Estimating Heritability using the Classical Twin Study: Part 1

My first blog post was an introduction to heritability.

At the end of the post I promised I would do another post on exactly how to estimate heritability. This post is the answer to that promise.

This is the post I wish I found when I first googled “How to do a Twin Study” a few years ago. Continue reading “Estimating Heritability using the Classical Twin Study: Part 1”


Time Management: A Schedule vs To-do

So I have basically two types of to-do lists that I use interchangeably, and have found that each is more useful for different tasks and goals.

The first is your basic to-do list. I like to use the Eisenhower matrix as a guide for my to-do’s. If you haven’t heard of that it basically looks like this: Continue reading “Time Management: A Schedule vs To-do”

In 2018 I will feel accomplished if I… a template for kicking ass in 2018

Editors note: This is my rather dubious attempt to combine a rough outline for the coming year, with publishing a reasonably helpful blog post, before I leave the office for my Christmas break. If you’re interested then feel free to use it as a template for some realistic goal setting for the coming year (or any year). Continue reading “In 2018 I will feel accomplished if I… a template for kicking ass in 2018”

7 reasons you’re feeling needlessly unproductive

It’s hard enough dealing with the pressure of having to be productive as a PhD student or knowledge worker, without a zillion blogs trying to convince you how easy it is to be super productive. So this post is just my way of saying, take it easy… you’re doing more than you think. Hopefully this post will help to give you a little perspective, and make you feel a little better. Continue reading “7 reasons you’re feeling needlessly unproductive”

A very brief introduction to vim’s mapleader

Editor’s note: this is the sixth in a series of posts on vim. If you’re new to vim then this post will make absolutely no sense, so definitely start with the first one which you can find here.


Often touted as one of the strongest cases for vim’s super speedy text editing, is its ability to abbreviate, map or remap keys in order to bend your keyboard to your will.  Continue reading “A very brief introduction to vim’s mapleader”

Your vimrc is yours… no one else’s…

Editor’s note: This is the fifth in a series of introductory posts on vim, the super fast text editor. If you’re new to vim then you’ll definitely want to start with the first post which you can find here. This is however a good stand alone post and a great starting point if you’re learning about vimrc’s.


If you’re like I was when I was new to vim, which was someone who was new to everything, then your vimrc is something mystical that you just kind of do what your told with and you’re always moving around with a bit of trepidation and blind faith.

Hopefully by the end of this post I’ll have you all up to speed on a vimrc, what it is, where it is, what it does, and what you can do with it. Continue reading “Your vimrc is yours… no one else’s…”