Huh. I've seen the name on comments out and about on the science-y blogs but never really noticed there was a blog and clicked through.
I don't know if you will like it or not, Dear Reader. I've lost touch with my audience since the move to Scientopia. Not sure why.
Anyway, I like this one. Go read.
Take my current job as a postdoc for example: I got the position by accident. My now PI wasn’t even on my radar because he doesn’t really do anything relevant to my research area. I sent him an email because he was associate chair of the department and thus in charge (administratively) of a training grant in the department. I sent him a “What do I have to do to get a spot on this grant?” email. He wrote back “We’re pretty much full, so nothing. FYI I just got a grant from Big Institute in your research area so I need a postdoc. Now.”
Above is a map I quickly made of the “top 50″ departments in Bashirology
Why on earth would two full time teachers, with three small children (at the time), travel (by car) that far to take a few classes?
Because it was the nearest school that would take Negros.
This person had a few interesting stories regarding dialect and academia. Particularly one researcher who apparently could not code switch out of AAVE at all. As you might imagine she had trouble landing a job.
Update: an older version of the Bashir blog.