2013 in review

Boy am I happy that the blog stats aren’t the only measure for success… 5 posts! 😀 Well, in addition, I did manage to get married and finally (FINALLY) finished writing my PhD thesis. So it was a great, nay, extraordinary year!

On the other hand, I have been stressed out, tired at times, lazy at other times, so in other words a human being. I’ll try to keep being a human being next year and hopefully I’ll get around to writing a few blog posts in the process. 🙂

Thanks for this year, all you who stumbled upon this blog, (mostly by accident, given the odd search terms), and have a great 2014!

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2012 in review

OK, here’s the year in numbers re Synchronised Minds. Thank you all for visiting. Shouldn’t be too hard to beat these stats next year… 🙂

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 3,700 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 6 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

Google Wave – first impressions

The long-awaited Google Wave invitation finally arrived this week. We had talked about it with Olivier, as judging by the previews, it looked like just the tool for our research group’s planning and communication needs.

Google Wave has been hyped up and so the queue to get to test it was long. And it seems people are desperate to get in on the fun as early as possible, and therefore the competition for invites was fierce, and lots of phishing sites and other scams were quickly setup. Email and twitter ID’s of those who were foolish enough to give out their details to websites promising invites in return of those details and re-tweeting the site URL were harvested – I’m not sure for what purpose, to be sold to spammers, I suppose.  Continue reading


I suppose you’ve seen this site on the news or perhaps links have floated your way on the webs of inter. The idea behind this site is that “It displays academics around the world in a tree format, according to what university/department they are affiliated with.” It also allows you to have a profile page where you can upload your CV, research interests, publications etc

So, Facebook for academics? Not quite. There are some social networking functions but unfortunately the main focus is on the tree, not the people. I’ve signed up, just to give it a try, and so far the experience isn’t very positive.

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