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I’ve just gotten back from a conference, and I was blaming the travel and time zones for the fact that I feel like this: However, from the looks of things, it seems there is some kind of zombie epidemic on ScienceBlogs today. (I suppose this means I need to talk to the IT guys about…

Via Abi, I learn that Chemistry Blog has posted an interesting letter from a PI to his postdoc dated July 27, 1996. The letter, on official Caltech Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering letterhead, suggests that not all the stories one hears about the unreasonable work hours demanded of postdocs are exaggerated. Indeed, the most…

Old school geekery.

Dr. Free-Ride’s parents, Duke and Super Sally, have been working hard to shed some of the material goods they have accumulated in the last several years, on account of they are planning a move to smaller living quarters. Of course, this means that they shipped several boxes of stuff from their current place to Casa…

The elder Free-Ride offspring is lobbying to try an experiment this weekend. The working title of the protocol is “homemade soda*” but I suspect it may be described differently in the final report. Dr. Free-Ride: Tell me about the experiment that you proposed to your teacher. Elder Free-Ride offspring: I’ll mix four cups of baking…

Dr. Free-Ride: Any ideas for tomorrow’s sprog blog? Younger offspring: I wanted to do how photosynthesis works. Dr. Free-Ride: Did you do any research on that since last week? Younger offspring: I don’t do research.

The Free-Ride offspring have been rather busy recently, what with the approach of Hallowe’en and the rapidly approaching end of their regular soccer season. (The post-season, of course, falls after this weekend’s time change, which means practices will either be earlier or darker.) Still, each of them has found time for an experiment they’d like…

Dr. Free-Ride: So, you know this Friday is Mole Day. Elder offspring: It is? What does that mean exactly?

Because, of course, tomorrow is Mole Day. According to the National Mole Day Foundation:

This week, while I hunkered down for the start of classes, Dr. Free-Ride’s better half took the Free-Ride offspring camping. They camped near Big Sur, which provided ample opportunities to hike near the ocean (and to swim in it). Indeed, on one of these hikes the first day out, they spotted some otters:

A reminder.

“Hey, buddy! My eyes are up here!”