Archive for March, 2010

Publish or perish aka give me your number

March 8, 2010

I recently discovered a great tool called PoP (for publish or perish) to calculate a lot of the publication statistics, e.g. h-Index, often used to evaluate researchers when applying for a position.
It is based on Google Scholar and lets you quickly analyze a person of interest.
Unfortunately, with a special character in your name – like in mine – it doesn’t perform so great and some post-processing is required.


Wine distributor Wein&Co in Vienna, Austria

March 6, 2010

As I’m working in Vienna, Wein&Co comes in handy to buy wine as it offers a broad range with respect to prices and brands/countries. You can try at least 6 different white/red ones and for 4 € extra you can drink every bottle from the shop in the bar and even get a bottle of water with it.

Till 30.3. they have a special offer – buy at least 6 bottles of white wine and get 6 pretty good white wine glasses with it for free.

See me there 🙂

Mind over matter – 24 hours hiking

March 6, 2010

I recently discovered the 24-hours-hike experience in Bavaria on my way back to Vienna from Berlin. Although I’m not that sporty, I think I can do it based on my experiences during my 900 km hike in 30 days on the Camino and hope to experience again some kind of “mind over matter”.

I’m going for it together with a friend of mine who also joins in regularly on the yearly 2-3 days pilgrimage from my hometown to Mariazell. Btw, if you are interested it seems that it happens all over the world, e.g. in Austria and Norway, Italy.

A chain reaction

March 6, 2010

So, here we go. After avoiding to join social networks and blogs for quite a while, although being in IT for 15 years, the iPhone finally did it. Since I own one I joined Facebook half a year ago. I quite heavily use it to stay in touch with friends on fb as well as via LinkedIn and Xing for professional networking.
It is kind of strange to need two accounts for professional networking, but unfortunatelly a lot of german researchers and business people tend to be only on Xing while US and UK researchers are typically on LinkedIn. Anyway, good to keep in touch after research projects are finished.

Now a blog about thoughts and happenings in my private and professional life. I’m wondering what will be next?