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31.7.17

Evening confession

I sit in our garden after a day working in the lab on CrispR/Cas9 knocking out a newly discovered genome sequence from mouse zygotes. In general, I am a big proponent of new technologies, be it in IT, space research, or genetics, which is my own field of research. I do not see any reason to limit human ambitions to discover nature and to change nature, if we have good reasons that this will improve our life.
Now I sit in our garden, it is perfectly silent, only occasionally I can hear a blackbird rustling under the bushes. A dragon fly is drawing the most elegant trajectories in the air. Our dog Ivo is carefully watching me, expecting some sorts of gift. Even the big samovar, left from the garden party a few days ago, seems in perfect harmony with the flora and fauna around. The clouds are forming a pattern of self-organized stripes in the sky, and everything appears as perfectly peaceful.

I can not imagine that this is all endangered by my rational believe in the power of mankind over nature.

20.7.17

Good luck, bad luck

“You never know what worse luck your bad luck has saved you from.” 

For the staff of the Munich-Freimann fire brigade this quote by Cormac McCarthy perhaps brought small comfort, when they found their station together with the fire engines going up in flames.

 

But at least they could meet fire fighters from other places nearby, who were quickly responding to their request for help.
 

1.6.17

UNFAIR: British Tourists use unfair methods to beat the Germans on the Pool Chair Battle

New study shows that british tourists use oversized and missreplaced towels in an attempt to beat the Germans on the pool chair battle. This is an unfair method ("bad, very bad") and will soon be stoped.






British tourists are winning the sunlounger wars in Spain, waking up hours earlier than their rivals to secure a comfortable spot by the pool, an investigation into the habits of holidaymakers in Spain has revealed.
Germany's Bild newspaper observed British tourists at a resort in Alcudia, Majorca, placing their towels on loungers to "reserve" them as early as 6am. One Briton went the extra mile by using a towel with the word "reserved" on it. By 8.51am all of the loungers were taken, but the holidaymakers were nowhere to be seen, Bild wrote.
The newspaper quoted Stephen from Barnsley, who reserved three loungers at the Bellevue Club hotel at 6am. He returned to the pool with his wife and son a full four hours later, ready to enjoy his prize.
"Luckily, I'm an early bird," he said.
The investigation follows a similar operation last year, when the newspaper visited in Lloret de Mar on the Costa Brava.



Then, not one tourist had laid down a towel by 7.36am, indicating that the towel wars have intensified in the past 12 months, forcing holidaymakers to wake up even earlier to secure a sunlounger.
Bild said that the Germans and British were the “undisputed masters” of sunbed blocking, though its investigation identified only British sunlounger hogs. Two German tourists quoted, Sabrina and Kai, both teenagers, got there too late. “When we arrived everything was already taken,” Sabrina said.
The paper called on readers to ask hotel management to remove towels because "no one has the right to a reserved lounger".
The investigation will surprise many British tourists, who complain that Germans usually beat them to the best loungers by waking early.

17.5.17

Beavis and Mike-Head

The new White House government urges CNN to work harder than ever before. The heavy load of round the clock discussion could only be dealt with by hiring news speakers from other channels.