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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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us pol 

It's finally here! v1.0 of Toot! has been officially released on the app store!

For those who have not been in on the beta test already, this is an Mastodon client for iOS, full of character and whimsy. It is multi-instance, multi-account, it is fast, it is comfortable and it is above all a lot of fun!

It has a strong focus on user experience, animation, and attention to detail, as well as being the best client for Mastodon around. Try it now!

RIP #Netrunner; Fantasy Flight Games's license to publish the game expires today, and the owner doesn't seem to want to do anything further with it.

I have nightmares about this 

@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 

My favorite thing from @vgr this year 

Against Waldenponding 

A subtwoot 

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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.