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About apfergus

A coffee sipping, bike riding, (newly) ballroom dancing, cardigan sweater enthusiast, and astrophysics grad student looking at the highest energy cosmic rays.

In Which I Attempt to Reconcile My Love of Gaming With the Crap Happening in Gaming Culture

Hi everyone. We need to have some words. I love games. I’m not particularly invested in gaming culture except for that part consisting of my friends sitting in my living room, but to some extent it projects an image of … Continue reading

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I can’t even with this. Is this really happening?

You’ve probably heard about the tragedy that happened this past weekend. And you’ve probably heard at least some bites of the conversation surrounding its aftermath. I don’t think I can possibly say anything new. But I have to. I actually … Continue reading

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Scientists Not Science-ing As Edutainment?

Last Friday I half-jokingly suggested having an outreach event consisting of scientists playing video games on Twitch. I have several reasons why I think this would be potentially valuable. It would humanize scientists. It would remind science-types that they can … Continue reading

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The Internet Is Real Life

I think it would be fair to call myself an Internet early adopter. At least of what we might now recognize as The Internet. I was 11 when Netscape Navigator 1.1 was released. I remember using it. I took an … Continue reading

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I enjoy liking things.

Let’s get whimsical, shall we?  Maybe it was always thus and I’m just aware of it because I am ill and cranky. But man. It’s much more fun to like stuff than to hate stuff. — John Green (@realjohngreen) March … Continue reading

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Implications of an Afterlife on Being Good

This idea formed in my head months ago when the news was full of eulogizing for Nelson Mandela. Many people wished him smooth passage into the afterlife, which is a common sentiment and perfectly reasonable from a “good people get … Continue reading

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Relevant YouTube Video Roundup

I live with a cat who does not grasp the nuances of the recent time change. As a result I haven’t been sleeping well and am thus “not really feelin’ it”. There are some timely YouTube videos below the cut.

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