caveat grumptor

October 13, 2010 at 8:05 am | | blogs, science and the public, science community

Royce Murray doesn’t like blogs.

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.

Damn straight.

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.

man, i’ve been really slack lately

June 26, 2010 at 10:09 pm | | blogs, news

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!

That’s all.


April 1, 2008 at 10:56 am | | blogs, help me

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.

the only award i’ve ever cared about

January 3, 2008 at 10:07 am | | blogs, science community

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.


Everyday Scientist and Carbon Based Curiosities

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.

acs boston

August 9, 2007 at 8:56 am | | blogs, conferences, science community

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?

blog-roundup for Aprilish

May 15, 2007 at 3:08 pm | | blogs, grad life

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.]


depressed grad students

April 22, 2007 at 10:05 pm | | blogs, grad life

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!

blog roundup for march/april

April 10, 2007 at 7:59 pm | | blogs, news

So I haven’t been perfect at this blog-roundup thing, but here’s another:

Until next time, enjoy the other blogs!


April 9, 2007 at 5:11 pm | | blogs, news, open thread

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…

sciencey blog roundup, feb 2007

February 28, 2007 at 5:45 pm | | blogs, wild web

I thought I’d start a (pseudo?)-monthly sciencey blog roundup. Here it is for February:


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