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Bastian Greshake Tzovaras

Bastian Greshake Tzovaras is a researcher with a background in biology and citizen science and an open science activist. He works as a senior researcher at The Alan Turing Institute. In 2011, he founded openSNP. He was awarded a PhD in Bioinformatics in 2018. In 2017 he joined the Open Humans Foundation as the Director of Research.
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If you have spent any time on Mastodon and are intested in data visualisations, geography, RStats, or any of the intersections thereof, you are likely to have seen the stunningly beautiful 3D map visualisations that @terence has been creating with the rayshader package. I have been itching to get an excuse to play around more with this myself, and finally found a lovely one within the context of another little project.

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Flickr as one of the old school photo sharing communities celebrated it 20th birthday on February 10th, 2024. To celebrate, there were photo walks in many different places around the globe, including in London. Beyond lots of Flickr themed swag, our photo walk also took us into the British Museum . The London Flickr group has a thread where you can find links and images of a lot of the other attendees.

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Happening just a week after the London Pride event/parade, the London Trans Pride gathered more than 25,000 people for a march from Trafalgar Square to Wellington Arch at Hyde Park Corner – despite a rainy start. The more mainstream crowds attending the London Pride have turned the event into a party-like spectacle. In contrast, the London Trans Pride consciously sticks to being a political protest march.

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In April 2023, I went to Argentina with the main reason being attending the 7th CSVconf in Buenos Aires. But of course we also went to visit Eugenia’s family over Easter. And we also managed to squeeze in some Lecturers Without Borders while there, even one in German for myself! Between all of these things we also found some time off for sightseeing.

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This website has included a little personal API in the footer for quite a while. But in recent-(ish) months I’ve expanded a bit on it, as you can see in the screenshot above. It now also makes an informed guess on whether I’m likely doing okay on a given day or whether I might be under the weather – for example because of falling sick, having slept poorly or other factors.

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Having recently moved from Paris to London, it was time to get a new nametag for our dog Ohana – as the old one still displayed Eugenia’s old, French phone number. This wasn’t great as many folks don’t have phone contracts that allow calling abroad (thanks Brexit?). Ohana’s old name tag was custom-made with a laser cutter – for both cutting the shape and adding her name and the phone number.

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On the weekend of September 17/18, 2022 the annual European Heritage Days took place again. During this weekend many monuments which typically aren’t openly accessible open their doors for the general public. Amongst the buildings that are open to the public during these days is the Palais du Luxembourg , which was built in the 17th century and has been housing parts of the French legislature since the 19th century.