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I Would Code Anything for Love (but I Won’t Code That)

Monday, July 23rd, 2018

Taking the term “Rockstar Programmer” to a new level—well, perhaps they’re half way there?—Dylan Beattie has developed a programming language called Rockstar that allows people to live their wildest dream of writing code that resembles a 1980s rock song: Rockstar is designed for creating computer programs that are also song lyrics, and is heavily influenced by the lyrical conventions of 1980s hard rock and power ballads.

A snippet of example code from Rockstar’s GitHub page illustrates that rock and roll never forgets.

They say the heart of rock and roll is still beating. And from what I’ve seen I believe ’em.

Rockstar is a Turing-complete programming language, so one can use it to simulate any Turing machine. And it goes on and on and on.

And if you’ve got too much time on your hands, perhaps you may even want to give it a try?

(Thanks to investigator Samuel Arbesman for bringing this to our attention.)

Note: The song that motivated the entry title is actually from the 1990s, and I hope you caught that. Rock on!

Chantal Roggeman joins Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

Chantal Roggeman has joined the Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists™ (LFHCfS). She says:

I have been told I may never cut my hair, because people would no longer recognize me. Indeed, in international gatherings, I am recognized as “the woman with the long blond hair”. Blond is my trademark, and I enjoy making “dumb blond” jokes in the first person. I have occasionally colored my hair blue, green, orange, purple, pink and fluo-yellow, which I then classify as “artificial intelligence”.

Chantal Roggeman, Ph.D., LFHCfS
Medical Advisor, Immunology
MSD Belgium

Daniel Rathbun joins Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists (LFHCfS)

Sunday, April 15th, 2018

Daniel Rathbun has joined the LFHCfS – The Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists. He says:

“They’ll never let you have long hair in the real world. You’ll never get a real job looking like a hippy.” I was told in small-town Texas.  Well I showed them!  I showed them all!!! —especially the blind patients whose visual prostheses I help to develop. (The young me is shown in this photo flanked by inspirations and Nobel Laureates David Hubel and Torsten Wiesel.) Now I now apply my talents to bionic vision and inspiring future generations of luxuriantly coiffed young scientists.

Daniel Rathbun, Ph.D., LFHCfS
Junior Group Leader
Eberhard-Karls-University, Tuebingen
Centre for Ophthalmology
Institute for Ophthalmic Research
Experimental Retinal Prosthetics Group
Tuebingen, Germany

Emily Hofstetter joins Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Social Scientists

Saturday, March 17th, 2018

Emily Hofstetter has joined the Luxuriant Flowing, Former, or Facial Hair Club for Social Scientists™ (LFFFHCfSS). She says:

While considering an academic career, I quickly realized that an ability to afford hair cuts was a necessary sacrifice, and have been practicing said asceticism ever since. As of 2018 my hair reaches my knees, and I can but pray my wisdom grows with the same dogged persistence. My locks hide tidily in a bun most days, allowing me to reveal my hair in a highly effective display whenever I wish to astonish students and emphasize the effects of Goffmanian front and performance in everyday life.

Emily Hofstetter, Ph.D., LFHCfS
Interactional Researcher
Loughborough University, Loughborough Leicestershire, UK
and University College, London, UK


Brendon Smith joins Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists (LFHCfS)

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

Brendon W. Smith has joined the LFHCfS – The Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists. He says:

I began growing my hair in 2013, during graduate school in Nutritional Sciences at the University of Illinois. I was dissatisfied with my clean-cut look, and was seeking a style that would express my individuality, rebelliousness, and love of rock music. As my dissertation grew, so did my hair. It developed into a flowing mane of chestnut curls. In a paramount example of my love of hair and science, I shared a video in Washington, D.C. prior to the March for Science. I defended the importance of science as my locks freely cascaded past my clavicle onto my AAAS Leonardo da Vinci t-shirt. Feast your eyes on the screenshot I have provided.

Brendon W. Smith, Ph.D., LFHCfS
Unaffiliated Nutrition Scientist and Web Developer
Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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