Here's a much-overdue introduction!
Since Jan 2014, I've also been pursuing a PhD in #scicomm, from UWE Bristol (remote, part-time -- a hell of a combination that I do not wish upon anyone).
I love learning (about) programming.
#CERN, #LHC, photo of scientific equipment
Found a picture I hadn't seen before, of myself showing the CMS detector at CERN to visitors during the last #CERNOpenDays in 2013! <3
open access feelings
Attn professional network people: If you post an announcement about your new paper, it’s some bullshit if it’s going to cost 42$ to read. You’re not contributing to the global scholarly convo, you’re just fooling yourself, with that subscription “journal”. I will nicely comment asking if it’s open access anywhere, but be warned that I kind of want to fight about it 😈
Yay, @gedankenstuecke is on scholar.social!
The thing is, astronomy research has no inherent profit in it. The work astronomers do can (and often does) eventually have a strong impact on human technology and society but, at the time the scientists are still doing it? Not really.
Astronomy research is not done for profit and frequently involves collaborations which straight up ignore national borders and political matters, focusing on acquiring knowledge and sharing it freely.
Honestly, capitalists hate it.
Are we always going to assume everything important is measurable? It may be the case that it is actually the opposite, as Peter Drucker already said in his book "The effective executive", most important things cannot be measured.
I'm extremely uncomfortable with the implications that it's morally suspect taking EU money for research. Is it worse than corporate money? Should research all be self-funded and thereby limited to rich people? I'd assert that public money is the least suspect money.
Your taxes pay for your transport infrastructure, they pay for unis, they pay for research. Paying for this kind of stuff is why I don't mind paying taxes. Indeed, I wish I paid higher taxes for more social services.
Weather plaints, swearing
Me: I'm looking forward to the first #cricket 🏏 training session of the year!
Weather: Fuck you. Here's some snow. In April. Bwahaha!
Useful information for doctoral students
I found a useful, handy guide geared towards steering doctoral students towards not graduating for as long as possible, and thought I'd translate it to a language actual people can actually read
enjoy. and, also, stay in school!
#CERN comms., #Web30, something I wrote
home.cern goes retro to commemorate 30 years of the Web!
"From 1 April onwards, the home page of CERN will take on a simpler persona that hearkens back to the early days of the Web"
game, joke, smbc
I think I found a game for scholar.social.
#opendata, #CERN, article I wrote
I wrote a piece on open-data practices in high-energy physics, published in the latest CERN Courier. It might interest some of you.
“Preserving the legacy of particle physics”: https://cerncourier.com/preserving-the-legacy-of-particle-physics/
Sorry, I should've added a link: https://git-scm.com/book/en/v2/Git-on-the-Server-GitWeb
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