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Class streaming starts today, 14h CET, with a systems check. Real lectures begin one week from today, every Friday.


The nation of Belgium is now closed. Restaurants, bars, all cultural, recreational, sporting events, all schools and universities except for a few schools for kids of health workers and daycares for workers will be closed. This holds until April 3.

US friends: I hope you do... more.

If you want to follow the last third of UCLouvain's LFILO2970 on Science and Society, it'll be streaming live on Twitch, Friday afternoons from 14–16h Brussels time. Don't make me ban you from chat. Yes, I *am* planning on making some emotes.

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Starting tomorrow until April 19, UCLouvain is now in what we might call "soft closure" mode. All events greater than 1,000 people, and all work travel are canceled. All other events are strongly encouraged to move online, including classes, talks, and meetings, and encouraged to be canceled or postponed if this is not possible.

Going to start streaming my lectures for my science-society class on Twitch. WTF, may as well make them public, if anybody has nothing better to do on Fridays from 14-16h Brussels time.

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Rumors of very major coronavirus action here at our university by the end of the day. Gearing up to shut down my research group and head home for quite a while.

COVID-19, re: "at least it kills the elderly rich" 

Tired: COVID-19 will kill some billionaires
Wired: This is disgusting, eugenicist thinking. It will kill thousands of poor and especially poor disabled people and especially people who live in areas with high levels of air pollution.
Inspired: Look at how the economy is reacting to this stop in labour. Imagine if we could pull off a general strike.

education : tech :: "This is the year the MOOC takes over" : "This is the year of Linux on the desktop"

How to organise notes - tips? 

@manolomartinez @pence @guifitz I see that Pandoc converts to ZimWiki but not from it. That would be a nice project for someone.

Looking for a libre tool to collaboratively archive huge amount of high-res photos. Preferably with ACL and a good API layer to be able to build something on top of that. Any ideas?

#opensource #libre #needhelp

fucked up how most of platos republic is just the ancient philosophers arguing about console vs pc gaming

Can anyone recommend a resource on learning to open up and talk about burnout publicly?

It seems like most of us deal with burnout by avoiding our Hell Project and quietly trying to sneak away *or* drop-kicking it publicly in a way that leaves our communities worried about the future.

Maybe someone can stories or guides on how we can improve and be more vulnerable with the people we care about?

Now two cases in the student body. I'm going to work to collect stuff and prepare to be at home for quite some time.

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A guide to spiciness levels of food in France 🌶️ 

Mild 🌶️
Food was cooked by someone who once thought about a chilli

Medium 🌶️🌶️
A chilli may have been present in the room while the food was prepared

Hot 🌶️🌶️🌶️
Someone taunted the food with a chilli before it was cooked

Extra Hot 🌶️🌶️🌶️🔥
The chef kept an actual chilli quite near to the stove while cooking the food

hits our university campus, with a bioengineering TA who met with friends from Italy in his private life. I suspect things will change rather rapidly from here forward.

Took a weekend actually not being useful. Saw a soccer match and an opera recital (Anna Netrebko!). Read a book and a half.

I'm going to be massively behind for next week, but I actually rather feel like a normal, fulfilled human. This is nice.

Football [soccer] 

Should have also mentioned you'd be getting football [soccer] content on this here account. First ever match at Anderlecht, the one first division team here in Brussels. Great night for it, too, plus up 2-0 at the half.

McCoy Tyner has died. 😟

Hard to pick just one track, but this isn't a bad one:

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