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RE: STEMsocial distilled - a special James Webb edition (without any James Webb post to discuss)

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Thank you very much for highlighting my post @mobbs.

Stemsocial (in its earlier incarnation) was one of the anchors that held me to the platform when I first started. Although I'm not formally trained in science, I felt a natural affinity for the community and was treated kindly in my early days. Then, what you say in your comments touches on one of my core principles: there is no division between art and science. Inspiration and intuition are essential in both and lead to insight. You demonstrate this in music. @lemouth demonstrates it when he leads us through the mysteries of the universe.

It's great to see Distilled back on a regular basis. I know it takes work, but I think the publication gives cohesion to the community. Thanks for doing the work this week.

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You and I are similar in that way, so I guess we have that natural connection, a strong inclination and passion for the sciences and the arts. We are the most important ones! We bring a bit of soul to the understanding of the universe =D

I think the publication gives cohesion

Good point, and a useful thing to look back on to establish what we are, as the project evolves

We are the most important ones!

Maybe you. I am too much of a dilettante :) You are a specialist. But you are correct. I am drawn to science and to art, any kind of art.

I'm looking forward to your music series. Many years ago I was in a high school orchestra, but I never learned anything about music theory, or the science of music. Your series will be an adventure for me.

Have a great weekend (and say hello to your cat--I have a soft spot for every cat in the world).

Science and arts are definitely both important. You may like this place (arts @ CERN). I remember having enjoyed resident artists at the time I was regularly visiting CERN. That sounds so long ago... ;)

That is wonderful! I am going to share the site with @shaka. I think he'd really like it.
Thank you!

Thanks a lot for these nice words.

I agree that it is really cool to see the distilled back, both because our community members like it and write comments to it, and because we now have a full team of distilled writers (@gentleshaid, @eniolw, @mobbs and myself). This definitely helps in keeping it regular!

Cheers, and have a nice week-end!

PS: We would obviously be happy to welcome anyone into our team of distilled writers!

Hello @lemouth,
I've been thinking of you as news of the Webb telescope broke. It's all very exciting.

I am looking forward to Monday and my next 'lesson'. When I read news now about the skies, or about physics, my attention is drawn. Isn't that wonderful, the effect you have had?

Writing for me comes relatively easily (actually easier for me to write than to talk). However the science does not come so easily. It is always new terrain, new vocabulary to be mastered, so reading the articles takes much longer than you might expect. However, when I am done, I retain a good deal of what I've read because of the focus.

I would volunteer to help write Distilled, but most of the science is an uphill endeavor. It would take so long to sort through the articles that I would have no time for anything else. This is especially true because I am afflicted with a strong sense of responsibility.

I love this community. Anything I can do to support it, to promote it, I will. It is an honor to be part of this. I think the future for StemSocial is really bright.

Have a great weekend with your family. Warm regards,

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I've been thinking of you as news of the Webb telescope broke. It's all very exciting.
I am looking forward to Monday and my next 'lesson'. When I read news now about the skies, or about physics, my attention is drawn. Isn't that wonderful, the effect you have had?

The James Webb telescope indeed opens a lot for the future. I am looking forward to the first results in a few months/years, and I may eventually blog about (even if this is not too related to my work).

As usual, thanks for the nice words!

Writing for me comes relatively easily (actually easier for me to write than to talk). However the science does not come so easily. It is always new terrain, new vocabulary to be mastered, so reading the articles takes much longer than you might expect. However, when I am done, I retain a good deal of what I've read because of the focus.

I really enjoy your texts too, as they touch in a passionate way topics I would not even consider myself (which is why I try to read them all, sometimes a bit later than when you released them). It is a great pleasure to have you with us since the beginning (I don't remember exactly when you joined; This was in the early days, wasn't it?).

On my side, I lie at the opposite edge as you do. I talk much more easily than I write. I actually find it much simpler to simplify the topics about which I want to share with spoken words than with written ones. For that reason, every single piece of feedback is always appreciated (to basically allow to conclude about an accomplished mission or not).

I would volunteer to help write Distilled, but most of the science is an uphill endeavor. It would take so long to sort through the articles that I would have no time for anything else. This is especially true because I am afflicted with a strong sense of responsibility.

If you want to contribute to the editing of the distilled, you are welcome to join the team. What I usually do is to extract a list with the eligible posts (that's about 10 posts per week) and the author of the distilled then makes their choice among them. If this is fine for you, we will add you to the team and will allocate you the first slot in February. Please let me know.

Thank you, my friend. To go back to may early association with STEMsocial (in that other universe), when I was starting out in 2018 and had no VP, no reputation, from time to time this community would come by and give me a nice vote and a nice comment. It was the most encouraging thing. Appreciation for my hard work just because the community thought it had value. That doesn't happen everywhere and it gave me the incentive (and courage) to take on difficult subjects. I'll always be grateful for that. What an adventure it has been.

As for editing Distilled, I am honored that you think I can, but really, I don't feel up to it. I will obsess and worry and it will really be difficult. That is my personality.

I am very loyal to the community and will do everything I can to promote and support it. STEMsocial is a gem. I'm on the team, even if I am not officially on the team.

Thanks for this honest answer. This is fine with me of course, and we will have fun with the upcoming (not so) secret event ;)