A new semester dawns. What will today's crises be, and how do we fix them?

Curious - for those of you working at schools (including universities, etc), what has been your institution's policy around weather-related closings or schedule changes during the pandemic? How have you felt about it?

"If it's silly and clunky but it works for now, it's valid" - my new openrefine motto

Reminder to self: regular expressions are not actually magic. They can't fix poor experiment design with a wave of a wand.

mastodon, academic conferences 

trying to promote Mastodon at the Association of Internet Researchers 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.

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

scientists are just people who didn't want to graduate ever. after a while they're like, "there's no more classes so you're a scientist now"

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.

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