After finishing Duolingo German, I started making digital flashcards so that I’d have something to keep my iThumbs occupied through corona lockdown better than scrolling through the reams of international and domestic horrors served up by my newsfeed. I ended up spending months of experimenting with Anki and looking into popular German vocabulary sets online, and this 1000-word flashcard deck of core German vocabulary is the result.
I'm a geobiology grad student at MIT who mostly writes about things that aren't geobiology or grad school at MIT.
Something I’ve thoroughly enjoyed in the first few weeks of taking a phylogenomics course is getting to think about non-microbial life for a change. The class will reorient its focus in a microbial direction here in the upcoming weeks, but thinking about familiar groups of macroscopic organisms to start makes it a lot easier to get a grip on fundamental concepts in phylogenomics and evolution.
Coming to Boston was definitely easier than going to Denmark this summer—at least there wasn’t a risk of being turned away at the border—but it also wasn’t exactly easy. Cancelled flights, state travel rules, booked-up COVID-19 test centers, and layer upon layer of MIT pandemic policy made it all a bit more complicated than I anticipated.
And on top of all that, my mattress won’t be here for another week! They said 3-5 days 14 days ago!
I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess that most scientists didn’t decide to become reseachers because they dreamed of pouring hours into Matlab scripts and peering at liness of code on a computer screen.