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dáta bez pátosu: príbeh obce Čirč

Problémom nie je, že majú 11% z testovaných. Problémom “horiaceho ohniska” Čirč je, že sa prišlo otestovať len 55% obyvateľov. Zastúpenie z osady je proporcionálne, rovnako aj výsledok 11%. Nikomu z akcie Spoločná zodpovednosť nenapadlo po sobote, že buď majú chybu v desatinnej čiarke alebo majú vážny problém v obci s viac ako tisíc pokojne nažívajúcimi občanmi. Samozrejme, že bolo treba všetkých otestovať, a nie sa zbaliť a rozlúčiť sa so slovami: “vidíme sa o týžden, pán starosta”.

the Swiss cheese strategy

These are the four layers to stop the spread of the virus: Fences, Bubbles, Contrafection, and Test-Trace-Isolate. None of them is perfect. All have holes that let infections pass. But together they form an impenetrable defence. You can look at it like layers of Swiss Cheese.

But you also see a lot of libertarian rhetoric — a lot of talk about “freedom” and “personal responsibility.” Even politicians willing to say that people should cover their faces and avoid indoor gatherings refuse to use their power to impose rules to that effect, insisting that it should be a matter of individual choice.

Which is nonsense.

Many things should be matters of individual choice. The government has no business dictating your cultural tastes, your faith or what you decide to do with other consenting adults.

But refusing to wear a face covering during a pandemic, or insisting on mingling indoors with large groups, isn’t like following the church of your choice. It’s more like dumping raw sewage into a reservoir that supplies other people’s drinking water.

the science of superspreading

If you find out someone has COVID-19, you can trace their contacts and test or quarantine them. But there is a high likelihood they didn’t infect a single other person. However, there is a high likelihood that person became infected at a superspreading event.That’s why contact tracers in some countries now spend more time understanding where someone was infected and finding other people from the same cluster. This is called backward contact tracing. It can help find more chains of transmission.

oddeľovanie matiek a novorodencov

Odo dňa 8.5.2020 je k dispozícii aj Klinický protokol starostlivosti o novorodenca matky s podozrením na infekciu alebo s potvrdenou infekciou COVID-19 pre neonatologické pracoviská, v ktorom sú navrhnuté 3 možné prístupy (A, B, C).
Spočívajú v separácii, čiastočnej separácii a neseparácii dieťaťa od matky.
Základom týchto prístupov a teda zdravotnej starostlivosti má byť riadne poskytnutý informovaný súhlas, ktorý predstavuje komunikáciu, dostatočné informácie a má mať charakter navrhovaných postupov.
Výsledkom toho, by malo byť rozhodnutie matky, ktoré musí byť rešpektované zo strany personálu. Personál si nemôže vynucovať súhlas matky manipuláciou, akou je zastrašovanie, formulovanie viet tak, aby sa matka rozhodla v prospech toho, čo chce personál.

Other countries have social safety nets. The U.S. has women

As a sociologist, it’s easy for me to see how that blame is deeply misplaced — how women should be blaming our government for failing to stop the spread of the virus, for failing to pay people to stay home, for failing to provide an adequate social support system with affordable childcare, affordable healthcare, and sufficient financial protections for people who can’t make ends meet…how women should be blaming their employers for putting profits before people, for setting unrealistic expectations, and for failing to provide the support that workers need…how women should, in many cases, be blaming their own spouses or partners for prioritizing their own careers, for not doing enough at home, and for denying the science about COVID-19. In the U.S., most of us aren’t taught to use our sociological imaginations. We’re not taught to think about social problems as structural problems.

Let’s Just Lie on the Floor and Scream Together

For an adult, the big, difficult feelings are expressed a little more quietly. I’m not saying I’ve never just laid down on the floor and screamed, but it might be frowned upon if I did it in an IKEA. (Even though being in an IKEA always makes me want to lie on the floor and scream.) Instead, we backslide on our smoking, spend too much money, eat potato chips even though they give us gas. We let the dishes pile up, stop washing our faces, cycle through the same three grungy outfits day after day. It’s not justlaziness, or self-indulgence, or fatigue. It’s self-expression and protest: I will act miserable because I am miserable and I want to act the way I feel, and I don’t need to act like I feel better and you can’t make me. It’s a way of externalizing feelings that may be too big to communicate or contemplate on their own: maybe I can’t deal head on with the void of the future, but by god I can sit here refusing to get up until I need to pee REALLY bad. It is, in its own way, a kind of self-care.


FAQ: The status of the shits women have left to give

v práci po materskej

Občas mi napadne, že ešte aj vo svetle dnešného nastavenia spoločnosti to tak bolo – aj keď nie všetci si to myslia, a taktiež nie všetci sa to už odvážia povedať nahlas. Pracoval len on. A to aj keď som presvedčená, že spoločnosť sa mýli. Že práca na materskej dovolenke je absolútne rovnocenná práci peniaze zarábajúcich polovičiek a nemá a nemôže byť meraná na základe tých istých faktorov, aké používame pri iných pracovných náplniach, čiže na základe príjmu či výsledkov. Výsledky našej práce na materskej „dovolenke“ uvidíme o tridsať rokov.

Prečo mám taktiež pocit, že, paradoxne, ozajstnú slobodu a kontrolu nad vlastným životom som po tom, čo som sa stala matkou, prvýkrát získala, až keď som sa znova zamestnala? Je to naozaj aj tým, že konečne zarábam slušné peniaze aj ja? Som až taká materialistka? Alebo je to len ten pocit väčšej nezávislosti, ktorý som tak veľmi potrebovala a ktorý mi práca a peniaze znova dávajú? Nie je to určite len to. Je to aj možnosť prepnúť na úplne inú vlnu, realizovať sa niekde inde a nejako inak. Byť užitočná nielen pri deťoch…

ďalší štyria astronauti (a baby Yoda) v nedeľu odleteli na ISS

koľko dier má šiška? šálka? slamka? 

ešte jedno obzretie za nedávnymi prezidentskými voľbami: If only… voted

Akreditovať vzdelávanie znamená hodnotiť interakciu študentov a pedagógov

the data of long-lived institutions

I’ve been collecting data on all of the longest lived institutions in the world. As you look at these, there’s a few things that stick out. Notice: brewery, brewery, winery, hotel, bar, pub, right? And also notice that a lot of them are in Japan.

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deťom sa páčilo: Former Teacher Creates Terrifying Makeup Illusions

The New England Journal of Medicine: The new stability

The morning you die, I don’t want to be there — like most mornings now, when I rise against my whole will and crawl dejectedly into scrubs. I don’t want to be a plague doctor or a hero on TV. Now on the news, White men hold guns and signs that say “live free or die” to protest the lockdown. I imagine what they will look like dying on vents in ICUs staffed by doctors lacking sleep and proper training, soaked in moral fatigue. I imagine what their wives will sound like on the phone as they cry and say “Do everything.” I wonder if these wives will thank me or tell me to be safe.

Women researchers are publishing less since the pandemic hit

the rage of research

I’ll read a sentence like ‘Entropy expresses the number Ω of different configurations that a system defined by macroscopic variables could assume’.

And then, the rage will set in. 

Stage 2: pure, adulterated rage

Something about explanations like the above – a sentence so obviously incomprehensible given no other context – sets me off on a complete emotional tangent. But why????? my brain will scream. Everything will get blocked out. I can’t click another thing or read anything else until I understand what this is actually saying. What does a state mean, how do you know here are a finite number of them, what actually is a macroscopic variable, how does all of this fit in to literally anything else. 

timeline of science-fiction ideas


Ever wondered which of the 100,000,000 chocolate chip cookie recipes online–half of them claiming to be the best–is TRULY the best? Me too… In each bake off, I test anywhere from 8-16 recipes against each other (yes, usually I make all or most of the recipes myself on the same day!) and invite as many people as possible over to be my taste testers to judge and rank each recipe. Then I analyze the data to determine the crowd favorite.

v duchu mojich aktuálnych myšlienkových pochodovyour school district’s reopening survey

This model will combine the key elements of in-person instruction (see above) with remote learning, which we hopefully perfected this spring. Your child will be divided into a cohort (A, B, AB, BC, CC, XVY, MCXLVII, and Depeche Mode) based on careful consideration of his or her learning style, social-emotional needs, friendships, and an algorithm our intern designed this summer. You will need a reliable Internet connection, a work schedule that follows no concrete pattern, a forgiving supervisor, independent wealth, or a Xanax prescription. Please contact our school nurse for the latter.

Harari o učení

Čítam Harariho 21 Lessons for the 21st Century a je to veľmi, veľmi zaujímavé, strašidelné a myšlienko-štartujúce, takže nejaké pospletané dojmy k tomu určite časom napíšem. Ale dnes som tam natrafila na toto v kapitole 19: Education: Change is the only constant:

… the last thing a teacher needs to give her pupils is more information. They already have far too much of it. Instead, people need the ability to make sense of information, to tell the difference between what is important and what is unimportant, and above all to combine many bits of information into a broad picture of the world.

[liberal education] assumed that as long as we give students lots of data and a modicum of freedom, the students will create their own picture of the world, and even if this generation fails to synthesise all the data into a coherent and meaningful story of the world, there will be plenty of time to construct a good synthesis in the future. We have now run out of time.

If this generation lacks a comprehensive view of the cosmos, the future of life will be decided at random…

So what should we be teaching? Many pedagogical experts argue that schools should switch to teaching ‘the four Cs’ – critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity.

Most important of all will be the ability to deal with change, to learn new things, and to preserve your mental balance in unfamiliar situations… Unfortunately, teaching kids to embrace the unknown and to keep their mental balance is far more difficult than teaching them an equation in physics or the causes of the First World War.

Due to the growing pace of change you can never be certain whether what the adults are telling you is timeless wisdom or outdated bias.


The World Might Be Better Off Without College for Everyone

Lest I be misinterpreted, I emphatically affirm that education confers some marketable skills, namely literacy and numeracy. Nonetheless, I believe that signaling accounts for at least half of college’s financial reward, and probably more.

12 dôvodov, prečo sa ženy po pôrode nesťažujú 

ak obeti neuveríme, násilie neuvidíme

Toto je zásadné najmä pre policajtov, ktorí prídu na miesto činu. Tí by mali podrobne vnímať dynamiku násilia a chápať, prečo je často na mieste činu páchateľ pokojný a žena hysterická. Žena totiž nejaký čas zažívala fázu budovania napätia, žila vo veľkom napätí a ak bola privolaná polícia, znamená to, že v tej domácnosti sa práve udialo niečo veľmi závažné. Nastala explózia, fáza výbuchu. Takže keď do domu vojde polícia, nájde tam muža, ktorý pôsobí pokojne, pretože je tesne po výbuchu a práve „uvoľnil“ všetko svoje vnútorné napätie a násilie. Žena je naopak hysterická, pretože ju práve niekto napadol. Môže byť v strese, plakať alebo kričať, jej konanie je nesúvislé, zatiaľ čo páchateľ vyzerá pokojne a úplne koherentne. Musíme si však dávať pozor na svoj prvý dojem – práve kvôli nemu totiž robíme chyby. Pri domácom násilí sa musíme hlbšie zamyslieť nad tým, čo sa vlastne v tej domácnosti deje. Aby sme to pochopili, musíme dobre porozumieť dynamike násilia.

toto Kiku a Kuba fascinovalo:

a ešte aj toto (už sa tešia na lyžovanie):

Blockchains don’t scale. Not today, at least. But there’s hope.

100 cryptocurrencies described in four words or less

eduroam už aj na českých staniciach 

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ako ťažké je používať iba 1000 najpoužívanejších slov?

It’s harder than you think, and you think harder, to let your reader think less hard and focus on your message.

(neskoro, ale predsa:) ide jar a o záhradku sa môžete starať aj v počítači, chce to trpezlivosť a narásť vám môže naozaj všeličo

otvorený list solidarity s Library Genesis a Sci-Hub (h/t Mišovi Kaukičovi)

What Women Do When No One’s Watching

O tom, čoho sa dopúšťame na utečencoch, vraví Zuzana Kizáková

A že základnú pomoc krajín suplujú dobrovoľníci, decká z celého sveta, ktoré z osobných zbierok nakupujú vodu a jedlo, pašujú cez hranice deky či topánky? Aby humanitárnu katastrofu v Európe 21. storočia hasili dobrovoľníci, a nie samotné krajiny, mi pripadá absurdné.

Ako je tiež možné, že naše európske demokratické krajiny nedokážu nájsť riešenia na dôstojné vyrovnanie sa s utečeneckou krízou? Žiaľ, stratila som dôveru v EÚ aj v systém, v ktorom žijeme.

A Fellowship Program that Favors Mothers?

All reviewers are asked to consider the individual living and working conditions of an applicant. Female researchers with diverse career paths and with non-academic knowledge and qualifications are expressly invited to apply for an IPODI Fellowship and we assume that a diverse personal, professional or scientific background may open up new perspectives and innovative approaches in research. Family-related career ‘breaks’ as well as intersectoral mobility are therefore perceived as additional qualifications and should be considered positively within the selection process.”

Imagine a world where employers actually believed that staying home with young children or taking a few years off to nurse an elderly parent enhanced your employment qualifications?

Prečo ísť štrajkovať

Štafetu sme včera prebrali.


Niečo málo o tom povedali aj v správach (v úvode a potom od 8:40).

Tu je video zo žilinskej živej reťaze:

a tu o tom, prečo ísť štrajkovať:


ešte jedna lampa – tentokrát o školstve (highly recommended)

Where+are+the+happiest+school+kidsfascinujúce, ako sa pohyb po rovnej čiare premení na “kruhový” 🙂

Jenny Offill on Modern Motherhood

I’ve always been someone who lives very much in my head. The startling, terrifying (and sometimes exhilarating) thing about becoming a mother was that that vanished almost immediately. I couldn’t think in any sustained way anymore; my mind flitted from thing to thing, and the novel I’d been writing for years no longer made much sense to me. My purpose became quite simply to keep her alive. My body was either on high alert or utterly exhausted. I remember saying to my husband early on, “When do you think we stop being so afraid? When can we stop white-knuckling it?” and he said, “I don’t know . . . Never?”

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báseň písaná v programovacom jazyku Perl (všetky slová v ňom existujú; program skončí bez outputu hneď na prvom riadku, keď dojde na exit)

# Larry Wall: Black Perl
BEFOREHAND: close door, each window & exit; wait until time.
    open spellbook, study, read (scan, select, tell us);
write it, print the hex while each watches,
    reverse its length, write again;
    kill spiders, pop them, chop, split, kill them.
        unlink arms, shift, wait & listen (listening, wait),
sort the flock (then, warn the "goats" & kill the "sheep");
    kill them, dump qualms, shift moralities,
    values aside, each one;
        die sheep! die to reverse the system
        you accept (reject, respect);
next step,
    kill the next sacrifice, each sacrifice,
    wait, redo ritual until "all the spirits are pleased";
    do it ("as they say").
do it(*everyone***must***participate***in***forbidden**s*e*x*).
return last victim; package body;
    exit crypt (time, times & "half a time") & close it,
    select (quickly) & warn your next victim;
AFTERWORDS: tell nobody.
    wait, wait until time;
    wait until next year, next decade;
        sleep, sleep, die yourself,
        die at last

aj takéto články sa publikujú (2005): The case of the disappearing teaspoons: longitudinal cohort study of the displacement of teaspoons in an Australian research institute

Subjects 70 discreetly numbered teaspoons placed in tearooms around the institute and observed weekly over five months.

Main outcome measures Incidence of teaspoon loss per 100 teaspoon years and teaspoon half life.

Results 56 (80%) of the 70 teaspoons disappeared during the study. The half life of the teaspoons was 81 days. The half life of teaspoons in communal tearooms (42 days) was significantly shorter than for those in rooms associated with particular research groups (77 days). The rate of loss was not influenced by the teaspoons’ value. The incidence of teaspoon loss over the period of observation was 360.62 per 100 teaspoon years. At this rate, an estimated 250 teaspoons would need to be purchased annually to maintain a practical institute-wide population of 70 teaspoons.

sochy z feromagnetickej tekutiny (áno, aj o takýchto sme bavili na tohtotýždňovom workshope v Štuttgarte):

tohtoročné Nobelove ceny – páčila sa mi hlavne veta z vyjadrenia k cene za (výpočtovú) chémiu:

Today the computer is just as important a tool for chemists as the test tube.

a aj IgNobelove ceny 2013

The problem with education? Children aren’t feral enough

When children are demonised by the newspapers, they are often described as feral. But feral is what children should be: it means released from captivity or domestication. Those who live in crowded flats, surrounded by concrete, mown grass and other people’s property, cannot escape their captivity without breaking the law. Games and explorations that are seen as healthy in the countryside are criminalised in the cities. Children who have never visited the countryside – 50% in the UK, according to WideHorizons – live under constant restraint.

Why shouldn’t every child spend a week in the countryside every term? Why shouldn’t everyone be allowed to develop the kind of skills the children I met were learning: rock climbing, gorge scrambling, caving, night walking, ropework and natural history? Getting wet and tired and filthy and cold, immersing yourself, metaphorically and literally, in the natural world: surely by these means you discover more about yourself and the world around you than you do during three months in a classroom.

kto má záujem o letenky?