It’s a brand new day in a nice shiny new year and like almost every other blog on the internet my first post is a list of semi-ambitious resolutions. I would have been more creative but I’ve only been back in the office about 20 mins and every time I sat down to write anything over the Christmas break, a small child tugged at my arm and demanded I show him more minecraft – parenting is so hard some times…

I also resolve to use MOAR graphs

I’m thinking about starting a campaign to get the word “resolutions” more mid-year usage.

So in no particular order here is my list of things I vaguely promise to do this year. Possibly. If I get time.

  1. Write a better lab book – I think our previous blog post on the current state of our collectively lab books was quite revealing. I should spend more time getting mine written up properly. Step 1 in that process is probably writing a post on how to write up a lab book properly. They are surprisingly important and I really should take more care on the off chance that someone actually is mad enough to try and read mine one day (good luck, future person!).
  2. Blue for the win!

    3 contributors from a department of 20 people?

    Diversify the blog – I greatly enjoy writing posts for this little blog, and I enjoy even more talking to people about it! But I am acutely aware that this is supposed to be a departmental blog and not just my personal soap box. This year I will annoy, bribe and threaten more of my colleagues into sharing some of their thoughts on science. For this resolution I get bonus points if I can get the departmental head (Ralph) to write a post.

  3. Start an online lab book – This is a bit trickier for a couple of reasons; firstly I am essentially doubling my writing work load by duplicating my lab notes and secondly, as I have not yet sorted out alternative funding I still need to be aware of confidentiality – so I probably can’t make it public. However, in the future I really want to work towards having an online lab book and I think it will make it easier to convert my work to a more publically accessible form when the research councils start asking for greater transparency.
  4. SOLVE THOSE %*&$ING VORTEX RINGS – I’m not obsessed with this irritatingly persistent mystery, honest…
  5. Learn more python – I did learn a bit of python in 2012 and in general I thought it was an excellent programming language. It still has a few problems but is better than most alternatives (Matlab and labview) I’ve tried before. Over 2013 I will try and convert a number of my programs across to python. The most important obviously being the program that makes pointless, but pretty diagrams.

Like any resolutions these will be abandoned the second I get a better solution, but I do think they are a good place to start. Especially when it’s my first day back at work and I don’t fancy doing anything more complicated than browsing the internet for a good online lab book solution! Any suggestions anyone…?

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Graham Steel (@McDawg) · 2 January 2013 at 18:02

A good place to start it the Open Notebook Science wiki

    MCeeP · 2 January 2013 at 18:11

    Thanks @McDawg that gives me a whole host of things to try!

    Now all I need is someone to recommend one as a starting point!

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