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It takes years of hard work to be an overnight success.

On the Eureka myth, and why I hate it. And likewise for all this inspirational crapshit out there. You have to put the hard work in.

(And in contrast to the author of the blog post, I do not think that we need to rethink creativity. The existing model works just fine. You have to put the hours in. Then you can relax at the fireside. Not beforehand.)
  The Inspiring Story: A Brilliant Mind "Thinks Different" In a pivotal scene in the Stephen Hawking biopic, The Theory of Everything, the
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Cited passage, which resonates:
"In the film Hawking is seen staring at glowing embers in a fireplace when he has a vision of black holes emitting heat. In the next scene he is announcing to an astonished audience that, contrary to prior theory, black holes will leak particles, shrink and then explode. But that is not how his discovery happened.  In reality, Mr. Hawking had been inspired not by glowing embers, but by the work of two Russian physicists.... Mr. Hawking had to perform difficult mathematical calculations... that showed, to his “surprise and annoyance,” that stationary black holes also leak."
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I do not know if it is intentional, but +Dirk Puehl 's tale of Germanicus Julius Caesar, born to the day 2030 ago, reads like a comment on recent military adventurism. An empire controlled by propaganda, inept military strategists in power, bumbling along, expeditions in far away places with hostile indigeneous population, serving no particular military purpose whatsoever, and triumphant returns to Washington Rome.

And the butcher writes the bill.
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#onthisday  in 15 BCE, Germanicus Julius Caesar, celebrated Roman military hero, brother of Emperor Claudius and father of Caligula, was born in Rome.

Few periods of history are so full of propaganda as the earlies of Imperial Rome. But then, few periods saw masters like Augustus managing the concert of glorifying heritage, the state and himself as sustainable and, admittedly tasteful, as he did. After his death, the Julio-Claudian dynasty he had established indulged rather in squandering the inheritance, though. Nonetheless, his grandnephew Germanicus was celebrated as military hero centuries later and probably was, by and large, nothing more than an inflated propaganda show. But read more on:

http://wunderkammertales.blogspot.de/2015/05/the-recovery-of-varian-eagles-under.html

Depicted below is the basalt bust of Germanicus, probably made in Egypt around 20 CE, now at the British Museum after having lost the nose and gaining a cross on the forehead in early Christian times.

#ancienthistory #ancientrome  #europeanhistory  #history #romanhistory  
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+Dirk Puehl or: history repeats itself.
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Suspicions confirmed.
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I think math doctorates have to also be measured in pounds to convince me, else we are just correlating apples and oranges.
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Dear editors of the Telegraph,

Your  Union Jack is upside down. Why are you signalling distress?
'Everybody is very aware that Britain is the next big problem on the horizon. The mood is that we’ve got to save the British from themselves,' says Friends of Europe
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The view from the North

Pushing for an exit referendum as quickly as possible, or playing the waiting game?  Forces in Scotland appear to be divided about the right strategy.
THE pro-independence Scottish National Party (SNP) spent Britain’s general election campaign pledging to shake up Westminster. Having won 56 of Scotland’s 59...
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The joys of big data.

(And apparently, the figures are lower bounds, as only expenditures racked on DoD travel cards are accounted for.)
Data Visualisation by @Jishai. Data Source: DoD. Visualization Tool: Illustrator.
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Make love, not war.
Play risk.
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So this is how it begins. Wax-like corpses, you fools?  The zombie apocalypse is about to start!

(Via +Yonatan Zunger.)
 
the dead have quit rotting in German cemeteries -- they are turning into wax-like corpses
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The Nazi secret police were among the first to use geoprofiling to locate resistance fighters based on leaflets they distributed. Now scientists believe similar methods could track terror cells.
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On bureaucracy (in academia, mostly, but also elsewhere)

"[The] explanation is that long-hours pen-pushing – or mouse-clicking – is imposed on employees as a form of social control: it’s a way of ensuring that we are too monitored, busy and tired to raise questions or revolt."

Just wait, it gets worse.

""Thirty years ago, if you said ‘the university’, people assumed you were referring to the faculty. Now if you say it, people assume you’re referring to the administration.” The corporate bureaucrats who now run universities are “often more interested in real estate speculation, fund-raising, sports, and ‘the student experience’ than anything that has to do with learning, teaching, or scholarship at all."
If the form-filling that plagues academia is pointless, why do academics comply with it? asks Eliane Glaser
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Management of research boils down to writing fiction: http://kochanski.org/blog/?p=262
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Modern on-demand workers:  low pay, inflexible hours. Exactly as for farm hands back in the day.

No surprises here, up to now.  Most of the on-demand gadgets ask for work to be done for which almost no skills are necessary.  The pay reflects that. The inflexible working hours are baked in the system, as most jobs need to be done when the demand arises.

Just like working on a farm.
People are leaving on-demand work after finding out the promised advantages over traditional jobs don't hold up.
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That's a great insight, +Joerg Fliege. Coming from a long line of agricultural laborers (not a shopkeeper or tradesman to be seen in the census data) I find that disquieting. 
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The PhD thesis: what format shall it be?

The classical 300 page doorstopper, now seen by some as somewhat bloated?  Just a string of disconnected publications?  Or the "integrated" approach, now seemingly en vogue, in which some publications by the PhD students are padded with a proper introduction, a literature review, and conclusions?

Proponents of the latter claim that much time is saved, and successful PhD candidates are better prepared for the rat race of postdoc positions, having already some publications under their belt. Critics point to the fact that students somewhat unlucky in their publication schedule will not graduate in time, and that the whole process pushes science further  towards projects easily publishable. And we have already enough of these. And how to judge multi-author papers in this context?
Should the foundations of a 21st-century academic career still be built on the traditional model?
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+Joerg Fliege Incrementalism ain't all bad.

See software development: release early and often.
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Standing on the shoulders of giants, mostly.
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Surprise:  I post, share, and discuss stuff that interests me. 

I also share stuff that I find interesting or thought provoking, even if I do not always agree with the sentiments of the original share itself.

The focus is usually around Mathematics and Operations Research, Science & Engineering (especially Space Science, Space Engineering and Telecommunications Engineering), Education, the politics of the above fields, and similar issues.

But really, it can get pretty eclectic.  Have a look at the stream of posts and +1, and build your own opinion.
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Worked for Umbrella Corporation, Weyland-Yutani, Ono-Sendai, and Tessier-Ashpool, after a brief stint at Miskatonic University. Still searching for Wintermute.
Education
  • Dortmund University
    Mathematik, 1987 - 1997
    Undergraduate studies, postgraduate studies, PhD. The whole shebang.
  • Dortmund University
    Mathematik, 1998 - 2001
    Habilitation. (At that time, there still was such a thing.)
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