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EvoDevo Papers, refactored

EvoDevo Papers is a bot that shares research articles in the field of evolutionary developmental biology (or evo-devo). Originally, I created it as a Twitter bot and everything was going well for years… until Twitter’s takeover. The new policies and API restrictions made it unsustainable to continue posting there. In response to that, I decided […]

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Native video processing in Python

I’m refactoring the image processing functions of the Cifonauta database and wondering if there’s any Python library with native video processing capabilities. For the past years, I used a subprocess.call() to run a FFmpeg command to scale down and convert video files for the Cifonauta website (which is Django-powered). The ffmpeg command has some niceties […]

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Reply by Email

Blog posts are an invitation to interact. This usually happens in the comments section down below. But, posting public comments isn’t for everyone and it’s not the best option for every type of conversation. Often, a more direct and private response works better. As an alternative to regular comments, I added a reply by email […]

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Improving Z-resolution of lightsheet data using CARE upsampling

After posting the first version of our cephalic furrow pre-print, I received an email asking for further technical details about using the CARE upsampling module to restore the Z-resolution of lightsheet datasets: I am curious about some details of your “Pre-patterned epithelial invagination prevents mechanical instability during fly gastrulation” paper. You mention that you trained […]

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Convert notes from Simplenote to Zim Desktop Wiki

Zim Desktop Wiki is my primary note-making software. I use it to take notes, organize my projects, manage daily and long-term tasks, grow a digital garden, keep a journal, and more. Zim is great for the desktop, but it lacks a mobile app. So I’ve been using Simplenote for saving notes on the go. The […]

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EvoDevo Papers on Mastodon

Back in 2015, I created EvoDevo_Papers, an automated account that tweets the latest research papers in the field of evolutionary developmental biology (or evo-devo). I was inspired by the FlyPapers Experiment and the pioneers bots @fly_papers and @phy_papers. I wanted something similar for the evo-devo community to keep up with the literature and discover interesting […]

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ImageJ macro to synchronize and combine image stacks

When I film embryos under the microscope, some will be younger and some will be older than others—they are never in perfect synchrony. This is fine when watching the recordings of individual embryos, but becomes an issue when you want to watch two (or more) embryos developing side-by-side. In my case, I want to identify […]

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The PostdocNet website

Sometime ago I created a new logo for the PostdocNet, the network of postdocs of the Max Planck Society. The next step was re-designing their website… but then came 2020! Despite the challenging year, the website recently went live! I hope people enjoy the new visuals and I’m happy to have contributed to the PostdocNet […]

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Convert video to animated GIF

Something I’m doing more often is converting videos of developing embryos or marine invertebrates to animated GIFs. But how can you do this conversion without affecting the quality of the video? Some time ago I found this guide to convert videos to high-quality animated GIFs using the tool FFmpeg. The trick is to generate a […]

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The PostdocNet logo

The PostdocNet is an organization that represents the collective of postdoctoral researchers working in the Max Planck institutes spread throughout Germany. The network is relatively recent, only founded in 2019, but has already put forward important proposals to improve the working conditions and career development of postdocs. A few months ago they contacted me to […]