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silly lab joke 

i should start telling people i manage developers as part of my work

like, i keep them organized and clearly labeled in a locked cabinet and wear the proper safety gear when handling them, and ensure that they are diluted at the correct temperature and then stored in containers that minimize oxidation

i've been managing developers for over a decade, hire me for your startup

new friends: you are also welcome to follow my alt, @rabbithearth, for my less academia related posts!

now i'm sitting here having big math thoughts after @kimreece's talk, there are so many different numbers and ways to describe them, what a strange and beautiful and slightly terrifying world it is

about to attend a remote dissertation defense for the first time, this is like, kind of cool? also just really nice to see someone's work coming together in the midst of All This Stuff

#SummerSchool Badge Pickup 

okay! badges should be out for all organizers and presenters, and some moderators (i'm waiting on pronoun confirmation for a few remaining ones).

if you are an organizer, presenter, and/or moderator and haven't been contacted about your badge, please DM me, because i probably accidentally missed you.

you're welcome to do whatever you want with your badge; print it out, put it on your website, show it in your opening slide, etc. etc.!

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#SummerSchool Badge Pickup 

this is the official badge pickup thread for !

if you are an organizer, presenter, or moderator, i will DM your badge to you when it's ready.

if you are not any of the above, and participating, you are welcome to use the badge template at this link to make your own: sleepy.click/hosted/summerscho

if you need help making your own badge, please comment here with your pronouns, and i will make one for you when i get a chance!

mention me for badge-related issues!

summer school is exciting because i've put my academic life on the back burner for months to deal with ~everything else~ and this is reminding me that i do still have a tiny part of my brain that is excited for School :)

covid-adjacent, campus life 

(they get to have all their belongings packed and stored for free on campus, and can opt to have some things shipped back to them but shipping costs are on them)

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covid-adjacent, campus life 

gonna be on campus for two weeks, first time since mid march other than a brief stop to drop off equipment. helping to pack up dorm rooms for students who haven't been able to come back after spring break 💪

paper formatting gripe 

(i think my irritation is mostly in finding out at the last minute, because this wasn't in any of the assignment writeups; if i knew ahead of time i could have saved myself the hassle of converting and readjusting all the formatting by writing it in a compatible format to begin with)

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paper formatting gripe 

it's not that i really want an excuse to stop using latex but i do like using latex except when i find out as i'm submitting a final paper that the professor requires a .doc/.docx and i throw my hands up in despair and decide i might as well install pandoc

like, one semester i gave up and just wrote in .odt and saved as a .docx afterwards but i really do prefer text editor+markup language and citation management like 95% of the time

covid-adj 

no one knows if we'll be back in the fall, i'm starting leave in a couple weeks and refuse to do anything resembling work over the summer, i appreciate excuses to go biking, it's nice to see students coming up to my house because i miss them, etc.

sending out email to all the seniors i don't get to see on their way out; usually, them coming by my office after finals week to drop off gear is my last check-in with them. i'll miss it.

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covid-adj 

the circumstances of campus lockdown, people graduating or otherwise moving, and still having equipment checked out is leaving me to fun things like having students drop stuff off on my porch, biking around town and collecting stuff off other porches for people with limited travel options, going on a scavenger hunt around campus for equipment abandoned in lockers, etc.

(this is not sarcastic, i am legit having fun doing it)

covid-adjacent fall planning 

we cannot run a physical darkroom or studio space safely under pandemic conditions with all our communal equipment, there's just not enough space and too much room for stressed out students to not keep to good hygiene practices. i already struggle just to keep everyone from bringing snacks into the darkroom.

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covid-adjacent fall planning 

the week after course registration week, the uni president announces the possibility of remote or partially remote classes for the fall. my unit is polling all our instructors (mostly adjuncts) about the viability of teaching remotely. we're all studio photography courses, many with a heavily analog component. i'm immensely proud that we managed to pivot and get anything done whatsoever this semester. we'd have to 75% scrap our entire course offerings and start over.

i've been playing a lot of minecraft this week and it seems like it doesn't matter how i build my house, eventually a creeper will sneak up behind me and explode, blowing away a chunk of my yard and sometimes fatally injuring me. i can't stop thinking about it.

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sure, we forbid certain things from being inside because they are unhygienic (poop), irritating (mosquitoes), dangerous (wolves), etc. but once we start excluding things justified for practical survival, aren't we also terminating our relations with things (entities, creatures, systems) that may have once been mutually beneficial? what do we lose by paving over the land and rendering the landscape into a space we think we have sole control over?

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we build shelters to live in because it is important to protect our bodies and our support infrastructure from daily and seasonal weather/climate fluctuations, but what else do these shelters do? after incidentally shutting out plants, we select some to grow in containers which are permitted indoors, but trim back trees that grow too close because they are a threat.

dogs can live with us but we tolerate them since they can understand our needs for hygiene and leave their bodily waste outside

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and on the other hand, feeling so starved for a particular kind of thought work that i latched onto the notion that seeing a fox in the city park feels cool and blew it apart into how the human-nature separation that characterizes the dominant western idea of our existence has created a scarcity of relations between humans and non-humans in a way that being reminded of that scarcity triggers anxiety that we want to soothe by seeking out that missing component more

and also robin hood is hot

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the more something is treated as a given, the more i want to take it apart and demand to know why

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