Funding in medium-big science
Here a back-of-the-envelope calculation I was doing with a friend a few years back. At the beginning of my PhD the annual budget of the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (a wonderful thing, check it out if you can) amounted to 80 M€ (nowadays certainly more). In the hypothesis of wanting it funded on a fully voluntary basis, I would have to join forces with 10.000 interested people (which, perhaps are there!) willing to self-tax for 8000 € per year (ouch!).
Math is not the language of the sciences. Curse words are the language of the sciences.
Take on goth-y pop culture, irrelevant
While still in a comedic/halloween-esque way, the 1964 TV Addams family was arguably about characters which were more weird/deviant with respect to their context than its 90s revival (with a mainstream goth subculture flourishing in the previous decade). Which is a complicated way to say that I like the former more...
Instance block recommendation
If you value your safety and wish to keep this place a safe spot for anyone to talk, please block or defederate social.byoblu.com
The mentioned instance is mainly Italian-speaking, but considered its code of conduct follows a very shady definition of "free speech", it nurtures xenophobic, anti-semitic contents (e.g. Kalergi Plan). It doesn't act any censorship, much like with Gab and other "free speech" instances, therefore giving free reign on harassment and targeted mobbing.
People actively speaking and currently joining the instance have widely been reported of promoting homophobic, anti-choice, far-right, conservative, and pseudoscientific content. People supportive of it are rejects from Facebook, some of them having already faced cancellation because of the aforementioned content.
Covid-19 | Information in English for Italy
Link for those stuck in Italy wanting clear tips and instructions in English
The description text over the situation is kind of blunt and scary. But the information is good to have for those who need it, like who to call, and what to do.
Urban landscape photography
Viruses, Pol, hiv, coronavirus, potential pandemic
I am a *non*-expert in virology and epidemiology. I work and live between european states affected to a different extent by the current nCovid-19 spread. As a gay man born in 1985 (so, mostly second-hand experience from the "elders" in the community) , I find myself referring rather often to the HIV early stage when trying to clarify to others that stigma is bad, safety measures are good etc. Any resonating experiences?
Journal special issues, scam
Retraction Watch warns about a scam involving journal special issues.
Tomorrow’s date will be written as an eight-digit palindrome around the world, the first time this has happened in 900 years.
The coincidence is rare because countries use differing conventions. February 2, 2020, is a palindrome whether expressed as day/month/year (02/02/2020), month/day/year (02/02/2020), or year/month/day (2020/02/02).
This happened last on November 11, 1111, and it won’t happen again until March 3, 3030.
Pseudo-artistic photo, urban landscape, indirectly alcohol
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