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lol, brb

Youll have to excuse me for a couple more days. Im participating in the time-honored tradition of “getting 90% of your data the week before you have to give three big presentations”.

Fun with anthropomorphization

Another student, me, and Bossman discussing some cool data: Another student: Thats so crazy! How could HIV do that?? Me: LOL! Its sentient. Another student: LOL! Its a conscious being with self awareness! Me: LOL! It can recognize itself in a mirror! Another student: LOL! It has critical thinking capabilities! Me: LOL! It can beat…

NOW. Do not read this post. Hook your computers up to your external hard-drives, back up your data, then come back to read this post. … Okay, Im assuming the only people reading right now are people with Apple–>Leopard–>Time Machine, and already have things constantly backed up, or non-scientists who want to know what the…

Rule #9284748 of Science

Rule #9284748 of Science: Your side projects will work beautifully, garnering you lots of middle-author yet high-end publications, while your main project stagnates in a puddle of its own filth, laughing maniacally as you poke it with a stick trying to get it to move. YAY SCIENCE!

ERVs adventures in DC

I had to go to Washington DC/Bethesda last week for a short conference. I spent almost the entire time pooping, thanks to some food poisoning I got from a very expensive, universally recommended restaurant. YAY!! Luckily I wasnt sick when Francis Collins was supposed to speak. But he had to cancel. Still pooping, btw. Awesome.…

Summer undergrad induced diabeetus

Every summer, Bad Horse sends me a summer undergrad or two to brainwash ‘mentor during a summer research experience’. They start out as these cherub faced kids, and three months later, they are a step closer to getting their PhDs in Horribleness. Some labs dont have good luck with their students. Unmotivated, annoyed kids that…

Even ‘Rocky’ had a montage! MONTAGE!

Last Fridays xkcd: A scene from ‘Big Bang Theory’. This is why there will never be a movie/reality TV show made about Real Science(TM). I can make my experiments sound dramatic: Setting up steel-cage death-matches between various variants of HIV-1. Epic gladiator battles where only the fittest survives to fight another day. Everything glows– red,…

The luxury of being wrong

Youll have to forgive me, folks. Im in the midst of writing a paper (*insert excited Peter Griffin gasp here*– there are lots of open access virology journals, but I cant promise it). Writing this paper has reminded me of a luxury we have in scientific research: we can be wrong. Its bad when a…

Im going to try to be as nice about this as I can: If you missed ‘Dr. Horrible’ the first time around, you better not make the same mistake twice. You have to deal with commercials now, but thats your own goddamn fault. Watch it, or deal with the wrath of ERV. Embedded below the…

Corrupting the little ones

Its summertime. And when you work in the lab, summertime means summer undergraduate students! Theyre like any lab member– sometimes theyre good, sometimes theyre bad, sometimes they are somewhere in between– but no matter what, its a great opportunity for them to try out Research World and for us (grad students) to get mentoring experience.…