- a) WOW! GREAT PLACE!
b) ... but its in WATERLOO... (alias: the-end-of-the-world), funny faces come with this point, and
c) But they have this cool building!
On the websites of the Perimeter Institute you find the following amusing sentence summarizing the alleged end-of-the-world problem:
"Perimeter's founders recognized from the outset that in order to establish a Waterloo-based Institute of the highest international standing it would be necessary to create a landmark building, both functionally and aesthetically, to attract and retain the very best researchers the world has to offer."
Now, after the first three weeks, I can tell you
a) STILL A GREAT PLACE!
b) Waterloo is better than you'd think. E.g. it is indeed possible to buy eatable cheese and chocolate. Besides this, one gets dinner after 8 pm, and so far nobody has asked me whether we do have fridges in Germany. I'll comment on the Canadian liquor disaster another time.
c) The building looks interesting, yes. But you feel like sitting in a glasshouse. A glasshouse in a zoo, with visitors waving at you and taking pictures. No kidding, it belongs to the sightseeing schedule in the region. I can hear the tourists with their digital cameras telling their kids: Look! A theoretical physicist! He's eating the chalk. Wait, it is a she!
I am looking forward for someone to throw peanuts at me.
Yesterday, Stefan took one million photos of the building. The glasshouse effect is most impressively shown on this one:
My office is on the uppermost floor the third from the right. I share this room with Stefan Hofmann, who currently is on a trip to Germany. The small windows are where you find the printers.
To get a three-dimensional impression look at these great 360 degrees images:
See also: You're BEAUTIFUL...
And a word in total privacy: Happy birthday mum! Tried to call, but I always get the fax mashine, what's wrong there?
Update Jan 10th 2007: The new websites have more of the panoramic photos!
TAGS: PHYSICS, PERIMETER INSTITUTE