in Serbo-Croatian language, denotes two things – godfather to a child, or the Best Man at the wedding. Well, I was a Best Man at a wedding some 20+ years ago. So, yesterday morning I went to visit them. I saw the kids (20, 13 and 10: boy-girl-boy) – I have only seen the…

Today’s carnivals

Gene Genie #30 is up on Gene Expression. Friday Ark #188 is up on Modulator

ClockQuotes

Life is like music, it must be composed by ear, feeling and instinct, not by rule. Nevertheless one had better know the rules, for they sometimes guide in doubtful cases, though not often. – Samuel Butler

I walked around town a little bit these days. My feet know the way, even if all the names of streets were changed from WWII National Heroes to saints and medieval princes. It has changed a lot – there are nice new stores, cafes, restaurants and apartment buildings everywhere, the parks are well kept and…

EuroTrip ’08 – Belgrade, the ugly

After the 1999 Clinton/Clark bombing of Belgrade, almost all of the ruined buildings were quickly torn down and replaced with modern buildings, perhaps out of spite (which is the national character trait). After all these years, the city is unrecognizable – it is cleaner, livelier, prettier, more modern and more optimistic than ever. Replacing the…