I think everyone has a fair idea of which area of the political spectrum I park my ass at, and I'm fairly apathetic to political ploys and bickering to a point. I have to say I'm quite disappointed with Conservatives that are lambasting the photos and videos of the president working out. Sean Hannity of Fox News commented on how small his weights were and how bad he was straining. Even remarking that the president in no way could keep up with his own martial arts workouts.
How about instead of goofing on the guy for how little the weights are and cracking jokes, why not applaud a guy for getting exercise? We are in a fucking obesity epidemic in the US, picking on the guy for working out goes beyond the pale of politics and is nothing more than a case study in bullying. In my mind it is honestly tantamount to bodybuilders shitting on a new guy in the gym who is just trying to get into shape. Encourage people to exercise, be healthy, and better themselves. At some point in time we all sucked at something but then we (hopefully) got better and encouragement can help a lot.
I'm currently shopping my manuscript at journal #4... You know what they don't say, 4th time is the charm.
First off, I don't want to hear any OA bullshit. I know everyone has a bone for OA journals right now but the best thing for my career and my boss currently is to publish in glam journals. In a utopian society I'd tell CNS to go drink paint thinner and jump off a high tree limb with a bicycle chain around their necks connected to the tree while I publish in a OA journal. Unfortunately this isn't utopia and the scientific community whether they like it or not still values glamour publications.
Too bad I got rejected by one. I didn't get the automatic desk reject like showing up to the ballpark and finding the clubhouse doors locked. More like I got thrown out of the game right as I planted my feet in the batter's box. That said, we were aiming a bit high probably, but you never hit a home run unless you swing for the fences.
So now I'm relegated to the minor leagues but that's okay with me, maybe I can get a AAA publication. But in the meantime I'm sitting on the couch, drinking some beers and watching baseball. I've already spun the manuscript around and its submitted again, so let me have my rest dammit.
PS, if you don't get baseball analogies this whole post has been a complete loss for you. Sorry I don't know cricket analogies.
Just a quick poll the audience question. Our lab is getting some summer interns in a few months and was just wondering how everyone distributes them (to grad students, postdocs, techs) and what kind of projects do you give them (plug and play, extra stuff in the lab nobody has time to do but may be helpful)?
I kind of felt bad today, poor Gio Gonzalez got beat up more than people's 401k's back in 2009.
Just fucking with you, unless that dude can drop some big checks.
Happy April 1st. Now get back to work.
Our lab is starting to churn out some good papers and we hope to submit about 6 of them for publication by the end of the year. I was just wondering what everyone's strategy is for suggesting reviewers? Do you go with people who have seen your work at meetings who are favorable to it? BSDs whose landmark papers you have reference and just hope that it will get reviewed quickly by them (read their postdoc)?
How do you folks do it and what are some good tips?
Neither do I? At least in my present state of delirium.
I don't even know exactly what time it is in the early morning as I am finishing my poster layout for the Gordon Research Conference that starts this weekend. If you will be in Ventura, CA, I'll see you there. If not, I can give you updates on what the hell happened.
Echoing PLS's post about budgetary complexities, we have to keep an eye on the expenses in our lab too as our funding has seriously tightened up. I look at experiments and see the data that it generates but I'm also thinking more and more what is the price tag for that data. And like PLS we have about 6 pots of money to draw from and its fucking confusing as to which fund to draw down on sometimes and why.
For us the budget tightening has been a big change. Mouse lines that were kept up and running if we needed them on a whim have been cryopreserved. Watching how much we are spending on antibodies. Working on which transfection appears to be the most economical in our lab (message me if you want details).
Unfortunately for us and with the looming of an even further bleak immediate future for science funding, we'll be keeping even more of an eye on the bottom line.