About this site


Content on this site is rated on a 3 point scale by Usefulness (🔧), Novelty (💡), Uncertainty (🤪) and Incompleteness (🚧), where, for example, the Uncertainty rankings should be interpreted as

Ignorant. I know only enough about this topic to know I know nothing.
Dunning-Kruger. I know enough about this topic not to know my own ignorance.
Competent. I know this topic well enough to know what I do not know.

Other scales are analogous.

General structure

Many ideas about how this site is used and presented are cribbed from the notebooks of Cosma Shalizi, which I find a pleasant format to read. The content is my own, except where otherwise stated. The fiddly details of how it works are here, and the really fiddly in-progress details are on my TODO list.

Also, I just moved all these from livingthing.danmackinlay.name to danmackinlay.name which ended up being rather complicated, so if there are any broken URLs please let me know.

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You could, if you wished, subscribe to updates in a feed reader of your choice. Here are some buttons to that end, at the request of Andy:

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Technical details

This blog I publish online using Pelican Blogdown. I see plain text files; you see fancy online HTML. The HTML is automatically served by github pages netlify, which is fast and free. The citations are handled through Zotero. This is a work in progress.

For now I mostly edit the text using VS Code, or RStudio, both of which have integrated preview. The process looks like this:

Screencap of my text editor

Contact me

Nerds can get some clues as to how rapidly I will respond based on the following graph:

You can find me on keybase.io/danmackinlay, hypothes.is, ORCID iD icon ORCID , Google Scholar, LinkedIn, Researchgate