Category Archives: PhD tips

NaNoWriMo for Thesis?

It is almost November: National Novel Writing Month aka NaNoWriMo. The goal of this event is to write 50,000 words (about 175 pages) in one month, so it is really a strong push to get yourself to write. This could perhaps be a nice way to kickstart my PhD thesis! I am only halfway, so most of my research is not done, but I could already write everything around it (general introduction, background, motivation, related work, methods), and add some fictional results to get it going ;)  This could really help in getting a clear view of the final product, where I want to go, what I still need to do.

Of course other people already thought the same way, see inaDiWriMo and NaReWriMo. For 2010, there is a topic on the official forums that could be interesting: Genre: Academic nonfiction.


Chromodoro Beep

I love the Pomodoro Technique and the Chromodoro Chrome extension that supports it. But I don’t like the beep sound that Chromodoro uses to notify me. Fortunately there is a simple solution, that I’d like to share. How to change the Chromodoro beep sound:

  1. Find chromodoro.js (it should be located in a subdirectory of the User Data for Chrome), and open it in a text editor like notepad.
  2. Find the following piece: beep.swf
    and replace it by: beep.wav
  3. Now put your own sound in the same directory as chromodoro.js, and name it beep.wav.

Note: if your sound is not a wav file, then replace .wav above with the correct file type.

A bit off topic for braingaming, but on topic for people who have to manage their own time, like PhD students :)