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Recently a reader commented that my painting, Fall:The Cicada, is a little, um, insect-y. Yes, I have a propensity to paint insects-lots of ’em. I have a box of dead ones just waiting for the day I get around to painting them, so I thought I’d explain why. About the same time, I was encouraging…

Alan Jacobs finds a quote that beautifully expresses why I don’t want a Kindle, and why I wish the iPad were a stylus-friendly Mac tablet: Of course, you can’t take your pen to the screen. When it comes to annotating the written word, nothing yet created for the screen compares to the immediacy and simplicity…

Hi everyone, I’m officially back from blogcation this week, so thanks for hanging in there while I was (mostly) off the grid! For the next couple of weeks, I’ll be slowly wading through the emails and links I got during over the last few weeks. Plus, I’ll not only be posting at BioE, I’ll also…

By Joseph Hewitt, who clearly understands the Sb atmosphere quite well.

Update: welcome Consumerist readers! While I use my own experience to illustrate concerns about third-party online merchants, this post is mainly about the bigger long-term informational problems I see with reputation, reliability, and online communities. Please feel free to weigh in! A few weeks ago, I caught a familiar story on the local news. A…

Hola BioE readers, I’ve been blogging at Scienceblogs for two years this month, and prior to that, I blogged for another year at my own site. So it is not surprising that I am very, very tired. Blogging uses up a big chunk of my dwindling free time, which I also need for such things…

Quote of the day

“Dreams come true; without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them.” -John Updike

Awesome quote of the day

“There is no rest, really, there is no rest, there is just a joyous torment all your life of doing the wrong thing.” poet Derek Walcott, 1982 excerpted in Harper’s Magazine, February 2010

Thanks to everyone who participated in the unscientific survey on commenting. The results are back, and I’d like to share them with you. As many of you have noticed, we’ve been talking about comments a lot here lately, both at BioE and on Sb in general. There’s also a big session on online civility coming…

Request to my readers

BioE readers: if you have a minute, take this quick five-question survey to let me know your thoughts on blog comments. Thanks! The survey is now closed. Thanks!