ME: Ok, here's my model. Took days of crunching, and it's not giving good output. What do you think?

ADVISOR: It's kind of big and unwieldy. This simpler model is still a reasonable approximation, and we can easily handle it in realtime.

ME: But it's booooring.

ADVISOR: ...

ME: Fiiiine. Gimmie an hour.

Statistic Geekery 

I found myself in the university's book store, with no immediate deadline, so I snooped on all the textbooks for sale. Besides looking for something cool to add to my collection, I was also curious how many they had that covered Bayesian statistics.

Zero. Zilch. They had several devoted to frequentist statistics, but not a one on Bayesian stats.

Very disappointing.

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Speaking of invasive species, did you know? The only reason North America has starlings, those obnoxious birds, is that in 1890, some rich dickhead who liked Shakespeare decided he was going to import every bird mentioned by Shakespeare in his plays.

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hot take 

everyone talks a lot of shit about 'gossips' as if the alternative isn't pointlessly starting shit in public. good god, were that everyone knew when to bitch in private

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TIL the shortcut command for inserting footnotes

only good can come of this

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Alt-Right recruitment tactics, what to look for, minor US_rel mention 

These are definitely cult recruitment tactics. I know because I was in a religious cult and at one point was even being trained as a recruiter.

1. Talk to an isolated person who feels left out / unwanted.

2. Invite them over, then love-bomb them.

3. Invite them to everything, become their circle of friends.

4. Start having them distance themselves from their earlier friends and family.

This is Cults 101 stuff here.

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Alt-Right recruitment tactics, what to look for, minor US_rel mention 

I know this is a difficult topic to discuss.

I decided to look into how the Alt-Right recruits people and found this explanation.

As someone who was recruited into a Fundamentalist Evangelical Cult I recognized most of these tactics immediately as variants were used on me.

I would recommend reading this and looking for warning signs in your family, friends, etc. Talk to them before it is too late.

medium.com/@DeoTasDevil/the-rh

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Fascism mention 

Please take fascism seriously *before* they come to my house to give me a pink triangle and march me to a camp

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Does anyone have tips or good models for academic-y blog writing?

I'm taking a gap year and want to keep up with my writing/researching, and one of my professors recommended starting up a blog. I'm not looking to be overly-professional, but I just have no idea how to even write blog posts let alone blog posts on academic things...

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Happy fediversary, scholar.social!

We've been around for 2 years as of today!

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me: earns a PhD in theoretical physics

also me: reads the comment section

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Donations 

My wife’s and her sister’s shared phone plan is about to be shut off because the bill is past due.

They both need their phones for work. London (wife) freelances, but Lili (sister) has a job that requires phone access and she will be fired if the employer can’t contact her.

Lili is a housemate and if she loses her job it will be a serious blow to our shared financial stability.

Need $200 by tomorrow: paypal.me/pools/c/8edIIO3EPy or cash.me/$GlamorShark

Thank you 🙏🏻

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Hey everyone! @pupper and I are down to needing around £200 to cover everything for this month. Massive thanks and love and, if wanted, hugs to everyone who has boosted and donated. You're all awesome. I'm hoping this will be the last month that we'll need to ask for help to get by. Fingers crossed!

paypal.me/caelyne

#TransCrowdFund #DisabilityCrowdfund

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griping into the void about open source software 

I get it, it's a good idea to switch away from corporate controlled software whenever possible, but it's *kind of fucking hard to do that* when the open-source alternatives require Advanced Wizardry Knowledge to understand.

FLOSSbros seem to forget that not everyone has the same foundational knowledge and skills they have. Nor does everyone have the time, energy, mindset, or sometimes even neurotype to develop that knowledge base and skill set.

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The Galaxy, the Jet, and the Black Hole

Image Credit: NASA, JPL-Caltech, Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration

apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap190427.ht #APoD

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If I was going to write a dystopian future story, I legitimately think "Evilcorp" would be the most realistic name for a company that the villain would be the CEO of

Techbros love to make playfully ironic names for their startups that literally tell you in the name itself that it's a thing to be avoided

E.g. Palantir, Soylent, Death Wish Coffee

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M36 is an open cluster in the constellation of Auriga. Open clusters are relatively young stars that will have formed more or less together and are now slowly drifting out into the Galaxy. #astrophoto

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