What are some software you use in your science?
I use:
- R/Rstudio
- imageJ
- Zotero
- Inkscape
- Arduino IDE
- Raspberry Pi OS
- Sumatra PDF

Over time I've realized academia is in some ways the most irrational industry of all
- focus on arbitrary metrics like journal IF, H-index (not even getting into frequentist problems)
- awards and self-promotion
- obsessed over author order
- zero-sum thinking leading to hyper-competitive exclusion of potential collaborators, weaponization of anonymous reviews
- false meritocracy consistently undervalues contributions of technical staff
- training so many grad students for so few academic jobs

Dan Killam boosted

Zotero is going to introduce new features -- like TABS! and a BUILT-IN PDF READER!

Oh, yeah!

I wrote a post about how to install Zotero's beta and get these new things:
fossacademic.tech/2021/03/19/c

For anyone not willing to run their beta, don't worry -- the new features will be out in Zotero 6.

Annoying when a reviewer asks for data they know is not relevant for reproducibility, just so they can seem "thorough".

academia rant 

For me, the worst part of being an ECR having to constantly promote myself. I hate writing about myself.

I would rather put all the time into writing about my ideas. I actually like that part of proposal writing. I could expound on my hypotheses and potential projects all day.

In grants I have to waste so much time and effort bloviating about the grand narrative of my anticipated career, when I know almost nothing I have accomplished so far has proceeded how I expected.

of the week: this lovely drawing of a Jurassic era community attached to a floating log. Dominated by whimsical echinoderms called crinoids (much more common in the Mesozoic than today), it is both familiar and alien at the same time. From "Reconstructing the ecology of a Jurassic pseudoplanktonic raft colony"
royalsocietypublishing.org/doi

Hello to this new instance!
For , I am a researcher at Biosphere 2 at University of Arizona. Until recently I was a postdoc at University of Haifa. I study clams, how they make their shells, and what the diaries in their shells can tell us about our world. I also love teaching, writing, nature photography, politics, coffee, kombucha, anything with tahini on it, indoor/outdoor gardening, and my hermit crab Saul. You can also find me at @dantheclamman

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