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Really intermittent CPU errors, which probably means something motherboard related. At least there's no problem with the storage and I can take my time getting the data off of it.

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Been getting some weird crashes on my old (and extremely well used) Thinkpad T460, and sure enough, got a few errors in a Prime95 stress test. Looks like six years may have been all I could get out of the old workhorse.

Gotta start marketing my rejected drafts as "the paper THEY didn't want you to read"

Being the coordinator of MAP (Minorities and Philosophy) Warwick, I got the chance to collaborate with MAP Birmingham and MAP Nottingham in putting together this terrific event about Philosophy, Academia and Mental Health. If anyone is interested in attending any session, please, register at this link: docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAI

Really mad about this Linux kernel - academic research kerfuffle. See: lore.kernel.org/linux-nfs/YH%2

TL;DR: researchers at UMN introduced patches to Linux kernel that contained known-buggy code TO WRITE A PAPER and the UMN IRB didn't consider it human subjects research :blobangery:

Wtaf were these researchers thinking? How did the IRB not consider this human subjects resaerch? How did someone think this was an ethical thing to do?

The announcement also comes with the release of secondary-school teaching materials in English and French (thanks to my awesome translator and some grant funding) – if you're interested in using episodes from the history of biology to correct student misunderstandings in secondary or undergraduate biology, check those out, too! chance.pencelab.be/lessons/int

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Finally *extremely* happy to announce that my book on the history of concepts of chance in evolutionary theory will be coming out (maybe even this year!). Read more about the project here: blog.pencelab.be/2021/the-rise

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New post over at my development log! Go check it out: devlog.charlespence.net/

Moving my email to local Maildir + mutt + notmuch + maildrop + Bogofilter.

Going to be a bit of learning curve for a few weeks, but my old system (Thunderbird, three IMAP accounts with bad spam filtering) was just driving me batty.

Still not counting chickens until the ink is dry, but Big Academic Publishing Company is finalizing my book contract.

I'm a bit torn about it, honestly, because I'll be publishing with one of the Really Big Companies (instead of a smaller university press), but this will likely make the book more discoverable for scientific audiences, something I also was hoping for...

Belgium really going the extra mile to shit on our first vacation in fifteen months

New custom WASD Cherry Blue mechanical keyboard just got in for the home office. :BlobCatHeart:

(It's a press that tends to treat books like article collections, where each chapter has a separate abstract. Cool for the online version! But it makes your printed monograph feel... chintzy. Also please please please let me have Opinions about the cover design.)

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Just started the "so you support the project, here's where I ask for a few nonstandard things" part of working with a potential press.

They're in for printing some color figures, let's see if they'll listen to a pitch for changing their standard layout...

All too often I hear "how can we justify funds to maintain research software?"

But really, we should be asking "How can we justify _not_ funding it?"

My colleagues and I wrote a thing: nature.com/articles/s43588-021

(but anyway I *think* I have Large Academic Publishing House on the hook now, just have to finish the sales pitch... *holds breath*)

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This should have been obvious, but I really hadn't counted on the fact that my nerves about publication would scale linearly with effort expended.

The nerves of negotiating publication for a book MS you've already finished are *huge* compared to getting an R&R on an article.

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