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Computer down again

Ubuntu has let me down again, for the second time in two months. The menu bar and launch panel have disappeared. By some ingenuity I managed to get a web browser launched, and searched for a solution to this problem. … Continue reading

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Good news on metrics

HEFCE have released their report on the use of metrics in research assessment. And, wonderful to relate, it is good news. You can find an excellent commentary on it, as well as a link to the report itself, on David … Continue reading

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Congratulations

… to Robert Schumacher, who passed his PhD viva this week. He has some revisions to do after a well-earned holiday. And thanks for the flowers!

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On foundations

Jack Edmonds stayed in my house for two and a half weeks, while giving his two courses on polyhedral combinatorics in London (I reported on the second one here). Whenever we spend time together, we have a robust discussion about … Continue reading

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Apology – out of contact

I’m afraid that, because of several emergencies (including a serious computer breakdown) I will be out of contact for an indefinite time. I will not be able to respond to email except perhaps sporadically. I hope things will be back … Continue reading

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East End self-reference

Gödelian pedantry is alive and well in Tower Hamlets: (The addition may be hard to read. It says, “How about signs?”)

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Don’t mind Cameron

I’ve used a line from Richard Brautigan’s novel The Hawkline Monster: A Gothic Western as a tagline for many years now. I haven’t re-read the book for a while, but on my recommendation, Scott Harper read it, and sent me … Continue reading

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