Monday, December 30, 2013


  1. Academics hide snarky, clever comments in the acknowledgements section -- Meredith Carpenter and Lillian Fritz-Laylin in Slate.

  2. The Guardian compiles geeky jokes: Scientists tell us their favourite jokes: 'An electron and a positron walked into a bar…'.

    The article leads off with this one:

    Two theoretical physicists are lost at the top of a mountain. Theoretical physicist No 1 pulls out a map and peruses it for a while. Then he turns to theoretical physicist No 2 and says: "Hey, I've figured it out. I know where we are."

    "Where are we then?"

    "Do you see that mountain over there?"


    "Well… THAT'S where we are."

  3. Absruse Goose's take on fundamental-ness scale for academic fields.

  4. For comparison, here's the xkcd version -- Purity.