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Devac  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: November 22, 2017

Once more, congratulations on the Chessbrah work! I watched one of the latest streams and it really does feel like a great group. Though, I wouldn't want to meet any of them in a dark chess alley. ;)

Devac  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: November 22, 2017

    Aldi and Lidl are know for temporarily selling random, cheap stuff in between the rest of the groceries. I found a 10-hole harmonica for like €4. I couldn't resist its sillyness. So if life ever blows I can blow that.

If you found those sold in small black boxes, then you should buy it. It's been almost five years since I got mine from Lidl and it still maintains the pitch.

Devac  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: November 22, 2017

The lecture went OK. The main hiccup happened when I realised that everyone was addressing me per 'professor'. It's weird, though customary title when it comes to teachers of all stations. I don't know why it was so distracting for me all of the sudden, but it threw me off temporarily.


Fourth place! In a tournament with over 160 people. No game this time. My opponent didn't show up. Bit of a bummer, but a win's a win.


I gave my adviser about forty pages of my handwritten notes, asked for a general evaluation and the core of my work is OK. Unfortunately, it means that the fun part is over and works on the applications and implications will have to start.

"Dude, but you love applied maths! How's that no fun?" you ask? Well, that's because I don't like economics nearly as much as adviser does and guess who wields all the power in this relationship. Frankly, I don't enjoy it at all.

It's time to descend into the pits of recondite jargon once more. I can't recall the last time when I needed a dictionary while reading something in my native language.


Doc hasn't prescribed me anything to help with the worsening hypotension, yet. Until the next checkup, I'll have to wear compressive socks. Can't say that I'm happy with the state of events.

Devac  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Beauty Shots Of Retro Machines

Cool! On many levels. I learned about basics of Linux from his books. Also, this article about localising Polish is something I've linked at least five times this year. Make it at least six, now. ;)

Devac  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: What are you playing?

There's a small games&books store not that far from my house where they let you rent games for a monetary deposit (and a small fee) instead of buying. It's a sweet and lucky deal, though it's not unique around here (I live in Poland).

Devac  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: What are you playing?

    One of the players will be becoming lord of a small outpost.

Oh, those are awesome. I can heartily recommend this little thing for insights and ideas. It's for AD&D, but helped me a lot in one of my campaigns for 3rd ed.

Devac  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: What are you playing?

I tried to learn how to play shogi, but it doesn't look promising. My chess 'reflexes' take over and are very hard to ignore, leading to blunders and illegal moves. I also played Cold War: CIA vs KGB board game. Wouldn't recommend it, the game is basically blackjack on steroids (but with a theme). Next week we are going to rent Stronghold which sounds a lot more interesting.

Can't wait for this Friday's Call of Cthulhu session. We ended on a cliffhanger and right after very illuminating interrogation. All characters are associated with the Scotland Yard and the current investigation is about human trafficking with leads and motives that don't add up. So, you know, aliens from beyond reckoning (though we only know it metagame, so far we are very good at avoiding being out of character).

Devac  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Any Polish Puzzle-Solvers on Hubski?

Well, I'm a native speaker and study maths. After about an hour of mucking about with pencil and paper I got 91 possible matches for the "abcd efgc hbijkd" and "abcd efgc hbijkdl", but no good ideas for "edj gopq(-)rfl". I'll do some formal analysis over this week and get back.

Devac  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Any Polish Puzzle-Solvers on Hubski?

Is this thing still unsolved? If so, I can give it a try.

Devac  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: November 15, 2017

Understood. I can offer a book that derives plume and spread, though. Modeling Differential Equations in Biology by C.H. Taub. There's a lot of information about advection in general and use of it to model pollutant spread/sedimentation.

Devac  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: November 15, 2017

    For worse, there isn't as much readily available information on the spread of radioactive material in the event of an attack.

Would you mind expanding on what exactly do you need? I know a few people who study for radiation safety/radiometry inspectors and I could forward a bunch of your questions. Though, I don't know if EU stuff is going to be relevant.

Devac  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: November 15, 2017

I started collaborating with one of the doctoral students on a research project. We talked about our respective works over the last few weeks and noticed a few non-trivial similarities. At least we have hopes they aren't trivial. Right now we are going through the archives to check if it's indeed something new. I don't want to give away too many details as of yet, but he works on edge currents and junction effects in graphene whereas my work is about optical properties of 'bulk' graphene-BN structures.

Who knows, perhaps I'll be soliciting publishing advice sometime next year?


I won. 8.5 out of 10 - a new personal best with only one match left.


I've finished reading Durant vol. 3. Was it a lot of work? Not really, the secret seems to be pacing. So far it's ~2270 pages in 103 days which averages to about 22 pages per day. Assuming this rate as constant, I am now thirteen months away from finishing the series. And that's a lot of work. :P


Ever since I got my pair of glasses, the migraines passed. At least the worst parts of them. It's astounding how uncorrected astigmatism can influence your well-being.

Heart stuff isn't going as well, unfortunately. I'm quite anxious about my upcoming checkup. Hypotension is getting worse, 95/60 as of this morning. Standing for too long has become rather uncomfortable. I can still run like crazy, but simply standing for longer than 40 minutes is tiring. Don't ask me how it works, I don't get it either.


I got my hands on some caesium carbonate! It's not much, but it should work for my needs. What do I want to do? I'm going to check if I can cause saponification of (trace) esters in mineral oil. It shouldn't (and frankly didn't) happen anywhere near the standard conditions and with sodium or potassium hydroxide, but caesium hydroxide I plan on making might just be reactive enough to work.

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