This isn’t a regular post, just a couple of announcements for the subscribed readers.
- Next Wednesday (August 1), this blog will be hosting the 50th edition of the Carnival of Evolution. It will have a special theme, in line with the really lame blog title that my students chose when I first started, providing one point of data for maternal effects in the cultural transmission of uncreativity (if teachers are treated as mothers, which they should be). Anyway, submit any relevant posts here.
- On the Monday before (July 30), I will be giving a public lecture on extinction rates at 19:00 at the University of Cyprus. The offer in that post still stands: there’s some wiggle room left in the presentation, so if there’s any subject you think should be concentrated on, or if you have a specific (relevant) question you’d like answered, let me know and I’ll see if I can include it. The slides will be put on here with notes, as is the usual precedent. And if you happen to be in Cyprus (0.6% of the last week’s readers, so unlikely), drop by, here’s a crappy map.
- Also on that Monday is my 24th birthday, meaning I’ll finally be able to add 3 different prime number couplings to make my age (5+19; 7+17; 11+13). Wonderful.
- As of next week, I’ll begin compiling weekly links to cool papers, a practice I stopped several months ago when it sort of looked like I was about to get a properly funded project complete with salary. That fell through and now it’s over 40°C during the day, so I will be a basement-dwelling unemployed bum for quite some more time. Doesn’t mean the posting rate will increase, but at least you have this weekly compilation to look forward to.