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Missed my talk on the and the ?

It’s not quite the same but here’s the episode of the podcast I was recently on, in which we spoke about , , fundamental research, the costs associated with it, why and how do we do this sort of research, and much more!

Feedback welcome; this was a new experience for me.

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Here's a much-overdue introduction!

I am a science writer by training and profession, working at since Sep 2010 and communicating everything to do with .

Since Jan 2014, I've also been pursuing a PhD in , from UWE Bristol (remote, part-time -- a hell of a combination that I do not wish upon anyone).

I love learning (about) programming.

When I can spare the time, I also attend training and play for the CERN Cricket Club.

Hi @rstats folks! It's been a while :)

We've been busy bootstrapping the #Rstats community on #matrix, and it's going pretty well. We've got a shiny new Space set up, with a few rooms for different purposes, and engagement is rising.

So, if you want an alternative to Slack (in the same vein as Mastodon being an alternative to Twitter, I guess) then please do come and join us!

The space is: and you can hop into the offtopic room to say hi at See you there!

PhD chat, (–) 

Really struggling to focus on writing. My PhD had dragged on for so long I’m completely demotivated. I wasted another day unable to work despite waking up in a cold sweat this morning when I realised I probably won’t make my deadlines.

This is a bit shit.

Do not buy NFT made with my art.
Do not make NFT with my Creative-Commons artworks.
If you respect my art, remember and apply this.

Here is my article about what just happened:

#NFT #NFTCommunity

I have a feature in this month’s Physics World on the role of free-and-open-source software in physics research.

Do read it and let me know what you think!

Visa applications, frustration 

I never want to apply for a tourist visa again (hah, like I’ll get my wish). The entire process is frustrating, humiliating and an utter time sink.

I lived in the Schengen Area for almost 11 years and going back to attend a wedding of close friends is proving fantastically difficult.

Personal news, moving 

Tomorrow is moving day. Thankfully only a ten-minute walk from where we are at the moment (a friend’s place).

Going to enjoy living in a house (i.e. not a flat) for the first time in my life!

COVID, vaccination 

Got my second (Moderna) jab today and I am knocked out.

New job 

I’m excited to say that I will be joining the Alan Turing Institute on 1 November as Community Manager, AI for Science and Government []!

I cannot wait. 😄

PhD chat, qualitative analysis 

Why is it that I _still_ feel utterly at sea when doing some qualitative analysis? I would love to blame my training in the natural sciences, but it’s probably just a switch that I am unable to flip.

📢 PLS BOOST: Help fund trans-led research into the trans healthcare issues - Clara is leading a study into neovaginal microbiome. They've already hit the minimum funding level and are working towards their stretch goal to enable sequencing of more samples.

Please donate if you can and share onwards so this amazing team can get to the full optimal finding target 💙💗🤍💗💙 🏳️‍🌈

I am a happy user, but I have finally started to learn Here I make my first comparison between and while testing reticulate package to combine both in same document:

An example of a reproducible article using ERA (Executable Research Article), a tool developed by eLife and Stencila.

Both #Python and #RStats can be used.

More info about ERA here:

#reproducibility #openScience @rstats

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