It has been nearly 4 years after starting I-DEEL with only 4 initial members (Losia, Rose, Dan and me in 2015). We now have a bigger group with over 10 people. Great (yet sad) news is that Dan got a job at the Australian National University (ANU) and is leaving us soon. I often tell Losia that I want to clone myself because I chronically have too much to do. Dan is probably the closest it can be to my clone. Dan, however, is even better, as he is more patient and codes much better than I could. It will be hard without his capable hands. At the same time, I am curious about what a cool research group Dan will establish at ANU (farewell!).
It has actually been a little shy of a decade since I got my first job as a lecturer at the University of Otago. And I have just achieved my long-term goal of becoming a full professor. At this special occasion, I think of two things. First, I have been extremely lucky with people I have worked with. Among these people, I have my 3 wise men – Jarrod Hadfield, Wolfgang Forstmeier and Tim Parker. It is especially memorable that open science movement brought all of us together to work on the same publication. Second, working smart is really important although some tasks just take a lot of time. Around 2 years ago, I decided to get up early and work from 6 am. This gives me 2 hours of an uninterrupted working time before breakfast (especially great for writing).
For now, I seem to have lost an audacious goal to pursuit (I need to find one soon). But, for the time being, I like the sound of this: “Japanese working ethics and Scandinavian efficiency” (i.e. working hard and smart). Actually, Susi told me about this the other day because, she thought, I was unusual in asking both from my people not just one (i.e. asking for a Darwinian demon = no trade-off). I believe striving for this principle will bring something amazing over the next 10 years or so not only to me, but to all. I will make this as an ideal for I-DEEL.