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The great and the gaffechris

Thu, 25 Oct 2007 15:58:19 +0000

James D. Watson, cantankerous Nobel prize winner, proves that no cow is too sacred. Even Lord Jim couldn’t withstand the furore over his latest round of bigoted comments in the Sunday Times magazine on Oct 14th: He says that he is “inherently gloomy about the prospect of Africa” because “all our social policies are based […](image)

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Extra specialchris

Sun, 30 Sep 2007 02:33:19 +0000

I have just noticed that the fish sauce in my kitchen cabinet is “first press” and “extra virgin”. wtF?(image)

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Damn you, weak dollar!chris

Wed, 26 Sep 2007 04:25:39 +0000

A hostile exchange rate is a budget’s worst enemy. These days, if you count in US dollars, this implies that only the most impoverished of third world countries are desirable conference destinations. I have barely managed to secure accommodation in the UK within my per diem reimbursement range – we are naturally expected to make […](image)

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Giving up?chris

Thu, 13 Sep 2007 21:14:57 +0000

How many times do incarnations of a paper need to be rejected (outright!) before you lose hope in it? This one has been doing the rounds for >3 years in 5+ versions.(image)

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Newbie pythonchris

Fri, 24 Aug 2007 15:09:41 +0000

I’ve finally hit a problem requiring multidimensional data structures, mathematical grunt, and speed, coupled with good DB bindings and text/file handling. Normally, I would use a perl script to fetch data from the db and process it with R (as I’ve been having trouble with the R DBI library). However, processing 31K chunks of data […](image)

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Furniture pr0nchris

Thu, 23 Aug 2007 17:44:06 +0000

My absolute favourite chair is the Eero Saarinen womb chair.(image)

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Mon, 13 Aug 2007 18:35:19 +0000

*cough cough* The dust here is rather thick, isn’t it? I’ve been rather busy being unproductive at work, and I’m about to go on holiday for a while. So here are some random-ish snippets: Nodalpoint facebook group My thesis is up at the Australian Digital Theses project The ADT site sucks big-time, so I can’t […](image)

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Graceful rebootingchris

Wed, 18 Jul 2007 04:11:21 +0000

When things go wrong, there are more options than the hard reboot.(image)

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Australian undergraduate teachingchris

Fri, 06 Jul 2007 16:30:36 +0000

[…] universities are taking in students to study science who do not have the preparation, and possibly ability, to complete courses of proper rigor[…] In Australia, the pressure to combat declining science undergraduate enrollment has resulted in dumbed-down courses with lower standards enrolling many unprepared  students (a worldwide theme, mind you). Whilst keeping the departments […](image)

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Did he deliver?chris

Wed, 27 Jun 2007 19:06:45 +0000

These are exciting times. Science continues to push back the frontiers of knowledge, finding new areas of which we were previously unaware and making discoveries that add novel twists to the world views we were taught as children. I intend to ensure that the United Kingdom continues to foster excellence in scientific and technological cooperation. […](image)

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