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  • Commented on Obligatory Hugo eligibility post
    "Turgid" is putting it kindly. Part of the problem - in the social sciences, at least - is that reviewers often seem to treat clear and accessible writing as a sign of incompetence/low quality. In fact, among my publications is...
  • Commented on Obligatory Hugo eligibility post
    I would be deeply worried if a scientific paper was eligible for fiction, unless you want to get a "retraction watch" award. That occurred to me, too. However, the paper is mostly about numerical simulations of a mathematical model of...
  • Commented on Obligatory Hugo eligibility post
    So: what, if anything, have you published in 2021? A Keller-Segel model for C elegans L1 aggregation Not eligible for a Hugo, alas....
  • Commented on PSA: Publishing supply chain shortages
    @370: All that's really required is to know what freeway you're already on and maybe which direction you're traveling. If you're paying that much attention a traffic report will help. @373: All you really need to know is whether the...
  • Commented on PSA: Publishing supply chain shortages
    All that's really required is to know what freeway you're already on and maybe which direction you're traveling. If you're paying that much attention a traffic report will help. How? I'm not seeing it. What use will I make of...
  • Commented on PSA: Publishing supply chain shortages
    if you're ever stuck in LA (perhaps seeing your movie rights agent about a project?), figure out how to tune your rental's radio to AM 1070 and just leave it on when you're on the freeway. It will help. Permit...
  • Commented on PSA: Publishing supply chain shortages
    Especially in LA OK, I've identified your problem. You drive in LA....
  • Commented on PSA: Publishing supply chain shortages
    This will cheer you all up, "Why Everything Will Collapse" "Florida is gone!" Finally, a bright side....
  • Commented on PSA: Publishing supply chain shortages
    As for this ‘radio’ thing - do people actually still do that? I don’t think the radio bit in my 12 y.o. car has ever been used. I pretty much only listen to podcasts when driving. I use my radio,...
  • Commented on PSA: Publishing supply chain shortages
    When men were men and postal workers, delivered mail. "...and small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri were real small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri.”...
  • Commented on PSA: Publishing supply chain shortages
    Then came Trump. And it turns out 1/3 of more of my relatives and over 1/2 of my friends from high school and such turned out to be true Trumpers. And any politician or person or even close relative than...
  • Commented on PSA: Publishing supply chain shortages
    I never cared enough to sign up for facebook and later when I realized what a cesspool it was becoming I actively resisted having an account. You know, I've had a FB account for years, and I am, TBH, a...
  • Commented on PSA: Publishing supply chain shortages
    Because Brexit is utopian it can never fail, it can only be failed. Libertarianism is like this. I've noticed that whenever some attempted libertarian project fails (which they virtually all do), the libertarians are quick to explain that it failed...
  • Commented on PSA: Publishing supply chain shortages
    Just saw a job ad for a Latin teacher. Ad specified that successful applicant must be a native speaker of the language. Good luck with that. Doesn't actually require time travel. It merely requires growing up in a home where...
  • Commented on PSA: Publishing supply chain shortages
    Facebook's direction is been driven by its algorithms, and the company has no real idea of what they (he algorithms) are doing. Something like this reportedly happened with Intel. It was a case we studied in biz school. Intel was...
  • Commented on PSA: Publishing supply chain shortages
    And why can't I set as a default that if I hit the home icon, it's always in most recent order Because FB doesn't want anyone to use "Most Recent". They want to control what they show you and in...
  • Commented on Empire Games (and Merchant Princes): the inevitable spoiler thread!
    Billy Summers For reason, I have never been able to enjoy Stephen King's books. I know that he is a universally praised author, and he's admired by many of my favorite authors. But somehow his books always make me feel...
  • Commented on PSA: Publishing supply chain shortages
    In my lab we kept some old equipment around specifically because it lacked the annoying safety interlocks in newer machines. I particularly remember one little swinging bucket centrifuge that I got decades of use out of. I used to open...
  • Commented on PSA: Publishing supply chain shortages
    I think that people who say, "Move fast and break things." always operate on the never-confessed assumption that sane adults are going to come along later and clean up the mess. It works for children, after all!...
  • Commented on PSA: Publishing supply chain shortages
    Systems without PLR (looking at you, USA) are deeply broken. "Systems are deeply broken" -- it's our national motto!...
  • Commented on PSA: Publishing supply chain shortages
    When I finally got to talk to someone it was an agent reading a script, who couldn't seem to understand anything which wasn't on the script You could try this....
  • Commented on PSA: Publishing supply chain shortages
    Here's this high-stakes exam you have to pass, which we designed. Let us teach you how to pass the exam based on how it is structured (rather than the knowledge it supposedly tests). No, the workshop was not open to...
  • Commented on PSA: Publishing supply chain shortages
    Truth is, it's not. Taking multiple-choice tests is a skill that can be learned. There was a teacher in Scarborough who took SAT multiple choice tests in languages he didn't know, about subjects he didn't know, and reliably scored over...
  • Commented on PSA: Publishing supply chain shortages
    OTOH, I recently bought four new Apple iPads (for myself in Canada, and my mother, and my two sisters in the USA). They shipped from China and arrived in about two weeks. I also ordered a bunch of small stuff...
  • Commented on PSA: Publishing supply chain shortages
    I always had trouble writing job ads, because I couldn't list the qualifications required. I want someone smart and flexible, someone who's willing to learn, willing to take risks, who will tell me I'm full of shit when I am....
  • Commented on PSA: Publishing supply chain shortages
    the Vanderbilt's of the "they owned much of the country" family. I have a memory of a statement that at one point they controlled 1/20 of the entire money supply of the US. There's an excellent biography of the patriarch...
  • Commented on PSA: Publishing supply chain shortages
    It was quite explicit in Victorian times; people would be quite happy to openly express sentiments along the lines of "What's the good of giving the common people education? It was literally illegal to teach a slave to read in...
  • Commented on PSA: Publishing supply chain shortages
    1. The hiring manager already knows who they want to hire, but is required to go through the motions of advertising the job. So they give HR a highly specific list of requirements that they know only one person can...
  • Commented on PSA: Publishing supply chain shortages
    Adam Smith deserves to be read far more widely than he is, especially by people who imagine they disagree with him. "People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a...
  • Commented on Empire Games (and Merchant Princes): the inevitable spoiler thread!
    Great! Pronunciation is not easy! I fail it in English all the time It's a problem even for native English speakers. Most of my vocabulary comes from reading. Since, as has been frequently remarked, in English you can't figure out...
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