During my PhD I always wanted to have an interactive way of plotting a nice looking Bethe Lattice and particular to my work a Dimer Bethe lattice. Because this visualization wasn’t an essential part of my research I never investigated into it. It is enough to draw them on paper for any practical purpose. I was then confronted with my PhD oral presentation, great opportunity to procrastinate and get the nice unessential plots done.

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Git diff images and pdfs

Git is a fantastic tool to version control code. And the advantages of version controlling my work are so evident that I want to version control everything else I do besides code. Most of my work consists of editing text files, and I have even forced my workflow into text files just to be able to version control more of it. Thus, I keep track of my source code, org-mode notes and then some \(\LaTeX\) files.

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I’m guilty of having an online blog and not writing on it. I must confess that working on its looks and internals is much more fun for me than actually putting some words in plain English for everyone to read. But that is not the point, the content is the point of a blog. This website has gone few visual updates over the years. Each time I decide to embrace new technologies(at least to me) and to work on top of somebody else’s work instead of trying again to do the design by myself.

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This March I had the opportunity to go to the American Physical Society March Meeting in New Orleans. Since everyone gets a time slot for a talk, I got my chance too. It was scheduled too early and I didn’t enjoy a big audience which lowered my stress levels. It was the first day so that I could enjoy the rest of my time talking with other people instead of stressing about my talk.

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The right dictionary

I just found a post on using the right dictionary and I immediately had to review its reference: You’re probably using the wrong dictionary by James Somers. I don’t regret it. The core message is that we shall not only use dictionaries to find the meaning of words we don’t know, but to use them to enrich our prose. I never considered there would be such a dictionary that allows for such kind task.

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EuroScipy 2016

Sphinx-Gallery is an amazing project, and I got to talk about it in the EuroScipy 2016. Which is great for the experience Here I embed the presentation for convenience. You can find the full screen version of the presentation at: https://titan-c.github.io/sphinx-gallery-slides/

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TL;DR Emacs is the way to go Optimization is my way of procrastination. This time it is about getting a decent text editor. I am at the point where it is just annoying that all my text is getting scattered between different editors and that many times I have to open my same files under different editors to get what I need done. Why IDEs never come with a spell checker?

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Óscar Nájera

Data Scientist, Hacker & Recovering Physicists

PhD in Theoretical Physics

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