“the only Muppet most people know nowadays is Baby Yoda”

Idris is primarily a research project, but I also hack on it for fun, and polishing it up and fixing issues so that it's more fun for other people too.

So a good way to get to the bottom of the priority list for future bug fixes is to complain about my engineering standards.

The #GNU #Guix package graph is now rooted in a further reduced set of binary seeds, at about 60 MiB it weighs 25% of what it used to

guix.gnu.org/blog/2020/guix-fu

How #bootstrappable is your distro?

"These views were voiced by the school of 'optessimists,' i.e. philosophers who derived optimism for the future from a pessimistic appraisal of the present."
- from The Twenty-first Voyage by Stanislaw Lem.

I now have an extra term with which to describe myself.

Journal Shaming 

I received a paper to review for "Materials Today Communications" on
"Construction of ferrocene modified and indocyanine green loaded multifunctional mesoporous silica nanoparticle for
simultaneous chemodynamic/photothermal/photodynamic therapy"

I don't know what most of those words mean. Of course there is no human in the loop that read my response saying so; two weeks later I got a followup auto-mail "I must now proceed with evaluating this
manuscript"

#Elsevier #BadJournals

“The omission of familiar letters always passes without notice, as lipogrammeur George Perec wickedly demonstrated in La Disparition, his 300-page novel written entirely without the benefit of the letter e.”

“Normally, scientists submit papers for free, other scientists review these papers for free, and we then all get to pay ridiculous amounts of money to see these articles, which no one got paid for.”

I enjoy an entertaining README.

“Scientific publications are too dry. Too much math, too little emotions. Science needs emojis! Leave a small heart to value the hard work gone into a paper (Smith, 2014 heart ). Flag self-citations as in (Sixt et al., 2019 selfie) Finally, you can express what you truly think directly as in (Wakefield et. al, 1998 facepalm). We could also indicate, how thoroughly we read papers (Van Wesel et al., 2014 see_no_evil)”
— github.com/berleon/emojicite

My neighborhood has been putting up scarecrows but for COVID-19 and until I realized what was going on I thought I'd accidentally stumbled into some kind of survival horror cult thing where a demonic force was compelling people to construct ever-more-terrifying idols for worship

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