Thursday, March 22, 2012

Basil Fawlty is alive and well and living in Anatolia

Not really Basil, but a dead ringer; the resemblance was uncanny, and the resemblance came to two of us in the group independently.

The restaurant is carved into the rock, tuff,  like most of the hotel.  The head waiter was hyper and rude, rushing around, getting orders wrong, pushing the most expensive wine and dish on each new patron, with prices withheld!  All the wines were between 30 and 60 Euros.

The following day we bought a bottle of wine for 15 Euros, still overpriced but decent, and took it to the restaurant uncorked, and ordered food.  The head waiter ignored us, and the another waiter was polite, and took our order, and we did not get charged a corkage fee.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Male Shopkeepers in Turkey

In the tourist areas of Turkey, especially the Grand Bazaar, are a myriad of stores, manned almost totally by men.  Perhaps 1% are staffed by women.  The shopkeepers tend to have an excellent grasp of English, German, and other languages, and they are verbally aggressive.

There favorite opening phrase is, "Where are you from?"  Texas and Somewhere, do not seem to be places they know!  Anything to get you to stop and look in their store.  As we kept walking one guy said, "You are hurting my freedom!"  I was sure tempted to stop, but prudently kept walking.

Restaurants are the same, guys loiter outside trying to cajole one inside.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Theme for the month on the Wiki, Atomic scale transistors: A single phosphorus atom transistor:

27 February 2012—Researchers have created a working transistor out of a single phosphorus atom and in the process have shown that Moore’s Law, the cornerstone of the semiconductor industry, might hold true much longer than anyone expected.

To make their tiny transistor, the group, which was led by Michelle Simmons, a researcher at the University of New South Wales, in Australia, bathed silicon in phosphine gas. They then used a scanning tunneling microscope (STM) and a technique common in lithography to replace one silicon atom in a six-atom lattice with a phosphorus atom. “Controlling a chemical reaction so that just one phosphorus atom was introduced into the device was challenging,” says Simmons.
Preparation for a Mosaic Workshop for 20 in Sugar Land