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Hello ! I'm a scientist and entrepreneur interested in business models and reimagining scholarship to be more diverse and inclusive. I've used commercially for thirty years. ❤️

More stuff: I'm an atheist Jew. Born in Kyiv, . Family fled USSR in 70s via Italy. First language Russian. Grew up in Canada and a Canadian citizen. Lived longest in USA where I met my spouse and had a kid. We now live across the fence from our best friends.

Canada Day, Citizenship 

Happy Canada Day! ❤️🇨🇦🇨🇦

Kidlet and I were briefly in Montreal last week and miss it.

I've worried she wouldn't care to claim her Canadian heritage. Citizenship application is already past half way to deadline (18yo ) She seems excited, though, to be a Canadian. It is a real gift.

A lot of stressful news these days, so I'll just point out that you can cut a bagel into quarters using two Möbius strips.

And believe it or not, this is actually kind of important in math.


"Software Freedom Conservancy: Give Up GitHub: The Time Has Come!" #xp

“america is sliding into the long pandemic defeat” atlantic article by Ed Yong 

“The impact of community work can feel small in the face of a pandemic’s scale... In fact, such work is foundational. It creates a bedrock of trust and solidarity, without which public health cannot operate. The problem isn’t that community work is trivial; it’s that there hasn’t been enough of it.”

lots of contemporary and historical examples of this, such as ACT UP in the 80’s

Somerville Fireworks from 3rd floor balcony are amazing! ❤️🎆💥

I'm impressed that we are celebrating Canada Day albeit one day early.

New hammock. Maybe this weekend we have a spa day and try new ice cream maker. Vegan ice cream paradise here we come. ❤️🍦🍨

Ukraine Invasion, ambivalence 

War is messy.

"... Oleksandr does not choose Russian side and does not support the current war. He said that questions like that could be solved with other means and not war. Deaths of thousands of people could have been avoided. Oleksandr is not for Russia, and does not seem to be for Ukraine either. In fact, none of whom I spoke to at any point said they supported Russia, even if their support for Ukraine was minimal."

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What happened today in the US was a disgrace 

Abortion is not just a right, it's a necessary medical procedure. It's a way to prevent a rapist from controlling your whole life. A way to prevent certain death due to a miscarriage.

Banning abortion is choosing to let healthy people die from preventable causes.

Banning abortion is murder.

And this is not where they will stop. These religious extremists will kill all who don't follow their views. Stop them.

#FuckSCOTUS #RoeVsWade #abortion

Ukraine Invasion, UK MLRS 

"The UK will give multiple-launch rocket systems (MLRS) to Ukraine to help the country defend itself against Russian aggression, the Defence Secretary has announced.

The cutting edge M270 weapon system, which can strike targets up to 80km away with pinpoint accuracy, will offer a significant boost in capability for the Ukrainian forces."

"Make Data Count is a global, community-led initiative focused on the development of open research data assessment metrics. The principles of our social and technical infrastructure are rooted in transparency and accessibility." - "

TERF / "Gender Critical" nonsense 

Notorious Helen Joice:

“And in the meantime, while we’re trying to get through to the decision-makers, we have to try to limit the harm and that means reducing or keeping down the number of people who transition,” Joyce said.

“That’s for two reasons – one of them is that every one of those people is a person who’s been damaged. But the second one is every one of those people is basically, you know, a huge problem to a sane world.”

Ukraine, etiquette 

Via @bfister Quote:

Timothy Snyder on why giving Putin an “off ramp” or worrying about how he can save face is both nonsensical and deeply careless of Ukrainians fighting for their very existence.

Also, a small question about etiquette.

Are content warnings recommended for posts about Ukraine? If I'm "boosting" a post without a CW should I quote it the way I'm doing here?

pandoc / citeproc question 

Hopefully one of you can help me with this one:

I have certain things in my bibliography I don't want to be cited in the classical (Name Year) scheme in my text, but as a specific string.

For instance I want the German version of Marx and Engels complete works cited by their shorthand MEW (Marx-Engels Werke), eg. Capital I (the 23rd volume of the MEW) not cited as (Marx and Engels (1867) 2014, p. XY), but as (MEW23, p. XY).

Is there any way to do this not manually?

oat resource, self-promotion, birdsite links 

Okay, I finally have some downtime, so I guess it's time for some shameless self-promotion, haha! Maybe some of you people out there have heard that hexaploid (Avena sativa) recently got it's first reference publication, in , no less! Well, actually, that's what I've been working on for the past four years!

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zotero, boosts appreciated 

Does anyone know a good guide to attaching arbitrary data to an entry in Zotero which will be printed with it? Two typical examples: transliteration/non-Latin script title of a publication, and info about where the same publication may be found (eg. collected writings, later editions by a different publisher, forthcoming volume) 1/n

Here is a quick thread about tools and methods I use for research, maybe some of you will find them useful. I'll try to update it as I find new things.

Let's start with a game changer: the method

If you don't know it, give it a try. It really revolutionized my way of learning and doing research. As an user, I'm using , but I know that is also excellent

Popular Science, 2nd Law, Quantum Information 

This was a very enjoyable read. ❤️

"Physicists Rewrite the Fundamental Law That Leads to Disorder
Philip Ball

May 26, 2022

The second law of thermodynamics is among the most sacred in all of science, but it has always rested on 19th century arguments about probability. New arguments trace its true source to the flows of quantum information."

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