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"Surfing Uncertainty: Prediction, Action, and the Embodied Mind".

No guarantee I'm going to understand any of this, but it will be fun to try.

A large sea hare I saw yesterday on the beach. Possibly Dolabella auricularia. I uploaded it to iNaturalist to help with identification.

So apparently, there's a lake on Mars.

Antibiotic-resistant infections in leeches, with a fascinating history of the medicinal uses of leeches 😮

I like I just convinced my committee that using a certain experimental technique would be good for next experiment. Problem is, I've never used this particular technique. I feel like the dog that just caught the car it was chasing.

So I come into the lab today to find the vast majority of it coated in a fine layer of dust. I ask my lab manager what is going on. Apparently, the culprit is our buildings air conditioning system. Because our building is 70 years old and the university prioritizes new changing rooms for the football team over functional facilities for academics.

"Towards an Ethics of AI Assistants", by the always interesting John Danaher.

Well, I'm stuck. Half my data makes sense. The other half is giving me fits.

Why is George Santayana not more popular? The man was a hell of a writer and his philosophy seems well suited to the modern age.

cc ~ @Gargron - The EU is planning to squish the #Fediverse, would appreciate a boost to help mobilise Fedifolk

Got edits back on my paper from my PI. I've seen road maps with fewer red lines.

Two years ago, I told my boss that we should run some gene expression experiments for given study. He shot down the idea.

Today, he says to me that we need to run some gene expression experiments for our study. Gee, wish I'd thought of that.

NASA just announced that they have found organic carbon on Mars!

Now, that is emphatically NOT the same thing as finding life on Mars. Still, very cool news.

GitPub: An extension to ActivityPub for web-based Git services federation

In retrospect, building my Ph.D around a piece of equipment that doesn't consistently work was probably a bad idea.


Ok, so unless Bloomberg are now in the fake news business it's official. Microsoft is buying Github.

There is no way that any code I wrote will fall under the dominion of Microsoft.

Therefore in the coming week I'll be moving out of Github. Initially I'll just self-host on Gogs, but I'll also be looking for a secondary host as backup for cases where my own server is down or doesn't have enough bandwidth.

I'm sure that this will be rough for a lot of projects. Many things currently point to Github. Some will side with Microsoft, believing that they are allies of FOSS or just favoring convenience over disruption. When Microsoft is involved this is always a mistake.

I'm really happy to announce that the company I work for has just publicly opened a #Mastodon instance for all its 5000 employees.

This is the result of an initiative @moritzheiber and I have started a year ago and have pushed through with the help of many other colleagues.

So if you want to hear my voice as a #thoughtworker, you can follow me here: @judeswae

Or find others to follow at

"The Nature of Technology", by W. Brian Arthur.