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Sexy Crime Mapping

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So London Metropolitan Police released their crime map some weeks ago. It’s basically a google map overlayed with crime statistics down to the subward level. A subward is more or less 2-3 house blocks together.

Now you wonder how useful that map really is. The subward behind us had above average cime last month (8 incidents) however this month it just turned to no crime at all.

Click here to check out the crime map. It’s quite nicely done.

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September 25, 2008 at 8:49 pm

Posted in english, London, UK


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I’m just wondering what happened to the layout of my blog. Somehow it doesn’t look like how it supposed to ..

*Update*: Ah, wordpress automatically updated the theme from Journalist v1.3 to v1.9. I reverted it back …

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September 25, 2008 at 8:37 pm

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Stupid Pedestrians & other news

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So I found this curious shield opposite to a zebra crossing. It says “Pedestrians cross when green man is displayed”.

Now I wonder how effective that advice really is. Those who are stupid enough to not understand that the “green man” means walking probably can’t or won’t read a sign saying so!

In other news, we just finished writing our second paper and sent it in for comments. We’re probably going to submit it to ESOP conference again. Once we get some comments I might write something about it here.

Also I’m looking for a new flat! Exciting and tiring .. didn’t find anything suitable yet. I’d like to move a bit more west but still not too far away from uni. Let’s see if I find something …

Written by jk

September 20, 2008 at 3:57 pm

Posted in english, London, QMUL, UK

2 years — holy shit!

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I left Switzerland exactly two years ago, 17 September 2006. Now it’s 17 September 2008 .. it certaintly doesn’t feel like two years. More like 2 weeks and at the same time 20 years. Oh well, happy birthday 🙂  🙂

Written by jk

September 17, 2008 at 11:12 am

Posted in english, London, Switzerland, UK

Thames Stuff

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I went to the Thames Festival on Saturday. The south bank of the river between Westminster and Tower bridge is filled up with booths and stalls, music and food stuff, etc. Here the view on OXO Tower to the right, St. Paul’s cathedral and the gherkin in the background.

There was also a big area where you could get second hand books. I liked this one:

Some of the bridges were closed for traffic and had been converted to a huge banquet.

Written by jk

September 15, 2008 at 11:54 am

Posted in english, London

Wetfloor Madness

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For everybody who doesn’t understand this, check out this snipped from the 300 movie, jump to 1:50 if you’re in a hurry:

Written by jk

September 11, 2008 at 8:35 pm

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Wednesday – Big Bang Day

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(I am no physicist at all – so my descriptions will be inaccurate!)

On Wednesday 10 September the LHC — Large Hadron Collider — at CERN will get its first particle beam injected! That’s an amazing time for physics and actually the whole world. The BBC (and 250 other media organisations) will cover this event for the whole day with a special “Big Bang” programme.

Basically, the LHC is a large,expensive (6 billion euro) underground (down to 130m below the surface) ring of supercooled magnets which accelerate atomic particles to almost the speed of light. Two particle beams will be directed towards each other to create collisions. Four absolutely massive detectors will analyse the resulting smashed particles for certain properties. To give you an impression of the size of these detectors. One of them, CMS — Compact Muon Solenoid — is a monster containing, accoding to BBC, more iron than the Eiffel Tower and weighting 12’500 tons (more than 30 Jumbojets).

One of the experiments is to see whether an elementary particle, predicted by the so called Standard Model of physics, can be observed. The Standard Model is basically a huge formula which lets you express all possible interactions between the known physical forces. Everything works fine .. however one particle has been introduced to make the maths work which only exists in theory. The so called Higgs Boson.

This higgs boson is the missing link to explain how some elementary particles have mass (the bosons) and some others don’t (the photon). It is explain that, some particles when they change velocity they receive a certain amount of resistance from the so called Higgs Field. This resistance is the origin of inertial mass. Other particles however accelerate without being influenced by the Higgs Field. Kind of like moving a spoon through honey gives you a certain resistance while a very thin blade wouldn’t experience that drag.

If the Higgs Boson would not be detected by one of the LHC experiments then physicists would have to reconsider their standard model of how the natural forces work together.

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September 8, 2008 at 11:40 pm

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