Medically Supervised Injecting Room II

July 30, 2006

Apparently the MSIC is to blame for the vacant shops on Darlinghurst Rd, Kings Cross – how this is so, however, is unclear. The MSIC’s power to drive down business is never explicated except the oft-quoted remark that it is a “honeypot” for users (and therefore dealers too). Quite apart from the local police saying that it isn’t a honeypot, there are some issues with this analysis.

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Medically Supervised Injecting Centre in Kings Cross

July 30, 2006

It’s been a while since a wrote my last post; it feels as if I’ve been really busy and that a lot has been happening in my personal life, at work and otherwise. In the other category, something that has occupied part of my time is the current media interest in the Medically Supervised Injecting Centre (MSIC) in Kings Cross. I’ll discuss this in a moment.

Firstly, on the personal front, I bought a suit today – a very nice one that was fortuitously in the end-of-season sales. I need a suit for events, work and conferences, but have been without for a while. I have always liked Ted Baker suits, especially the ones with faint stripes of various colours, but unfortunately a dominant preconception is that you won’t be taken seriously wearing such a suit, and so I bought a black suit with faint blue stripes. I wanted to buy a suit with stripes! Perhaps I’ll buy a more colourful one in time.

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A “social contract” between society and the science community

July 9, 2006

I have sometimes thought that, given society’s needs (and the professed need to act in a way “conduce to the life support systems of Earth”), it’s a little selfish for individual scientists to study just whatever interests them, and that perhaps a new “social contract” between society and the science community is needed.   Read the rest of this entry »


A Hilbertian program for Earth system science

July 9, 2006

A Hilbertian program for Earth system science is given on page 9 in Chapter 1 in Earth system analysis for sustainability (Chapter 1 can be downloaded from http://mitpress.mit.edu/catalog/item/default.asp?ttype=2&tid=10316&mode=toc), and I thought I’d write it down here:

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The Birman-Wenzl-Murakami algebra, Hecke algebra and representations of quantum osp(1|2n)

July 2, 2006

After 4 months solid work, I’ve finished writing a paper based on the first part of my Ph.D thesis, entitled The Birman-Wenzl-Murakami algebra, Hecke algebra and representations of U_{q}(osp(1/2n)). It includes some new work additional to that in my thesis, but most of it is essentially the first third of my thesis. I’ve submitted the paper to Communications in Mathematical Physics and it lays out the results I talked about on May 19 this year at the Algebra seminar at Sydney University.

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