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I'm a mathematics and physics student, which summarises many of my interests ;). In addition, I'm an avid fan of metal and RPGs (Role Playing Games).

Some extra stuff you might need to know about me:

I'm half-Polish and half-German, know the Polish language much better than German, but I can get at least the gist of it. Other than that I know bare-bones Czech and Swedish. For the sake of completeness, I also know English. ;)

I'm dyslexic and colour blind (the red-green type), that's to excuse miscommunication and me calling something eye-straining or unreadable. It's a rather extreme case of the bottom left in this picture.

It's not uncommon for me to call pounds, ounces and similar non-SI units of measurement as Wizard Units (WU). That's not due to hate, but it does feel annoying when most people in the USA or the UK can't be bothered to convert them on their own. Yet, moan whenever I would confuse some Pennsylvanian Liquid Ounce with Imperial Lager Ounce. I'm not even certain if the units I made up there are not real! It's a miracle you don't have TI-81 Shaftment to measure distance.

I don't like people making poorly reasoned accusations about me. If you think that you can give me a lesson on something give me a god-damned lesson instead of calling me names.

I don't have any problems with personal beliefs. It includes but is not limited to sexual orientation, gender issues and food choices, and all that other crap. I honest to whatever you find holy/unholy/other don't care. Just don't try to evangelise at me. That's among the easiest reasons for me to block/mute someone, beforehand calling them a sanctimonious git.

If you think that I'm disrespecting you: please, assume that I had a really bad day. I don't think I'm violent by nature. I think that I'm neither offensive nor a douche. But when I'm not at my usual laid-back state I will jump to HULK SMASH in an instant. And usually switch back as fast. Yes, I am serious.

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Devac  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: More longevity blogging.

I know that this is at the stage of clinical trials and you most likely want as pristine specimens as possible, but treating is a pure hypothetical: do you think that young MSCs harvested from a patient who survived a disease like leukaemia in their childhood would work?

    We just started our own experiment where we are testing the hypothesis that young-to-old bone marrow stem cell transplantation in mice leads to increased lifespan and better health outcomes such as cognitive deficits.

Serious question and no intent to nit-pick: is it the case of some subtle English thing about contexts, or did you mean to write 'cognitive deficits alleviation/reversal' but missed it?

Macho Eater: Everybody rots!

Hot over oyster, maybe Cedar?

Coy earthmover, so betrayed.

Arty overcomes breathy ode.

Vasectomy: oh, be ready to err.

A bad set theory? Over my core!

This is really a fun tag to make anagrams with! :D

Devac  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 21, 2017

I'm (still) the IRCmaster! None shall oppose me!

University/sciency stuff

Through the magic of bureaucracy, after I have danced the ancient dances and signed a pact with the Deanmon, I'm starting my research internship two weeks earlier. The bulk of my work will be about the gathering and analysis of the experimental data. What kind of data? Phase transitions at high pressures. I'm all giddy and hope that I'll be able to take some pictures from the lab. All the people I met there so far are great.

I'm practically done with my exams and already moved out of the dorm. The only thing left to finish is the classical field theory take-home set of problems. So far I solved three out of four questions (need only two, but I still would prefer to pick between my best solutions). It averages to a problem per week! For a while, I stopped even trying to imagine how the hell would it all work physically, so I only solved the mathematical bits to interpret later. Afterwards, I could suddenly make some actual progress.

(Upcoming) Job hunt

In other news, I decided that I should at least try and get a job in IT for summer. There are quite a few places that need people for testing, one or two places where I could try and get a dev job. There's even a Haskell position where they are looking for interns, so I hope that I'll get at least to the interview stage. During my current internship, I plan on sending my resume to various places. CV is already 'cleaned', courtesy of an amazing lady at my university's career centre. That said, I'm on the fence if I should leave my mathematics major there or just write the department name (Mathematics, Informatics and Mechanics). It's annoying, but it would seem that every place wants only CS students or graduates. I would prefer to avoid losing opportunities for such a backwards reason.

Fingers crossed that someone will at least take a look at my portfolio before throwing my CV away.

Perhaps I'm thinking about it in too simplistic terms, but since string theory is basically about topological defects, I don't understand why they don't at least try to use it to explain stuff like superfluid vorticity. The field of condensed matter physics seems like the prime choice. Maybe even a better one than cosmology.

Edit: Nevermind, they tried it. I have no idea what to make of this paper, though. The parts I have read go way above my head.

Anyway, great article and follow-ups in update sections are very much worth reading/watching!

Devac  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: 2nd Weekly Bakers' Thread

1. Could you share the recipe?

2. Which fruits would you recommend to someone who really doesn't like sweet things? The ones I actually like are: lemons and young apples or plums as far as sweetness goes. Would these work in a cobbler or are they too moist?

Thank you, but this summer I'm going to be even more swamped than last year. Even my trip to visit my family (they're still in Germany) had to be reduced from three weeks to a weekend. I would prefer to not make any long-term arrangements.

Devac  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Bugski in form of a hackski

Here's a spoiler/method in case you would need it:

That said, I encourage you to find it yourself. :D

Devac  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Bugski in form of a hackski

Nah, I'm obviously just trying to get people to trust me so that my betrayal will be that much more impactful and with certain dramatic flair. I've already conquered the IRC (yes, really! Reported it to the forwardslash yesterday :D) and my further plans are my own dark secret…

Seriously, though, I try to help when and where I can but if the detection of Hubski's problems will have to rely on people being in equal parts bored and lucky it's not looking that well. The more people will try to break things or think about consequences of something working in a particular way the better. Just try to break it with love if that ever made sense.

Devac  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Bugski in form of a hackski

Undeleting, since it might prove to be useful. Removed the quotes from Odder's post.

There's one thing you can do that's rather whimsical on the first glance but might be problematic enough so that I don't want to share it publicly (already reported it to mk about a month ago). Unfortunately, without more people venturing into the land of undefined behaviours of Hubski and poking at everything it's no doubt crawling with surprises and potential vulnerabilities. There's a need for a White Hat gang here! ;)

Devac  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Bugski in form of a hackski

It might not be a bug in that it hinders usability or exposes restricted content, but I would not like to see something like this

to be the case for Hubski where you can share illicit content without anyone's knowledge or mk's consent. Call it a far-fetched paranoia, but who the fuck knows what some people might like to do with it.

And yeah it works! I usually need to have a massively good hunch to talk about IT without doing a test or two. ;)

Devac  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Single-Layer 2D Magnets Are Here

I don't know about that. Considering how much completely unexpected stuff happens at this scale I'm actually interested to see if a 2-D model will survive a simple case of putting one layer above the other for calculating the resultant magnetic field. That said, this is when the most exciting physics happens. :D

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