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Short Takes #9 on Rhode Island’s war with COVID-19   

As the toll mounts, Rhode Island ramps up testing
By Will Collette

Rhode Island’s death toll continues to rise – at 27 as of today – as more frail elderly in nursing homes succumb. 

We’re close to 1,100 confirmed cases for the state – Charlestown’s number remains at less than 5.

But those numbers will rise dramatically as the state gets more drive-thru test sites up and running.

That’s a good thing because we need an honest and clear picture of how the pandemic has spread through Rhode Island so we can make more informed decisions.

The latest mass testing will take place in the Twin Rivers parking lot where CVS Minute Clinic staff will administer a new, faster test that can produce results in 5 minutes if you test positive and 15 minutes if you test clear. Remember: you need an APPOINTMENT to get tested, but the criteria has been loosened to open testing to any feeling ill.

CLICK HERE to pre-register on-line for the CVS site.

Call your doctor or the closest urgent care center to get set up for testing.

The state has also set up three field hospitals to prepare for the anticipated surge of patients needing hospitalization. They have the capacity for 1000+ sick people. 

Sites are: the Rhode Island Convention Center and two vacant buildings: a former Citizens Bank building on Sockanosset Cross Road in Cranston and a former Lowe’s at Quonset.

Money, money, money

There’s good news and bad news on the money front. The good newsis that the RI Department of Labor and Training will start taking applications tomorrow (Tuesday) from workers who normally don’t qualify for benefits, such as the self-employed and gig workers.

CLICK HERE for DLT’s home page that leads with links to programs for workers seeking help due to COVID-19 job loss.

Chances are that signing up will not be quick and effortless, but this program – fought for by Congressional Democrats against strong Republican push-back – will provide needed relief to many workers often left out.

The bad news is obstructionist tactics by banks to the new “Paycheck Protection Program,” a part of the CARES Act that was supposed to give forgivable loans to businesses with fewer than 500 workers to prevent worker lay-offs. The program had its official launch last Friday.

Banks have been turning away business applicants for a variety of reasons, such as restricting loans to only those businesses with existing account or forcing applicants to buy other bank services in order to be considered.

State Treasurer Seth Magaziner wrote to all banks and credit unions in Rhode Island to tell them to knock it off.

“This is unacceptable,” Magaziner wrote.
“I am concerned that, during the roll out of the PPP program (Friday), many Rhode Island SBA lenders indicated that they would only process PPP applications for their pre-existing customers.
“At least one SBA lender indicated that it would only process PPP applications for pre-existing customers with other active credit products, effectively denying small businesses that have no debt access to this vital program and using the program as leverage to cross-sell other products.”
“Locally, institutions such as Citizens Bank held off participating, at least initially, while banks such as The Washington Trust Co. and Centreville Bank were processing applications.”
More closures of Rhode Island nature sites

For lack of other outdoor activities, people have flocked to the state’s many outdoor recreation sites. But the influx of visitors opened up new potential vectors for coronavirus infections.

The state and some towns (e.g. Narragansett) led the way by closing down parks and beaches. Others like Charlestown followed behind.

The RI Nature Conservancy has closed down all of its preserves, including several in Charlestown.

Now the US Fish and Wildlife service has closed one of its National Wildlife Refuges -  the Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge in Middletown.

The ProJo reports that the “Audubon Society of Rhode Island has kept its lands open and the Rhode Island Land Trust Council also has not adopted an across-the-board closure.

Ninigret NWR here in Charlestown and Trustom Pond in South Kingstown remain open but the USFWS is monitoring the number of visitors and their behavior.

The Charlestown land Trust seems to be ignoring COVID-19. Their website touts the planned opening of their farmers’ market on June 26, a 10K run on June 13 and a “summer party” at the Nordic Lounge on July 23. Good luck with all that. Sure would be nice if this was all over by June, but I’m not betting on it.

Filippi grabs his share of the spotlight

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This is a pearlfish, a bottom feeder. And this is what it does all day.
This is a great time to be Rep. Blake “Flip” Filippi, Charlestown’s peripatetic rep who just loves  to get himself mentioned in news reports. 

As the only state Republican used by the media for any counter-point to Gov. Raimondo or the General Assembly leaders, he gets quoted on all manner of subjects.

For instance, because of the pandemic and its economic impact on Rhode Island and the state’s budget, he saysI don’t think anything is going to escape the hatchet.” He also says that he might even support raising taxes, though given his past history, I’ll believe that when I see it.

One major concern for Flip is the upcoming elections, starting with the process of getting on the ballot and then campaigning. In addition to his talent at drawing media attention, Flip is also known for his door-knocking skill where he can turn on his charm.

This starts in June when candidates have to officially declare and then to a short time frame in July to collect enough signatures to qualify for the ballot.

Sez Flip: “I’m concerned about people being able to get on the ballot when you can’t really interact, you can’t go knock on doors and get signatures.”

“The bread and butter of politics is knocking on people’s door in this state, as it should be, and I just don’t know that we’re going to be able to be doing that,”Filippi says, so candidates will need to be “really smart and crafty with online messaging, mail messaging, to get their word out.”

Most of Westerly is not covered by Gov. Raimondo’s checkpoint for out of state visitors.

States Mandate Quarantines, Set Up Checkpoints to Limit Cross ...
David Collins of the New London Day reported that nearly all of Westerly is outside of the area where cars with out of state licenses are stopped and logged as part of RI’s coronavirus prevention measures.

Collins points out that the Route One checkpoint is north of Westerly Airport so most visitors staying in Westerly don’t need to pass it. The Route 95 checkpoint is at Exit 3 so visitors heading for Watch Hill or the beaches can just get off at Exits 1 and 2.

I’ve driven past the Route One checkpoint several times going to and from CVS. I saw very little activity except a couple of times where a trooper chased and stopped out of state drivers who blew past the checkpoint.

Collins said a soldier at one of the checkpoints told him most cars were just passing through Rhode Island and the early-arriving summer residents had already gotten here before the checkpoints went up
Electric Boat head tests positive

The Day, published out of New London and one of our best local newspapers, reports Kevin Graney, CEO of Electric Boat, has tested positive for COVID-19. Graney told the Day his symptoms have been mild but he is listening to medical advice and staying home.

He also told the Day EB’s Groton shipyard has six confirmed COVID-19 cases.

Local businesses pitch in to help

By Andy MarlettePensacola News Journal
Grey Sail Brewing recently opened a new distillery in Westerly. The March Grand Opening didn’t happen. However, Grey Sail decided that rather than produce vodka and bourbon, they would switch to making hand sanitizer.

Most of their production is being donated to institutions and groups that have to have a lot of direct contact with the public.

They are making a small part of their production available to the public for a suggested donation of $3 a bottle (hey, imagine how much they could get on EBay). Visit their website or call them at 401.212.7592 BEFORE visiting them at 63 Canal Street, Westerly.

My nephew says that his employer, a high-tech company in South Kingstown, is using its bank of 3-D printers to crank out PPEs.

I’m sure there are many other unheralded efforts by individuals and businesses to help each other make it through this crisis. It takes empathy, ingenuity and a degree of patriotism. If more of us do it, maybe it will rub off on the White House, though probably not.

ImageA piece of news you may have missed

Former Rhode Island Governor and US Senator Lincoln Chafee has announced an end to his nearly invisible campaign for President as a Libertarian (sorry, Flip – but here’s your chance to replace him).

Chafee’s statement repeatedly mentions COVID-19 but doesn’t exactly name that (or any other reason) for deciding to drop out of the race. He does say he made the decision “after a tremendous amount of thought.”

His mother died a couple of weeks ago at age 93. 

Chafee left Rhode Island a year ago and moved to Wyoming where he apparently has an anvil, some bolt-cutters, a hammer, a jack and a grinding wheel.

Pandemic coverage in Progressive Charlestown

To date, we’ve run close to 150 pieces tagged “pandemic” in Progressive Charlestown. They run the gamut from cartoons and videos to political commentary to solid, science-based articles on key aspects of the COVID-19 onslaught.

Here is a listing of serious, science-based articles we have published that address the health and scientific questions many of us want answered on COVID-19. Includes self-help posts. I’ve left off political commentary pieces and exposes on Trump’s scandalous mishandling of the crisis:

This is the first Progressive Charlestown posting on COVID-19, January 27, covering the chances of you getting it:

To see ALL postings on COVID-19, click on “Pandemic.”


FRESH AND LOCAL: April 8, 2020 | What's at the farmers market this week   

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Comment on A little less funny, now by Daisy   

Sheltering in Place (Safer at Home, our governor calls is) means I teach from a corner of the living room and the family maneuvers around me. Snacks? Well, I have to admit, the Girl Scout cookies came just in time. I fear our 13 year old rabbit is on her last legs. Just what we need in the midst of the pandemic apocalypse - a beloved pet to die. No, Buttercup, don't even consider it!

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Smoked Chilean Seabass - 8 Ounce

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Nova Style Smoked Salmon - Sliced   

Nova Style Smoked Salmon - Sliced

The Sugartown Smoked Specialties production staff meticulously hand trim and cure the freshest North Atlantic Salmon fillets, then cold smoke them in our European made smokehouse. The result is a buttery, melt in your mouth Nova, sliced paper thin, with the perfect salt to sugar ratio. The salm..

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From milestone birthdays to baby showers, the creative ways people are celebrating in quarantine   

Cakes made with or miraculously whipped up without eggs or butter. Shouts of "I love you" from across the lawn or over Zoom. The [...]


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The Good Fight ritorna su CBS All Access   

Il prossimo 9 Aprile debutterà negli States su CBS All Access l’attesa quarta stagione di The Good Fight, apprezzato spin-off dell’acclamata The Good Wife! Composta ancora …

From milestone birthdays to baby showers, the creative ways people are celebrating in quarantine   

Cakes made with or miraculously whipped up without eggs or butter. Shouts of "I love you" from across the lawn or over Zoom. The [...]

Grab & Go Meals: Pickup 11am-1pm ONLY - April 10, 2020   


Pick up at the Holy Rosary church hall.


Breakfasts (for Saturday, Sunday, Monday)


Snack cookies/crackers

Fruit cup



Lunch #1 (for Friday)

Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich

String Cheese

Mixed Berries



Lunch #2 (for Saturday)

Chicken Quesadilla





Lunch #3 (for Sunday)

Chicken Nuggets

Potato Wedges

Fresh Fruit



Playlist for 2020-04-07 4p-12a   

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  Stars of the Lid -- The Artificial Pine -- The Ballasted Orchestra (1996)
  Blamstrain -- Auroras, Fireflies and Kittens -- Wired Thoughts
  Ethernet -- Correction -- Opus 2 (2013)
  Dominic Woosey -- Straylightsong -- Straylight (1992)
  Ella Fitzgerald with Duke Ellington and his Orchestra -- I Didn't Know About You -- Ella Fitzgerald sings the Duke Ellington song book (1999)
  Deepchord Presents Echospace -- Untitled 2 -- Liumin / Liumin Reduced (Special Edition) (2010)
  Roger Eno and Brian Eno -- Prelude in F major -- 18 Keyboard Studies by Hans Friedrich Micheelsen (2002)
  James Johnson -- She Will Shift You -- Surrender (2016)
  Andrew Liles and Bass Communion -- (Reconstruction) v (Part B) -- Ghosts on Magnetic Tape (2003)
  Ishq -- Dark Clouds -- Timelapse in Mercury (2007)
  Simon Keep -- Snow Drone :: Two -- Interview With the Eggs
  Steve Roach -- Wren and Raven -- Labyrinth (2003)
  Burial -- Rough Sleeper (excerpt I) -- Truant (2012)
  Library Tapes -- Feelings for Something Lost in Two Parts (Pt. 1) -- Feelings for Something Lost (2006)
  Nick Cave & Warren Ellis -- The Church -- The Road: Original Film Score (2009)
  NASA -- Second Stage (SII) early cut-off sequence -- Apollo 13: The Real Mission (1996)
  April Larson -- The Secrets of Hearts Beyond the Mist of Words (Maeglin) -- Arda Marred (From High and Beautiful to Darkness and Ruin) (2015)
  Al Gromer Khan -- Shakti Prasad -- Radio Yoga (2007)
  Low -- Lion / Lamb -- Secret Name (1999)
  Rachel's -- With More Air Than Words -- The Sea and the Bells (1996)
  Gas -- (Track 2) -- Konigsforst (1998)
  Silent Harbour -- Voices From The Deep -- Silent Harbour
  Jurgen Rehberg, Lucia Mense & Pete Namlook -- (Road 1) -- The Sunken Road (1995)
  Kiln -- A Place in Between -- Thermals: Sonic-Carousels, Tonesheets, Loopstrata, and Slo-Wave (2005)
  Sub Dub -- (bridge) -- Dawa Zangpo (1995)
  Biosphere -- Gate -- Insomnia: No Peace for the Wicked (1997)
  Billie Holiday -- Tenderly -- Lady in Autumn: The Best of the Verve Years (1991)
  James Johnson -- House Of Mist -- The Butterfly Chamber (2002)
  Jonas Lingren -- Groundwater -- lowercase - sound2002 (2002)
  Josh Russell -- bp70/32 -- lowercase - sound2002 (2002)
  Wil Bolton -- At the Desert's Edge -- Elements (2014)
  Fenton -- Bored Youth -- Pup (2005)
  Liquid Mind Series -- Take Me Tenderly -- Relax: A Liquid Mind Experience (2007)
  Last Train To Brooklyn -- Bluebird -- Pop Ambient 2019 (2018)
  Austere -- Eco -- Eco (2005)
  Peter Gabriel -- Lazarus Raised -- Passion (1990)
  Mathias Grassow -- Dreamland -- Ambience (2005)
  Robin Guthrie & Harold Budd -- Smiling Apart -- Bordeaux (2011)
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  Jean Redpath -- Dream Angus -- Laddie Lie Near Me
  Fluxion -- Corridor -- [spaces] (2001)
  John Foxx and Harold Budd -- Some Way Through All The Cities -- Translucence + Drift Music (2003)
  Robert Rich -- Steel Harmonics -- Humidity (1999)
  Angelo Badalamenti, Julie Cruze and David Lynch -- Love Theme from Twin Peaks -- Soundtrack From Twin Peaks (1990)
  Sounds of the Earth -- Part 2 -- Sounds of the Earth - Woodfire (1997)
  Tetsu Inoue -- Ambiant Otaku -- Ambiant Otaku (1994)
  DJ Mermaid -- (Track 3) -- DJ Mermaid in Lounge Land!
  Tonepoet -- As The Sun Begins To Awake -- Headspace (2014)
  Jeff Greinke -- One September -- Wide View (2002)
  Lee Paxton -- Death is but a Doorway Time is but a Window -- Day Of Transformation (2006)
  Darshan Ambient -- Fields -- Little Things (2013)
  Nick Cave & Warren Ellis -- The Far Road -- The Road: Original Film Score (2009)
  Grace Davidson, Max Richter, Ben Russell, Yuki Numata, Caleb Bur -- Non-eternal -- Sleep (2015)
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2020-04-08 - Peacock Butterfly   


Pam Knowler posted a photo:

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A beautiful Peacock butterfly in the garden this afternoon enjoying the lovely warm sunshine.


Goulishly Delicious Halloween Cookies   

HALLOWEEN COOKING My kids love these cookies. We make them together for a lot of  the celebratory holidays. They are delicious and sooo moreish, it really is hard to just stop at eating one of them. They are also relatively easy to make and need less than ten minutes cooking time! My kids love helping my mix up the dough and then really enjoy cutting out all the shapes in the dough, although I got to honestly say, I think the best part for them is in the eating. TRICK OR TREAT – HALLOWEEN FOOD Now I know that on Halloween most kids are going to probably eat more than enough sugar, but being in Australia, trick or treating is not always followed and in some cases you have to drive your kids from street to street to find the few houses celebrating the day. This year Halloween falls on a day that they have extra curricular activities on until late after school so trick or treating is out this year. But they are not too upset as they have a spooky school disco to dress up for at the end of the week. The other thing that helped smooth things over was making several batches of these cookies, with most going to school to be shared with their class mates. HOW TO MAKE HALLOWEEN COOKIES Theses cookies are simple and easy to make and the end cookie really is worth the wait time that you need to allow the dough to cool in the fridge – minimum 30mins in the freezer or several hours in the fridge is best. INGREDIENTS: FOR THE COOKIES 1 cup of Sugar 150grams of unsalted butter room temperature (if you only have salted, omit the salt latter in the recipe) 2 Cups of white flour 1 Teaspoon of baking powder 1/4 teaspoon of salt 1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla essence 2 tablespoons of milk FOR THE ICING 1 bag of Icing Sugar (the pure stuff, not the icing mixture for cakes) Water (amount varies but have a small jug on hand) Orange and Black gel food colour (if you only have liquid food colouring, make sure you use less water) UTENSILS YOU WILL NEED A stand mixer with a beater attachment Cup and Spoon measurement tools A spatula A fork or whisk and spoons Spare bowls Glad Wrap Rolling pin Cookie cutters – Halloween shapes work best for this project! Baking paper or a silicone baking sheet A baking tray or similar An oven and a fridge THE METHOD: Preheat a fan forced oven to 180 degrees celsius. (Adjust other ovens to best heat in regards to this temperature) Mix butter and sugar until creamed in an electric stand mixer with the beater. In a small bowl lightly whisk the egg, vanilla and milk. Add to the creamed butter and sugar and mix. In another bowl whisk the flour, baking powder and salt. Add half the dry ingredients into the wet and mix on low. When combined add in the last of the dry ingredients and again mix on low until a dough forms. Use the spatula to help you scrape the dough out of the bowl and place in heap on a large piece of glad wrap. Enclose the dough in the glad wrap so no air can enter and press dough together to form a disc shape. Place in the fridge for 2-4 hours. If you are scant of time place in the freezer for a minimum of 30 minutes. Lightly dust a large flat work surface such as a table (I use a sift to help me really cover the area evenly). Take the dough from the fridge or freezer removing the glad wrap (I usually break the dough into two pieces at this point to make the next steps easier) Kneed the dough in your hands back into a disc shape. Place the dough onto the flour dusted surface – don’t worry if your dough is sticky from not being cold enough, just use plenty of flour on you work surface – and roll it out evenly into a circle shape to a height of about 1cm. Use your cookie cutters to cut as many shapes as you can in the dough and place these onto a baking tray that is lined with baking paper or a silicone baking sheet. Make sure you leave ample space between each cookie incase they expand a little in the oven. Repeat steps 9-11 until you have used up all your dough or there is not enough room on your baking tray. Place in the oven for 8-12 minutes. Keep an eye on them, if they start to brown in any way they are ready. In reality they should come out of the oven almost exactly the same shade of creamy yellow that they went in, but as I have kids and am not always paying enough attention ours always get a little over cooked. Leave to cool for at least 10minutes. They will be quite soft when they come out and will harden as they cool. I have stone benches and I like to slide the baking sheet onto the cool stone to help the cookies cool even quicker.Once cool you can ice them TO ICE THE COOKIES We had halloween cookie cutters in the shapes of pumpkins, bats and ghosts. I got mine from Coles when I was doing my weekly shop so look out for them at your local grocery store. I split the bag of icing into three bowls and started with the orange icing first. Add in your gel food colouring and then slowly mix in a spoon of water into the icing sugar at a time, mixing until you get a paste like consistency. You do not want to add too much water as liquidy icing sugar will just run off the cookies.  Keep adding in more food colour if needed until you get the vibrancy of […]

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Leilani Jordan's mother mourns the loss of her 'butterfly' - NBC News   

  1. Leilani Jordan's mother mourns the loss of her 'butterfly'  NBC News
  2. 27-year-old grocery store clerk kept working because she wanted to help people. Then she died from coronavirus.  CBS News
  3. A grocery clerk with cerebral palsy died of coronavirus. She had kept working to help seniors  CNN
  4. Grocery clerk dies of coronavirus, leaves goodbye video for family on phone  New York Post
  5. Coronavirus claims hero supermarket clerk  New York Daily News
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The Layered Cake Structure of a Paper   

posted by Lexing Xie, additions and edits by Aditya Menon

I like cakes, and I enjoy reading logically lucid research articles. This post argues that research papers can benefit from explicitly thinking about and planning its four logical layers, just like a multi-layered Mille-feuille, or Napoleon cake (image credit: alyonascooking).


I gave the following advice multiple times to different people in the group in the past year or so. Penning it down may help aspiring researchers master the craft of technical story-telling. This is a repackaging of technical writing tips (aka open secret) that are practiced often, but in my opinion, can be publicized more. Good writing advice exists in abundance. See this recent one by Zack Lipton, or this one by Claire Le Goues, or this or this or this.

1. Section and subsection titles

They are the back-bone of the paper. If one collects all the section and subsection titles in a paper, they should make logical sense. Instead of section titles that simply say Method or Model, say a hypothetical cake-making paper may have the following sections:

Sec 3 Making puff pastry
Sec 4 Assembling the mille-feuille

For some work it is easy to see one linear sequence to present the ideas and results, such as Action Schema Network. For others, there are several alternative sequencing that make sense, such as the SIR-Hawkes or RNN-MAS papers. In the latter case, we chose a sequence that will better help the reader understand the proposal with the least amount of cognitive gaps and jumps. Try to avoid stand-alone vague terms at confusing nesting levels, such as

Sec 5 Results
Sec 6 ...
Sec 6.2 Results

Lastly, the aesthetics of section titles matters too. Subsection should have parallel phrase structure, e.g. designing, learning, extracting It is an eyesore to allow section titles to be overly long, e.g. spanning three lines in the paper template. It is also irritating to have consecutive section titles without any content in between.

6 Experiments
6.1 Design of experiments

We design...

2. Paragraphs

The logical back-bone of each section or subsection is reflected in its paragraphs. Such logical structure should be immediately clear to the reader. In other words, a clear and predictable structure will allow the reader to focus on the content and argument, while an unusual or buggy structure will waste the reader’s energy trying to guess what is being presented. One common way to organize a methodology section is what-how-why, or problem setup-approach-discussion. For example, the cake-making paper may have a section focusing on puff pastry:

Puff pastry forms the skeleton of a Mille-feuille, it has three desired properties: ...

There are four key steps for making good puff pastry ...

This method works on plain flour and whole wheat. For recipe with pumpkin, see ...

One common way to present a set of results is how-what-sowhat. Or, how the result is generated, key observations, and then implications and discussions. For example:

We generate 16 batches of Mille-feuille, with two levels of butter, four different nuts, and two different fruit toppings. We tested them on four cultural groups recruited on a university campus, and report majority preferences. 

Table 1 summarises our results. We found that the Tahiti group strongly prefers macadamia, and the Antarctica group dislikes peanuts. ... 

Our observations imply that fruit toppings can change seasonally and will not influence the market performance of Mille-feuille. The preference for nuts were known [Babylonian, 2300BC] but observations about the Antarctica population is new. 

If you find certain paragraphs flowing on and on, it is time to consider splitting it. Pause to summarise the main logical point this paragraph tries to make, and how to split is usually clear.

3. Sentences

Within a paragraph, sentences string together a smooth logical flow to cover the core idea. Naturally, adjacent sentences often have logical relationships. The most common one being cause-effect

The pastry should be chilled but baked when the oven is at 200 centigrade or more. This is to allow it to puff before the butter melts.

or parallel

To roll a puff pastry dough, first .... Then ... Finally ...

Each sentence should introduce one and only one new thing to the reader. The new thing should be connected to the previous sentence to avoid logical jumps. It is common in early drafts to eagerly pile insights into a long sentence. This is easy to improve by breaking them into two or more sentences – the fixing of the example below is left as reader exercise.

Temperature controls for puff pastries is key to its success, which the refrigerated resting phase determines the quality of mixing between starch and fat, furthermore the baking temperature determines the puffiness and surface consistency. 

A corollary of this advice is to present each new concept and new argument once and only once. It is enjoyable for the reader to have a bit more insight as she reads, rather than encountering the same argument again and again. Introduction and conclusion of the paper are notable exceptions, since their purpose is to succinctly summarise key points of the paper. Content selection and presentation in these sections is left for a separate discussion.

It is the authors’ responsibility to anticipate reader questions, such as why should one follow such steps, the computational complexity, how to choose hyper-parameters, etc. Point to other sections that may contain additional justification.

The multiple resting rounds for pastry dough is time-consuming, but essential for the adequate mixing of starch and fat components. The optimal resting time is believed to be 2 hours and can be as short as 1.5 hours. Section 5 contains results of varied mixing time with different fat ingredients such as butter, lard, or their vegetarian replacements.

It is also the authors’ responsibility to echo (but not repeat) earlier content in the paper, and point out non-obvious connections.

... Step 2 of pastry-making involves multiple rounds of mixing and refrigerated resting. ... This is time-consuming but is the only way to ensure the first requirement outlined in the last section -- be puffy! 

4. Within a sentence

Brevity is the soul of wit. I am a big fan of punchy and accurate sentences. Here is a handful of tips for generating them, google will find you many many more (e.g. this)

  • Replace emtpy words with active words. For example,
Utilisation of appropriate instrumentation will ease the creation of puff pastry.


Making puff pastry needs the right tools. 
  • Get to the primary subject of a sentence without delay. e.g. instead of
A common substitute, especially popular in recent years, is brown sugar


Brown sugar is a common substitute
  • Remove unnecessary words, such that there is no doubt that puff pastry is ... becomes no doubt puff pastry is .... See Strunk and White and Good Writing Matters for more examples.
  • A common sin is using the same (non-trivial) word multiple time in a para, unless one is aiming for deliberate symmetry. For example,
Choosing the right tools is important. ... It is important to let the dough rest for 30 minutes ... Sugar content is the most important ingredient affecting user satisfaction.  

may become the following after looking up the thesaurus.

Choosing the right tools is important. ... It is crucial to let the dough rest for 30 minutes ... Sugar content is the most critical ingredient affecting user satisfaction.  
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To conclude, practice makes perfect. Even for experienced writers, bugs at these four layers creep up at different iterations of paper writing. The only way to combat such sloppiness is to proof read – with the criteria that a paper should compile1 at all four logical levels.

Aside: there are many other worthy subtopics about the making of a great technical paper. Let me know in person, or post a comment below.

Cake party for the lab, anyone?

1 The original idea for a “compiler” check for a paper comes from Salman Durani in private communication.

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