Sounds just about right
It is sort of interesting that just as my decade blogging as DrugMonkey is expiring, all this political jazz erupts.
Back when science blogging was still vibrant, bloggers would launch a challenge query and tag some other folks to answer. I'm tagging dr24hrs, Gerty-Z, docbecca and iBAM on this one.
(I just saw something like this on Fb or somewhere, btw. I didn't invent it.)
The question is, from the teevee (or movies) you've been watching recently, name the top five characters you'd want coming to rescue you from a bad situation.
Yours? Feel free to answer on your blog if you have one, and drop a link. If not, use the comments.
Louis C.K. "...they'll drive it home in their Civic".
JoBi! Introducing a huge bit on sexual assault, no less. Wow.
...but nobody said anything about the "casting couch".
Some guy being awarded the grant not because his work was that good in this application but because he deserved it for past performance. Wait...sorry, not a grant. Best Actor.
1. Entertain yourself.
Nine years ago my dismay at the way certain Ecstasy and pot enthusiasts conducted misinformation campaigns online, and dismay over certain realities of the scientific career arc reached a threshold.
I had been reading science blogs and, particularly, several ScienceBlogs, so the outlet immediately presented itself.
Much spleen has been vented and my sanity kept near the critical line.
I've read comments from people that I would have never known, still don't beyond the confines of this blog in many cases* and learned a great deal as a consequence.
I've gotten to know people in my field that I would have known only at a handshake level. I've gotten to know some fantastic people in other fields or walks of life that I would have never run across.
In short, it has been a lot of fun writing this blog over the past nine years.
I can quit anytime I want.
*as recently as the last few months I've had a long term blog commenter out self to me and I was shocked to discover it wasn't a woman like I thought.
Jan: Here's to wishing all of my Readers a fantastic 2015. May your grants be funded, your papers accepted and your promotions obtained.
Feb: Some people try to get into a mental frame for grant writing with disruptions of their normal workaday routine.
These things may or may not be part of your personal life, where rejection rears its head at times and you are left to deal with the fall out.
Jun: First of all, if you don't understand that anything featuring groups of humans is in the broader sense "political" than you are a fool.
Jul: I still get irritated every time a PO gives me some grant advice or guidance that is discordant with my best understanding of the process.
Aug: Sometimes, I page back through my Web of Science list of pubs to the minimal citations range.
Sep: How many staff members (mix of techs, undergrads, graduate students, postdocs, staff sci, PI) constitute a "medium sized laboratory" in your opinion?
Oct: Are you familiar with any Universities that award some sort of official recognition of the completion of a postdoctoral term of scientific training?
Dec: It emerged on the Twitts today that sometimes postdocs can defer student loans and sometimes they cannot.
I maintain a blog Glossary page which is supposed to be a handy reference for newcomers to the blog. It is necessary because I am lazy and often use shorthand when I am writing blog posts. My commenters frequently do as well. I was just adding RAP to the list when I thought I should maybe solicit feedback from you.
So, any suggestions for the Glossary, Dear Reader?
Anything which stumped you when you first started reading? Or which stumps you now?
What jargon should I add?
Apparently I missed this meme last year. huh.
The rules for this blog meme are quite simple.
-Post the link and first sentence from the first blog entry for each month of the past year.
I originally did this meme, after seeing similar posted by Janet Stemwedel and John Lynch. Prior editions include 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009 and 2008.
If you blog, I encourage you to do your own year-end wrap up post.
Mar: This is important enough to elevate to an entry.
Apr: I have been experiencing a sharp uptick in high school projects that are apparently titled: "Email questions to some random expert on the internet" lately.
May: This is an overview of a presentation in Symposium 491. Scientists versus Street Chemists: The Toxicity of Designer Marijuana presented Wed, Apr 30, 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM at the 2014 Experimental Biology meeting.
Jun: It has recently come to my attention that not everyone views the no-cost extension (NCE) of a NIH grant the same way I do.
Jul: I realize this is not news to most of you.
Sep: One of the more awesome and fun parts of running this blog for so long is watching you all progress in your lives and careers.
Oct: Some days... I tell you, one of the most hilarious parts of this blogging gig is this.
Nov: The best known Klingon proverb ... is proof that before they were warriors, the Klingons were academicians.