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Hello! I'm a philosopher and historian of evolutionary biology. I also work in the digital humanities, as well as some in ethics, especially ethics of biotechnology. I'm a 🇺🇸 emigrant and a 🇧🇪 immigrant. I've taught for a few years at the Université catholique de Louvain in Louvain-la-Neuve (donc parfois des posts en FR médiocre aussi).

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And if early indications are right, this is going to be another phenomenal academic year. Getting some big projects finished, starting to rework my research and teaching portfolio for the kind of post-tenure career I want to have. Hitting our stride on our new biodiversity project.

And hopefully being able to integrate a bit better here in Brussels as the BA.5 wave wraps up. (Time to pick up the clarinet again!)

Long story short: can't complain. (Which is very non-Belgian.) 2/2

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I'm a couple days late because things have been busy, but I just passed my four-year anniversary of moving to Belgium! 🇧🇪

As Laurie Paul would say, it's hard to evaluate a transformative experience: I'm just clearly not the same person I was four years ago. (Même simplement apprendre une deuxième langue garantit ça.)

But this really has been spectacular: great colleagues, great projects, great financing, university support, an incredible city (Brussels, I mean, not LLN, ahem). 1/

Pity his stuff didn't get integrated into the anglophone tradition until Kuhn picked it up. Would have formed such a healthy debate partner for the early years of logical empiricism.

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Gaston Bachelard, absolutely killing it as early as 1934:

« L’objectivité ne peut se détacher des caractères sociaux de la preuve. On ne peut arriver à l’objectivité qu’en exposant d’une manière discursive et détaillée une méthode d’objectivation. » (Le nouvel esprit scientifique, introduction)

Tomorrow's our last of a quick four-day vacation in Lorraine (Nancy and environs, staying near Lunéville).

Really have fallen for the area: pretty terrain, great but poorly known local wine AOC, good food, great architecture around, interesting history...

Super helpful fonctionnaire at the commune got me sorted out this morning: new three year residence card *and* I know how to start the path to citizenship here next summer!

Very Belgian: everything is really not that difficult *if* you find the right person to talk to who can explain how you should do things. You could spend the rest of your life on the city website and never learn what you'd otherwise get in 45 seconds of chatting.

"ooh, big stretch!" i say as my cat makes incorrect inferences

So what happens when you are a scientist escaping a violent/ abusive relationship? Do you have to change your name and start a new publications record and/or will your ex always know the institute you're working at? Not asking for myself, or for a friend, literally just wondering about this

wow, my daily driver laptop is going on 3 weeks of uptime

I feel like Firefox has recently really tidied up its memory management. (Maybe Electron, too? I'm stuck with Teams and Slack, so...)

(I lopped off a closing quote there when I was copy-pasting, but you get the idea.)

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I'm not sure if this is a Cool Tip or Eldritch Knowledge That Should Be Buried in a Deep Hole, but if you want to do quick HTML parsing from a shell script (~what~, I hear you say to yourself) the html-xml-utils from W3C are really lovely:

cat $html | hxselect -s '\n' -c "meta[name=\"citation_pdf_url\"]::attr(content)

and you have the "content" attribute of every meta-tag with name="citation_pdf_url".

For all that the US/anglophone academy still has a long way to go in terms of disability studies and integration of disabled perspectives into academia, let me tell you: holy *heck* we are miles ahead of the francophone literature... oof


2-0 win in the end! Time to take it to Glasgow.

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🇧🇪 Union Saint-Gilloise 1-0 Rangers 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

CL playoff round. ABSOLUTE SCENES
Stadium absolutely humming
Now halftime

new teaching experience:

"nothing on the site or in the course description said you had to come to class :pika:"

When you read text that is not in your native language and the text contains numbers (written with numbers and not spelled out as words), do you think of the numbers in the language the text is in or in your native language?

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