Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas!

We wish you all happy holidays! Whether or not you celebrate Christmas, we hope you have a peaceful time to relax and, if necessary, recover.

I want to use the opportunity to thank all of you for reading along, for giving me feedback, and for simply being interested in science in a time when that doesn’t seem to be normal anymore. A special “Thank you" to those who have sent donations. It is reassuring to know that you value this blog. It encourages me to keep my writing available here for free.

I’ll be tied up with family business during the coming week – besides the usual holiday festivities, the twins’ 7th birthday is coming up – so blogging will be sparse for some while.


  1. Merry merry merry, light into all dark corners
    ...Peer review can be surmounted.

  2. You to Dr. H, a peaceful Christmas for you and family. A great picture by the way.. enjoy

  3. Merry Christmas to you!
    Frohe Weihnachten und einen guten Rutsch

  4. twin’s ---> twins'

    Sorry to be such a curmudgeon, but in this case the singular possessive usually not the full story. :-|

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  6. With Christmas past, happy New Year to all! Fortunately my brother's 4WD was able to negotiate my 375 foot driveway, buried in 8 inches of snow, enabling us to make the 150 mile drive to our sister's home, where our family Christmas was celebrated. Now just have to endure Arctic cold, with temps as low as -23C at night for some time.

  7. Best wishes to you and your family.

  8. naive theorist:

    I double checked and there's no comment from you in the queue and not in the spam folder either. Sorry about that :/

  9. Happy New Year to you and your family.

    Your effort to communicate science to a broad audience is impressive. It is challenging in a different way from your primary mission of pure research. But I appreciate your writing and I try to spread the word among similarly interested colleagues.

  10. Merry Christmas to you and yours adorable family.

    And thanks for all the blog posts.

  11. Happy holidays! The adorable twins will be a physicist and a mathematician? :-)

  12. Thank you for all the letters, words and sentences, posts in short, that you gave us in '17.
    And of course, all the best in '18, to you and your familly!



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