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Phillipe Cantin: LEGO's magic number is 37,112
Have you ever asked yourself this question: "How many times can I assemble LEGO bricks before they wear out?"

Well... probably never but I did (on LEGO SE). The story would end there if didn't had the knack to build a machine to test it. Here it is:
lego  science  robotics  cool  blog 
february 2019 by juliusbeezer
Old notebooks | Notes from a Room
‘I wake up tired of waking up. Lured into another endless day, the last day begun again. There’s something I’ve missed, some fatal flaw in my reasoning that prevents me moving from here to the real vantage point, to real life. I see no path to take. What would it look like? Where would it go? It would end up back here, in dead time.

‘Nothing to say and the guilt of not filling time, that makes you speak to yourself in their words. “Stop inventing little hardships to make yourself look interesting. Get a proper job. Get a life. Get laid.”...
Leafing through another notebook the other day – rarely a good idea – I found this, written a decade ago:

‘Endless work. What’s your real work? You ask the question so often the question itself becomes a form of work. You tunnel through a mountain of other people’s words and smuggle out your own dubious hoard with no destination in sight. Always halfway between your origin and your end.’
writing  blog 
february 2019 by juliusbeezer
A walk in the park increases poor research practices and decreases reviewer critical thinking | Neuroconscience
The authors gave both groups a self-reported rumination questionnaire before and after the walk, and also acquired some arterial spin labeling MRIs. Here is where the real fun gets started – and basically ends – as the paper is almost entirely comprised of group by time ANOVAs on these two measures.
science  funny  blog  environment  statistics 
july 2015 by juliusbeezer
The Ideal Length for All Online Content
Ideal length of a(n):

domain name: 8 characters
email subject line: 28-29 characters
Headline: 6 words
html title tag: 55 characters
Blog post: 1600 words
tweet: 100 characters
Facebook post: <40 characters
G+ headline: 60 characters
internet  web  email  blog  twitter  facebook  google 
march 2014 by juliusbeezer
Lots of planets have a North
Our North starts in Sheffield but your North might be different.

We are seeking accounts of particular places within the North.
writing  commenting  blog 
december 2013 by juliusbeezer
[Open-access] HEFCE (UK) seeking advice on open access & open data research evaluation
I saw a window to puff my blog to the okfn from the UniSussex seminar on OpenData and took it, much good may it do me.
dccomment  blog  opendata 
march 2013 by juliusbeezer
Why do I blog? (2013 version)
no one ever got tenure (or even a grant) off their Klout score. At best, it's reputational: it helps you in some cases, hurts you in others. I am quite sure I've pissed off a number of silent observers with some of my blog posts, and I'm also quite sure several of those silent observers have served on grant or paper review panels of mine. I'm not sure if the negatives are counterbalanced by the positive effects, but we'll have to see.

If anything, some of the exposure has made me a lot more cautious, a process I hear is linked to this unpleasant business of "growing up". I know at least one grant manager reads my blog occasionally (hi!) and I've gotten friendly cautions that I might want to be more circumspect about some things.
blog  sciencepublishing  reputation  dccomment  agnotology 
january 2013 by juliusbeezer
Peter Suber, Open Access News
"freeze this blog [...] start a new one later" Hope he won't stop altogether. Suber's advice on Blogger travails
blog  openaccess  google 
november 2011 by juliusbeezer
dougie's blog
There were a few spots of rain and what felt like a big west wind which made the cruise over Darnley Road's old school speed bumps effortless and entertaining, sleek roads whipped by black tyres and spray alike.

Fragments of evidence of existence
theartistformerlyknownasdougie  black  blog 
july 2011 by juliusbeezer
nanoc › Introduction to nanoc
nanoc is not a true content management system (CMS), as it does not manage content—you manage the content, and nanoc processes it for you. Some CMS-like functionality, such as finding items that have certain attributes associated with them, is present in nanoc, though; for example, running a query such as “find all articles by a given author” is possible.

Unlike many CMSes and blog engines, nanoc runs on your local computer, and not on the server. It doesn’t need to—nanoc produces static HTML files that can be uploaded to any web server. This also means that the server doesn’t need to have anything “special” installed at all—it just needs to be able to serve static files, which every web server can.
ruby  blog  programming  cms 
december 2010 by juliusbeezer
BLDGBLOG: Critical Condition
takes issue with the lack of formal criticism in architecture blogging today, writing that “one tends not to find rigorous criticism of significant new buildings” on sites such as ... BLDGBLOG... a “like-minded” community of writers has arisen, “that prefers speculative musing and niche interests... as blogs become a more important part of the establishment, a more rigorous approach to architectural criticism online is urgently needed.” what I find deeply confusing about Kelly’s article is that, rather than read websites or blogs which do, in fact, offer “criticism of significant new buildings,” he focuses on websites that claim to do nothing of the sort (with perhaps one exception: Kieran Long’s Bad British Architecture). As such... a bit like listening to someone who’s just spent two weeks looking around the classical music section only to come out complaining that he couldn’t find any death metal. Well, no shit: you were in the wrong section, and it's your mistake not ours.
architecture  blog 
november 2010 by juliusbeezer

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