Mar 01 2009

No crying over spilt coffee

by at 9:49 pm

On Twitter, Lisa tells the world “enough”—stop apologizing for the lack of blog posts.  So no apologies.  An explanation, though: extended hours in front of a computer at work haven’t made my neck and back happy, so I’ve cut back on computer use, especially at home.  That means if you haven’t heard from me in awhile, pick up the Skype!  Or email me with a good time to call you—and remember Switzerland is 6 hours ahead of EST.

And some updates:

  • A paper based on my project at EPFL was accepted at a data visualization conference in Paris!  Well, the abstract was accepted.  The paper (and project) still have a way to go to completion.  The conference is after the one in Dresden in June.
  • I don’t want to jump the gun, but as Jackie gloated in her post, it’s feeling more and more like spring here in Lausanne, Switzerland.  And no, we still haven’t been skiing!
  • I’ve been Twittering (or check the left side bar of SwissWatching should you not want to click on that link) and though I’ve given it a fair chance, I’ve come to the conclusion that, as Margaret tweets, my timezone is something of an obstacle to actually enjoying the experience.  I’ve been on the lookout for English-speaking Twitterers in Lausanne/Geneva, but so far I haven’t located many.
  • Since my last post on the blog, I have spilled a cup of coffee to varying effects once a week on average.  Twice in our foyer, once at work, and once in a coffee bar in Rome.  I only broke cups twice.  I’d say I should switch to decaf, but the one I just poured all over the floor was decaf.  I’d also say I shouldn’t have coffee before I have any caffeine in the morning…but that doesn’t seem possible.
  • I signed up for the gym at EPFL.  So far, I’ve wandered through it trying to decipher the signs with instructions in French.  I’m now working under the assumption that I need to purchase special indoor gym shoes (where will I get these?), attend a class before I can use the weight room (conducted no doubt in French), and carry at least 2 towels at all times (mine?  theirs?  how do they get dry?  what is each for?).

Update: while collecting dishes to wash, I spilled another cup of coffee. Unfortunately, it was mostly empty, i.e. sludge. Gross.

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3 Responses to “No crying over spilt coffee”

  1. Judy Hon 04 Mar 2009 at 5:05 pm

    Congrats on the paper! Have you always been a coffee spiller or is this a Switzerland thing? And, I’m also giving up on twitter. I love reading your posts, thanks!


  2. Sethon 04 Mar 2009 at 10:50 pm

    Nice to hear from you, Judy! I think the coffee spilling is new…if I’d been on Twitter in college, I could’ve checked for you. Hope your new, Twitter-free life is productive!

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