April 17, 2021•291 words
Today, I felt more productive than usual. I did not do any admin stuff nor was I exposed to admin stuff. I had taken the opportunity to finish off a justification of an algorithm on a paper I am working with a couple of co-authors. Understanding how the algorithm works analytically was quite nice and I think the suggestion made by my co-author along with this analytical work is just the break we needed. It feels good to finally take back the time I have lost.
At some point during the day, I became drowsy and slept for about 2 hours or so. Last night, we slept late as we watched the fourth season of Infinity Train. This show is one of the best animated series I have encountered that is suitable for kids, adults, and families. Watching this show should encourage discussion about complex themes. There is just a very good balance of surrealism, realism, 80s-style MIDI music to the whole series.
I also stumbled upon a Hawaii Five-0 rerun where Ricardo Montalban plays a Japanese mob boss. This was 1968. The voice was undeniable but there was considerable makeup to make him look more Japanese from American eyes.
I also watched 2 videos today about process mining from email data and web scraping. They were very informative and I will share with some of our students. I also stumbled on a good line today about how understanding the philosophy of statistics and debates from a long time ago related to learning from data can be useful to restore research integrity in science. This is not my idea but Deborah Mayo's idea from a gift sent my way by my good colleagues and friends.
Overall, the day was quite productive.