Fantastic thesis quotes page

Recently, I was reading through a thesis titled “On Honey Bee Colony Dynamics and Disease Transmission” and on page vi I came across a page of quotes. Nothing too out of the ordinary. Then I read the second quote on the page. Fantastic. Sorely tempted to do something similar with my own thesis.

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An interesting scam

I received an interesting scam email this morning from a person claiming to a representative of “Domain Registry China”. I thought I’d post it and hopefully prevent any business owners potentially falling victim to it. This is what it said: Dear CEO, (If you are not the person who is in charge of this, please …

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Honeybees and missing data part 2: Where do bees like to live?

This article relates to where bees prefer to build their hives. Back in the 1970s, there was a bunch of research conducted at Cornell surveying where bees build hives in the wild, and all the evidence seemed to indicate that honeybees preferred to build their hives relatively close to the ground. This finding seemed rather …

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​Honeybees and missing data part 1: Tale of the missing bees

​Sometimes missing data can tell you its own story, while other times missing data can lead you in completely the wrong direction. As I’ve been working on a PhD studying honeybee behaviour, I thought I’d share a couple of articles about bees and how important missing data can be. This first article is the story …

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Interesting recruitment strategy

I saw this guy who works at the campus bookstore the other morning: My initial reaction was that it felt a little dehumanising to employees, but after I chatted with him (and he agreed to have his picture taken) it turns out he found it rather amusing. He also remarked that the novelty of the shirt seemed to …

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There are two types of to-do lists

Nothing feels as good as checking something off a to-do list. In fact, I have added completed tasks to my to-do list purely to enjoy the feeling of checking them off a moment later. The problem I find is that the tasks which are important to get done in the longer term and which move projects forward, tend to …

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What does it mean to finish a project?

I’d like to address one point of contention some people have had with my previous article about finishing projects – what to do when it isn’t worth finishing. I think the important thing to focus on here is the minimal viable product (MVP) that you can tangibly show as a result of having worked on something. Sometimes we …

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This is how you hustle

Recently, the company that provides hosting for this website experienced some technical problems and my website went down. This was rather frustrating, and I sent them a Tweet to ask them to please resolve the issue. Before they even responded to me, I suddenly had this email in my inbox. I saw your tweet to …

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If you don’t finish then you’re just busy, not productive

One of the biggest realisations I’ve come to as part of my PhD, is how little people care about how I spend my time, they only care about what I am able to deliver. Yet in order to deliver, you need to finish. I was recently reading an article on this topic, and I think the advice can …

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Why I post my writing to Reddit

Recently, I helped establish BioSky – a website dedicated to making medical and health research accessible to people without a scientific background. As we’ve been adding content to the site, I’ve been posting the links to multiple social networks including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Reddit. If I had to pick only one platform to use, it would …

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