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ako lepšie variť cestoviny

let’s talk rules of engagement. For every sauce, there’s a perfect shape, and there are some guidelines for the pairings: The chunkier the sauce, the stubbier the pasta (little ear-shaped orrechietti with sausage and broccoli). The thinner the sauce, the thinner the noodle (long and skinny capellini with garlic and butter). The thicker, the thicker (spaghetti carbonara).

The idea here is to cook the pasta for its final 2 minutes in the sauce, while adding more water, a few tablespoons at a time, to moisten the mixture as the noodles soak up the sauce. The starch from the pasta acts as an emulsifier, binding the water and fat together so the sauce coats the noodles properly. 

ako sme si blízki

Archive of 6,000 Historical Children’s Books, All Digitized and Free to Read Online (ht Katka)

porozprávajme sa s knižkami: talk to books

People Asked To Cover Up Their Scars And Birthmarks, And Tattoo Artists Nailed It

pri príležitosti 50teho výročia upálenia Jána Palacha HBO sprístupnilo prvý diel Horiaceho kra:

Science funding is a mess. Could grant lotteries make it better? (ht Ondro)

one Canadian peer review and approval process is more expensive than just fulfilling every single qualified grant

mravce stavajú most:

ešte z decembra: Nevážim si kolegov, ktorí nechávajú prejsť plagiáty, vysmievajú sa z mojej práce 

Nature’s 10

How to Deal with Difficult People on Software Projects (ht Andrej)

Here’s what scientists searched for in 2018: AI is up, stress is down

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Takto sa podporuje veda na Slovensku

Papier znesie všetko: návrh nových personálnych normatívov MZ SR

J. K. Jemisin: The evaluators: To trade with aliens, you must adapt

h/t Andrejovi:

What Does It Mean to ‘Speak as a Woman’?

He probably wouldn’t react in the same way if he were discussing a topic that touched on physics, and his interlocutor said, “As a physicist …” In that case, she has expertise that he is likely to recognize as conversationally relevant. Even if he knew she was a physicist before the conversation began, he might find it reasonable for her to preface some of her assertions with a reminder that she is speaking from a position of special knowledge.

Being a physicist gives a person a certain standing in conversations that have something to do with physics. So why shouldn’t being a woman give me a certain standing in conversations that have something to do with gender?

Dress for respect (Brazília)

Noc výskumníkov 2017

Noc výskumníkov bola minulý piatok. Akurát, že minulý týždeň aj začal semester a bol taký chaos, že som ani nestihla vyvesiť pozvánku. Tak aspoň spätne zopár fotiek. 

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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 



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…


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.


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?’