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Philsci preprint via @hildabast@twitter.com:

It considers that current merit rankings fail to account for systematic bias and coverage of epistemic space. Argues for the use of lotteries to maximize efficiency and sense of fairness in science funding.

Draws heavily from Boyle 1998 doi.org/10.1111/1467-9884.0013

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At work I’ve given a crash course on regular expressions, twice. I like to end it with a session of regexcrossword.com/

birdsite, really nice biology department seminar posters from Laurier. Show more

The first iteration of an for is made! It features PID cooling and heating, cool white light (day/night cycle) and fan speed control. A timed log of those parameters is kept on an SD card. It's still under development so I'll post more updates as we bring together documentation and add features.

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petition for lecturers putting references in their slides to put the DOI of the papers they reference.... it's really hard to search for papers with just a common name and a year...

Jackson heights has a great market feel. I really like this city.


book spoiler Show more

After GEB I am ready for fiction! Maelstrom by Peter Watts

If you are building tutorials for software, I really enjoy this tool for capturing animated gifs of screen area. github.com/phw/peek

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You should be using a citation manager, because formatting data according to strict specifications is best handled by computers. But if you are not, you should use Zotero's new service: zbib.org/

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What if this May scientists and conservationists made a concerted effort to publish an Letter to the Editor or OpEd, on the topic that matters most to them, in their local newspaper?

The Long-lasting Effects of Newspaper Op-Eds on Public Opinion: nowpublishers.com/article/Deta

open plant Show more

This was the Genspace hosted bio event @ Caveat on Friday. I learned about photo microbial fuel cells and got to touch various mycelial materials while sharing a drink with experts and enthusiasts. Great start of a night and even better conversations.

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@nolan I thought this was quite succinct: "They turned all speech into public pronouncements, and thus all conversation into a strange form of activism, part of a zero-sum battle over which ideas will find a foothold in our collective attention."

I believe the most lasting consequence of social media is the trend towards "speech as performance". Whether it's your hobby or a conversation with a stranger, there's an audience to please and a personal brand to build.

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Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

AND with pictures:
The Death Ray by Daniel Clowes

on pause (because it's really long there are lots of holds on it and I had to return it to the library):
Gödel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas Hofstadter

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@jc lists are private, they basically function as extra timelines you can add people you follow into

you have to already be following someone to put them in a list which means that users are always informed when someone is receiving their posts (and this helps things work nicely with locked accounts, too)

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Wrote a chapter on leaving about 5 years ago. Perhaps its time has come: www.networkcultures.org/_uploads/%238UnlikeUs.pdf (go to page 220)