Animating Pi (12 Months of aRt, March)

Pi is an infinite, non-repeating decimal – meaning that every possible number combination exists somewhere in pi. Converted into ASCII text, somewhere in that string of digits is the name of every person you will ever love, the date, time, and manner of your death, and the answers to all the great questions of the universe. Converted into a bitmap, somewhere in that infinite string of digits is a pixel-perfect representation of the first thing you saw on this earth, the last thing you will see before your life leaves you, and all the moments, momentous and mundane, that will occur between those points.

Best Books of 2018

2018 was a crazy year for me. A move, a new job, new career path, and many more ups and downs. And through all of this, was the soundtrack to my life: audiobooks. I listened to over 50 books this year, and the good news is most were excellent! So without further ado, here’s my favorite books that I read (listened to) in 2018. Note that these are not the best books released in 2018, just whichever books I read this year that I loved.

Is Hadley Wickham a Cat or Dog Person: A Twitter/Tidytext analysis

The more I use the tidyverse in my R coding, the more I ask myself: does Hadley Wickham hate dogs, or does he just need help with dog-related package names? See, of the packages Hadley has developed for the tidyverse, there are two that have cat-inspired names (forcats and purrr) but zero that pay homage to man’s best friend. It’s not like doggo names are hard to think of for R packages it took me 30 seconds to come up with baRk and woofR**.

A responsive CV template with HTML/CSS (Hermione Granger's CV)

I’ve been going through the job application cycle recently, which meant updating my CV. You can write a CV with Microsoft Word, but I find it exceptionally frustrating to do any sort of fancy formatting in Word, and more imporantly, I want my CV to be a page on my website (not just a downloadable file), that has the responsiveness expected of any modern webpage. I found this excellent HTML/CSS template from Thomas Hardy, and decided it was the aesthetic I was going for.

Saturday Success #1: Saving the Planet

Well, as promised to follow up my Friday Fails post, here’s a Saturday Success. I had a few science successes this week, like collecting some decent AFM images, learning purrr, or posting on this blog and tweeting (two of my outreach-related goals). But what I’m most proud of, is my recent decision to try reducing my plastic use and the waste I generate. It gives me so much anxiety and makes me feel very helpless and sad to think about the future of our planet.

Friday Fails #1: Some Questions Are Stupid

Welcome to a new series: Friday Fails. I’m aiming for weekly consistency with this one, but some may weeks I may just Tweet my fails (and inevitably miss some posts, look out for an upcoming Friday Fail on not posting the previous week!). The reason for this series is not to denigrate myself, it’s in the interest of honesty. The point is to showcase the real me, or at least a less shiny version… shiny as in that girl in your lab who has an NSF grant, 3 papers, and manages to show up every day looking 💯; or that professor who got tenure while raising 2 kids and publishing her ass off.