Archive for March 13, 2020

Working from Home

Posted in Biographical, Covid-19, Maynooth on March 13, 2020 by telescoper

Today was my first day of “working from home” after the closure of Maynooth University campus yesterday. As I live close to the campus I did venture out from home to perform various duties thereon (see picture).

Before the closure yesterday I was told some grim stories about panic buying in Maynooth but when I went to the local Supervalu around 7pm there was plenty of stuff on the shelves. I treated myself to some nice wine after a very stressful day.

This morning I did indeed work from home, getting on with some writing until lunchtime while still in my dressing gown.

Working from home isn’t that easy. Without the discipline imposed by having to go to work at a specific time it’s tempting just to potter about uselessly. You have to force yourself to focus but also remember to take breaks, which you don’t usually have to do during the course of a working day as, e.g., lunch is part of the regular timetable.

I’ve found that what works for me when working at home, is to divide a say into two-hour blocks, after which I break for 30 minutes to have a cup of tea or a snack.

I did two such blocks this morning, after the second of which I checked my email while having a sandwich. The deluge of messages in my inbox contained a number that I needed stuff from my office to deal with (including the publication of an Open Journal paper).

When I got there campus was quiet, unsurprisingly, but there were a few people around, including some of our research students. It all felt a bit unreal, but I think it might be the reality for some time now.

I have been pretty effective at self-isolation and social distancing for many years now, so I think I’ll be OK with this.

New Publication at the Open Journal of Astrophysics!

Posted in Open Access, The Universe and Stuff with tags , , , , , , , on March 13, 2020 by telescoper

Well Maynooth University may have shut down but the The Open Journal of Astrophysics certainly has not.

In fact we have just published another paper! This one is called Halo Spins from Primordial Inner Motions and the first author is Mark Neyrinck (based in Bilbao). The other authors are Miguel Aragon-Calvo (based in Mexico), Bridget Falck and Alex Szalay (based in the USA) and Jie Wang (China).

Here is a grab of the overlay:

You can find the arXiv version of the paper here.

As an added bonus there are some groovy videos to go with this paper:

You might have to read the paper, however, to understand exactly what they mean (although they are very pretty anyway).