Becoming a hack blogger- Week 29 as a PhD student

Hack blogger mode engaged. I have guests arriving in two hours and fifteen minutes; I need to write a blog post and go to the gym. Therefore, this will be the quickest I have ever written a post.

I have re-potted almost 100 rocket plants this week; we have been growing them in indoor growth chambers at different temperatures, and now they have started germinating, so we have been re-potting them where they will remain until harvest. The reason we are doing this is to look at how growing temperature affects the chemistry of the plant. This will have implications for flavour and aromas; it could be quite informative. I have had to learn how to do all the skills involved in growing crops this way as we go as I  have no experience with crops prior to harvest. It has been difficult and monotonous, but also rewarding as I can now grow things other than houseplants! If there is a zombie apocalypse, I am that bit closer to the Uber survivor I hope to be.

Other than growing plants, I have been trying to write the paper I have been working on. I have completed about 300 words that I am happy with over the course of the week. One of the problems I am having is deciding whether or not a particular piece of information is relevant. I think this stems from not being entirely clear what I want this paper to be about, If I cannot overcome this hurdle in the next week I shall organise a meeting with my supervisor and get some advice. However, I can’t just turn up with an empty document and ask her what I should do so I will continue to struggle for a little bit more and get at least one section filled in. This is one of those things you have to sit back from and realise that it is not going to be easy, especially the first time. I am sure I will look back on this and laugh at how easy it all now is; hello future me, get back to work.

I have really been getting into machine learning this week, and I have been looking forward to following the tutorials and progressing. I have been looking forward to the end of the day when I can justify to myself to down my tools (text editor and keyboard) and start coding. My motivation for extra-curricular activities often goes up and down; at the moment I am certainly at the peak, and I didn’t have guests coming over soon I would undoubtedly be coding for the rest of the day. Anyway, Its leg day and I need to get going, and I wish you all a wonderful day!

Author: Louis

Spend less than you earn, Invest the surplus, avoid debt. Eat food, not too much, mostly plants

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