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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.

ko-fi.com/feonixrift
patreon.com/feonixrift

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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More research papers should replace "methodology" sections with "mythology".

And include epic battles.

Full user access to general purpose computing is not any weirder of a demand than that a calculator should not charge you extra to use primes congruent to 1 mod 4 on Tuesdays.

Before all this, you were expected to xerox the articles you wanted to read and take them home to scribble on.

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Is there a name for the way you order titles of things like books, where you ignore words like "The" at the start?
e.g. "Anteater, The; Bees Are Great" instead of "Bees Are Great; The Anteater".

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Make figures and presentations that are friendly to Colorblind people (2002) - jfly.uni-koeln.de/color/

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carbon pol, countering a meme that's meant to disclaim individual responsibility 

Hey, you know that meme that "100 companies are responsible for over 70% of emissions" that's used to imply that individual action is useless against climate change?

It's worth taking a look at the actual report that that meme comes from - the CDP Carbon Majors Report 2017: https://b8f65cb373b1b7b15feb-c70d8ead6ced550b4d987d7c03fcdd1d.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/cms/reports/documents/000/002/327/original/Carbon-Majors-Report-2017.pdf

That report did state that, in the 1988-2015 period, 100 fossil fuel companies were responsible for 70.6% of global industrial GHG emissions... but what does "responsible" mean?

Turns out that their methodology looked at two things - "scope 1" (operational emissions - that is, their actual emissions) and "scope 3 category 11" (use of sold products).

In that period, 58,328 Mt of CO2 equivalents were actually emitted by the fossil fuel companies in question.

576,506 Mt of CO2 equivalents were emitted in the "use of sold products".

That is, *not* by the fossil fuel companies.

By their customers.

Fuck off entirely with the "100 companies emit >70% of CO2" meme.

Not sure what to say about kiddo spending an hour and a half during the summer.school after-party jitsi bouncing a balloon off my head, other than... yes that is my life. (for the record, I'm allergic to the balloon)

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Checking email

But like

"Checking" as in "body-checking" from hockey

Like, physically driving your shoulder into it in order to gain control

was a blast! (now I need to catch up on sleep...) I look forward to catching on video loads of talks that I missed due to being disorganized.

Things I had not considered about giving an evening talk: 'moooom, the cat brought a mouse in'

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TOTAL CHAOS :grins: :heart: all who showed up and tried to make sense of my talk.

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Officially tomorrow the negotiations on the next IPCC report on the scientific basis of climate change will come to an end.

My colleague Prof Peter Thorne knows how it normally ends and tweeted out this picture. (The press conference is Monday, I do not think they have ever finished early.)

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"There is a famous distinction in prime number theory between the number theorists who like to multiply primes, and the number theorists who like to add primes."

--Terry Tao

golem.ph.utexas.edu/category/2

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Coming soon: 2021-08-06 at 7:00 PM UTC

@kimreece presents:

Identifying sub-units of scholarship in mathematical papers, and the challenges they pose to literature search

Sign up here! docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAI

#summerschool

(Graphics by @csepp)

It does not bode excellently for my talk (in the same time slot in just over a week) when the hardest part is my body wanting to be asleep already. Talk rocked though.

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The fact that grocery stores are designed with a confusing layout to keep people shopping for longer is the perfect metaphor for the capitalist hellscape we find ourselves trapped in.
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money beg, career-changing, not my own 

A good online friend of mine has finally (finally!!) obtained an opportunity. This will get her out of the frying pan and back into the wide world of the employed academic. I cannot express how hard she's worked for this!

Just one catch: She has to get there.

"A university in Armenia has hired me at short notice, but they don't reimburse my airfare, my various paperwork costs or my housing deposit." -- Mel

paypal.com/pools/c/8BoRUubzix?

I watched this with my daughter last night, and now she wants to build the layers cube from it .. and I want to play with some of the algebra. Perfect balance of fun for all levels.

youtube.com/watch?v=rGlpyFHfMg

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