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I am an oncologist at a large federal research hospital, mostly writing manuscripts and clinical trial protocols, but also occasionally seeing a patient or two.

Former user of R and Python, recently discovered Mathematica.

Navigating the US immigration bureaucracy (which as bad as it is is still better than most but let's not go there).

Also, taking care of the kids while wife's away raising the dead (she's a critical care MD).

Used to follow Venkat on Twitter.

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@miljko I read something recently, which I've been unable to find again, suggesting that an amicable "Interesting, how would that work?" response was useful for getting people to change their own minds about policies they propose, because it causes them to see that they don't really understand. I've been wondering whether this isn't generalisable into a BS response...

@miljko If I'm in a group that doesn't seem like it will take ready offense, something like “I don’t see how you came to that conclusion. Why would you say that?”

Nope, I’m not the life of the conversation, and definitely not the life of the party.

@miljko As a southerner, anything starting or ending with "bless your heart".

@miljko Most of the time it's really pointless to call people out. At most, I'll try to convince someone to act on a stupid idea in a way that will harm them.

Costs less social capital than a direct confrontation, and usually achieves the desired outcome of changing behaviour or removing the person from my social life.

What’s your favorite way to politely tell someone what they said was BS? Is there anything less passive aggressive than “That’s an interesting thought”?

gender theory, unendorsed idle thought Show more

Against Waldenponding Show more

A subtwoot Show more

Feeling judgmental today Show more

90% of my internet searches are to make sure the phrase I’m about to use is an actual phrase that people actually use

Next week in Smarter Living: How to wipe your bum

A moment of silence Show more

New month names for the Anthropocene

Jan = Tryagain
Feb = Nosnow
March = Slushy
Apr = Hot
May Hotter
Jun = Hottest
Jul = Hottester
Aug = Armpit <— worst month
Sep = Stillhot
Oct = Winteriscoming
Nov = Noitsnot
Dec = Notyetextinct

A 2x2 of my hospital experiences so far, both medical and admin. Admin tends to veer to the left, medical to the right (but still has plenty of both)

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Refactor Camp

Mastodon instance for attendees of Refactor Camp, and members of various online/offline groups that have grown out of it. Related local groups with varying levels of activity exist in the Bay Area, New York, Chicago, and Austin.

Kinda/sorta sponsored by the Ribbonfarm Blogamatic Universe.

If you already know a few people in this neck of the woods, try and pick a handle they'll recognize when you sign up. Please note that the registration confirmation email may end up in your spam folder, so check there. It should come from administrator Zach Faddis.