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how low can you go…

a few years ago, during a particularly busy period, I found myself putting “take a shower” on my To Do Lists… not so much because I needed the reminder, though people may differ on that point, but more for the temporary morale boost of being able to cross at least one point off the To…

Le Pas du Chat Noir

Meet Henri… he is a cat. Part deux is a masterpiece. Silly, but excellent.

a video by John Cleese: I’m pretty sure that is what it is…

linkedy links V

catching up on random snippets: How the American University was Killed – a guide in 5 Easy Steps Sterrekundig Instituut Utrecht: The Last Years “The Rhine, the Rhine, the German Rhine! Who guards to-day my stream divine?” Night Thoughts of a Classical Physicist How do Science Blogs Change the Face of Science? Graduate Orientation -changing…

β male

Bain Capital: “all β and no α”

linkedy links IV

Mining the Astronomical Literature – yes, just ADS not the Asteroids, yet. Shamelessly cribbed from a thread on the fb Astronomers group In defence of string theory – rather good post by Matt Strassler Claim that founding node of networks can be efficiently localized by sparse sampling Don’t Confuse Technology With College Teaching – from…

linkedy links III

Choose what the VLT observes – public vote on a science target one night this autumn Ralph Cicerone Public Lecture – Contemporary Climate Change as Seen through Data – video of Ralph Cicerone lecture on Climate Change at the Aspen Center for Physics this summer Cliff at Asymptotia summarises the “Future of Physics” public symposium…

linkedy links II

More random topics that crossed my path: bureaucratic entropy: “…In 1987, except at private research universities, where administrators outnumbered tenure-track faculty, colleges had approximately as many tenure-track faculty as full-time administrators. By 2008 there were more than twice as many administrators as tenure-track faculty at all types of institutions.” Cuts loom for US science. Wise…

This week I was treated to an impressive illustration of the power of modern security technology. I was passing through Reagan National Airport, having been deflected from my previous schedule (which had originally included a stay at the hotel complex in Aurora, CO last thursday night – serendipitously I had cancelled the reservation and then…

linkedy links I

time for all new linkedy links here at the new digs Quantum Frontiers – a new blog from the Institute for Quantum Information and Matter, with kickoff by John Preskill hisself. Question of the day: explain quantum mechanics in five words My attempt: Probability Amplitudes, Observables don’t Commute Good to know John still does khakis…