[Red Nose] Igor and Renata

This weekend, Igor and Renata visited me, on their way between Ushuaia and Atacama during their Honeymoon. It was a lot of fun!

We went briefly to the cultural center of "La Moneda" where the current exhibition is about China: we could not resist and took pictures with the painted dragons :)

I etched a glass in guise of wedding present:

They liked it a lot!


[Thoughts] Good NightS?

I read a while ago an article (I could not find it back, but here is a similar one) about how humans used to sleep, at least during long winter nights, in two periods separated by an interval of nocturnal activity (including but not restricted to sleep), idenified in particular by references to the "first sleep" and "second sleep" in the literature. It is supposed to have ended with the coming of electricity and nocturnal light.

The article "rang a bell" in my mind as I used to work or read between two periods of sleep during various periods of my life (I have memories of doing so while still living at my parent's, so before 21; while in grad school, so between 21 and 25; and during the first year of my postdoctoral visit to Vancouver) and to be heavily criticized about it (and more generally about my sleep hygiene such as going to bed abnormally early such as 20:30) by the first girlfriend with whom I shared an appartment, in Vancouver. I don't remember doing too much of night working since then.

Another "bell"  rang in my mind this morning while doing a Russian exercise: in Spanish and, if I understood correctly, in Russian, one wishes to the other "good nightS", where night is in the plurial form:
"доброй ночи" in Russian and "buenas noches" in Spanish. Could it be a leftover from older times when people wished others two good nights of sleep? This does not occur in French nor in English : both "bonne nuit"  and "good night" are singular forms. The difference of evolution might be that the difference in pronunciation (as opposed to writing) between the singular and plurial form is non existent in French and subtle in English, while it is stronger in Spanish (two words are in the plurial form) and even stronger in Russian.

Those who read this and speak other languages (e. g. Laura, Luca, Sylvain), is the usual expression to wish "a good night" im the evening singular or plurial? And how similar are the singular and plurial forms?


[ART] Ana Gabriela engraved on plate

I engraved this plate for Adriana, who helps me to clean the appartment (a voice in the back of my mind says that I feel ashamed to hire a domestic, and that's probably at least half true), because she is a fan of Ana Gabriela, a Mexican singer. I added a smile to the original caricature/portrait, I hope that one can still recognize the original!


[Teaching] Final Exam EI2001 "Animaciones Pedagogicas"

Today is the 15th anniversary of my PhD defense. I have done many things, dabbled in many area. I even quite a few good papers accepted, the latest to the Journal of the ACM. Maybe it's time to work on this habilitation thesis and to stop being an "assistant professor". Maybe that would get me more respect from some colleagues. (A voice in the back of my head is yelling: do not count on that!)

But today, I will be celebrating the final exam of my course of Pedagogical Animations with my students, with home made brownie and hand made engraved glasses for my Teaching Assistants and for the students!

The respect from my students is worth much more than that of any "University Professor". I wish I had both, but I would be much more unhappy with the respect of my colleagues without the respect of my students, than I am with the respect of my students without the respect of some of my colleagues. Thanks to the students, TAs, and colleagues Nicolás Badas, Manuel Olguin, Jorge Romo, Aleh Veraskouski, Alexander Golynski, Meng He, Rocío Esperanza Molina Silva, Reza Zadeh, Macarena Andrade Muñoz, Peyman Afshani, Mauricio Quezada, Arash Farzan, Francisco Claude-Faust, Edo Millacaris, Annie Lee, Carlos Ochoa, Ryan Berckmans, Diego Seco, Bernardo Aníbal Subercaseaux Roa, Daniel Crepu Mendez, Ariel Tello Fallau, Kasra Zokaei, Marcela Romero Cisterna, Gonzalo Flores Escobar, Yigo Kairos, Alberto Ordóñez, Carlos Gajardo Maureira, Alejandro Salinger, Bob Fraser, Juanjo Alegría Fuentes, Arturo Vial Arqueros, Tomás Lagos, Moisés Abraham Ordóñez Alarcón, Gloriajean Knight (Unicycle student extraordinaire!), Leydy-dee Dee, Eric Y. Chen, Leila Chinaei, Diego Arroyuelo, Fady Samuel, Olga Zorin and many others that I don't have on FB (or that I forgot to mention)!


[Pictures] Cerro San Cristobal y Boca y Nariz

As the day was nicer than usual, I accompanied Travis to the Cerro San Cristobal, were we met two nice Argentinian women, Agustina and Noelia, with whom we went to a nice restaurant called "Boca y Nariz". With such a name, we had to take some pictures with the red noses!