I was going to work on my slides for thursday but tonight's meal was all the cider and pies I could consume soooo maybe not
Four, judging by this conference
How many physicists does it take to plug a mac into a projector? 🤔
Joined the university's beekeeping society earlier this year. Here's a bee bum for your viewing pleasure
We had our paper rejected by a reviewer who made a mistake in their maths. Sent an appeal to the editor who wrote back explicitly saying that they only allow appeals on grounds of a technical error; rejected us anyway. Super frustrating.
If anyone is looking for some maths & programming challenges for fun then take a look at projecteuler.net - a friend and I have been competing for a few weeks and it's been very rewarding and interesting
Been avoiding mastodon for a while. Not especially sure why, though it's coincided with a lul in my motivation. What I probably don't need is more hobbies, so naturally I want to start piano lessons in the next few weeks. Also considering learning Italian since there are 6 speakers of it in my group. Learning a language seems like such a grind, though. But I could get lots of practice in, for sure.
I finally put The Hydrogen Sonata to rest last week. Then finished The Wasp Factory in just a few days, which I never manage to do. What a twisted, exceptional book that was.
Not sure what to go with next, more Iain Banks? If not, then Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger. Her book The Time Traveller's Wife is a candidate for my favourite book ever.
I don't mind progress being slow, but so much of the last few weeks has just felt like guessing. If it's not aligned right then it's not clear how to improve it. Just try again and hope.
A radical proposal to keep your personal data safe - Richard Stallman https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/apr/03/facebook-abusing-data-law-privacy-big-tech-surveillance
Dropped my spaghetti in the sink. Absolutely still going to eat it.
I seriously need to get into the habit of writing daily. If I'm struggling to focus enough to write a 300 word abstract then I'm in trouble.
I don't think I could bear the shame of sending a 'Reply All' to an email list, let alone if I had 'Sent from my iPhone' as the signature.
Around 17 universities in the UK are being occupied by students in solidarity with the UCU members on strike. Really impressive to see this kind of action & support.
PhD student researching quantum optics at University of Glasgow
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