Hungarian “Crocodile Hunter” dies in a rattlesnake driven motorcycle accident

New Orleans, Louisiana is a home of many weird people full with bizarre stories. One of them was Sandor Szalmas a Katrina survivor, jack-of all trades DIY Hungarian, who lived in the town since 1981. When I first heard the story of his fatal Dec. 5. motorcycle accident last week, he was in a coma… Continue reading Hungarian “Crocodile Hunter” dies in a rattlesnake driven motorcycle accident

Last minute, low budget Halloween costume: Mr. Evil Google

Components from top to bottom: Insulated Test/Jumper Leads wig blue ethernet cable original Google T-shirt (I got mine at the Euro Maker Faire) badge (actually I used my SciFoo badge just inside out, there was a modified Google Search Box on the other side with an “I am feeling Evil” button) components desperately needed, but… Continue reading Last minute, low budget Halloween costume: Mr. Evil Google

Greg Block’s Oracy and science as an exercise in humanitarianism

Did you now what oracy means? Never mind. From late September, Oracy is the blog of Tulane grad student and colleague Gregory Block, whom you can catch now just in the middle of finding his blog voice. Topics are focused on rants about science (specially stem cells), Greg’s melancholy music and stories from New Orleans.… Continue reading Greg Block’s Oracy and science as an exercise in humanitarianism

Weekend schedule: watching the 5-Day Track Forecast Cone of Hurricane Dean

Ok, I am living in New Orleans with my wife, so here is a true local color: online hurricane watching as we are in the middle of the season. Unfortunately we don’t have a car yet, just bikes, but we try to rent one tomorrow, who knows. I’ve just set up a 2 week cell… Continue reading Weekend schedule: watching the 5-Day Track Forecast Cone of Hurricane Dean

Going to San Francisco and the Valley, SciFoo preparations

SciFoo is coming, so I take my flight tomorrow from humid and subtropical New Orleans (running experiment terminated this afternoon, things in liquid nitrogen for downstream processing) to the cold San Francisco. Besides the Googleplex I am visiting Berkeley, Stanford, UCSF and as many of the central places of high tech culture (you know, the… Continue reading Going to San Francisco and the Valley, SciFoo preparations

Fast networking with Apple gadgets at a Harry Potter party

On Friday we went to a Harry Potter Midnight Magic party at the Uptown Tulane Campus. There I met Noah from Michigan, who was videoskyping on his MacBook Pro with his brother in Los Angeles. Our 3 minutes talk was an excellent exemplar of what I call “fast networking”: Facebook confirmation, iPhone presentation, blog introduction,… Continue reading Fast networking with Apple gadgets at a Harry Potter party

Why I failed as the 42nd in the iPhone line and why it is not a problem

I just got back to my Uptown New Orleans apartment from the 5300 Tchoupitoulas St. Cingular store, where I was unable to buy the last 4 gig iPhone. Why? I do not have an American social security number yet as I’ve just arrived to the States 2 weeks ago and applied for the SSN last… Continue reading Why I failed as the 42nd in the iPhone line and why it is not a problem

Moving to New Orleans, starting a new life…and finding an apartment

I’ve already made some hints here, but now it is “official”: we (the new family) are moving to New Orleans on the 16th, June and I start my first postdoc job in a terrific laboratory I’ve already visited back in March. We have only one problem left: finding a proper appartment in New Orleans from… Continue reading Moving to New Orleans, starting a new life…and finding an apartment

Rebuilding mentality at Tulane University, New Orleans

When Hurricane Katrina came in, many researchers left Tulane University. Many efforts have been made since then to reestablish the strong academic research community. These are exactly the times, when new people with new drives enter. The following sentences are from the letter of Laura S. Levy Professor of Microbiology and Immunology and Associate Senior… Continue reading Rebuilding mentality at Tulane University, New Orleans

Stem cell trip to Tulane University, New Orleans

Wow, I bought the flight tickets yesterday, so next week I’m visiting the Center for Gene Therapy in downtown New Orleans for a few days. I was invited to give a seminar there. Of course I’d like to be more than just a stem cell tourist in America’s Most Interesting City. 🙂 New Orleans has… Continue reading Stem cell trip to Tulane University, New Orleans