Thursday, May 6, 2021

The Problem with Publishing

Here's a thorough examination of academic publishing over at The Atlantic:

Scientific Publishing is a Joke: An XKCD comic – and its many remixes – perfectly captures the absurdity of academic research.

I won't belabor the points, just go read the article.  Also, here's the cartoon in question: <permalink>

OK, got all that?  Personally I'm glad to have this opportunity to step off the grant-and-paper-go-round.  At least for the moment.  Who knows what the future holds?  Not sure I want to find out ahead of time.

That reminds me, I've got to track down the status of those last three papers today.  Got to keep the CV fed.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Catch-Up Reading

Look, if you don't know the term Shiri's Scissor, you're about to get run the hell over.  In fact, you may well already have been, because these two links are from 2018.  (2020 was a doozy, wasn't it?)  The first is a purely fictional short story, the second is an analysis of the concepts in the light of recent history.

Get going, there's time yet to get out of the way.

Saturday, May 1, 2021

New FCC RF Exposure Requirements

TLDR version: Starting 3 May (next Monday!), the FCC is requiring all ham operators to make a halfway credible attempt at measuring or estimating radio wave exposure near their antennas, and then ensure that people are generally kept out of the problem areas.  In their usual way, both the FCC and ARRL have published reams of instructions on how to do this.  The broad exemptions formerly in effect for sub-100 watt equipment will no longer apply.  There is a 2 year extension from this date for existing stations, but change anything and you're right back to next Monday.

Well, you can go read all that if you wish.  For most hams though, this online calculator works fine.  Run the calculations, print them out, stuff the results into your station notebook, move on with life.  Easy, yeah.  It'll take you 15 minutes and head off trouble down the line.

If you wish to read more, here are articles at KB6NU's place and the QRPer.

For the record, the calculations have been done and W4ZNG seems well within the FCC's limits.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

In which Dixie hikes the Florida Trail

Weekly vlog installments over at you-know-where.  Five so far, all in the 15 minute range.

They're maybe halfway through, and already the weather's hot and buggy and the alligators are starting to perk up.  Not me man, I'd be looking at depart-NLT-31Jan or push back to next year.  Not that I have any such plans.

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

In which Big Clive does something awful.

Re-Distilling Cheap Supermarket Scotch Whisky, six minutes of video.

This is one of those "goofy stuff you've kind of wondered about but were too busy to bother with" channels.  It's a wonderful way of wasting a few minutes instead of your entire Saturday afternoon.

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Happy Erf Day!

 From the wikipedia page:

What?  That's what people are talking about, right?

Monday, April 19, 2021

A PhD in Irish Whisky

Good idea.  Article at Atlas Obscura.  In the process, he's reviving a distilling tradition that was stamped out by trade protectionism, two world wars, prohibition, and several other awful ideas from the start of the last century.