The documentation for org-roam has this wonderful quote

"Emacs outshines all other editing software in approximately the same way that the noonday sun does the stars. It is not just bigger and brighter; it simply makes everything else vanish." – Neal Stephenson, In the Beginning was the Command Line (1998)

Stumbled upon a project called org-roam used for research and note taking within emacs org-mode. I recall looking for something similar several years ago and coming up short. Excited to give it a try!

Death, COVID-19 

Wait...John Conway died from COVID complications in 2020?!

The CTAN tikz page is so beyond bizarre that I need to share it with you. For some reason it moans every time I place my cursor on it or scroll. It also looks hideous.

WARNING: This page makes weird noises.

ctan.org/topic/pgf-tikz

I was speaking to a receptionist at a doctor's rooms the other day. She asked what I was studying, and I said I was doing my mathematics MSc. "I couldn't think of anything more boring", she responded.

What is it about maths that entitles strangers to insult your chosen line of work in a way that would usually be taken as rude?

I'm not angry at all. I found it funny...but I am curious.

Thought today's supervisor meeting was going to be uneventful...and...it turns out the original sanity check we tried when formulating our new semantics at the beginning of the study actually didn't work out as simply as intended. Whoops!

I love me some over the top academic drama! I found a little bit when researching the history of lattice theory for the literature review of my thesis. I will post in more detail tomorrow!

good morning god has let me live another day and i'm about to make it the problem of two very specific people

> Go to register for congress
> read "select title"
> start sweating
> no Mx. or N/A or None option
> little red *
> try force it through
> Please select an item in the list

Now what does little ol' MSc student me do? 🥲

Better maths education so I can more easily explain my gender to the general public.

My supervisor mentioned this result to me while we were going through some thesis stuff:

"The number of errors detectable in one's own finite piece of mathematical writing is unbounded".

mathematicians are no longer allowed to name things

My supervisor has COVID and I haven't heard from him in a week. I'm unsure if it would be inappropriate of me to email him and ask how he's doing. I definitely don't know how I would word the email at present. I don't want him to think that I'm just trying to hint at getting an update on when he will be keeping office hours again. Any thoughts?

I currently have my thesis split over several .tex files (one per chapter). Whilst this is great for organization, it is a real pain when trying to fix things across several files. I know that having dired+ installed would probably help with this, but I'm considering just consolidating it all into one file. Hmmm...

I would browse Mastodon and Twitter so much more if I could simply view my feed chronologically for a given time period.

Reverse chronological ordering of posts being the default on modern social media is pretty bizarre to me.

2021-06-17: The meeting was fun and went well. This proof of the converse to our one theorem is like zombie!🧟 Always another subcase. 😂

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2021-06-09: The meeting was fun and fine. We had things to discuss and I didn't feel completely incompetent.

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(Had this idea last week so just adding that one in) 2021-06-04: The meeting was absolutely fine and nothing went horrifically wrong.

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Every week I get anxious before my meeting with my supervisor. So I've created this thread to document each time it goes okay and nothing terrible happens.

I would like to be able to reference results in my thesis .tex files from a seperate .org file in the same directory. That way I could easily maintain a log of changes made to my document each week, and share that with my supervisor as a text file. Not entirely sure how this would be done though. There are a few articles about referencing tables and such within the same .org file, but I can't seem to find anything on referencing external .tex files.

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