Celebrating five years of this blog, and a change of pace

I started this blog five years ago, in January 2013. At the time, I lived in Bloomington, Indiana and was in the middle of my fifth year of grad school. I had started working on a new project with a new advisor in my fourth year — not exactly a highly recommended approach to finishing a Ph.D. — and I wanted a place to write about what I was working on. I hadn’t managed to get any papers about my project accepted yet, but they couldn’t stop me from blogging, dammit.