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March 2017

How do you create magic in your life?

All Laughter is magic. Laugh and make others laugh.
Leno March 31, 2017

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Science across borders

If you are lucky and do not mind a bit of frustration and stress, you may one day experience the joys of science across borders. If you do get the chance, here are my tips.

1: follow the doers code and be ethical in everything you do. (E.g. Do not come into someone else’s country on a tourist visa expecting to do work, research, collect samples etc.)

2: share your work with the people who need it, who will use it, who want it, who will judge you for quality and contribution. (This means publishing in a journal the people you studied can actually read for free, without enrolling in the university you go to or moving to your country.)

3: logistics are hell. Add three months to everything. Especially if you have to use UPS/FEDEx to get something into a country with some bogus VAT tax customs duty etc.

4: be polite, friendly and respectful of your colleagues in the other location. They are just as frustrated, probably not getting paid as much (considering you have time to read my blog), and human as well.

5: be thankful when something works out because it doesn’t always work out.

I just received my hard drives with the geo data from the Bahamas, shipped out on December 20th 2016. Yes, I have gone through all stages of academic grief, but I am thankful that after they languished in customs broker hell for 2 months, my colleagues, Dani Hanek and Christopher Russell were able to turn them around so quickly.

Have a great day everyone and good luck with you work.
Leno

Ancilleno Davis, PhD. Candidate
Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology- Miami University, Oxford Ohio

Don’t ask me to give up: Leno’s life lessons

It seems to me that there are few things as simple as asking someone else to give up, to lie down and let it go. It also seems to me that there are few things as hard as giving up, lying down and letting go of your true passion. Leno Davis March 13, 2017

Ancilleno Davis, PhD. Candidate
Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology- Miami University, Oxford Ohio

Optimism vs. realism

I am not an optimist.
I am a realist.
I realize that we directly shape the world around us. I realize that if everyone treated each other well, kindly for the sake of making the world better, without considering the cost or if they will be made fun of for it, the world would be a better place. I also realize that the only person I can make live like that everyday is me. But if I do it just right, I might be able to inspire someone else each day. March 6, 2017 12:54 AM Oxford, Ohio

Ancilleno Davis, PhD. Candidate
Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology- Miami University, Oxford Ohio

Messed up language

Perhaps language is like a manual transmission. You let a whole bunch of people use it without training, practice or giving a damn and it’s pretty soon gonna have its guts all dug out. Welcome to facebook.

Ancilleno Davis, PhD. Candidate
Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology- Miami University, Oxford Ohio

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