It’s been a while. I hope you are all well. Shall we make some charts?
Melvyn and I hail from the same part of the world, and I learned as a child that many of the local place names there were derived from Old Norse or Danish. Notably: places ending in -by denote a farmstead, settlement or village; those ending in -thwaite mean a clearing or meadow.
So how local are those names? Time for some quick and dirty maps using R.
Sometime in 2009, I began listening to a science podcast titled This Week in Virology, or TWiV for short. I thought it was pretty good and listened regularly up until sometime in 2016, when it seemed that most episodes were approaching two hours in duration. I listen to several podcasts when commuting to/from work, which takes up about 10 hours of my week, so I found it hard to justify two hours for one podcast, no matter how good.
Were the episodes really getting longer over time? Let’s find out using R.
In the “pilot” episode, Greg and I chat (via Skype between Leiden and Sydney) about all things bioinformatics. It was a new experience for me and one which I greatly enjoyed, despite being somewhat unsettled by the sound of my own recorded voice.