I just got VPN access set up with Macquarie, my new institution, and I thought I'd make a quick post on how to get this set up under Linux and why it can be nice. At both Macquarie and Edinburgh, I had a desktop machine that was more powerful than my laptop, but it was not publicly accessible. One solution is just to only use it when I'm actually in the building at the desk, but then I don't get to feel like a ninja. (well, and I also can't use the machine if I'm not at my desk for whatever reason).
I just spent a week with neuroscience and vision people, and was pointed to an interesting pair of relatively recent neuroscience papers (by Rodrigo Perin, Henry Markram, and Thomas K Berger) with interesting potentially computational-level implications that I want to think through. First, a disclaimer: I'm not a neuroscientist, and I can't personally evaluate the biological methodology. But, assuming their basic measurements and interpretations are correct, I think the work is really cool.