Retrospectacle: A Neuroscience Blog

Archives for September, 2006

I spent the night in Schipol Airport last night, and just got home (to Ann Arbor) today. I’m exhausted! Long stories, regarding Amsterdam. Brussels, a mistake that took me to Paris, trains, coffeeshops and hostels galore on Monday. I’m taking the weekend to try to get un-jetlagged. Stay Tuned!

Posting will be slow for a couple days, as I hop on the Eurail tomorrow and travel to Brussels. Yesterday I decided to go to the beach, which is a few miles to the south of Montpellier. It was a bit more of a hassle that I expected, as it involved getting on the subway,…

Just a reminder to submit some neuroscience-related blog posts to the carnival Encephalon! Its a round-up of recent brain-blogging and is usually very high-quality stuff. It is currently being hosted over at OmniBrain, and submission guidelines can be found here. Submit before the 25th for consideration. All the cool kids are doing it.

Drunk Man Bites Panda, Tussle Ensues

What happens when a Chinese man drinks 4 jugs of grog and decides to jump into a panda pen at the Beijng Zoo? Well, a tussle of course, and I’ll let you read who got the worst of it. The Beijing Youth Daily quoted Zhang as saying that he had seen pandas on television and…

My Revenge on Air France

Where was Ken Wantanabe when Air France lost my bags?? Don’t touch my gnome!

After another full day of the Inner Ear Biology Conference (I may blog the talks in the future, but I’m on vacation now!), I wanted to explore more of this beautiful city in the south of France. A bit on the history of Montpellier (summarized from its Wiki entry): Montpellier is the capital of the…

Today and yesterday I haven’t been able to do a whole lot other than attend the Inner Ear Biology Conference, which is taking place at a small but very comfortable conference center called the Corum (below). This conference center blows all the ones in America away in style and convienence. The seats in the auditorium…

So I’ll start with last night (actually Montpellier Day 2….). After making that post yesterday, I mustered up the courage to go walk around at night and find some place to get a much-needed drink. As I pass the main square, my ears happen to perk up to the sounds of English! A group of…

Ita about 8:45pm here France time, and I thought I’d jot down today’s adventures before heading off for a bar somewhere. I was horribly jetlagged last night, and didn’t get to sleep until about 4am—meaning I missed breakfast and didn’t wake up until almost 11am. The sleep was golden though! The first thing I did…

Ever find a bug, hideously ugly and strange, that you wanted to identify? Is it poisonous? Should you kill it, watch it, keep it as a pet? Well, next time, snap a picture of that bug and send it to Whats That Bug! People from all over the world send in pictures of crazy creepy…