@lichen Just wanted to let you know that the "We're all queer lichens" article is now officially being taught in an upper level ecology class an as an example of feedback loops between science/humanities/society scholar.social/@scisus/1056115

I just helped develop a really cool ecology course and I feel good about that.

Programming frustration 

There is a bug in my code and I can’t tell if my recent changes created it or uncovered it and I’ve been at this for 3 hours now and even my good git habits aren’t saving me.

Gonna go cry-work for another hour and see what happens.

boring, technical, notes 

I've been using to take notes and I love it.

Need to do a bit of maintenance today though - I've been syncing across machines with and the syncing is broken somehow.

"We are called upon to help the discouraged beggars in life’s marketplace. But one day we must come to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring." ~MLK

reading, musing 

Led a discussion of a paper at lab meeting today and think it went ok. Feeling a little worn out now and reading a delightful article shared by @lichen "Queer Theory for Lichens" epubs.surrey.ac.uk/852433/1/Qu

Adjacent to my professional interests and utterly delightful.

advice wanted - discussion group 

Do you have any advice for leading a paper discussion?

Programming success, R 

Solved a tricky indexing problem in R and feel super great about it 👯 took me 2 days, but it’s going to save me so much time.

draft goal 

I want to get my supervisor a draft of my first chapter by next Friday.

Trying to be better about prioritizing and realized that I don't need to do a fussy write up of the diagnostics with graphs and tables right now. I checked and know they're fine - I can put the details in the supplemental info while my supervisor is working on feedback.

You need to get the hang of reading the online help. The information required is actually there in ?dotchart --- it's just tersely and obscurely expressed. A certain degree of optimism is required. You need to ***believe*** that the information is there; then ask yourself "What could they possibly mean by what they have written that would tell me what I need to know?".
-- Rolf Turner (on reading the help pages)
R-help (June 2013) #Rstats

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you're having a restful holiday.

I'm going to take an hour to keep reading that Sarvas paper - it's one of those treatises from the 70s that's 100 pages. There's this great picture of a tractor with big stabilizers on it and a giant ladder that they used to look at tree cones and flowers with.

I think I can skip/skim some parts and be done with reading this paper tomorrow. Let's see how it goes!

What are you up to today?

Today I'm going to take notes on a great Sarvas paper from 1972 on the phenology of flowering in forest tree species.

What are you up to?

I love reading old scientific literature so much.

I've been re-reading some forestry papers by Risto Sarvas from the 60s and 70s and they're just so inviting and fun to read - and easier to understand.

They're slower to read if you already have a deep familiarity with the field, but much faster if you don't. They're not written in the modern, dense, "breakable" style. I much prefer it.

Modelling success 

So i need daily mean temperature data for my phenology model. I have daily data near, but not at, my sites. I have monthly data at my sites via ClimateNA. So I used the monthly data to “correct” the daily data and it worked pretty good.

ClimateNA came out with a new version this week and I reran everything and HOLY SMOKES. When they say they made improvements they meant it.

The site effects in my model soak up a bunch of the weather data error and they are WAY smaller now.

I will never not be amused by the fact that the time spent writing grant applications in aggregate far exceeds the time actually funded by said grants

regex crash course! 

[] matches any character inside the brackets
. matches any character
* matches any number of the last thing
+ matches more than one of the last thing
⁜ matches less than one of the last thing
• matches dead characters
⟦⟧ matches any demons inside the brackets
⸮ matches your hopes & dreams
¡¡¡ matches
ꙮ ś̵͞u͡m̶͠m̵͢o͏n̨͡s̵̨͡ ͘͡Z͢͟á͡͏lg͠o̷̷
(?=...) this is called a lookahead assertion. it looks into the future to tell if this regex matches, and returns accordingly.

hope this helps!

I'm looking for writing (academic and non) about how ecologists use language like "invasion" and such that mirrors xenophobic and fascist language about people and how this can be a problem.

Boosts welcome

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