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Anti-matlabist, pro-python grad student at Caltech. I'm here on SE to learn useful bits of programming and workflow design (e.g. version control) that can be applied to science, and also to help others when able.

I dabble in Python, R, latex/bibtex/tikz, elisp and scheme, and matlab (when forced).

If you work in an academic setting, please help educate people about free software alternatives to the bloated behemoth that is MATLAB.


Feb
28
comment Are daily keystrokes a good proxy metric for overall productivity? How can I measure them?
I think you missed the fact that I am talking about a proxy for productivity and not a direct measure. Obviously, not all typing advances one toward his or her goals. But at least in my case, I've noticed doing my work with all cylinders cranking usually involves creating a lot of text, while passively consuming the text of others does not.
Feb
28
comment Are daily keystrokes a good proxy metric for overall productivity? How can I measure them?
I am not a typist. I am a graduate student, and blasting through my goals and todos nearly always involves typing something or another because the end product in all cases is some kind of document for others to consider.
Feb
28
comment Are daily keystrokes a good proxy metric for overall productivity? How can I measure them?
"How productive you are is a balance between what you have to achieve and the time you are taking to achieve it." This is exactly why time tracking (which is very popular with many people) is not the appropriate measure.
Feb
27
comment How do I memorize lists of technical terms?
Thanks for the book recommendation. That looks like a great one I've never seen before.
Feb
17
comment What is the best way to approach large tasks, such as reading scientific papers, that require intense focus?
I've started to notice that effect too.
Feb
6
comment ToDo list application with projects, start and due dates, a priority field and custom filtering for Mac OS X?
Wow, I feel silly that I didn't notice you ARE the OP. I'm glad you've found happiness with Org-Mode; it's a great tool. I'm still a relative org-newbie, but I love it so far. Maybe this answer will help some future googler, though, so I don't regret writing it. :)
Feb
5
comment Version control for homework?
A memory stick? Really? That seems so 2001 to me. I always looks those things, so I know it's not a reliable storage medium for my needs.
Feb
5
comment ToDo list application with projects, start and due dates, a priority field and custom filtering for Mac OS X?
I love org-mode, but if the OP thinks taskwarrior is too complicated then an emacs extension probably isn't what he's looking for. Emacs+orgmode has a steep learning curve for the uninitiated. I would not recommend it to somebody seeking a GUI application.
Feb
3
comment Do game-based methods exist?
Relevant google keyword searches would be things like "intermittent reward schedule," "variable reward schedule," "operant conditioning reward schedules," "intermittent reward addiction," or really anything about the work of B.F. Skinner.
Feb
3
comment Do game-based methods exist?
Much has been written about the psychological power of intermittent reward schedules, but not much I've found from a personal productivity point of view. This blog post summarizes some of the interesting points. I'm pretty sure this book gets into it as well, but I haven't read much of it yet so I can't say for sure.
Jan
31
comment Are there alternatives to the GTD system?
+1 for innovation.