November 5th, 2019 | 47 mins 23 secs
Sometimes it works to just go to a conference and wander around, but more often having a strategy is useful. Probably trying to do EVERYTHING will not be a winning strategy. Networking just means making friends with people who are interested in similar things as you and makes conferences way more fun. One of your hosts is much more likely than the other to strike up conversations with nearby strangers.
October 22nd, 2019 | 52 mins 43 secs
Julia’s favorite holiday is approaching and we all wish we could attend her Halloween party. Follow up to a listener email about how to handle new requests for work prompts a long discussion about how we choose what projects to work on in general. We should all be saying “no” to a lot of things but don’t.
October 8th, 2019 | 36 mins 50 secs
Among all of the facts, focusing on positive ones (instead of negative ones) can help keep us in a good mental place. Julia both hates and loves running and the mysterious woman who encourages her. A double-edged challenge for next time: reframe something positively to ourselves, and reframe something positively for someone else.
September 24th, 2019 | 43 mins 18 secs
After a brief diversion for f/u we have a quick chat about the importance of having a website if you’re an academic. Taking time off from work (during the day, week, or year) seems VERY important for both happiness and productivity. But it's hard to do. Join the resistance and sharpen your saw (all credit to Julia's mom). We would all like to handle email the way Donald Knuth does but that's probably unrealistic.
September 10th, 2019 | 44 mins 13 secs
How do we know what we are bad at, and what do we do about it (if anything)? Tupperware containers, face recognition, mental math, and grantwriting make the list. One of us may or may not have been a childhood chess prodigy. Sometimes just jumping in and doing something (like writing a grant or learning a programming language) is helpful at reducing anxiety. Deciding what kind of bad we are seems worthwhile. Some things are important to just try. Of all the things we are bad at, how do we decide what (if anything) to work on improving?
September 3rd, 2019 | 39 mins 36 secs
In their first ever podcast Julia and Jonathan talk about how many people’s careers don’t go in a straight line, and how this is often OK (but beware of survivorship bias). In the course of talking about their own career paths Julia reveals the costume she wore while bartending and Jonathan sort of but not really promises to play the horn sometime. Jonathan decides to double down on self-serving bias when writing grants.