Blog 2005

2005 December 15



Betriebsausflug: Weihnachtsmarkt, Mannheim

2005 November 18

Read The Schopenhauer Cure by Irvin D. Yalom (HarperCollins 2005)
My review: Psychologically illuminating dramatized portrait of philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer that explains the style if not the power of his philosophy

2005 October 20-21

Participated as product representative for SAP NetWeaver BI Accelerator (formerly HPA) at
SAP Business Intelligence and Analytics Conference
Düsseldorf, Germany

2005 October 12

Received my copy of SAPinsider containing my article
Speed, Scalability and Flexibility All at Once with New High Performance Analytics

SAPinsider, Oct-Nov-Dec 2005, pages 53-56
PDF: 4 pages, 583 KB

2005 September 24

Finished reading novel Saturday by Ian McEwan (Jonathan Cape 2005)
My review: A day in the life of a neurosurgeon, deeply insightful, meticulously researched

2005 September 12

Finished reading Warped Passages by Lisa Randall (Allen Lane 2005)



My review: Some wonderful new ideas for physics beyond the Standard Model, and maybe testable too, but still very speculative

2005 September 4

Finished reading The Labyrinth of Time by Michael Lockwood (Oxford University Press 2005)



My review: An Oxford philosopher takes on some deep physics and presents many good views and a few debatable ones

2005 August 11

Flew a Piper Arrow aircraft for a few minutes between Bournemouth International Airport and Sandown on the Isle of Wight


At Sandown: center me, right my brother-in-law

2005 August 10

Enjoyed a family pilgrimage to Chartwell House, Kent
Winston Churchill and his family lived there for many years


Chartwell House

2005 July 24

This weekend I read two new volumes in The Frontiers Collection:
Relativity and the Nature of Spacetime by Vesselin Petkov (Springer 2005)
Information and Its Role in Nature by J. G. Roederer (Springer 2005)

2005 July 12

BMW, Munich, Germany
Presentation on SAP NetWeaver capability High Performance Analytics (HPA)

2005 June 23

Baur au Lac Club, Zurich, Switzerland
Dinner with old boys from Exeter College Oxford


Baur au Lac Hotel

2005 June 6

University of Trier, Germany
Delivered lecture entitled SAP NetWeaver and High Performance Analytics
to Diploma students in department of business informatics

2005 March 19

For the last few months, my recreational reading has focused on two main themes.
(1) books by and about Sir Winston Churchill and
(2) books on theoretical physics:
 — Science and Ultimate Reality (eds Barrow et al)
 — Quo Vadis Quantum Mechanics? (eds Elitzur et al)
 — A First Course in String Theory by Barton Zwiebach

2005 March 7

Received my subscription copy of:
Journal of Consciousness Studies, Vol 12 No 2 (2005)
Pages 78-83 present my review:
Roads to Reality — Penrose and Wolfram Compared
comparing the books
The Road to Reality by Roger Penrose
A New Kind of Science by Stephen Wolfram 

2005 February 7

Completed review of new book
Quo Vadis Quantum Mechanics?

for publication in issue 02/2005 of journal
Chemie in Labor und Biotechnik
 

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