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Rescue: A Blog Meme

Mar 09 2016 Published by under Blogging, Meme

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. 

Mine are:

1. Tyrion Lannister

2.DCI John Luther

3. Jessica Jones

4. Varys the Spider

5. Sergeant Antigone Bezzerides

Yours? Feel free to answer on your blog if you have one, and drop a link. If not, use the comments. 

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Feb 29 2016 Published by under Blogging


Chris Rock.

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".

Chris Rock.

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.

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A comprehensive guide to using social media to your advantage

1. Entertain yourself.

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Nine years.

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.

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Twelve Months of DrugMonkey (2015)

Dec 19 2015 Published by under BlogBlather, Blogging

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.

Mar: There is one thing that concerns me about the Journal of Neuroscience banning three authors from future submission in the wake of a paper retraction.

Apr: challdreams wrote on rejection.

 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.

May: Neuroscientist Nikos Logothetis (PubMed) has informed his colleagues that he is stopping his long running nonhuman primate research program.

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?

NovPAR-16-025 invites applications for the R50 Research Specialist award.

Dec: It emerged on the Twitts today that sometimes postdocs can defer student loans and sometimes they cannot.

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Updating the Glossary

May 29 2015 Published by under BlogBlather, Blogging

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?

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Open Thread

Jan 23 2015 Published by under BlogBlather, Blogging

Whatcha got today, folks?

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Twelve Months of Drug Monkey (2014)

Dec 02 2014 Published by under Blogging

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.


Jan: A December 18 post on the Rock Talk blog issued an update on the funding rate situation for grant applications submitted to the NIH.

Feb: A new post at Speaking for Research details the history:

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.

Aug: The Sesai suicide has been deemed the result of an anti-fraud witch hunt by well respected biomedical ethics / conduct of science / publishing / open science dude Michael Eisen.

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.

Dec: The NIH has notified us (NOT-OD-15-024) that as of Jan 25, 2015 all grant applications will have to use the new Biosketch format (sample word doc).

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Who are you, what are you doing here and why do you keep looking at me? VII: "You know nothing Jon Snow"

Jun 09 2014 Published by under Blogging, Day in the life of DrugMonkey, Meme

I have an extra special reason for this annual event, so hook me up, Dear Reader. (I might even explain why in a few weeks.)

This post is a meme for you, the readers of this blog, to take more than the usual spotlight you enjoy here in the comments. This is especially for you lurkers (in case you didn't notice, the email field can be filled with nonsense like 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.

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?

If you blog, and I know many of you do, go ahead and post your own version of this. Take the time to get to know your audience and ask the lurkers to come out and play. You'll be most pleasantly surprised how many take you up on it.

[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.]

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Will You Be Attending Experimental Biology 2014?

Apr 17 2014 Published by under ASPET, Blogging, Experimental Biology

The good folks at the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics have seen fit to invite me to serve as an official blogger for the Experimental Biology 2014 meeting to be held in San Diego, CA, April 26-30. I will be joined in this effort by @katiesci who blogs at

I would like to invite you, Dear Readers, to send me your presentation details, should you be attending this year. You can drop a note in the comments to this thread or send me an email (drugmnky at the google mail). I will try to stop by if it fits in my schedule and maybe blog it if I can understand what you do.

There may also be a meet up or two which revolves around either this community at the blog or my Twitter Tweeps. So stay in touch about that. If you are interested in such a thing and leave a comment, this may help to stimulate someone (say, me) to get off their behind and organize something.

Looking forward to seeing some of your science and to meeting some of you.

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