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Finally, here is a technical solution to a proposal that I made here earlier

Ok, we are aware that recovery is always possible with cut & paste into other applications or printing a text -so we may better think about some watermarked graphics. “Don’t ever say anything on e-mail or text messaging that you don’t want to come back and bite you.”

Rejection hurts. Why everybody needs somebody

515 citations of an article in 5 years – it is timely to revisit “Does Rejection Hurt? An fMRI Study of Social Exclusion” by Eisenberger in Science magazine. I was refered to that study by “Lob der Schule” (an excellent book).

Participants were scanned while playing a virtual ball-tossing game in which they were ultimately excluded. Paralleling results from physical pain studies, the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) was more active during exclusion.

These are bad news for all victims of workplace bullying or university harassment – their brains will react like under stimulation of physical harm leading to aggression as found in many studies

A wide variety of studies with animal as well as human subjects demonstrate that pain often gives rise to an inclination to hurt an available target, and also, at the human level, that people in pain are apt to be angry.

So, the final aggression of the victim is used to further isolate it – a vicious circle.

Rolling Stones

Blues Brothers

10.1.2019 revisited

The facts seem to be now largely accepted, see an article in Psychology Today: Is Social Pain Real Pain? and the 2012 review by Eisenberger. More recently some authors even think that “The salience of self, not social pain, is encoded by dorsal anterior cingulate and insula“.


Forget about genes I

An AJHG paper that is already resting some longer time on my desk says that

Nonsense SNPs introduce premature termination codons into genes and can result in the absence of a gene product … Forget about genes I weiterlesen

Yes, we can

Sorry, I did not find the time to write so much here during this month. I have been revising manuscripts (on asthma genetics and another on the history of vitamin D introduction), traveling to another visit in Bolzano, a meeting in Barcelona and a retreat at Seeon. At present Yes, we can weiterlesen

Tu vuò fà l’americano

Yesterday we had been in “Schloss Nymphenburg” for the “Serenade im Park“. I did not know about the close connection of Munich and Venice where even Gondolieres had been hired by the former Bavarian emperors… So it was quite natural to hear some Canzoni Napolitane, traditional songs like La Danza, Torna a Surriento, Santa Lucia while my favorite was “Tu vuò fà l’americano” by Maria Tselegidis, simply wonderful also the encore. My limited Italian did not allow to understand the Neapolitan dialect that says

Puorte’ o canzone cu’ ‘nu stemma arreto,
‘na cuppulella cu ‘a visiera aizata.
Passe scampanianno pè Tuleto
comme a’ nu guappo pe’ te fa guardà!

Tu vuò fa l’americano!
“mmericano! mmericano!”
Siente a me, chi t’ho fa fa?
Tu vuoi vivere alla moda
ma si bive “Wisky and soda”
po’ e sente ‘e disturbà.
Tu abballe ‘o “Rocco Roll”
tu giochi al “basebal”
ma ‘e solde pe’ Camel
chi te li fa?..
La borsetta di mammà!
Tu vuò fa l’americano
“mmericano! mmericano!”
ma si nato in Italy!
Siente a mme non ce stà niente a ffa
Okay, napolità!
Tu vuò fa l’american!
Tu vuò fa l’american!

Comme te po’ capì che te vò bene
si tu le parle ‘mmiezzo americano?
Quando se fa l’amore sott’a luna
comme te vene ‘capa e di “j love you!?”

which is about an Italian who imitates an American (see translation). Although I can’t replay the excellent performance of Maria Tselegidis here, there are several versions of ‘Tu vuò fà l’americano” at Youtube – the famous one with Sophia Loren, the Ripley variant and a talented amateur version. Or watch the Puppini Sisters:

What’s the connection to Science Surf? I know also a lot of European scientists “vuò fà l’americano”, yea, yea.

Webcam based laser point tracking

If you do have the same problem like me – operating a computer, pointing towards a wall and looking at the same time at an audience is somewhat odd – here may be a solution for you.

Initially found this at a blog with some java source code.
Another video example is

with abandonded C# code that compiled nicely on my mac (laserinteraction). Experiments are ongoing…