In other news

I know I know, I haven't found too much time writing the usual junk, but every now and then, there's a picture I can post here. I think it's mainly two reasons for this: First I'm only starting with my project, I have tons of ideas and need to focus on which are my priorities. Second, I still don't have internet. After two 40 minute loops in the call center of Cablecom last Friday and an absolutely incompetent answer to why my modem, telephone and TV box are still missing, I more or less told them to place the box where the sun don't shines and signed up with Bluewin, which is more expensive but hopefully not as catastrophic as Cablecom. Hope that'll work out. Then I'm trying to get Swiss license plates for my car, which is kind of mission impossible, though I'm getting there... Now I only need the Abgaskontrolle and I can show the car to the MFK... Crossing fingers...
On Saturday I had a small flat warming party at my place. It was very nice, though unluckily on a real bad day since many people couldn't come... Otherwise all is well, I'm waiting for the delivery of my sound system from Onkyo, I was made an officer in the FHLHC (fucking huge Luxembourgish Hadron Collider) lobby group, I'm homogenizing mouse carcasses and mutagenizing cell lines, I'm doing some cloning, I am officially addicted to Lost (which I thought could never happen), I reduced the number of Seychelles pics to edit from 4400 to some 200 and I try to devour the remains of my house warming cakes.

by Charles Betz
09/15/08. 09:43:21 am. 268 words, 1116 views. Categories: Blog , 1 comment »

Climbing Trees

by Charles Betz
09/15/08. 09:27:37 am. 5 words, 408 views. Categories: Photography ,


by Charles Betz
09/11/08. 01:40:33 pm. 3 words, 1713 views. Categories: Photography , 2 comments »

Kubrick's f/0.7 lens

Worth reading if you're interested in optics, cinematography or photographic lenses. Two Special Lenses for "Barry Lyndon" by Ed DiGiulio

by Charles Betz
09/11/08. 10:29:02 am. 20 words, 2375 views. Categories: Photography, Cameras & more ,

Twin Reality

by Charles Betz
09/10/08. 01:31:36 pm. 3 words, 561 views. Categories: Photography ,


by Charles Betz
09/08/08. 06:38:21 pm. 2 words, 1205 views. Categories: Photography ,

Full. Moon.

by Charles Betz
09/06/08. 03:13:16 pm. 4 words, 789 views. Categories: Photography, High Dynamic Range , 2 comments »

Destined Evolution

Could this be the teaser to the new Canon 5D??? Ahh.... I cannot wait for it.

by Charles Betz
09/05/08. 05:41:45 pm. 16 words, 691 views. Categories: Cameras & more ,


Here's for everyone who's still in doubt about Cablecom's outstanding customer services. I was officially registered here in Basel starting August 1st, but did the moving part only on August 13th. To have a functional internet connection (one of the basic human rights, let's face it) by then, I called Cablecom July 7th to fix a contract for DSL, digital TV and telephone, to be on the safe side. Also I thought that it would be easier to have everything from one single provider. When I arrived in Basel August 13th, I was happy to see a letter from Cablecom (dated August 5th), telling me that I would receive my package in the next days. Since there was nothing else there, I called (August 18th) and was told that there had been a problem with the Swiss post, apparently they couldn't find my mailbox (although they miraculously managed to find it to send me the letter telling me I'll receive the modem soon), and so they had send the whole thing back to Otelfingen. So they apparently send the whole thing with the highest priority out the same day... or so I was told... Well you can imagine that until today, I still have received nothing, no answers to my mails, and today I was too upset and called them (again). I was now finally told (after the girl put me on hold for 10 minutes to find out what had happened) that the whole thing somehow got lost somewhere, this time, not even the Swiss Post was good enough for an excuse. Well bravo Cablecom, you can be sure that I'll share my impressions with every Swiss student I'll meet who needs a new internet provider.

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by Charles Betz
09/05/08. 04:00:19 pm. 290 words, 896 views. Categories: Life in Basel , 2 comments »


by Charles Betz
09/05/08. 08:52:04 am. 6 words, 1782 views. Categories: Photography, Black & White , 2 comments »

Accurate numbers

by Charles Betz
09/04/08. 08:51:14 am. 0 words, 919 views. Categories: Bad Science , 3 comments »

Stripes only

by Charles Betz
09/04/08. 08:48:15 am. 6 words, 1239 views. Categories: Photography ,

Um Bock

by Charles Betz
09/03/08. 12:02:35 pm. 5 words, 921 views. Categories: Photography, High Dynamic Range , 4 comments »

The last cargo cult

Definitely one of the most interesting articles I read in the past weeks. The last cargo cult refers to a religious movement in the South Pacific where indigenous people wait for the arrival of a new cargo shipment, brought by white men, even mimicking runways, radio masts with palm trees where they wait for the arrival of their messiah John Frum. One of the "cutest" religions I've heard of. Worth a read! And here's the wiki entry.

by Charles Betz
09/03/08. 08:42:33 am. 77 words, 467 views. Categories: News ,

Why no exercise may be the best one you'll get

Riding along the earlier placebo post, here's another interesting publication:
Crum AJ Langer EJ. Mind-Set Matters: Exercise and the Placebo Effect. Psychological Science 18(2) 165-171, 2007.
What the authors basically did was to divide two groups of cleaning ladies from an hotel who were actively getting a lot of exercise by doing all of their usual work. However, most did not perceive this to be exercise at the beginning of the study. They then chose one group and taught them about all the active work they were doing, burning so and so many calories by vacuum cleaning, making the beds etc... The other group did not receive this (truthful) information. After 4 weeks, the authors measured some objective health measures like weight, body fat, body mass index, waist-to-hip ratio and blood pressure. The group knowing about all the good exercise they were getting had better results in all of these categories after only 4 weeks, while the other did not. Is it really as simple as that?

by Charles Betz
09/02/08. 10:13:16 am. 162 words, 577 views. Categories: Paper of the Day , 5 comments »

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