mastodon, academic conferences
trying to promote Mastodon at the Association of Internet Researchers #aoir2019 conference... any other Mastodon users here?
The halls of the physics building are covered in posters of nobel prize winners. This is a good idea in theory, but in practice it’s really demoralizing as a woman to walk down the halls and see hundreds of old white men with maybe 3 women... but today i walked in to the building see people replacing the pictures with beautiful, colorful posters of influential women in physics. I almost started crying; I felt so happy. Representation matters, folks.
Cold weather, so I've been blogging about physics and tea. Who is surprised? http://lecdem.physics.umd.edu/tools-and-resources/lecdem-blog.html
#STEMEd folks: any favorites or ideas for quantum-themed games and activities for kids? (10-12 years)
Tech gatekeeping and documentation
Lack of documentation is one way that gate-keeping happens
Because I guarantee you there are people who are explaining it to other people; it's not just that the most cleverest 1337 haxors are figuring it out on their own
But when this kind of explaining is done informally, and not through good documentation, it just means that the developers get to choose who uses/builds on their software
Image from page 133 of "Bulletin" (1961-1962)
hahaha i did not know that Messier came up with his famous list of objects because he "was a comet hunter, and was frustrated by objects which resembled but were not comets, so he compiled a list of them... to avoid wasting time on them." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Messier_object
a reminder that the things you'll be remembered for might be the things you throw away while trying to do something else
Physics education nerd turned information science student, intermittent writer, perhaps overfond of tea.
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