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Tools for your PhD Journey...

I have found a list of “22” things which I have found quite helpful over the years as a researcher, writer and designer.

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@PhDVoice @ThePhDPlace @PhD_Genie @PhDspeaks @CouragePhD @AcademicChatter @OpenAcademics #phdchat #scicomm @PhDForum
1. Digital notebooks like @Labstep and a physical notebook: To write your experiments, short and long-term goals, updates etc.

2. Portable reading tools like @AmazonKindle or iPad. It's easy to carry (anywhere), read, highlight, and jot down notes.
3. Bibliography manager: Not a secret anymore! You can use @zotero and @mendeley_com. Also, @ConnectedPapers to build a graph of similar papers.

4. @unpaywall to access the full text of scholarly articles.
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A Zen Story: Being in Awe

Bassui told the story of a certain patriarch who took one meal a day, never lay down, spent the day in worshipful practice, and lived a life free of impurity or desire. His disciples considered him to surely have attained the Way.
But an older patriarch startled the disciples by saying that the teacher's practice was merely "the foundations of delusion."
The disciples challenged the old man. "What deeds allow you to slander our teacher?" they demanded to know.
The old patriarch replied thusly: "I neither follow the Way nor depart from it. I neither worship the Buddha nor have contempt for him. I neither sit long hours in meditation nor sit idle. I neither eat just one meal a day nor am I greedy for more.
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If overwhelmed by # of papers in *offline* RL, check out our @NeurIPSConf Spotlight with Scott Fujimoto: we show how few lines change to TD3 (TD3+BC) can be competitive with SoTA algorithms, halving training time. Inspired by #minimalism #zen #konmari arxiv.org/abs/2106.06860
We propose "BC as a regularizer", which adds negligible compute cost to original TD3 objective, but makes it quite performative on offline RL.
For the table, we followed similar "algorithm" "implementation" separations suggested in our other NeurIPS paper
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A Zen Story: Worse than a Clown

There was a young monk in China who was a very serious practitioner of the Dharma.
Once, this monk came across something he did not understand, so he went to ask the master. When the master heard the question, he kept laughing.
The master then stood up and walked away, still laughing. The young monk was very disturbed by the master's reaction. For the next 3 days, he could not eat, sleep nor think properly. At the end of 3 days, he went back to the master and told the master how disturbed he had felt.
When the master heard this, he said, "Monk, do u know what your problem is? Your problem is that YOU ARE WORSE THAN A CLOWN!"
The monk was shocked to hear that, "Venerable Sir, how can you say such a thing?! How can I be worse than a clown?"
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A Zen Story: Creating Ripples

"The boat is coming to take me home because I have failed in my studies here at the monastery," said the boy to his teacher. "What can I say to my family?"
"Say that you did your best and that is as much as anyone can do," answered the teacher.
"But I wanted to be a famous monk and teach others."
"You can."
"How?" asked the sad boy.
"Live from your heart. I will show you. Do you see that boat making its way across the lake with the sun setting behind it?"
"Yes."
"Do you see its wake spreading across the lake? See how the boat looks like the apex of a golden triangle as the wake fans out from its bow."
"Sort of."

"Squint," said the teacher. "That boat is you as you leave the monastery. The lake is your life.
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A Zen Story: Beyond Outstanding

The Prince of Wu took a boat to Monkey Mountain. As soon as the monkey's saw him they all fled in panic and hid in the treetops. One monkey, however, remained, completely unconcerned, swinging from branch to branch---an extraordinary display!
The Prince shot an arrow at the monkey, but the monkey dexterously caught the arrow in mid-flight. At this the Prince ordered his attendants to make a concerted attack. In an instant the monkey was shot full of arrows and fell dead.
Then the King turned to his companion Yen Pu'i: "You see what happened?" he said. "This animal advertised his cleverness. He trusted in his own skill. He thought no one could touch him. Remember that! Do not rely on distinction and talent when you deal with men!"
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A Zen Story: The Messenger

Once when Zen master Bankei was about to leave a temple in the capital where he taught from time to time, a certain gentleman came requesting that the master pospone his departure. A certain baron had a question and wanted to see the Zen master..
..in person on the morrow to resolve it. Bankei assented and put off leaving.
The next day, however, the gentleman came again, this time with a message that the baron has some urget business to take care of and could not come and see the master.
The baron had asked the gentleman to relay his question to Bankei, then report the Zen master's answer back to him.
When he heard the gentleman out, Bankei said, "This matter of Zen is difficult to convey even by direct question and direct answer;
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A Zen Story: The Crystal River
Once there lived a village of creatures along the bottom of a great crystal river.
The current of the river swept silently over them all -- young and old, rich and poor, compassionate and cruel -- the current going its own way,
knowing only its own crystal self.
Each creature in its own manner clung tightly to the twigs and rocks of the river bottom, for clinging was their way of life, and resisting the current what each had learned from birth.
But one creature said at last,
“I am tired of clinging. Though I cannot see it with my eyes, I trust that the current knows where it is going. I shall let go, and let it take me where it will. Clinging, I shall die of boredom."
The other creatures laughed and said,
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A Zen Story: Hoshin’s “Kaa!”

The Zen Master Hoshin lived in China many years. Then he returned to the northeastern part of Japan, where he taught his disciples. When he was getting very old, he told them a story he had heard in China. This is the story:
One year on the twenty-fifth of December, Tokufu, who was very old, said to his disciples: "I am not going to be alive next year so you fellows should treat me well this year."
The pupils thought he was joking, but since he was a great-hearted teacher…
each of them in turn treated him to a feast on succeeding days of the departing year.
On the eve of the new year, Tokufu concluded: "You have been good to me. I shall leave tomorrow afternoon when the snow has stopped."
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A Zen Story: Over the wall

There was an ancient mysterious wall which stood at the edge of a village, and whenever anyone climbed the wall to look onto the other side, instead of coming back he or she smiled and would jump to the other side, never to return.
The inhabitants of the village became curious as to what could draw these people to the other side of the wall. After all, their village had all the necessities of living a comfortable life.
They made an arrangement to where they would tie a person's feet, so that when he or she
looked over and wished to jump, they could be pulled back.
The next time someone tried to climb the wall to see what was on the other side, they chained her feet so that she could not go over. She looked on the other side and was delighted at what she saw, and smiled.
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A Zen Story: Death Surprised
A merchant in Baghdad sent his servant on work to the bazaar and the man came back white with fear and trembling. "Master," he said, "while I was in the marketplace, I walked into a stranger. When I looked him in the face, I found that it was Death.
He made a threatening gesture at me and walked away. Now I am afraid. Please give me a horse so that I can ride at once to Samarra and get far away from Death
The merchant - in his anxiety for the man - gave him his swiftest steed. The servant was on it and away in a trice.
Later in the day the merchant himself went down to the bazaar and saw Death loitering there in the crowd. So he went up to him and said, "You made a threatening gesture at my poor servant this morning. What did it mean?"
"That was no threatening gesture, sir," said Death.
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the best thing about comics is having to do the reading. which is also the worst thing.

"look this was mentioned in issue 77 of adventures of zorkon on page 22. obviously they were laying the groundwork for this event 15 years later. how could you have missed it?"
me in high school: geometry? i dont get it

also me in high school: well darkseid's pursuit of the anti-life equation spans the cosmos, known and unknown, which puts him into constant conflict with the new gods. his relationship with them spans back to...
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A Zen Story: Tattoo Inside Your Eyelids

"Tattoo inside your eyelids this reminder:

'you are the messenger, not the message.
You are just like everyone else.' "

This was the advice given by a charismatic Zen teacher to a class of Zen teachers-in-training.
"What do you mean?" they asked her.
"I'll begin with a story about a besieged town that was surrounded by enemies who would slaughter all the inhabitants if help didn't arrive. Just when things looked hopeless, a messenger slipped through enemy lines with the message…
..that the army of the Shogun would attack in the morning and drive off the invaders.
"The townspeople were so enraptured with this news that they treated the messenger like a hero. And after the Shogun's army left, they elected the messenger mayor.
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A Zen Story: Become a Lake
An aging master grew tired of his apprentice’s complaints. One morning, he sent him to get some salt. When the apprentice returned, the master told him to mix a handful of salt in a glass of water and then drink it.
“How does it taste?” the master asked
“Salty and awful,” said the apprentice.
The master chuckled and then asked the young man to take the same handful of salt and put it in the lake. The two walked in silence to the nearby lake and once the apprentice swirled his handful of salt in the water,
the old man said, “Now drink from the lake.”
As the water dripped down the young man’s chin, the master asked, “How does it taste?”
“Fresh,” remarked the apprentice.
“Do you taste the salt?” asked the master.
“No,” said the young man.
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Zen Story: On Oneness

There was once a holy man who lived in a state of ecstasy, but was regarded by everyone as insane. One day, having begged for food in the village, he sat by the roadside and began to eat when a dog came up and looked at him hungrily.
The holy man then began to feed the dog; he himself would take a morsel, then give a morsel to the dog as though he and the dog were old friends. Soon a crowd gathered around the two of them to watch this extraordinary sight.
One of the men in the crowd jeered at the holy man. He said to the others, "What can you expect from someone so crazy that he is not able to distinguish between a human being and a dog?"
The holy man replied, "Why do you laugh? Do you not see Vishnu seated with Vishnu?
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A Zen Story - Taming the animals
One day one person climbed up a mountain where a hermit woman was meditating.
She had taken refuge and was asked:
- “What are you doing here alone in such a solitude place?”
To which she replied:
- “I have lots of work !”
- “And how can you have so much work?
I don't see anything around you here...?”
- “I have to train two hawks and two eagles, assure two rabbits, discipline one snake, motivate a donkey and tame a lion.....”
- “And, where have they gone that I don't see them?”
- “I have them all inside here within me...!!
✓ The hawks stare on everything that is presented to me, good or bad, I have to work on them to see only good things. They are my eyes.
✓ The two eagles with their claws hurt and destroy, I have to train them not to hurt.
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deep silence-
the shrill of cicadas
seeps into rocks
静けさや岩に染み入る蝉の声
-Matsuo Bashō (松尾芭蕉 1644-94).

A morning visit to our neighbour's garden😇

#Japan #Kyoto #Zen #Ryoanji #京都 #龍安寺
Accompanying our morning matcha are some rather unusual souvenirs from Nao-san's trip to Yōkoku-ji (楊谷寺)...kitsune and hydrangea-shaped wagashi.
It's very rare for temples to sell fresh sweets, but this is a development we wholeheartedly support😋
#everydaymatcha #和菓子 #京都
Yōkoku-ji's sweets are made by a store called 'Kuchifuku-dō' (口福堂) in Saitama. 'Engitsune' (えんぎつね), the kitsune-shaped nerikiri (練り切り), was filled with a citrus-flavoured bean paste. The 'Hanachozu' (花手水), as the name suggests, was inspired by flower basins.
#Japan
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A Zen Story on Sharpening Your Axe

One day, a strong young man came to a lumberjack camp looking for a job. Seeing his appearance, the manager hired him without hesitation. He did an excellent job on the first day, and everyone was happy with his performance.
Strangely, on the second day his production lowered by half, even though he had worked just as hard. On the third day, his results were even worse. He only felled a few trees.
When they asked him about his poor performance, the young man answered that he didn’t know what was..
..happening. He had worked just as hard every day. Then his boss asked him a question: When was the last time you sharpened your axe?
“Actually, I haven’t found the time. I was too busy felling trees,” he answered.

#zen #story #koan #wisdom
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1/21
#BookRecommendation
" Zen and the Art of Happiness "

It's a simple book but it makes you think .

Few of my takeaways ( with random 2 min doodles).
👇
Firstly,
What is Zen ?

#Zen is a Japanese word that is derived from the Sanskrit word Dhyana meaning "Meditation" .
2/21
Zen is a journey of exploration & a way of living that , in and of itself doesn't belong to any one religion or tradition as such.

Zen doesn't teach. It merely
points, enabling us to wake up & become aware.

Ever noticed how zen stories rarely have predefined morals? 🤓
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The zen of doing anything is doing it with a concentration of mind , a calmness & simplicity of mind, that brings the experience of enlightenment and, through that experience , happiness.

It could be something as mundane as sweeping or peeling potatoes !

#mindfulness
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Have you ever wondered why you are asked to focus on your breath during meditation?

A short thread.

#zen #meditation

(1/5)
1. Your breath goes with you wherever you go.

Hence, you can always turn to it in order to reorient yourself.

Anytime. Anywhere.

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2. Focusing on your breath makes you mindful.

It brings you to the present moment.

You can only concentrate on your present breath, not past or future breaths.

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'Election Ballot "Errors" and the Wu Virus Lockdown Singing Not allowed via @PoliticalAvengr
@PoliticalAvengr right now my bike (Temple) is undergoing a transition to 'tubeless'. @alphabravo_15 knows my son's got the calm in spades. but for us "80's babies" (por ejemplo), the #zen comes in degrees.
@PoliticalAvengr tools:

+bike riding (like i said, my temple is currently being overhauled)
+swimming
+#MWH #Modified-@Iceman_Hof courtesy #JeffSkurka: cold shower, hot shower: bonus: snorkel, goggles, headband "tub" version.
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#Internationalyogaday2020 , has been celebrated annually on 21 June since 2015, following its inception in the United Nations General Assembly in 2014. Yoga is a physical, mental & spiritual practice which originated in India. #MyLifeMyYoga #Thread

Thank You @narendramodi Ji 🙏
The Indian Prime Minister, @narendramodi, in his #UN address suggested the date of 21st June, as it is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and shares a special significance in many parts of the world.
#Yoga, derived from the root yuj (to yoke, to unite). A man who seeks after this union is called a yogin or yogi.
There are four main division of yoga:

🌸Karma Yoga,
🌸Bhakti Yoga,
🌸Jnana Yoga &
🌸Raja Yoga. 1/n

#YogaDay2020 #InternationalDayOfYoga #YogaDay #MyLifeMyYoga
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We are delighted to be able to share with you our new series of podcasts, Three Minutes of Buddhism, developed with Zen Buddhist podcaster, radio host and poet @JasonDCrane. Each podcast is three minutes long and focuses on questions from North East syllabuses - Key Stage 3. 1/3
They cover subjects including the diverse schools of #Buddhism, #Karma and #Buddhist leaders, but will be of interest to anyone looking to find out more about the views and beliefs of a Buddhist today. 2/3
The podcasts are free to access: anchor.fm/jason-crane1. Teachers may also like to contact Jason directly. He is happy to answer any questions from pupils if they email him with 3MOB as the subject line #Buddhism #3MOB 3/3
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Senior EU official: Barnier will brief EU-27 leaders

"Maybe we will have a deal & maybe not.

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Official: "Maybe we will have a deal and maybe not. But one thing is clear; if we are to have a deal it will be a legally operational solution preventing a hard border on Island of Ireland, protect good friday agreement, all Ireland economy and integrity of the Single Market.
2/
"If those principles not respected, there will not be any deal."

Ambassadors reassured by Barnier last night that things are on track and those principles will be respected.

3/
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