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Here is an excerpt from a poem called “Youth”, by Samuel Ullman (1840-1924), emailed to me by my japanese host “Otosan” (“father”) when he learned I was leaving Japan for Sweden way back 2001. A very beautiful poem, which alongside Desiderata, … Continue reading

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Are You On A Crossroad?

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your … Continue reading

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Sad Sad Days Over J-land

What a catastrophe! Utterly unbelievable. Still wish it was just a bad dream. Japan was my second home. I lived in Tokyo for a year and in Sendai for three years. Travelled around the country while I was there. Spent … Continue reading

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Did You Miss Me?

Me, too! Somehow, I also missed my self-aggrandizing and opinionated posts. Well, the fact of the matter is that this unusually harsh winter season has forced me into a state of torpor, a kind of physical and mental hibernation typical of bats and mice. … Continue reading

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New Year’s Resolution

Same as last year’s.

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Hard To Be Funny These Days

It is that time of the year again my friends, when I get that sudden onslaught of profound sadness. Could it be that I have acquired the S.A.D. syndrome after living in the edge of the world in what feels like a millenium?  I’m talking … Continue reading

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Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants

This is from p.10 of my PhD thesis: The above figures (and a significant portion of my research) wouldn’t have been possible without the work of this year’s Nobel Prize winners in Chemistry: Source: Nobelprize.org Isaac Newton said, “If I have seen … Continue reading

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Autumn Look

À la MJ. Talk about NOT caring about fashion. Well, at least I did not hurt my big head trying to fit that hat. LOL!

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“How Do You Say Good Morning

In Chinese?” asked by someone in the lab as I was fetching my cup of coffee from the coffee dispenser early this morning. I was almost tempted to blurt out something unintelligible like “shing shang shong” or something like that but … Continue reading

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The Four Stages of Acceptance

i) this is worthless nonsense;ii) this is an interesting, but perverse, point of view;iii) this is true, but quite unimportant;iv) I always said so. (J.B.S. Haldane, Journal of Genetics #58, 1963,p.464) We recently got our manuscript back after having been reviewed by the three … Continue reading

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