Tomorrow is the start of the Tour day Frants!  As the program vendors say at the ballpark, "you can't tell the players without a score card", and that's certainly true in cycling. I thought I'd do a run-down of ...Read More


This weekend begins the 97th edition of greatest annual event in sport, the Tour de France.  This year's race covers 3600 km over three weeks, which is a little farther than the distance between Chicago and San Francisco.  Since it's ...Read More

It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them.  Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car ...Read More

On Saturday night I witnessed a great little impromptu parade, right outside my window.  The Stade Charlety is right down the street from where I live, and they've been showing some of the World Cup matches on their JumboTron.  Rather ...Read More

Today is the start of the 2010 World Cup, which everyone in France is pretty excited about!  Well, everyone except Lab. Aime Cotton.  People at the lab are mostly... whelmed.  I discussed this with one of the summer students in ...Read More

Since we haven't had a holiday in almost a week, today is Pont de l'Ascension and the lab is closed. It's cold and dreary out (we've beenback to winter coats for the last two weeks here), so I'm trying ...Read More


While Beth was here we went up to the top of the Eiffel Tower, which was a lot of fun!  It's certainly an iconic Parisian tourist experience, and with good reason.  The views are wonderful: You can make reservations online, which ...Read More

People often confuse me with professional NFL player Dhani Jones. It's not surprising - we both have more than a passing interest in non-American sports, we both put more care into our dress than most of our co-workers, and ...Read More

Sunday was my first bike ride in Paris!  Spring has finally arrived to France, and Sunday was a beautiful 65F and sunny.  One of the guys at work, Thierry, talked about going on a lunchtime ride this week, and I ...Read More


The first weekend in April was my first trip out of Paris! Beth arrived at CDG, we dropped off her suitcase at my apartment, and turned around and booked it back to CDG. We jumped on a plane ...Read More