When I feel unproductive because of my environment or tools, I try to recite that Bukouski’s poem. But sometimes good tools help. Here are mine.


  • Place: my daughter’s IKEA desk and chair in her room. I enjoy watching the tree outside the window.
  • Main computer: 15 inch MacBook Pro on a reading stand with an Apple bluetooth keyboard and mouse
  • Reference management: Zotero with a Brave extension (zotero connector)
  • Writing: Overleaf (online LaTeX editor) and R Markdown (solo); google docs (w/ non-tech or many co-authors)


  • Meeting software: Zoom
  • Capture/switchboard: Blackmagicdesign Atem Mini
  • Camera: Lumix DMC-GX80 (w/ Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm 1: 1,8)
  • Microphone: Audio Technica ATR2500X USB
  • Extra input: iPad Air (1st generation) to show slides and notes with a universal stylus pen
  • Slides: Overleaf, R Markdown, and Keynote