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trying to crowdfund grad school 

I'll be cleaning this up over the weeks to come, but in addition to looking for standard funding sources, I'm opening the tip jar.

I'm a math grad student, persistently cashflow-negative, trying to hold up the finances through my masters thesis before I can get into a phd (hence paid) position.

I plan to be more vocal with what I do, and contribute in other ways, but... Patronage of the sciences is a thing, right?

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anyway this was the topology meme that cursed me i have no fucking idea what this means

covid de local, toy graphs 

I tried using MOD() on the data column but that doesn't handle graphing the rollover correctly. So I'd prefer to be able to remove some items from the legend. Not sure how to do that yet or if it's even feasible.

Alternatively, it would be interesting to move to a fully automatic system. For now I have an RSS feed that drops me a link at 2pm each day to a website that has a link to a pdf that is auto-generated and contains the numbers for the spreadsheet in text.

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covid de local, toy graphs 

Playing around again,

not sure this is better than last year's format. Waiting to see whether the 'smoothed' values (drop max and min out of 7 before normalizing) are more indicative.

Green dots - daily case count. You can see how noisy it is. 7-day rolling helps with that a lot but the variance in high and low points from week to week is worse than the variance in midpoints and less correlated to overall trend I think.

Anyhow, just personal toys. Not a data analyst.

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The happiness I feel when I see an abstract accepted for a talk is such a boost; I should apply to more things.

I should also write papers... I can only imagine at this point how seeing a paper accepted would feel.

11 chapters in, slowed down a lot on reading this... I was getting too dismayed. I can soundly say that at this point in the book, reading it is a more onerous task than paying medical bills.

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charting covid data 

noisy data people: is it just me or is how 7-day incidence is calculated a really clumsy measure? :eyebrow: tempted to drop highest and lowest as a cleaning measure on my personal charts but I know that visual temptation is not a good guide to good data practice.

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I'm thinking we should start a hashtag for calming photos of moss.

How does #Mosstodon sound to you all? 😁 Come join us! 🌱

Here's another photo, for luck! 🍀

#Moss #Photography

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trying to feel able to work again; it's been a minute

What are you more likely to use out of a paper,

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machine translation (noun):

a "machine translation" is an act of moving a machine and all its connected parts the same distance in a given direction.

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@danielhglus If it compiles, it'll probably run for a while, until the memory leaks (heap, stack) manifest themselves, or the deviations from the spec (e.g. unimplemented parts of the protocol) get encountered.

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Incendiary message(spell idea) 


compose a message of up to 140 characters and every creature in earshot must make a wisdom saving throw. On a failed save they take 3d10 psychic and fire damage and every creature within earshot of them must make the same saving throw. On a successful safe they take half damage and the type is only fire.

Jumped in a chat software/protocols thread, and the first things that stand out to me:

- required features are totally un-scoped other than ability to get people on there. human will use at all is the central priority.

- nearly every software I use has extreme naming confusion between protocols and apps, and apps changing names repeatedly over time.

- onboarding flows are hideously under-documented despite the dev hours that have gone into streamlining them.

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Replacing WhatsApp ...

uspol now 

If you have the mental bandwidth hop on birdsite and get a gist of what's going on right now.

It's really bad. They stormed congress.

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People are insecure about things you wouldn't even imagine. They're afraid you are judging them based on things you haven't even noticed. They secretly believe they're dull or untalented even as you sit in awe of their skills, insight or accomplishments.

Accept them for who they are. Listen to their fears and doubts. Then show them precisely what it is about them that shines so brightly and fiercely that you can't look away.

10 chapters in, I'm almost at the meat, I hope. But starting to wonder why I'm doing this...

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