Sunday, December 31, 2006

Happy New Year!

Dear Fellow Readers:

I wish you all a good start into the year 2007, whether you are with your family or on your own, whether you are on a sunny beach or stuck in snow knee-deep.


Most interesting posts of the year (as measured by number of comments):

    "You only see what your eyes want to see
    How can life be what you want it to be
    You're frozen
    When your heart's not open

    You're so consumed with how much you get
    You waste your time with hate and regret
    You're broken
    When your heart's not open

    Love is a bird, she needs to fly
    Let all the hurt inside of you die
    You're frozen
    When your heart's not open"

~Madonna, Frozen


  1. Hello!
    I’m a chinese boy.!!
    My blog
    Can i make friends with you ?
    And i want to say Happy new year!

  2. Stefan and Bee, best wishes to you both for the year to come, and congatulations on having an amazing Blog, paul.

  3. Happy New Year Bee & Stefan.
    Congratulations to both for offering your hearts and minds to the community in this blog.
    The Principle of Finite Imagination is indeed your best post Bee.
    I hope 2007 will be the year you will be able to reject finite imagination and propose its replacement - a principle that could help bring a fresh degree of unity or direction in foundation of physics. In crisis there are opportunities. Opportunities are grasped by fresh minds, deeply out-of-the-box thinking. Rise above the mathematical clutters and human noises, and ask the questions others won't dream.
    I wish your time at PI will be most happy and rewarding.

  4. Happy New Year to you too!

  5. Dear Bee and Stefan, many best wishes for a happy New Year! May it be a great year ahead for the two of you for research and for blogging and painting and all the arts of life!

    Likewise to all your readers!

  6. Happy New Year, Bee and Stephan!


  7. Happy New Year!

    I think this post should have made the list also:

  8. Yikes... I meant "Stefan", not "Stephan". Sorry!


  9. Happy new year and thanks for posting the best of 2006. I was inspired by your Science and Democracy II and I posted some of my own thoughts here:

    I think most of your longer posts are publication quality and well researched and eloquently written pieces. I congratulate you for raising the bar in science blogging. Best science writing on the web!

  10. Dear all :-)

    thank you very much for all the wishes and the encouraging comments!

    Clifford: thank you, and don't mind - I am quite often refered to as Stephan, it was a common way of spelling my name :-)

    Chinmaya, thanks that you liked the pencil post. As Sabine has mentioned, some posts to which you have invested some time of investigation and thinking often don't get much feedback, while others, written in a casual way, are flooded with comments. So it's always rewarding to hear that someone read and liked a longer, non-controversial post :-)

    All the best, Stefan

  11. Dear All,

    Thanks for the nice words :-) It's very encouraging to see you like our blog.

    Dear Dark-Matter

    I also like the Finite Imagination post best :-) 'Rising above the mathematical clutter' of other people's papers is a perfect description of how I spend my days...

    Dear Rae-Ann,

    Always nice to have you around! Have a good New Year :-)

    Dear Clifford,

    Stephan instead of Stefan is indeed a typo that isn't even a mistake, since the 'ph' and the 'f' are often used similarly. (Though I think German teachers might mark it in read, everybody who reads it would understand it), e.g. 'Photo' and 'Foto', 'Delphin' and 'Delfin' etc.

    'Steven' probably also falls into the same category... Most Americans pronounce it the same way anyhow. (The correct pronunciation of the German 'St' starts with a soft 'sch' like in 'shit' -- its the same for the 'st' in 'Einstein')

    Dear Arun,

    I think you've become one of our most reliable commenters, and you've always something interesting to say. Thanks for being around! And I am trying to do more research this year... Best,



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