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." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Messier_

a reminder that the things you'll be remembered for might be the things you throw away while trying to do something else

That awkward moment when you realize the lab blogpost you had scheduled to post shortly needs to be rewritten and updated because of a new preprint... again.

Hello to those interested in open education and open educational resources: consider adding yourself to the open edu list on Trunk for mastodon, lists of people interested specific kinds of topics! communitywiki.org/trunk

@clintlalonde @vickysteeves

Anyone have thoughts on incorporating the physics of very large tropical storms into an intro science lecture (first year uni level)?

if P turns out to equal NP, were gonna have to seriously rethink transistors. 🤔

How much Darjeeling is it going to take to get me through these lab outreach report revisions?

This bibliography is at 10 pages and still going. I think I'm in trouble.

Whee, new projects appearing before previous ones complete!
Anyone have any recs of favourite readings on current issues in Knowledge Management? (A topic I know next to nothing about so far....)

Astro folks, what's the best conference/meeting/workshop code of conduct being used these days? What's been missing in those you've seen recently that should be added?

My apologies to everyone who was waiting for something from me. Several projects blew up on me this month (only one literally, the others metaphorically), and I've been unable to keep up with online life.

That awful feeling when you have to set aside the things you want to be doing to put out metaphorical, and occasionally literal, fires at work :/

Picked up Nicholson & Seale's "The Politics of Theory and the Practice of Critical Librarianship" at the library tonight, and I am intrigued.

this was a huge digression from what I was supposed to be doing today, but I think these plates of waveforms from recorded speech made by Théodore Rosset in 1911 (using a weird photographic method?) are gorgeous (source: archive.org/details/recherches)

ElasticSearch, why must you haunt my dreams?

The awkward situation when the one really busy hour in the lab all day is the same hour you're trying to attend a webinar on curriculum planning....

That moment in the final pass through revising a paper when you realize that moving sections around means you now have an interface responding responsively. Oops.

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