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Miscellany

The tabs, they have been accumulating.

Very nice article on the Voynich Manuscript. I’m one of those quarrelsome list participants, despite being neither male nor over 50.

Adopt a Landsat Pixel: a citizen science opportunity, and a neat one. Take a set of photographs of a place. If possible, go back once a week for 6-8 weeks. Voila! You’ve supported a major scientific effort!

My media consumption is indeed insufficiently voracious. So. Many. Nifty. Things.

Stew in fantasy fiction has a long and troubled history. Stew is not road food. Stew is tavern food, especially cheap taverns. But what kind of stew? There are a lot of resources on medieval cooking now available, online and off. Referring to them can really spice up your worldbuilding.

Men, women, academia, having kids. I’m childless, but this still makes me so angry.

Medieval maps, with illustrations and info about a new book by P. D. A. Harvey, Medieval Maps of the Holy Land. (Related to my first link? Good question! When you figure it out get back to me.)

Finally, two neat Kickstarter campaigns: Grace from Outer Space, a science picture book for kids, and a neat project to encourage backyard gardeners.

And now, time to rush home before the rain. Speculating on whether my basement will flood for the third time in less than two weeks…

Also yes, still centered. I poked at the CSS to no avail. Someday I will figure it out, or switch themes, or something.

2 Comments

  1. JTS says:

    Re. the family penalty in Academia, that is exactly why I’m not an Academic right now. Sure, there is no penalty for kids as a man – if you’re a dick. But if you want to pick up your share of the burden, if you want to be the one sitting in on the music lesson and teaching them how to plot a parabola in 5th grade when everyone else is putzing with long division? Not happening as an academic.

    I just got a call from a colleague in California about two hours ago. He began by apologizing for cutting into family time and made sure he cut the call short and to the point. Would I have gotten that kind of attitude for an after-hours service meeting as a male Academic scientist? Not on your life.

    My industry has pulled a significant number of Academic qualified (intellectually) women in biology and chemistry precisely because they don’t have to put up with the bullshit demands on their time. Not long ago I did a little exercise where I counted the female division heads at my company versus the number at the NIH. There was no contest – we beat their percentage by nealy 40% – we have a little over 50% VP-level division heads, NIH has about 10 – 15% and a number of them are interim. Same for minorities. And minority females? No div heads at NIH, and our divisional Chief Science officer was a black female until she left 2 weeks ago after 5 years at the company (she is a very aggressive climber, no one thought she was here for the long term), and her boss is a black female who will probably be here until she retires.

  2. Tom says:

    Centered? Used to see it, but don’t any more. Yay for left justification. Seems like that could be a political joke of some kind.

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