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Hey there! I'm a MSc student at University of Helsinki, Finland. I'm specializing in , doing quite a bit of analysis alongside. I also sometimes blog about fun maths in Finnish, at www.nollakohta.fi.

I've been a hobbyist programmer for like 2/3 of my life, presently interested in . In addition to computer languages, you can reach me in Finnish, English, Swedish and French.

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I did promise to tell about my BSc thesis topic one day. So get ready for a thread on... fractals! Along the way we'll also meet measure theory, a bit of function theory and several bad jokes.

I'll try to keep this as accessible as possible, even though I'll use some maths terminology. Feel free to ask if something is unclear! If the LaTeX equations do not render correctly for you, try opening the thread on mathstodon.xyz.

This is going to be a long thread, so let's get started!

Maybe it's time to update my pinned toot...

Hey there! I'm a MSc student at University of Helsinki, Finland. I'm specializing in , doing quite a bit of analysis alongside. I also sometimes blog about fun maths in Finnish, at www.nollakohta.fi.

I've been a hobbyist programmer for like 2/3 of my life, presently interested in . In addition to computer languages, you can reach me in Finnish, English, Swedish and French.

complaining about software i18n 

Previously, Outlook Web App would use the browser’s built-in spellchecker and complain about all the emails I wrote in Finnish (because I use the computer in English).

Now they have rolled out their own spellchecking solution, and it complains about all the emails I write in English (because I haven’t bothered to change it from Finnish).

Progress, I guess.

BTW: I'm restudying because I have to teach the stuff and the notes are really hard going!

If any of you knows of any enjoyable material (e.g. visual, related to real world...) for learning differential equations, they would make me and my students a great favour by sharing it ❤️

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A single typo in an Open Street Map entry caused an ordinary 2-story building in Melbourne to become an eerie 212-story pillar.

The Melbourne Monolith is now the most famous landmark in Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020. A successful completion of the Monolith Challenge is to land neatly on its roof.

[images: fulltimespy]
aiweirdness.com/post/627344542

academic publishing 

On Elsevier’s artwork FAQ:
”Q: Why don’t you accept PNG files?

A: We will constantly review technological developments in the graphics industry including emerging file formats [...] our submission systems are in progress of updating to allow for this useful new format.”

and if you ever want to understand why mathematical logic differs from normal logic, 'true on all none of them' is exactly it.

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Yesterday I gave my talk at the E-Assessment in Mathematical Sciences 2020 conference about "Inclusive e-assessment".
It's 10 minutes long, and a lot of it is applicable to all course material, not just assessment.
The video, transcript and references are online at staff.ncl.ac.uk/christian.perf

Try to clear your mind and answer this as quickly as possible:

In a certain tower block, half the flats have a single occupant, and half have two. How many flatmates does the average person in the tower have?

academic publishing, web slowness 

I’m still debating myself on which is worse:

• Reading a magazine one article – and 20-second load – at a time on Wiley’s ePDF reader;
• Reading a book on ProQuest’s implementation that has strict timeouts, no keyboard navigation and occasionally fails to load a page.

Meanwhile at Springer: ”Download book PDF”.

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academic publishing, web slowness 

Tired: Acrobat Reader plugin
Wired: built-in PDF reader
Wiley: ”enhanced PDF” page that takes 20 seconds to load every time

And to think some people have the impudence to ask what's the point of divisibility tricks!

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To my mathsy friends, colleagues, and followers ... if someone asked you for a real-life example of the use of Group Theory, what would be your reply?

Underrated advantage of LaTeX, the output document is not the same as the one you write, I've found I helps a great deal for critical reading, checking for mistakes, etc

Antidepressants or Tolkien character? antidepressantsortolkien.now.s More difficult than I’d have guessed.

Normalizing pronouns in email signatures... 

...is something I wish more people of all genders would do.

I've made it standard for me at work and when corresponding with NAMI. Unfortunately, I don't see (largely cis) people doing the same in those circles.

I'd feel more supported if they included their pronouns. That way I'd not be the exception. It would be validating.

I realize it's not safe for everyone in every environment, but I'd love to see those who can do so.

RT @QualityFrog@twitter.com

Q: When I was 4, my sister was 2. I am now 44. How old is my sister?

Programmer: 44 - (4 - 2) = 42

Tester:

🐦🔗: twitter.com/QualityFrog/status

I'm looking for a PhD student and a postdoc to work in my project "Distributed Algorithms for Fundamental Graph Problems". The main goal of this project is to design new algorithms with theoretical guarantees for fundamental graph problems, like maximum flow and shortest paths, in distributed models of computation such as the CONGEST model.

The start date for both positions is negotiable. Please contact me to find out more.

cs.sbg.ac.at/~forster/openings

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