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Off to ABQ May 18, 2008

Posted by dorigo in physics.

Just  a note: I will be offline today, traveling to Albuquerque. Comments will be duly answered tomorrow…



1. Federico Bo - May 18, 2008

Ciao Tommaso.

I’m Federico and yesterday I was at Sci(bzaar)net.

I want to repeat (terrible Skype connection :)) my question about differences between US and Europe on researcher’s blog and the reactions of academic world about information diffusion on ongoing research.

Obviously sorry for my terrific English…

Un saluto

2. carlbrannen - May 19, 2008


Welcome to my home town, difficult for some to spell, it’s also known as “ABQ” or “Duke City”. Around 1500 meters. It generally has excellent weather this time of year. I assume you’re at UNM, which has an unusual and pretty campus as far as architecture goes, with a Spanish colonial influence. I’d drop by but right now I’m stuck in the Seattle area which is suffering under the strange condition of blue skies and warm weather.

3. dorigo - May 19, 2008

Hi Carl,

so if you know the whereabouts, would you maybe offer me some advice on where to go for a day off, like a nice (and easy, since I haven’t any equipment) mountain hike, or some other exploration of nature around here ?

Let me know!

4. dorigo - May 19, 2008

Ciao Federico,

sorry for not having caught your question well online… Indeed, I could hear very little.
In general, I find some hostility in Italy with my blog. My colleagues either shrug their shoulders or think I should spend my time better. The importance of the medium has not been recognized fully there yet.
In the US the perception is indeed different. Blogs are used as a source of information not just by reporters, but by insiders. There are a few theorists that regularly read the physics posts I publish, because that is an easy way to keep in touch with recent developments at the experimental facilities: you build a feed with a few blogs, and you do not need to worry about misssing something important anymore.

As far as the diffusion of scientific information on ongoing research, the situation is pretty much the same here and there instead. Collaborations are international, and so is the feeling that the data is “owned” by the researchers belonging to them. As I mentioned in my video, results which are not “blessed”, i.e. approved, cannot be disclosed. It is one of the worst sins you can do within a collaboration, and people aren’t quick at forgiving you.


5. Federico Bo - May 19, 2008

Thanks Tommaso.

6. carlbrannen - May 19, 2008


I should have commented on Albuquerque for you. First, while you’re there, for God’s Sake don’t let them take you to an “Italian Restaurant”. In each part of the US, the best food is the food that is special to that place. In Albuquerque, this is a mixture of Indian / colonial Spanish and is very good. Whenever I visit my family, we always eat at two places that are quite cheap but have excellent food that you will not be able to get anywhere else.

Monroe’s is a sit down family restaurant that serves the best New Mexican food without the tourist attraction crapola that you will find in downtown (or Santa Fe). While there, you must order the “taco finger” side dish. For the main dish at noon, I suggest the #0 “green chile burger” with cheese.

New Mexico is high desert (called “alto plano” or “high plains”) and the growing season is relatively short. So the locals are in the habit of harvesting the chiles early, while they are still green. I avoid the seeds, which are quite hot. For those who have trouble with over seasoned food like this (probably a combination of genetics and accustoming oneself), try to eat without letting the food near the front part of your tongue which is the part that actually feels the pain. And drink milk with your meal. In many people, the spicy food causes sweating which is good on a hot day but kind of iffy from a biological point of view if you ask me.

For dinner, make sure you get a side dish or meal with a “sopapilla” which are available in very few places in the world. This is an Indian fry bread that originated in the pueblos. The tradition is to put a little honey (children put lots and then get yelled at by mom) in them. Sopapillas are only good for maybe a half hour after they are cooked. You cannot obtain them anywhere else.

Of course the local physicists will take you out for blue corn tortillas. Blue corn is an expensive variety of corn that is quite tasty and truly tastes best in New Mexico. I think Monroe’s usually has this.

The other place that you have to have at least one cheap but delicious lunch at is the Frontier Restaurant. It abuts the UNM campus on the south side. I always have their red chili tamales. In fact, my eyes tear up as I write this. I should be in Albuquerque with my aged mother, having lunch there right now.

The Frontier is very popular with the campus and will be very crowded at meal times. So try to get there in between hours. Monroe’s is popular among business workers who have lunch betweeen 12 noon and 1PM.

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