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 

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Good news, everyone! We're killing God! I'm so proud of y'all right now. 💚 We just gotta be a good JRPG party and finish the job. 💚 We'll beat that boss fight in no time.

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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 

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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 

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

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Fascism mention 

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Whenever I hear "We need more programmers! Make more young people interested in programming! Teach programming at kindergarten!" I always get the urge to ask "What did you do with the old ones you had?"

Where are all those programmers you hired 5-20 years ago? Why is no programmer at your company older than 40? Why do you have *senior* software engineers that are 25 years old? What did you do to all those people?

If you can't take care of your employees, no wonder you never have enough.

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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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Hi folks. Our family is having cash issues; big invoices haven't been paid, and I'm broke. We chose to survive by ensuring we have food, but now we can't afford my partner Susan to cover public transit costs to make it to new work orientation next week.

If you have anything to spare, please consider helping our family.

talkgroup.xyz/t/please-help-ou

Unfortunately, sans cash in person, our recourse is using PayPal: `susan@interi.org`

Thanks.

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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 

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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 

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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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