Bragging thread September 2015

post by polymathwannabe · 2015-09-02T18:24:27.490Z · score: 4 (5 votes) · LW · GW · Legacy · 32 comments

Your job, should you choose to accept it, is to comment on this thread explaining the most awesome thing you've done this month. You may be as blatantly proud of yourself as you feel. You may unabashedly consider yourself the coolest freaking person ever because of that awesome thing you're dying to tell everyone about. This is the place to do just that.

Remember, however, that this isn't any kind of progress thread. Nor is it any kind of proposal thread. This thread is solely for people to talk about the awesome things they have done. Not "will do". Not "are working on"Have already done. This is to cultivate an environment of object level productivity rather than meta-productivity methods.

So, what's the coolest thing you've done this month?

(Previous bragging thread)

32 comments

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comment by Alicorn · 2015-09-02T20:52:12.899Z · score: 21 (21 votes) · LW · GW

I finished a novel.

comment by Sherincall · 2015-09-13T19:42:43.105Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Are there any plans to make it available for download as a pdf/epub/mobi/txt/etc? Alternatively, would you mind if I created one?

comment by Alicorn · 2015-09-15T18:06:41.028Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

If you make one, I'll put it up on my site! Kindle edition awaits cover art, as does paperback.

comment by Gunnar_Zarncke · 2015-09-02T21:35:17.379Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

A very well done beginning. Actually a short-story in itself. I like that. I'd read more if I hadn't given up on fantasy and it being in the middle of the night.

comment by CellBioGuy · 2015-09-03T03:30:03.725Z · score: 15 (15 votes) · LW · GW

Taught my first molecular biology lab class as a TA and got complemented for my enthusiasm.

Putting together my response to peer review of my first first-author publication with my advisor.

comment by polymathwannabe · 2015-09-04T04:11:54.967Z · score: 13 (13 votes) · LW · GW

Shut up and did the impossible:

In the course of seven office days, I browsed through 139 scientific articles and wrote an extremely dense, 8-page summary (actually 5.5 pages of text and 2.5 pages of citations). I ended up using 69 articles and discarding the rest as not useful for my chosen subject.

comment by gjm · 2015-09-04T20:27:53.309Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

What were these articles about? What was the summary for? (I appreciate that there may be reasons why you can't answer either or both of these.)

comment by polymathwannabe · 2015-09-04T22:03:21.659Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

They were about the comorbidities of ADHD, and the summary was part of a mixed advertising/educational campaign for one of our clients (a pharmaceutical laboratory).

comment by drethelin · 2015-09-04T20:07:53.920Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

can I read this summary?

comment by polymathwannabe · 2015-09-04T22:04:12.145Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Unfortunately, I cannot show the text to anyone outside of the company (or our client).

comment by erratio · 2015-09-04T17:26:28.118Z · score: 12 (12 votes) · LW · GW

I found a job. A crappy, low-paying job, but one which will improve my interacting-with-random-people skills and which will give me the financial security to work on my other skills

comment by elharo · 2015-09-04T10:20:30.380Z · score: 10 (10 votes) · LW · GW

Crossed Genres published Ants on a Trestle, my first SFWA qualifying short story, in their 2065 themed issue.

SF Comet published For Your Safety, another near future, hard SF short story.

Both are available online in their entirety.

comment by [deleted] · 2015-09-04T17:36:28.590Z · score: 4 (4 votes) · LW · GW

Loved the ant story. (Also, Daphne would definitely try sectioning that first one for electron microscopy or even light microscopy, to see if there were tracheae in the outgrowths; and she would definitely take a pencil to mark her containers.:))

comment by AABoyles · 2015-09-02T18:49:05.836Z · score: 10 (10 votes) · LW · GW

In July I started a Caloric Restriction Diet, fasting for an entire (calendar) day twice weekly. I did this out of a desire for the potential longevity benefits, but since then it's had a rather happy (albeit utterly predictable) side-effect: I lost 10 pounds!

comment by Anders_H · 2015-09-11T19:50:34.776Z · score: 6 (6 votes) · LW · GW

I defended my thesis. Send me a private message if you want to read it

With 95% confidence, I believe it is the first doctoral thesis anywhere that contains a Litany of Tarski in the acknowledgements section.

With 99.99% confidence, I believe it is the first doctoral thesis that both contains a Litany of Tarski and cites Michel Foucault. However, given the context of the citation, I'm hoping for a pass on that one..

comment by Morendil · 2015-09-03T17:01:40.180Z · score: 6 (6 votes) · LW · GW

For six months straight I've kept up a routine of coding a little bit - 10 lines, two lines, just a refactoring - every single day. In the process I've picked up some fluency in the new(ish) language Elm, functional programming in general and functional reactive programming in particular.

comment by [deleted] · 2015-09-03T17:05:54.722Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

That's a really cool approach to learning programming. Keep it up!

comment by [deleted] · 2015-09-08T18:56:06.403Z · score: 5 (5 votes) · LW · GW

Got a job. Finished a PhD program without defending a thesis (for several reasons) and actually managed to explain to my mom that it didn't make me unhappy (though she doesn't believe me yet).

comment by Zubon · 2015-09-07T04:58:40.826Z · score: 5 (5 votes) · LW · GW

I passed the Project Management Professional certification exam.

comment by Elo · 2015-09-02T23:40:56.766Z · score: 4 (4 votes) · LW · GW

I tidied up a lot of my space. about 6 months ago I estimated 40 hours of effort to do so. I have since done 35 hours of effort and can access my floor. I also have to thank a friend who taught me an organisation system. I trust him greatly and its working incredibly well so far. I have 5 hours to go on my original estimate; and I now think another 7 on top of that; but I can see my floor.

Still to go are: A functional desk Kanban board in the right place The getting rid of a few possessions that will have to happen after I have organised them all.

The bragging I am doing is that I thought I would never do it. It's something I didn't want to do on so many levels and only wanted to do on one. It's after a 8 hour day of only examining my posessions that I wonder if it was worth it. But then to do that 4 times so far. And still feel like there is roughly 1/3 to go. I have come a long way. Will share the end result if I feel like its publish-worthy.

comment by Elo · 2015-09-02T18:47:22.976Z · score: 4 (6 votes) · LW · GW

I made the leaderboard for the first time ever! Been waiting for a bragging thread to come out so I could actually yay-myself. I don't want upvotes to this post; because that would unfairly skew the natural upvote-y county thing that I was using as a metric of reward on myself.

I have made a poll so that people can "yay" at me without upvoting this status.

Hopefully I can get more posts out soon which help people change their lives for the better!

[pollid:1021]

comment by Gunnar_Zarncke · 2015-09-02T21:36:27.070Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

And as always more people vote in the polls than on the comment...

comment by Elo · 2015-09-02T23:31:41.201Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I doubt that many people would upvote. The barrier to voting is quite low.

comment by Dahlen · 2015-09-21T19:32:20.378Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Aced an interview for a high-paying job in a field in which I had no previous experience. A while ago I had asked what jobs that don't require domain-specific skills get a large boost from intelligence – well, it turns out getting interviewed is one of those "jobs". Spent some 2 weeks preparing a resume and answer sheet for the proposed questions, showed up to the interview very well-dressed and tried to put my best self on display without outright lying through my teeth.

Now, all I have to do is not prove myself to act like a five-year-old burdened with adult responsibilities, while waiting for payday in my best Frito Pendejo impersonation. Okay, it's a little more complicated than that, of course – but for now I'm very glad to just get my foot in the door.

comment by gjm · 2015-09-21T20:22:24.203Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Congratulations!

(Would you care to say what sort of job?)

comment by Dahlen · 2015-09-21T20:28:36.285Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Thanks! Real estate. Around here the market's just picking up, so hopefully this is a good time to enter the field.

comment by jkadlubo · 2015-09-07T19:43:52.559Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Today I cut my very first self-grown in a pot hokkaido pumpkin. It's 270g and I'm bursting with proud-ness (is this a word?).

That was also my first year of growing any kind of plants and I had some strawberries, nasturtium flowers, lettuce and sweet peas (those formally belonged to my daughter). I also had a tomato plant, but that didn't grow any fruit.

comment by polymathwannabe · 2015-09-07T19:49:36.874Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

The word is pride.

comment by Baughn · 2015-09-08T11:29:22.542Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Did my first serious bit of Minecraft modding, and learned how to use Blender in the process. It's not as impressive as the things I do at work, but it's fun.

Power poles

comment by [deleted] · 2015-09-03T09:17:17.040Z · score: 2 (6 votes) · LW · GW

Made a daily checklist for myself. It reduces my decision fatigue but makes me a bit more neurotic.

Here it is:

  • bookmarks zero

  • inbox zero

  • sms zero

  • calendar zero

  • business cards zero (get rid of a set of business cards everyday)

  • asssessments zero

  • RSDmotivation

  • brush, floss

  • poop, pee, repeat as needed

  • shower and soap

  • diet as needed

  • stretch

  • run or walk

  • mental skills checklist: scanning, avoidance coping, performance emotions, positive self-talk, acceptance and commitment, theory of mind, euphoric recall, cognitive distortions, memory skills, expectations, mnemotechnics, relaxation, forgiveness, flow, self-efficacy, extinction bursts, rationality skills ('the sequences', leave comfort zone optimal anxiety, self-esteem, role models, gratitude, groundedness, smile, laugh, confidence, gratitude, novelty, fun loving (like J.C, that girl I crushed on!), solution focussed therapy, decatastrophise, don't victimise, time perspective, selfhandcapping, generic solution space refresher(e.g. economics etc), hypotheseses, modelling and simulation, planning and executive functions, attention, ambition, goal-mindeness, aggression, dominance, compassion, empathy, honesty, personality, mindfulness

  • eat and/or restock: spinach, carrot, eggs, lettuce, quinoa, salt olive oil spread, peanut butter, yoghurt, tortillas, banana, mandarin, strawberries

  • drink water

  • change clothes

  • declutter (e.g. donate stuff you don't use)

comment by Zian · 2015-10-09T06:00:16.278Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Implemented another layer of detail in my food tracking/analyzing project. Specifically, I went from a single sentence in the specifications document that said "Based on the accumulated data, rank the various eating places from least likely to cause bad reactions to most likely to cause problems" to a completed table with counts obtained from sample meals in the document and a worked-out Bayes Theorem equation that gets as specific as:

P(no reaction | ate at the Castle in the Air) = p(...| ...)p(...|...)...etc.
p(...|...) = such-and-such-sum / such-and-such count
p(...|...) = ...
and so on.

Next up: plug in #s, work through 4 more sample analysis questions, and then implement the whole lot in software.

comment by username2 · 2015-09-16T03:45:38.363Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Well this didn't all happen strictly in one of the calendar months, but over the past 4 weeks I:

  • Moved states and started my first job out of college, which pays well and I'm enjoying.
  • Found a great apartment with a great roommate in a city where I knew no one, and have been meeting lots of people.
  • Took the GRE, doing better than expected and much better than needed.
  • Started and finished applying to grad schools for master's programs.

On the flip side, somewhere in the middle of this I found out I broke my toe during a run. It's been a whirlwind, and probably the most productive 4 weeks of my life!