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and bam! the world turns a little bit.

Jul 02 2012 Published by under Ponder

sometimes stuff just brings you up short, you know?

Between our high schools, there were three out/outed gay kids. Not one – 0% – of them lived long enough to graduate. All three committed suicide – two in “car accidents” and one with his father’s gun.

I missed the GertyZ-hosted Diversity in Science carnival, Pride Edition.

Whether you are one of us queer scientists, an active ally, or a person who realizes that they have queer friends and/or family members that they care about. What does queer advocacy mean to you? What works? How do these issues change your life as a scientist?

Or, probably not "missed" it. I thought about chiming in several times. But as you know, Dear Reader, I don't like taking up self-appointed mantles of "ally" or anything like that.

I don't feel like I have anything authoritative to say beyond, "Be a fucking decent person, why doncha?".

And it isn't that hard at all. I am not particularly special, I've lived in a fairly heteronormative path of life and I'm, as a certain beloved blog commenter is fond of pointing out, blind as a bat to many of the hyphengendered issues.

So all I ever have is the usual.

I have friends that are gay. Friends from high school, friends from college (hmm, not sure about grad school, have to think about that) and friends from now. Colleagues in my professional life. Members of the extended family. Gay parents in the neighborhood within which I do my own parent thing.

They all deserve the same things everyone else deserves. Period, end of story, why is this even an issue anymore. This is the level of obviousness to me.

Advocacy? Not really, no.

I'm sure many of you are not much different from me....all I can ask is that you take the low-inertia path. Many of you are already on social media of various stripes....just take that extra effort to post your links and views and RT the hell out of things you see that support equality. It isn't big stuff but then, you already know how to bake your own cookies, right? you don't need your back patted.

You just want to make your support emphatically clear. You never know when a teenager is going to run across a critical mass of support out there at at a critical moment. Or when a right-wing relative on Fb is finally open to reason. Or when that advocacy link you posted or RT'd will finally, *finally* get through to Uncle Joe.

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Sink or swim: In theory I'd be all over it

May 14 2012 Published by under Ponder, Postdoctoral Training

@Neuropolarbear opined:

Now that my lab is collecting data, I think my students would be more productive if I leave and stop pestering them for 2 months.

Stop pestering and stop helping them. And maybe I really mean postdocs rather than students. But I often think this.

Trainees would in many cases be better served if the PI said "Hey guys, I'm taking off on sabbatical, see you in six months or so."

I've never had the nerve to try that one out though. I can't see my way to risking my precious projects that way. Either that or I can't bear the thought of having a trainee really bollocks up their training stint with me to the point that it is an abject failure...and think I could have been more involved in oversight.

I worry, however, that this hovering weakens them.

So how about it, PI-tariat? How long would you let your trainees go without having any decent idea what they were up to? More than two weeks? More than a month?

....Six months????

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Apr 26 2012 Published by under Day in the life of DrugMonkey, Ponder

The eternal conundrum of institutional IT decision making: that designed to make it "easy" for utter morons in the system invariably fucks up workflow beyond all recognition for those who have even the slightest familiarity with the system.

Corollary: the morons never use the system anyway.

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Free iPad2!!!!!!

Dec 30 2011 Published by under #FWDAOTI, Ponder

Have you ever won anything? Something substantial by any variety of opt-in "contest"? Lottery, marketing scam scheme strategy?

Do you enter?

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