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Careful with your manuscript edits, folks

via Twitter and retractionwatch, some hilarity that ended up in the published version of a paper*.

Although association preferences documented in our study theoretically could be a consequence of either mating or shoaling preferences in the different female groups investigated (should we cite the crappy Gabor paper here?), shoaling preferences are unlikely drivers of the documented patterns both because of evidence from previous research and inconsistencies with a priori predictions.

Careful what sorts of editorial manuscript comments you let slip through, people.

*apparently the authors are trying to correct the record so it may not last in the official version at the journal.

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The Black Knight is my new spirit animal

Jan 15 2014 Published by under Careerism, Humor

I think @mbeisen Twitted one of the first #MontyPythonScience I saw. There's lots of hilarity. But this one just floored me.

" 'tis but a scratch"
"A scratch? Half your funding's been cut"
"I've had worse"

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RIP Lou Reed

Oct 29 2013 Published by under Humor, Music

"Oh, I love journalists".

Me too, dude, me too.

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SFN 2013 funnies

Oct 22 2013 Published by under Humor, Society for Neuroscience

In case you missed it, @markgbaxter was KILLING it last night with the #SFNmemes

some of my favorites were perhaps


I think @neuropolarbear started it.

And there was contribution from @nickwan

Go Read.

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Sequester Impacts

May 22 2013 Published by under #FWDAOTI, Humor

That thing where someone else at the University is walking around, obviously checking out under-utilized lab space and then when caught says:

"Oh, well, it looked on RePORTER like you have just like the one grant in no-cost extension so.... [awkward pause]"

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Repost: Study Section, Act I

I think it has been some time since I last reposted this. This originally appeared Jun 11, 2008.

Time: February, June or October
Setting: The Washington Triangle National Hotel, Washington DC

    Dramatis Personæ:

  • Assistant Professor Yun Gun (ad hoc)
  • Associate Professor Rap I.D. Squirrel (standing member)
  • Professor H. Ed Badger (standing member, second term)
  • Dr. Cat Herder (Scientific Review Officer)
  • The Chorus (assorted members of the Panel)
  • Lurkers (various Program Officers, off in the shadows)

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...."what a drag".

Feb 11 2013 Published by under FWDAOTI, Humor

For my lovely persecution complex commenters....

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"Sure I read the paper, but I, ahh, can't remember all the details"

Feb 02 2012 Published by under #FWDAOTI, Humor

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Hipster science

Feb 27 2011 Published by under Humor, Uncategorized

Hipsterscience Lab NotebookUPDATE 2/28/11: #hipsterscience shows no signs of slowing down.

I'm pretty sure it is all Zelnio's fault:

kzelnio: I keep my pipettes in organic wool hand-woven napsacks made by local free range shepherds in Big Sur #hipsterscience

kzelnio: I hand grind organically grown fair trade red algae to make my agarose for electrophoresis. I don't buy into "big agarose" #hipsterscience

kzelnio: I was into the coalescent before it went mainstream #hipsterphylogenetics

enniscath: Positive controls are waaaaay too conformist #hipsterscience

superkash: I use my own heirloom goat's milk for blocking buffers. #hipsterscience

JoshRosenau: My primers are organically made by a guy I know. You wouldn't have heard of him. #hipsterscience

drugmonkeyblog: You get a better shave with a blade you've freshly knapped from fair-trade, small producer obsidian @drisis #hipsterscience #hipsteranthro

upulie: I don't publish on the "major journal" labels, I only tweet my work #hipsterscience

CMastication: My parents fund my research. #hipsterscience

noahWG: I discovered the Higgs boson, but fuck if I'm going to ruin it by telling others about it. #hipsterscience

talyarkoni: Hypothesis testing is for people who lack conviction. #hipsterscience

CBC_psi: My data don't need to fit to your "model." #hipsterscience

drugmonkeyblog: The Williamsburg Project was edgier RT @nwerneck @bjkraal: I liked Richard Feynman before he joined the Manhattan Project. #hipsterscience

bjkraal: I liked Richard Feynman before he joined the Manhattan Project. #hipsterscience

DrKlapperich: I'm writing a textbook. It's self published #hipsterscience

dftchemist: If its not fortran 77 its not real code #hipsterscience

dr_leigh: the modern lab balance has only one pan. nowhere to put the mass standards... tragic. #hipsterscience

drugmonkeyblog: replication is for mainstreamers...I prefer to keep moving forward. #hipsterscience

ajebsary: I only publish in PLoS journals, out of principle. #OpenScience is my mantra and impact factor is for jokers. #HipsterScience

talyarkoni: Neuroscientists today have it easy with Brodmann Areas and stereotaxic coordinates. In my day, we used echolocation. #hipsterscience

anaturalstate: I use R for stats because Matlab is so corporate #hipsterscience

drugmonkeyblog: I know he went by Fred, I only use Burrhus to be ironic. #hipsterscience

CMastication My research question? You've never heard of it. #hipsterscience

drugmonkeyblog: Poser. I used the only lecture hall that still has chalkboards. RT @medscholaradaml overhead projector for my thesis defense #hipsterscience

medscholaradaml: Powerpoint? No thanks I'm using this overhead projector for my thesis defense #hipsterscience

TheAstronomist: I like galaxies the way they used to be long ago when they emitted their light, I don't even care what they do now. #hipsterscience

drugmonkeyblog: I build my own electrophys rigs out of parts from RadioShack to remain authentic. #hipsterscience ..oh, wait

ryneches: Published in PLoS One before everyone thought it was cool. #hipsterscience

dorsalstream: I only work with skinny genes. #hipsterscience

caruanascott: unless you take a day to equilibrate your phenol, extractions are just not very rewarding #hipsterscience

kzelnio My thermal cycler is a fixie #hipsterscience

jillahjillah: Negative reviews validate the innovative nature of my work #hipsterscience

catchpolenet: Infrared spectroscopy is a little passé. I'm thinking purples and browns. Brown goes with my man bag. #hipsterscience

para_sight: I only sequence the anti-sense strand; the conformists can work out the obvious, maybe #hipsterscience

AgileRoxy: I converted my lab notebook to QR codes. #hipsterscience

westius: I like my chemistry organic #hipsterscience

cambrianexplode: Evolution? I like the early stuff but it's all gotten so predictable now. #hipsterscience

drugmonkeyblog: It's just more authentic to pipette by mouth. #hipsterscience

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Hard headed applicant?

This cracked me up. In doing a little research for my post over at Sb, I ran across a couple of NIH applications that were funded on the A6 version. Yep, that means somebody submitted an application seven times to get it funded (this was prior to 1996 when you could do this). What sort of person would do that, I wondered?

Click to embiggen so you can appreciate the key point.

ahh, of course. Someone who was in year 28 of his other R01. Unfortunately RePORTER seems to have lost a lot of the historical data that CRISP used to have so it is hard to tell precisely. But you wanna bet this guy had one grant that he renewed continually for decades...then when it came time to write a new proposal had no idea how to deal with critical comments, perhaps from a new set of reviewers that were not his long time cronies?

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