Back To WordPress

Three years ago I switched to Anchor, an elegant and light CMS*. However, its development was discontinued, I don’t exactly when. I could have kept on using it but something important broke: the possibility of adding media to posts. Since I’m not thrilled by the idea of a text-only blog, I decided to move (back) to WordPress. WordPress is an extremely popular CMS, and one can reasonably expect a long-term support. đŸ€ž

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I found the best way to organise apps on my phone

Once again, I religiously watched the World Wide Developer Conference. Please don’t judge me. I don’t consider myself a developer—even though I’ve already plaid with Xcode—, but I like to watch the WWDC to know what’s coming to macOS, iOS and iPadOS. Actually, since they are running the devices on which I can easily spend up to 10 hours a day (personal + professional use included), I don’t find it particularly crazy to stay posted. 😏

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We certainly have achieved a lot!

After two months of lockdown, I sense a general feeling of not having achieved much during this period. I can join this feeling as I haven’t myself worked eight hours a day, five days a week, all the time, but I certainly have achieved a lot of things. Just for the sake of self-pride and self-motivation, I’m going to list what I can think of:

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How to reconcile clam and rbacon input files

As palaeoecologist, I work on data retrieved from natural archives, going back in time. It can be a lake sediment core or peat. The time scale of the data, actually, is built by interpolation of a few radiocarbon dates, measured at particular places along the core. This creates an age-depth model. I routinely use two R packages from Maarten Blaauw to do this:

  • clam, for classical age-modelling,
  • and rbacon, for Bayesian accumulation (and it’s an R package, obviously).

Each package defines its own function (clam() and Bacon(), respectively) which only needs the name of the core, to find a CSV file on your computer with the same name. This is in this CSV file that one saves the results of the radiocarbon datings to use them with either clam or rbacon. However, each package expects the data to be presented in a slightly different fashion. But in a file having the same name. Computers don’t allow that. And sometimes, I want to be able to use either clam or rbacon.

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New Paper Published About Past Pastoralism in the Alps

I am very happy about the publication of my latest paper from my PhD research. You can find the paper here: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0959683619887419. This paper deals with the transformation of the primeval forest of a subalpine valley in the Alps into pasture lands, and addresses the question of the shift in land-use strategy and subsistence model, around the Neolithic-Bronze Age transition, about 2000 years ago. This paper also completes the project of my PhD research. All the work done during my thesis is now published. It’s time to think about a synthesis now. 🙂 Stay tuned.

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Good lectures make good students, and vice versa

I received a few days ago an email from the vice-rector of the University of Innsbruck. This email said “Ihre Lehrveranstaltungen […] zu den besten 20 % gehört haben” which means, according to my understanding, that the lecture I gave earlier this year made it to the top 20% of lectures given in the entire university this year according to the ratings from students.

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