No that’s an oversimplification of his editorial. Actually, his worry is that science blogs are more fun and easier to read than real science journalism (which, by the way, is hard to find); meanwhile, bloggers have no required credentials, no accountability, and might just be lying to everyone.
UPDATE: In case it isn’t clear, Royce Murray is one of my favorite chemists and teachers. UNC is my Alma Mater, and I really appreciated his class. While most bloggers are pretty unhappy with Royce’s editorial, I wasn’t offended. I basically agree that neither the public nor scientists should be getting information from blogs without a grain of salt. Especially this blog. I’m sarcastic 83% of the time.
Sorry I haven’t posted anything for such a long time. I’ve been on vacation before my postdoc starts. I’ve been out of the loop, mainly because I don’t have access to journal articles until July. The break has been nice, but I am sorta looking forward to doing some science soon!
EDS is going to start charging readers of this blog. I hope that’s OK with everybody. You can use Paypal, credit card, or cash. But I’ll leave it up to y’all how much we charge.
All the proceeds (after we pay for site maintenance, travel expenses, and CEO compensation and bonuses) will go to the Virgle project.
I’m more than proud to say that I’ve finally won an award in grad school: MOST AWESOME FUCKING AWARD YOU’LL EVER GET.
Sam is just as hilarious and poignant as Dylan Stiles was yet he hardly gets any comments. It’s fucking tragic. Not only is he a better blogger than me, but he’s clearly got large hands. Two things I envy. I also want to take this time to congratulate CBC for growing up and getting a real blog with WordPress. Hooray! Yet again, good blogging but at least they’re getting lots of comments, which is the only form of “payment” bloggers ever really get.
It’s a real honor to be recognized by one of the super-chemist bloggers, Kyle Finchsigmate, of The Chem Blog. Also, to be compared to Dylan Styles and CBC in the same paragraph made me pee my pants a little. That award is going over on my sidebar, somewhere!
But we should recognize the other contributers to this blog: Charles, William, Jordan, Nick, David, Kendall, and Ilya. Thanks for helping me win this award, guys. I could have done it without you, though. I mean, really, I think you guys are just holding me back from becoming great things. Or something.
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Is anyone going to ACS Boston? August 19-23. In Boston. Massachusetts. New England. USA. Earth. Universe. Etc.
I’ll be there, in the “Single Molecule Spectroscopy, Imaging and Manipulation of Biomolecular Systems” sessions. Paul at ChemBark thinks he’ll go.
Who wants to hang and party? Should we make a meeting time/place?
I know this is late, but here’s some blog-roundup stuff for April/Mayishtime. [As a side-note, I went to my brother’s graduation at UNC (my alma mater, too). Madeleine Albright was the commencement speaker and she was good. My favorite part was when she mentioned chaising tail.]
- Katie’s exhausting story about defending her thesis to jerks at Minor Revisions.
- Paul at ChemBark thinks that his bowtie namer is a chemist.
- PhilipJ at BioCurious finished his master’s thesis.
- The Skeptical Chemyst has suggestions for writing a cover letter.
- And Kyle at The Chem Blog gives us some history.
Hmmm. A few depressed grad students out there. Kyle feels in a funk. Excimer is bummed about an NSF rejection, and most of us know that pain. Excimer also thinks April is the most depressing month. Maybe. Propter Doc gives some advice to us all.
I’ve been feeling in a funk for the last week at least. Nothing in particular is wrong, just a lot to do and I don’t end up feeling productive at the end of the day. But it feels nice to hear that others are in the same mood. So y’all keep your chins up!
So I haven’t been perfect at this blog-roundup thing, but here’s another:
- Biocurious’ molecule of the month: Clathrin (for April) and zinc-fingers (for March)
- Kyle at The Chem Blog let’s us know how to grow crystals
- Propter Doc has a nice survival guide for working in lab (I like #4)
- Sujit at MetaDatta has nice summaries of some talks he enjoyed
- Paul at ChemBark has some interesting posts
- Andre at Biocurious shows the popular cell movie, now with words
- I really don’t like this movie, because it portrays the mechanisms of the cell as deterministic and driven, not random. It actually loses the true beauty of cellular mechanisms! (Actually, Andre seemed to have similar thoughts when he first posted this video.)
Until next time, enjoy the other blogs!
I just realized that we all missed this blog’s birthday: March 23, 2007. We’re over a year old! Any suggestions of what to change for the coming year (if we make it that long)? I was thinking of starting an Ask EDS category, where people can ask us p-chem or how-the-world-works questions and we can try to answer them. Maybe…
I thought I’d start a (pseudo?)-monthly sciencey blog roundup. Here it is for February:
- Paul at ChemBark describes his not-so-fun experience with jerks and laser dyes. Makes me feel a little queasy.
- PhilipJ has exosomes as the molecule of the month at BioCurious.
- StyleyGeek at Fubling Towards Geekdom gives a good pointer for dispairing grad students (think Journal Club).
- In a few years, Kyle at ChemBlog is going to seem old for complaining about PowerPoint lectures in class. Chalkboard, what is that?
- StyleyGeek at Fubling Towards Geekdom is blocked from getting to her building after a storm devistates campus.
- Kyle at ChemBlog exposes Big Aloe.