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Current a mathematician in Preston, UK
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Is it just me, or do we not make documentaries like this any more:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmEt2WuMZ7E

More here: https://www.equalitytrust.org.uk/great-leveller
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The Life Scientific is very good this week; an interview with Eugenia Cheng. When she speaks about leaving Sheffield: been there, done that...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09nvrcn
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So I'm again doing a little Access design for my wife's job. And this involves some simple VBA coding. I say "simple", but VBA is such a brain-dead language, I just wasted 20 minutes on this:

https://stackoverflow.com/questions/3242560/andalso-orelse-in-vba

WTF? No short-circuiting? Unlike any other language ever?
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Looking up a reference, I stumbled across this little deadpan vignette in Grimmett and Sitrzaker:

"5.4 Branching processes

Besides gambling, many probabilists have been interested in reproduction."

The book is full of such one-liners (and is also an excellent textbook).

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Probability-Random-Processes-Geoffrey-Grimmett/dp/0198572220
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Something for +Richard Elwes
Looking at the #math of #segregation in a #computer model: "What prevents segregation from happening on a massive scale is that smaller-scale segregation happens first." https://www.americanscientist.org/article/the-math-of-segregation
The Math of Segregation
The Math of Segregation
americanscientist.org
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This is of course outrageous:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-41735839
https://www.theguardian.com/education/2017/oct/24/no-10-disowns-tory-whip-accused-of-mccarthyite-behaviour-universities-brexit

But what has struck me is "...names of professors at your establishment..." Apparently lecturers, readers, teaching fellows, postgraduate students etc. don't undertake teaching...
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A great blog post over at AMS blogs. These sentences struck home with me:

"Nobody ever says their research is going poorly in public! It is so rare! The market, the culture of the field, and our own dedication to positive thinking all encourage us to accentuate the positive. And greatly fear the negative. Because when things aren’t going well, it becomes very easy to think that we actually aren’t smart enough and we probably shouldn’t be doing this after all."

http://blogs.ams.org/phdplus/2017/06/25/stuck-in-the-south-of-france/?utm_content=buffer06c9c&utm_medium=social&utm_source=plus.google.com&utm_campaign=buffer
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The internet is amazing (busy working on extracting open data from Open Street Map).

The internet is awful: marketing spam on OpenStreetMap: https://www.openstreetmap.org/way/40235088#map=16/53.7970/-1.5524

Similar to, but much much more deliberate, than the curious feature of GoogleMaps: https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@53.7071619,-2.0699746,12.75z?hl=en "Great Britain" (until you zoom in more) appears to be located between Todmorden and Hebden Bridge. Perhaps part of the Yorkshire takeover.
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