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A love story – úžasné

When we encounter a mother doing too many things perfectly, smiling as if it were all so easy, so natural, we should feel a civic responsibility to slap her hard across the face and scream the word “Stop!” so many times that the woman begins to chant or whimper the word along with us. Once she has been broken, we may take her in our arms until the trembling and self-hatred leave her body. It is our duty.

When I swim at the public pool, I wear sunglasses so I can admire the hairless chest of the nineteen-year-old lifeguard. I love it that he, a child, really, is guarding me, fiercest of warriors, a mother, strong as stinky cheese, with a ripe, moldy, melted rotten center of such intense complexity and flavor it would kill a boy of his tender age.

The answer is easy in daylight. But the night’s untethering almost always turns me into someone I’m not. I spend nights thinking about the different women I become in the dark. Where am I keeping these women when the sun is up?

The work of organizing everything – celé dobre a aj iné na jej stránke stoja za prozretie

koláčik navyše

I now live in Berkeley, California. A few years ago, just a few blocks from my home, a pair of researchers in the Cal psychology department staged an experiment. They began by grabbing students, as lab rats. Then they broke the students into teams, segregated by sex. Three men, or three women, per team. Then they put these teams of three into a room, and arbitrarily assigned one of the three to act as leader. Then they gave them some complicated moral problem to solve: say what should be done about academic cheating, or how to regulate drinking on campus.

Exactly 30 minutes into the problem-solving the researchers interrupted each group. They entered the room bearing a plate of cookies. Four cookies. The team consisted of three people, but there were these four cookies. Every team member obviously got one cookie, but that left a fourth cookie, just sitting there. It should have been awkward. But it wasn’t. With incredible consistency the person arbitrarily appointed leader of the group grabbed the fourth cookie, and ate it. Not only ate it, but ate it with gusto: lips smacking, mouth open, drool at the corners of their mouths. In the end all that was left of the extra cookie were crumbs on the leader’s shirt.

This leader had performed no special task. He had no special virtue. He’d been chosen at random, 30 minutes earlier. His status was nothing but luck. But it still left him with the sense that the cookie should be his.

This experiment helps to explain Wall Street bonuses and CEO pay, and I’m sure lots of other human behavior. But it also is relevant to new graduates of Princeton University. In a general sort of way you have been appointed the leader of the group. Your appointment may not be entirely arbitrary. But you must sense its arbitrary aspect: you are the lucky few. Lucky in your parents, lucky in your country, lucky that a place like Princeton exists that can take in lucky people, introduce them to other lucky people, and increase their chances of becoming even luckier. Lucky that you live in the richest society the world has ever seen, in a time when no one actually expects you to sacrifice your interests to anything.

All of you have been faced with the extra cookie. All of you will be faced with many more of them. In time you will find it easy to assume that you deserve the extra cookie. For all I know, you may. But you’ll be happier, and the world will be better off, if you at least pretend that you don’t.

tu je video:

Richard Hamming: You and your research

Now for the matter of drive. You observe that most great scientists have tremendous drive. I worked for ten years with John Tukey at Bell Labs. He had tremendous drive. One day about three or four years after I joined, I discovered that John Tukey was slightly younger than I was. John was a genius and I clearly was not. Well I went storming into Bode’s office and said, “How can anybody my age know as much as John Tukey does?” He leaned back in his chair, put his hands behind his head, grinned slightly, and said, “You would be surprised Hamming, how much you would know if you worked as hard as he did that many years.” I simply slunk out of the office!
What Bode was saying was this: “Knowledge and productivity are like compound interest.” Given two people of approximately the same ability and one person who works ten percent more than the other, the latter will more than twice outproduce the former. The more you know, the more you learn; the more you learn, the more you can do; the more you can do, the more the opportunity — it is very much like compound interest. I don’t want to give you a rate, but it is a very high rate. Given two people with exactly the same ability, the one person who manages day in and day out to get in one more hour of thinking will be tremendously more productive over a lifetime.

tento článok o Iráne ma doviedol k tejto podivnosti

find great books to read without judging the cover (or the author)

my bionic quest for Bolero 

noisli

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EU komisár pre ľudské práva vydal statement, kde spomína aj zaobchádzanie so ženami pri pôrode a linkuje na publikáciu, ktorú sme minulý rok vydali s ODZ

heavy metal and natural language processing – najmetalovejšie slová? burn, cries, veins, eternity… najmenej metalové? particularly, indicated, secretary, committee…

a ešte iná analýza dát: za svojich 67 rokov, Lego akosi zošedlo

What you really see when you climb a mountain with your child – dobré čítanie aj pre tých, ktorí ešte nemajú deti

I tried a little more sweetness with my daughter but she only grew more stubborn. I looked at her then and was suddenly done. I sank beside her and stared into the middle distance. To the onlooker it would have seemed angelic and patient, but it wasn’t. I was thinking about how I was going to throw my daughter off the side of the mountain. And how good it was going to feel.

I thought a lot of angry things until eventually, I realised something. Staring out at the distance I saw how beautiful and expansive the view was. If I was to be forced to sit and think somewhere this wasn’t so bad. Maybe some of the inflexibility here was mine, not hers.

Zuzina mi poslala toto video (ďakujem) práve, keď som dumala nad tým ako si nachystať talk o feminizme, ktorý mám onedlho pre 10-14 ročné decká… veci sa niekedy stávajú v zaujímavých súhrach…

padlí

čítanie medzi riadkami – tak tento tip mám od svojej babičky 🙂

Jeho žiačka vyhrala knihu, rodičia ju ňou zbili

7 biggest problems facing science

Scientists often learn more from studies that fail. But failed studies can mean career death. So instead, they’re incentivized to generate positive results they can publish.

zomrel Elie Wieseljeho prejav pri preberaní Nobelovej ceny za mier (1986)

And then I explained to him how naive we were, that the world did know and remain silent. And that is why I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant. Wherever men or women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must – at that moment – become the center of the universe.

Dve pozvánky

Jedna je na zajtrajšiu akciu Beh Jeana deMijona. Nájdete ma na jednom zo stanovísk ako dávam študentom a ostatným súťažiacim úlohu a tekutý chlieb.

pravidla

A tá druhá na piatkovú akciu v Žilinskom Auparku – Noc výskumníkov. V našom simulačno-bunkovom stánku mám poslednú šichtu – od cca 5pm do konca akcie. Príďte sa pozrieť (nielen na nás ale aj na ostatných vystavujúcich výskumníkov) a pokecať o simuláciách a iných veciach.

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Nepoprechádzal sa po mesiaci, ale zato urobil túto fotku:
collinsxkcd: frequency

minimalist effect in maximalist market

are you a feminist?

when you fall in love, this is what Facebook sees

science in a small European country

Our hypothesis is that the country’s small population, combined with cultural stereotypes, constitutes an ideal environment for the propagation of ambitious yet mediocre members of the scientific community, whose opportunistic behavior prohibits the advance of science on a national level. In Slovakia, it seems to take almost no time to corrupt a system that works perfectly fine elsewhere.

bullshit-sounding but true facts

Ako vás šili po pôrode – dotazník

no a potom správy z Ukrajiny… ale na tie nejdem dávať linky

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Do nového roku všetkým prajem veľa zdaru a kopu splnených prianí  a časom aspoň trochu snehu, keď sme ho už nemali cez sviatky. 🙂 Nie som fanúšikom novoročných predsavzatí, ale jedno si predsalen dám – budem sa snažiť, aby mi tu zase okrem každotýždňových liniek pribúdali aj občasné recepty a iné články. Dnes však tie linky:

silent suffering: in 3 scenes

scientists and their emotions

trestné oznámenie na biskupov Slovenska za pastiersky list

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žena fotografuje, ako sa na ňu iní dívajú na verejnosti

tých robotov, ktorí sami zametajú dlážku, môžete použiť aj na umenie 🙂 (prvý komentár je super)

Robot kreslí

architekt vs záhradník (George R. R. Martin je záhradník)

demokratická diskusia vo vede je potrebná

there is no such thing as pro-life feminist

As far as I am concerned, feminism boils down to one fundamental principle and that is women’s ability to be independent. There are two fundamental preconditions to such independence: ability to support oneself financially and the right to control one’s fertility. To achieve the first, women need the education and training to be able to undertake work that pays well. To guarantee the second, women need safe and effective contraception and the back-up of safe and affordable abortion.

the kid should see this (toto ide do bookmarks!)

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veľmi aktuálne, našťastie už som kus za prvou verziou… Anne Lamott: Shitty first drafts

For me and most of the other writers I know, writing is not rapturous. In fact, the only way I can get anything written at all is to write really, really shitty first drafts.

The first draft is the child’s draft, where you let it all pour out and then let it romp all over the place, knowing that no one is going to see it and that you can shape it later. You just let this childlike part of you channel whatever voices and visions come through and onto the page. If one of the characters wants to say, “Well, so what, Mr. Poopy Pants?,” you let her. No one is going to see it. If the kid wants to get into really sentimental, weepy, emotional territory, you let him. Just get it all down on paper, because there may be some thing great in those six crazy pages that you would never have gotten to by more rational, grown-up means. There may be something in the very last line of the very last paragraph on page six that you just love, that is so beautiful or wild that you now know what you’re supposed to be writing about, more or less, or in what direction you might go–but there was no way to get to this without first getting through the first five and a half pages.

88-ročná vedkyňa, Yvonne Brill, ktorá vynašla pohon pre komunikačné satelity, nedávno zomrela. Prvý odstavec článku, ktorý pri tej príležitosti napísali v New York Times? Spomína, ako sa sťahovala, keď jej manžel menil prácu, a ako 8 rokov doma vychovávala deti.

vedkyne nie sú jednorožce – o knižkách pre deti

objímajúce sa mrkvy

o čakajúcich kávach – takéto reštaurácie alebo potraviny by som podporovala

The next order was for seven coffees and it was made by three lawyers – three for them and four ‘suspended’. While I still wonder what’s the deal with those ‘suspended’ coffees I enjoy the sunny weather and the beautiful view towards the square in front of the café. Suddenly a man dressed in shabby clothes who looks like a beggar comes in through the door and kindly asks ‘Do you have a suspended coffee?’

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rodičovstvo ako prostriedok pre osobný rast – od môjho brata; vraj mi tým nechcel nič naznačiť; Inak si myslím, že niečo na tom bude, ale je to veľmi zjednodušený pohľad na vec. Ako som mu odpísala

do určitej miery je to podľa mna pravda, ale
a) to predpokladá, že matka má na tie aktivity popri staraní sa o deti ešte čas a energiu a niekto iný sa o ne stará, keď ich ona robí
b) nie je to pre každého – niekto by sa rád vrátil, tam kde prestal pred materskou, len to nejde, lebo zrazu nemôže robiť také hodiny napr
c) keď mamy po materskej hľadajú zamestnanie, tak Ti môžem garantovať, že tie 3,4,5 rokov čo boli doma im nikto neuzná ako školenie v manažmente a people skills
d) čo sa týka platu a seniority, tak tých par rokov sa v klasických zamestnaniach prejaví
Ako ženy – ktorým je sprievodca určený predovšetkým – by sme v expertnom hodnotení uvítali vo väčšej miere zameranie sa na zdravie matiek a detí po pôrode. Cítime znepokojenie nad tým, že odborníci uprednostnili zo širšej ponuky ukazovateľov epidurálnu analgézu pri pôrode (PEDA) namiesto nejakého indikátora zdravia ženy po pôrode. Takéto informácie nie sú prístupné ani verejnosti, takže o šanciach ženy a dieťaťa prejsť pôrodom bez vážnejšej zdravotnej ujmy si môžeme vytvárať iba dohady. Údaje o miere nástrihov a cisárskych rezov majú slúžiť k ilustrácii toho, aké ťažké, priam až nemožné je v niektorých zariadeniach porodiť dieťa bez chirurgického zásahu. V situácii, kedy takáto šanca klesá v mnohých pôrodniciach pod 20 %, nám pripadá absurdné zameriavať sa na PEDA. Radi by sme rodili v takých pôrodniciach, kde rovnako záleží na dlhodobých dopadoch medicínskych zásahov na zdravie ženy a dieťaťa a kde sa personál z tohoto dôvodu snaží tieto zásahy minimalizovať na bezpečnú úroveň. Uvedomujeme si, že ako laičky nedokážeme posúdiť opodstatnenie lekárskeho zásahu v konkrétnom prípade, avšak všeobecná miera zásahovosti oproti ostatným vyspelým krajinám a tiež odporúčaniam Svetovej zdravotníckej organizácie sa nám javí neobhájiteľná.
recepty, ktoré máte v chladničke – zaklikáte suroviny, ktoré máte doma, a stránka vám ponúkne recepty na jedlá, ktoré sa z nich dajú vykúzliť
why gender equality stalled – článok hlavne o USA, ale toto je na zamyslenie pre všetkých:

The sociologist Pamela Stone studied a group of mothers who had made these decisions. Typically, she found, they phrased their decision in terms of a preference. But when they explained their “decision-making process,” it became clear that most had made the “choice” to quit work only as a last resort — when they could not get the flexible hours or part-time work they wanted, when their husbands would not or could not cut back their hours, and when they began to feel that their employers were hostile to their concerns. Under those conditions, Professor Stone notes, what was really a workplace problem for families became a private problem for women.

This is where the political gets really personal. When people are forced to behave in ways that contradict their ideals, they often undergo what sociologists call a “values stretch” — watering down their original expectations and goals to accommodate the things they have to do to get by. This behavior is especially likely if holding on to the original values would exacerbate tensions in the relationships they depend on.

In their years of helping couples make the transition from partners to parents, the psychologists Philip and Carolyn Cowan have found that tensions increase when a couple backslide into more traditional roles than they originally desired. The woman resents that she is not getting the shared child care she expected and envies her husband’s social networks outside the home. The husband feels hurt that his wife isn’t more grateful for the sacrifices he is making by working more hours so she can stay home. When you can’t change what’s bothering you, one typical response is to convince yourself that it doesn’t actually bother you. So couples often create a family myth about why they made these choices, why it has turned out for the best, and why they are still equal in their hearts even if they are not sharing the kind of life they first envisioned.

M. Gullerová: Slovensko by malo vytvoriť podmienky pre návrat slovenských vedcov zo zahraničia

Vedu treba popularizovať, pretože vývoj celej spoločnosti závisí od vedeckého pokroku. Treba si uvedomiť, že ak vedci zostanú v nedocenenej pozícii, čoraz menej mladých ľudí pôjde vedu študovať a robiť. Jednoznačne by prospelo, keby slovenské inštitúcie a univerzity sledovali svojich absolventov v zahraničí, pozývali ich späť, povedzme prednášať, a tým umožnili slovenským študentom osobne sa stretnúť s vedcami zo zahraničia. Taktiež je dôležité viac popularizovať jednotlivých vedcov, ktorí sa presadili svojou prácou. Napr. v top vede je stále veľmi málo žien. Určite by pomohlo, keby sa viac hovorilo o ženách – vedkyniach, ktoré dokážu zvládnuť top kariéru aj rodinu.

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prečo sa tínedžerky obliekajú vyzývavo

I can’t help thinking that a much better answer to the question, “Why do girls want to dress like sluts?” is “What’s so bad about being a slut?” Girls who play up their sexuality via their clothing choices—and girls who explore their sexuality with more than one partner—are people, too; putting on a tube top does not mean forfeiting one’s dignity. Fondas’ approach, though obviously well-intentioned, plays into the notion that a woman’s appearance is of paramount importance. And I fear her answer to her son’s question conveys the message that it’s OK to pity or disrespect girls who dress a certain way, since, according to her worldview, they’re just helpless dupes. But if we really want to prevent girls from being victimized, perhaps we should teach boys to spend less time judging what girls wear and more time listening to what girls say.

xkcd what if: čo by sa stalo, keby ste skúsili letieť na normálnom pozemskom lietadle, nad nejakým iným objektom v slnečnej sústave?

Unfortunately, X-Plane is not capable of simulating the hellish environment near the surface of Venus. But physics calculations give us an idea of what flight there would be like. The upshot is: Your plane would fly pretty well, except it would be on fire the whole time, and then it would stop flying, and then stop being a plane.

But I’ve never seen the Icarus story as a lesson about the limitations of humans. I see it as a lesson about the limitations of wax as an adhesive.

102 spectacular non-fiction stories from 2012

dva európske výskumné projekty dostanú po miliarde Euro – Human Brain Project a výskum nových materiálov pre IT

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neznášam, keď mi hovoria, že som dobrý otec

With no context — and no real basis for interpretation — the act of labeling someone a “good dad” suggests that most dads are, by our very nature as fathers, somehow less than “good.” That we don’t care. That we’re mostly cruel. What’s more, the phrase evinces a heinous double standard: It’s not like strangers compliment women as being “good moms” for doting, loving and doing normal mom stuff.

friends you can count on – populárna matematika na dnešný deň

For any network where some people have more friends than others, it’s a theorem that the average number of friends of friends is always greater than the average number of friends of individuals. This phenomenon has been called the friendship paradox.

veda pre dievčatá

Celkom slušný brainwashing na 45 sekúnd trvajúci klip. Ale aby som zasa len nekritizovala, snaha je to záslužná a činnosť osožná- teda dúfajme, že kampaň sa na ďalších úrovniach podobným zhovadilostiam vyhne a bude reprezentovať prírodné vedy, technické odbory a matematiku ako to, čím naozaj sú: fascinujúce, nekonečne zaujímavé a hlavne žiadané. Potenciál tu vidím veľký, keďže majú na svojej strane mnoho žien, ktoré sa reálne venujú spomínaným odborom a nech už povedia dievčatám čokoľvek, bude to pravdepodobne prvý krát v živote, keď mladý mozog pri slove geológ, mikrobiológ, astrofyzik, fyzik, informatik, vedec atď. bude spracovávať obraz mladej ženy a asi prvý krát to nebude Marie Curie Sklodowska.

fotky ľadovcov

ladovec

výborná animácia rozkladu na prvočísla

sloboda v škole (trochu súvisí: na vysokej škole som stratil 4 roky života)

Edita Angyalová: S partnerkou sa snažíme byť dobrými rodičmi

Podporili by ste teda možnosť adopcií pre homosexuálne páry?
„Nech sa s tým spoločnosť vyrovná spôsobom a v rozsahu, na aký je pripravená. No zvážte, čo všetko sme my riešili, kým sme dieťa mali. Myslíte, že priemerný pár takto zodpovedne zvažuje každý detail, čo spraví, keď na svet prinesie dieťa? Toľko vecí sme sa snažili usporiadať správne a urobiť ich dobre. Myslím si, že žijeme najlepšie, ako sa dá, robíme všetko preto, aby bol šťastný, plnohodnotný občan, plnohodnotný človek.“

hobití domček z balónov

čo potrebujú malé deti

An Oregon State study reported on 430 children who were followed from preschool until age 25. The study, published online earlier this month in Early Childhood Research Quarterly, looked at several factors, including early reading and math skills, along with other cognitive skills, to see which were ultimately most influential in college success. It turns out that a child’s ability at age 4 to pay attention and complete a task, the very skills learned in game play, were the greatest predictors of whether he or she finished college by age 25.

Terry Pratchett to leave Discworld in his daughter’s hands

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