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"...


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 

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?

Bye bye LaTeX 

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

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.

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 

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 

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.

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