Informal DM seminars

The DM team is organizing a series of informal seminars to give us all a chance to blow off some steam by learning something about the weird and wonderful interests of our colleagues. Seminars last about 20-30 minutes (plus questions) and take place on Tuesdays and occasional Thursdays at 12:30 Pacific / 15:30 Eastern on https://princeton.zoom.us/my/rhltg?pwd=RXo5aFVOaFdZY0J5eVN1a0FtZUtXdz09. Feel free to drop by for as little or as much time as you’d like.

If you’d like to volunteer to talk about your own interests at a future meeting, please contact Robert Lupton by slack (@rhl) or email.

Upcoming talks

  • Tuesday 2020-11-24 November – Neven Caplar: Let’s defend some ancients! - DOTA2
  • Tuesday 2020-12-01 Your Name Here
  • Tuesday 2020-12-08 — Dave Monet: Geosynchronous Satellites I Have Known
  • THURSDAY 2020-12-17 – Michael Wood-Vasey Piano Tuning and Other Musical Fun

Previous talks

  • Tuesday 14 April — Adam Thornton on “The Inform 7 Text Adventure development language” [Slides]
  • Thursday 16 April — Sophie Reed on “Horses at the Olympics” [Slides]
  • Tuesday 21 April — Frossie Economou on “Lucian’s A True History: The first SF story?”
  • Thursday 23 April — Robert Lupton on “Old English (as illustrated by Beowulf)” [Slides]
  • Tuesday 28 April — John Swinbank on “Scotland’s national drink” [Slides]
  • Thursday 30 April — Wil O’Mullane on “Rocket launches I have seen” [Slides]
  • Tuesday 5 May — Leanne Guy on ”An introduction to the Japanese language”
  • Tuesday 12 May — Neven Caplar on “Blackjack card counting and online casino offers; why you probably shouldn’t quit your LSST job” [Slides]
  • Tuesday 19 May — Rémy Joseph on “Fencing on TV”
  • Thursday 28 May — Fritz Mueller on “The PDP-11/45 in my basement”
  • Tuesday 2 June — Daniela Huppenkothen on “Harps”
  • Tuesday 9 June — Simon Krughoff on “Fish census work”
  • Tuesday 23 June — Sophie Reed: A Guide to Yorkshire
  • Tuesday 30 June — Tim Jenness: Formula 1
  • Tuesday 7 July — Dan Taranu: Hockey: Great Sport, or Greatest Sport?
  • Tuesday 14 July — Robert Lupton: Arthur Ransome: Author, Uncle, Fisherman, Spy?
  • Tuesday 4 August — Chris Walter: L’Aquila and the Abruzzo
  • Tuesday 25 August — Frossie Economou: House Rabbits 101
  • Tuesday 8 September — K-T Lim: Why it’s good to visit South Georgia
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Dear all,

A reminder that at 12:30 Pacific / 15:30 Eastern today (21 April) we’ll convene at https://ls.st/ski to hear Frossie Economou tell us about “Lucian’s A True History”. Please join us!

In other news:

  • Unfortunately, our speaker for Thursday (23 April) had to postpone. If you have something you’d like to talk about on Thursday, please send me a note and I’ll add you to the schedule.
  • It’s now time to start building a future schedule after this initial set of talks. If you would like to speak sometime in the future, but need more than a couple of days to prepare, please fill in the form at https://forms.gle/wVb7wBYQj8EhSPfn6 and I’ll get back to you.

Cheers,

John

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Dear all,

A reminder that at 12:30 Pacific / 15:30 Eastern today (23 April) we’ll convene at https://ls.st/ski to hear Robert Lupton tell us about “Old English (as illustrated by Beowulf)”. Please join us!

If you’d like to volunteer to talk about your own interests at a future meeting, please sign up at https://forms.gle/wVb7wBYQj8EhSPfn6.

Cheers,

John

Dear all,

There will be two informal lunchtime talks this week:

  • On Tuesday, 28 April, John Swinbank will tell us about “Scotland’s National Drink”.
  • On Thursday, 30 April, Wil O’Mullane will tell us about space launches he’s seen.

Please join us at 12:30 Pacific / 15:30 Eastern at https://ls.st/ski (https://bluejeans.com/925683803). Talks will last about 20 minutes, with time for discussion afterwards.

If you’d like to volunteer to give a talk, please sign up at https://forms.gle/wVb7wBYQj8EhSPfn6.

Cheers,

John

Dear all,

A reminder of the talk by Leanne Guy tomorrow (Tuesday, May 5th) entitled “An introduction to the Japanese language”. Please join us at 12:30 Pacific / 15:30 Eastern at http://ls.st/ski (https://bluejeans.com/925683803).

If you’d like to volunteer to talk about your own interests at a future meeting, please sign up at https://forms.gle/wVb7wBYQj8EhSPfn6

Cheers,

John

Friends, Rubins, Countrymen,

After a decent period of mourning for our late colleague, Dr. John Swinbank, it is time to bring a little happiness back to our lives.

When John’s last will and testament was read, it turned out that there was a codicil which bequeathed the task of running the not-work seminars to me; after appeal to the Suprime Courts of the UK, the EU, and the USA the signature was determined to be valid.

Accordingly, I’m announcing the resumption of the Rubin Not-Work Seminars. They were held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, but I think one a week will be enough to accommodate all of the speakers, so let’s say

Tuesdays, at 12:30 Pacific / 15:30 Eastern

on

(there’s a password; you either know it from SDSS, or you can look in the topic for #princeton or slack me)

As before, seminars last 20-30 minutes (plus questions) and you should feel free to pay as long or short a visit as you’d like.

The next talk will be

Tuesday, 2020-11-24 Neven Caplar on “Let’s defend some ancients! - DOTA2”

which doesn’t seem to be much-appreciated support for me.

Once you understand the prestige associated with giving a talk like this — just look at the list of previous speakers — you’ll want to give one too. Please contact me on slack (@rhl) and we can make your dreams come true.

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