the only relevant unit of measurement 

bullet points per minute (bppm)

tfw you put a book on hold at the library, and the person who put the very same book on hold before you didn't pick it up, so you get it instead

thank you, anonymous library friend

Chart of 'reluctance of making snacks vs making snacks' 

You see here - the later it goes, the more probable it is that you will in fact make a snack.

Putting my degree to important knowledge production.

*logs in to review the schedule for the upcoming course*
[it's four zoom meets across three months]
aight
this is a comfortable enough pace

I would never advocate for scraping every paywalled academic database

I would never say that posting every database online for everyone to access for free is actually morally acceptable

That would be illegal

zoom noob question 

the new semester starts in a couple of weeks, and it appears I'm gonna have to get a webcam. what I want to ask are two things:
1) what's a good webcam that gets the job done, without too much in the way of preparatory work, bells and/or whistles?
and
2) what are some things you wish someone told you before embarking on your first zoom adventures?

The two ways academics demarcate their social rank:
a) the size of their shoulder pads (bigger is better)
b) the size of their email sigs

some linguistic tomfoolery 

my next thesis will be written in two versions, one swedish and one english. to spice things up, I'm gonna give 'em the following titles:
Ett suveränt boende
A sovereign abode

now, to convince the university to allow these bilingual shenanigans

'tis a strange thing to have written the big thesis but not being able to get a degree cause you didn't do the preparatory coursework
people give you funny looks

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Pros: I finally got in to a course to get those final nibbling points required to finalize one of my degrees
Cons: in order to participate, I'll need to get zoom

"mastodon user sargoth, you're not currently at a place where you can read internal documents"
I know
I don't lie enough on my applications

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the postings for PhD positions make more sense when you read the internal documentation outlining how such postings shall be phrased and what to consider when trying to attract the right people

perhaps, I speculate, some of this info should be provided up front, so prospective applicants will know what to write

the plan for the thesis after the thesis on speedrunning 

I'm not saying that it's to show up on the first day and just hand it in
but
it is heavily implied

Sometimes I think about how I'd make all lectures about Kafka if I got a teaching gig
especially the methodology lectures

I think we seriously underestimate

The fully-automated luxury gay space communism utopia we could could be living in today

If we took that military budget and spread it around to things that were good, and not just imperialist/nationalist projects

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I posit thus:
they know what is what
but
they do not know what is what
this, I contend
is the contradiction of our time

No knowledge in useless. In fact, the knowledge you possess will be used and applied on the situations you find yourself in, thus becoming useful by default

Language learning meta 

Something I think a lot of people need to hear. If you enjoy learning something, it's not useless. I'm tired of the phrase "why don't you learn a useful language."

My answer is always the same, I'm learning these because I like to, because they're fun.

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