This will be slightly atypical - so those that feel I should blog only about what they are interested in can step off. Meet the rest of you after the jump.
Archive for the 'BlogBlather' category
I'm running a few months behind schedule on this on but I finally remembered. It's a meme for you, Dear Reader, to take more than the usual spotlight you enjoy at this blog. This is especially for you lurkers (in case you didn't notice, the email field can be filled with nonsense like firstname.lastname@example.org). For the the veterans, yes I know who you are but feel free to update us on any changes in the way you interact with the blog...especially if you've lost touch with the content, been dismayed or just decided that I'm not who you thought at first, ideas-wise.
So, to work!
1) Tell me about yourself. Who are you? Do you have a background in science? If so, what draws you here as opposed to meatier, more academic fare? And if not, what brought you here and why have you stayed?
2) Have you told anyone else about this blog? Why? Were they folks who are not a scientist?. Ever sent anything to family members or groups of friends who don't understand your career?
3) How did you find us and how do you regularly follow us? through Twitter, Facebook and/or other beyond-RSS mechanisms?
[This is all the fault of Ed Yong. Head over the the last iteration to see all the gory details and links to prior comment threads.]
The National Institute on Aging has a new blog, go comment and tell them we want funding data!
Francis Collins was on Hardball discussing the sequester impact.
"Independent Scientist" Perlstein covered in Science, bit titled "Going Rogue". Unfortunately.
Impact Factor Distortions editorial
The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) is unimpressed with Impact Factor assessment of science.
Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine give $70 Million to USC. Scientists everywhere fantasize about finding their own celebrity backers.....
Our good blog friend drdrA returns!
I’m sure you’ve noticed that I’ve taken three steps back from the blogging business for a while now. Although I don’t want to provide an exhaustive list of reasons for why I did this, I do want to offer a brief explanation. The first, and probably most important reason, is that I don’t feel like I had anything urgent to say- and when I don’t have anything to say it is better just to
keep my mouthput my keyboard down rather than to splatter some drivel out there.
my blather on the realities of being an NIH extramurally-funded investigator is to "game theory" what screaming and waving in panic is to dogpaddling over to the side and climbing out the pool ladder.
I'm doing a face lift over at the Scientopia Blogs CafePress shoppe.
It's been a little while since I messed around and they have a few new products including this little number for the #phitnessdouchery types. I realize I never really set this up beyond the basics so it may take me a little bit of time to put up the items that I think would be of interest. Meaning that in the event that you know there's something in the cafepress catalog that I haven't put up yet and you want it, drop me a note (drugmnky at the googles mail). I also tend to put images on the back of the shirt where cafepress permits. This is a personal preference. If you want something with the logo on the front drop me a line and we should be able to work that out.
Oh, and I got around to making a DrugMonkey logo with the right URL on it finally. Here's the much beloved simple coffee mug. I'll get to the rest later.
The only other news is that I'm adding a $0.50-1.00 markup which will be funneled back into the Scientopia operating fund. This is part and parcel of the effort previously leading to the paypal link and now the Google ads on the sidebar. We're still running a hefty monthly deficit, this is being footed by one of the gang so anything you care to do to chip in will help out a ton.
It's been awhile that we've been rolling as a blog collective and I am curious what you think. If you are a reader of any of these blogs that predates the collective, have you missed a beat? Are there things that you dislike (or like better) about your favorite blogs?
For everyone, what do you like and dislike about Scientopia? What would you see as a way to improve?
Open thread, so go nuts.
To all of my readers, the bloggers the I read and the Twitts with whom I chat.... Here's wishing a very happy and productive 2013 to you and yours.
Best of luck to the job seekers and the grant supplicants, in particular. Fair winds to all the parents out there...may those of you with really young ones find some sleep. Happy dissertating to the late stage graduate students in the crowd and may all trainees publish a paper or three this year.
I'm not much for resolutions so I'm not prepared to offer any up...but I do have an interest is sustained behavioral change. I was able to improve in two target areas last year, one personal and one professional. The former is exercise related and was assisted by the Tweeperati- I may continue to rely upon you this year. The second target isn't really blogable for obvious reasons but I hope to continue a slightly new approach to my work for the coming year.
I wish you all luck with your goals and resolutions and suggest that you seek online social support for any of them that require sustained behavioral change on your part.
in this case it is the gmailz suggesting I add a couple of more email addresses to my group message... Continue Reading »
Mind bogglingly out of touch statements from people at the higher echelons of the NIH, that's what.