Just to clarify — the answer isn't negative.

Also, should I call myself lucky because they cared enough to copy paste my name?

YFW when profs complain about only slightly altered emails that they get from PhD applicants, but then you spend three hours per email to write personal ones and get clearly template answer that doesn't even take into account some information you've sent them before.

I guess that's enough for today.

I was able to get to a major conference in the summer because of the volunteering program, but this was just ~20 volunteers out of ~600 attendants. And half of those were phd students who had funding for the conference anyway.


And no, there's no funding for anything for anybody.

I'm not really sure what's the point of this, but it feels really frustrating when you don't have access to people in your area off the bet and when you finally make an attempt to establish connections it ends up depending on whether you can pay entrance fee.

People keep talking how academic events should be more accessible to undergrads, but the reality is that you're supposed to pay 400€ for a three-day workshop and there's no way around it.

I thought I could be smarter than this and stay at friends place going to the venue just for the workshop, but lo and behold:
they don't allow you in unless you pay 60€ per day.

T. Reps, M. Sagiv, and G. Yorsh.
Symbolic implementation of the best transformer
In VMCAI, 2004

It might sound like venting, but it's more of genuine questions that I struggle to find answers to.

In the same vein goes frustration with pseudoscience and spiritual stuff.

Like, how fragile we all are if "directing energy" speak is so common? If we confuse signal for noise so much that so many people believe batshit crazy stuff invented by essentially mentally ill people?

It's just ridiculous how effective some of the "tricks" for mental stuff are.

I've been frustrated with how little we know about the way brain works if antidepressants are hit-and-miss and the doctors frequently suggest just "getting out more".
The latter could almost be made by 5yo, like no shit.

I've been thinking for a while that the usual pronounce graduation in western languages is so insufficient to express intimacy.

Like, in German there are essentially two grades — du and Sie. In English it's just one.
(given that "thou" isn't really used)

But "you" for your SO is so much different from "you" for an acquaintance.


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