Archive for the 'Day in the life of DrugMonkey' category
The science has been getting better and better in my group lately. Progress on most fronts and I'm pretty stoked for what is going on.
I think I am getting increasingly grumpy with Internet dumbassery at the same time.
Which I find very strange.
You know those clickbait links on the bottom of some dubious "news" website articles, including HuffPo? Usually about the latest celebrity pictures or "hottest NFL wives" or something?
There is a trend for "white celebrity you didn't know was married to a black spouse!"
Now it's "...and aren't their biracial kids kyooooot?"
This feels like interracial fetish porn to me.
When do I get to that stage where my lab is operated entirely by oppressed trainees who are totally doing the PI job in all ways but name and I get to sit back, eat bonbons and watch my h-index rise?
Those of you who know me personally know that I am totally forthcoming about all the lucky duck stuff* that has happened to me when it comes to the arc of my career. I do this in part so that I remind myself not to be one of these old farts who thinks he deserves every last bit of funding he ever acquired and it is an outrage when the gravy train goes elsewhere.
I mean, as PP was saying it is probably inevitable that we'll eventually become that dude. But let's try to hold it off as long as possible, eh?
Try to be clear at least inside your own head that you've *also* had some breaks go your way.
*and pretty much everything else too. I complain a lot.
Some people try to get into a mental frame for grant writing with disruptions of their normal workaday routine.
I tend to fit grant writing into a normal, regular old working style.
This all started because someone wanted to know what special snacks or food I use for "grant mode".
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Times I have made critical progress in conceptualizing experiments, grant proposals and manuscript language this past month or so.
-exiting lab on way to get in my car
-riding a chairlift
-sitting at my desk putzing on Twitter
-lingering at coffee shop
-during random PI blathering to technician