Nightly visitor

What was the closest you’ve been to a wild bat? For me it was about a metre. Last night, one somehow found it’s way into my bedroom through the open window and the gap below the blinds and then was frantically circling around the room, unable to find its way out again. It was so cute! Roughly the size of my hand with its wings fully open. It was bloody fast. It took me a while to see that it wasn’t some huge insect from hell about to eat me, but instead a cute little furry bat. And it was completely silent. So amazing. But, I don’t want to know what would have happened if I had been asleep already. The poor fella likely would have completely freaked out. Luckily, I wasn’t and everything went well. I got up, opened the blinds and in the blink of an eye, it was out again. Literally. I didn’t actually see it leave and was worried for a bit that it might have landed somewhere to hide.

Cycling

What I like about cycling

  • It’s faster than walking.

What I don’t like about cycling

  • Umbrella incompatibility when it’s raining.
  • Sweating when trying to get somewhere fast.
  • Certain car/bus/truck drivers.
  • Potholes.
  • My bike chain coming off every few days.
  • My extremely squeaky breaks.
  • My bike getting stolen. 🙁

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Incidentally, I am also about to move house (back to Oxford) and office (to the new Oxford University Mathematical Institute).

Know it all!

This recent tweet


which expands to “Now I know how I know that I know what I know.” reminded me again of the song “Besserwisser” (Know-It-All) by the German Acapella group Wise Guys. I fear, the beginning of the chorus will be stuck in my head for the next few days:

Ich weiß, was ich weiß,
doch nur das, was ich nicht weiß,
macht mich heiß, weil ich’s gerne besser wüsste.
Weißt du was? Du musst wissen,
dass ich wirklich gerne wüsste,
was ein Besserwisser besser wissen müsste.

This loosely translates to:

I know what I know
but I only care about
what I don’t know,
You know? [You need to know] that I’d really like to know
what a know-it-all
all needs to know.

(Improvements are very welcome, especially those that make it rhyme.)

The song continues with a praise to science, asking all kinds of questions about everyday science, such as why foam from green shampoo is white, but also some less serious ones, such as about the frustration of an erased pencil stroke. The full German lyrics are available online. I didn’t find an English translation, so I let Google Translate give it a try. … Oh well.

Enjoy responsibly!

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween to you all!

For the first time, we tried to carve a pumpkin and make pumpkin soup. The first pumpkin soup recipe I found looked easy enough. We even had almost all the ingredients at home.

But the complications started right away: getting the pumpkin stuff out of the pumpkin through that tiny hole at the top. We were hungry and impatient, so we used a minor cheat by cutting the pumpkin in half, cutting some of the flesh out with a small knife and scraping the rest out with a spoon. After that, making the soup was easy. It tasted good, but wasn’t as orange as I had hoped.

So what is your favourite pumpkin soup recipe? And how should we really go about making the soup and a Jack-O-Lantern?

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