So, really cool new tool I’ve learning as I’m working with lisp for my startup: symex.el for structural navigation and editing is VERY efficient, somewhat vim-based, and I really like it a lot. As an added bonus, some of its dependencies (e.g. lispy) are very useful for multi-lining s-exps (aka symexs) and formatting them, and it plays nicely with sly, which is even better!

Additionally, for all you people out there (who are asking why I included the tag on a post about Lisp), maybe take a quick look at this. I’m currently using it myself, and I’ve found it’s pretty good for most basic things, and you may like it if you give it a try (or maybe not, it’s not yet as full featured as R and its various packages yet, but it does benefit from some things I don’t think you can get easily from R). Also, here’s a super quick demo thingy(?).

I know other tools leveraging tree-sitter try to achieve similar functionality, but when the code is already in an AST format, it really eliminates the guesswork and makes the experience seamless!

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“A developed country is not a place where the poor have cars, it's where the rich use public transport.”

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I'm giving my very first academic conference talk tomorrow, and I'm pretty nervous, even though I'm pretty confident in my slides, and my talk.

Regardless, anybody out there who sees this, I'd appreciate it if you could wish me luck.

I maintained my streak of all As, and my final project may end up being published if I can convince a collaborator to chat about it, and I'm finally going on a trip with my wife (though, it's to a conference lol).

Overall, it was a pretty good semester, and all it cost me was my sanity 😂

Economics+dynamic programming is really hard 😭

I made this out of Kingwood and got a really nice grain match across the cap and the body!

@freemo I know you like fountain pens (or at least calligraphy), what do you think?

While R isn't my favorite language of the ones I regularly use, I know you people adore it, so here's a fun package you should try out:

If you like functional style, but want efficiency too, try out transducers, they're an amazing little tool that I'm still picking up, but they give you pipelines that don't create intermediate arrays (and composable reductions, lazy evaluation in this case, etc). Thus, they still provide clean, familiar functional syntax but with a pretty sizable performance boost!

Here's a conceptual primer on them from Clojure as well:

I hope this proves useful to some of you! 😁

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i’m at the stage in my career where a cancelled zoom meeting is my love language

Well, it's good to know that fantasies can become a reality, that is, if your fantasy is to wonder what it's like to have a cartoon villain run your healthcare system 😂 ....😭

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10 years after we created Registered Reports, the thing critics assured us would never (in a million years) happen has happened: @Nature is offering them.

The Registered Reports initiative just went up a gear and we are one step closer to eradicating publication bias and reporting bias from science.

Congratulations to all involved in achieving this milestone.

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I am henceforth proposing the word "ambiative" (plural "ambiatives") to refer to either a positive or negative attribute of a given system, or a set of positive and negative attributes in the plural case.

There are no words I have been able to find that succinctly encapsulate the idea of "pros and cons" or "positives and negatives" in a single word, so I'm making one up. "Tradeoffs" comes close, but I don't think it's precise, and carries some undesirable baggage.

Even the roots make sense: -ative means "related to or connected with" and ambi- meaning "both". Similar to the definition of ambivalent: having both positive and negative feelings, but in this case it is the set of both positive and negative attributes.

Intended usage: "I'm weighing the ambiatives of the situation." Or similar, just replace pros and cons/positive and negative/etc.

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Twitter is great because it gives you unfiltered visibility into the thoughts and decision-making process of some of the most successful people in the world. This has completely cured my impostor syndrome.


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Stages of getting into a new research thing

1. No one has thought of this
2. Oh, some people have, but it’s not exactly the same
3. Oh, it’s exactly the same
4. OMG, everyone already knows about this, but they all call it something different

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How do we fix our broken science funding system?

Criteria reform ✍️: Remove biased criteria and emphasize good science practices

Lottery system 🎟️: Applications are given a “yes” or “no” on fundability, then a lottery ensues within the “yes” group. Saves time and reduces reviewer biases

Universal funding 🌍: All scientists get a little bit. One calculation estimates that it would cost the government nothing to implement (in the UK)

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In a classic experiment, 12 articles were resubmitted to the same journals in which they had already been published. Three were recognized as resubmissions. Eight of the nine articles reviewed again were rejected, often due to "serious methodological flaws." @phdstudents @academicchatter @cogsci @academicsunite

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Does science advance one funeral at a time?

One paper morbidly suggests so: "after the death of a star scientist, the flow of articles by non-collaborators [of the deceased] increases markedly [...] and is disproportionately likely to be highly cited."

The top 1% most-cited scientists account for 21% of citations. So a star's death leads to a citation vacuum, allowing lesser known researchers the chance to advance and reform the field.

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Got started on my self improvement plan 1.25 months early this time. And it doesn’t rely on extreme willpower, massive routine shifts, or anything crazy. Just an under-desk elliptical, an exercise bike in front of my TV, and a weight bench in my office.

It’s not nice when you feel like the quintessential depiction of a “before” photo (even though I’m apparently not that bad looking). I’ve just taken my first progress shots: time to get that “after” physique. And then…I can buy my new sexy clothes.

I’ve already got my savings account buckets tracking money for my new shoes, my new tweed suits, chinos, and some other nice pieces for my wardrobe. I am so hype, and I wanna be walking into fall semester looking ✨c l a s s y

(One downside is that I basically have to buy everything new. Thrift stores don’t typically carry clothes for people my height, and they definitely don’t have my shoe size. One more reason to look forward to checking out the Netherlands: all the tall-people thrift stores and maybe some size 47 shoes 😁)

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Stanford University is investigating its president for manipulating images in their papers.

"...these cases aren’t rare" says @retractionwatch @armarcus @ivanoransky

"A retraction for image manipulation happens about once every other day"

That amount is likely the tip of the iceberg given that image fraud is usually discovered by unpaid research sleuths, not publishers.

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