My students built their first mastodon bot this week! I'm incredibly impressed with their work. Most of them didn't know any Python (or programming) until 3 months ago, and now they build this wonderful goofy text generator (in German).


Thinking about setting up an eternal to-do list for myself. I made one for the class I'm teaching where I have to do the same kinds of tasks over and over again each week of the semester; maybe having that for my research can also help me establish a good routine.

Could be things like "1 pomodoro for thesis organization, 3 pomodoros for email, 6 pomodoros for writing papers, 8 pomodoros for doing experiments"...


I had a problem with my LaTeX output, and thought about it long and hard (for about 10 minutes). Then I remembered that google exists and typed into the search bar "latex output broken why"

The main skill I need to acquire as a grad student in computational linguistics is knowing the *exact* amount of vector shenanigans I need to include in my submission for any given venue in order to be accepted.

Dealing with paper reviews 

I'm slowly getting better at dealing with reviews. I always find it much easier to look at them when the overall decision is Accept - but then, the most helpful individual reviews are usually the ones that recommend rejection! There are so many helpful suggestions and comments in there. Almost makes me wish I'll always have at least one negative review (but please always accept my papers anyway, thanks)

tfw the notification email starts promising but takes a disappointing turn

Rule I'm thinking of adopting: I will not attend the meeting/colloquium/talk that you invite me to if you specify the start time but not the end time. What do y'all think?

The obvious solution here, of course, is to design a completely over-the-top LaTeX template for the CV, so that people who look at it immediately know what's what

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Also, there is this sort of paradox concerning the "Additional Skills" section: If you're so proud of your LaTeX skills that you list them on your CV, doesn't that actually signify that you don't think of LaTeX skills as a natural part of your work? 🤔 So I usually don't list that sort of thing. Now the people I'm sending my CV to have no idea whether or not I'm any good at LaTeX.

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Do you have a definitive CV that you only need to adapt for specific occasions? I usually write them from scratch and I'm not sure that's the best way to do this sort of thing.

I just submitted my application to be a student volunteer at an upcoming conference. In the short motivation essay, I mentioned that I always livetweet the conferences I attend. Do you think that will raise my chances of being selected as a volunteer?

I've been avoiding writing and submitting this 1-page abstract, and now I finally know why: The website doesn't provide a template, only format specifications. I usually use the template as a starting point and add my ideas until the document is done - this time I actually have to start from a completely empty page! 👎

I'm a PhD candidate in at Latrobe Uni. Doing an acoustic analysis of fricatives, affricates, and lexical tone in Lisu and Lipo. Or trying to, at least.

Areas of interest include (mostly acoustic analysis, but I'd love to branch out into articulatory or perceptual studies as well), , , , , and .

work-life balance - inside and outside academia 

In the year since I started my PhD, I've developed a lot of healthy strategies to maintain a good work-life balance. Some of them are: Going climbing at least 2x a week, drinking tea instead of coffee in the office, NO WORK ON THE WEEKEND.

Lately my spouse has been having difficulties with work-life balance stuff, but they're in a "regular" job. It's surprising, but many of my strategies aren't really applicable to their situation.

I explored the campus of my new alma mater today. I like the campus here in Jyväskylä, Finland. It's like studying in the forest.

Home is where I have eduroam.

I had a very motivating discussion at lunch today with a grad school colleague and a postdoc, about how we never feel like we're being productive, but then suddenly we realize we've written the chapter/submitted the paper/conducted the experiment somewhere in between all the procrastination.

Academia: The job in which you're working all the time, but never feel like you are.

David Lodge books 

I love David Lodge's campus trilogy, and I find myself reading the books again and again - but I wish they didn't come from such an antiquated, white-male perspective.

If anyone can recommend novels that are about campus life and fun to read, written by someone less old, white and male, please let me know!

Hat tip to @joshly on for this link:

Gödel's Second Incompleteness Theorem explained in words of one syllable

There's a Summer School going on right now that most of my colleagues who aren't on vacation are attending, or attended for a bit… I decided to stay home and get some work done instead, but I still had a tiny amount of summer school FOMO.

In a few days there's a big international conference in the US, and I wouldn't have thought about that one at all - except I'm still in the "spontaneous social event" group chat from the last conference. I'm guessing that will lead to some FOMO, too.

teaching intro to programming (python) 

I'm preparing a Python class for computational linguistics first-years that I'm teaching this coming semester.

One thing that's really important to me in my class materials is clarity: All my examples are constructed to illustrate _exactly one point_. In their first programming class, I want my students to only have to deal with MWEs.

It's always annoyed me in classes I took as a student when too much was going on at once. That's why I try to do better.

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