Monthly Archives: April 2011

Being wrong is being free

I have been waiting for this talk from the moment I saw it on TED’s schedule. I marked my calendar and, when I realized it is actually not going to be broadcasted live, I wrote it down into my “To … Continue reading

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Boys, girls, space and crocodiles

On June 16, 1963 the spacecraft “Vostok-6” took the first female astronaut (or, actually, cosmonaut, since she was Russian) Valentina Tereshkova to space. At the end of that month, the Soviet satirical magazine “Krokodil” came out with this funny cover: … Continue reading

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Sometimes it’s not even discrimination, it’s subconscious bias

Image souce: http://www.flickr.com/photos/scharwenka/4156440052/ Judging the musical ability of a top-ranked musician auditioning for a symphony orchestra might seem pretty straight-forward. Some people are clearly superior musicians and presumably any expert can tell the difference. As it turns out, this is … Continue reading

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Brief and concise

All of these measurements have wide ranges of values in both control (Doniach and Shiner, 1957; Butterworth and Perez-Santiago, 1958; Rubin et al., 1960a and b; Shiner and Doniach, 1960; Chacko, Job, Johnson, and Baker, 1961; Cameron et al., 1962; … Continue reading

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F/M?

I’m kinda afraid to ask, but given the title of this job announcement: Post-doc and PhD Student Positions (f / m) : Dortmund, Germany what do you think “f / m” means? It can’t be female/male, right? Because the need … Continue reading

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What a scenery…

Isn’t this amazing? The location of the SEE Conference #6 on Visualization of Information was a 101 year old Lutherkirche: I didn’t even know you can do that. Source: http://datavisualization.ch/events/review-of-the-see6-conference

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Writing your thesis

“Hofstadter’s Law: It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter’s Law.” Douglas Hofstadter, “Gödel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid”, 1979

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