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What a weekend! Professor Steve Steve and I returned from Philadelphia on Sunday after hanging out with the Drosophilists. Steve arrived in Philly on Thursday morning on a direct flight from Iowa City, but the staff at the Philadelphia Marriott couldn’t understand his thick accent when he asked that they notify me of his arrival.…

Driving Around Town, Shopping for Fabric

Alex claims I do cowboy science because my protocol for DNA isolation requires cutting plastic with hot razor blades. But before we ever get to cut any plastic, we need to grind up the flies. I don’t have any pretty pictures of this process, but I can capture the essence in words (picture may come…

Snow Dayz!!

In honor of all the snow being dropped on the Northeast US, I give you “Things that rock & things that suck.” Cue the theme music… Things that rock: Snowfall measured in feet. Things that suck: Freezing rain. Things that rock: Showing up to class/work on cross-country skis. Things that suck: Cancelled classes. Things that…

The Best Google Maps Hack

For all you runners and cyclists out there, I give you a toy you’re sure to enjoy: Gmaps Pedometer. Ever had a ride or run you wanted to do, but weren’t sure how long it was or the elevation change? Enter Gmaps Pedometer. It works with the Google Maps interface, by far the best online…

Drosophila Pictures (Part 2)

A couple of days ago I showed you pictures of where we can find Drosophila in the Southwestern United States. Today, I’ll show you some pictures of those flies. Below the fold are flies with racing stripes and others with fancy colored testicles. That’s right: fly balls only a click away. You know you want…

Drosophila Pictures (Part 1)

As promised, I’ll be posting some pictures of flies we caught in and around Tucson, Arizona. But before we can talk about the flies, we need to talk about the local flora. The host plants for these flies serve as a restaurant, discotheque, bedroom, and nursery. In Arizona, those plants tend to be cacti. Below…

The Good, The Bad, and The Pretty

Big ups to the grad students in the Ecology and Evolution Department at the University of Arizona for putting on a killer Halloween party and letting a couple of uncostumed drosophilists share in the festivities. That’s the good. The bad: US Airways. I just found out my last flight (of three) on my way home…

Vegas, Baby!

I’m currently waiting to board my third flight of the day (for this trip), sitting in the Las Vegas airport. The Las Vegas airport has free wireless! That’s a good thing. It’s also packed with slot machines going “bleep-bleep”, “ding-ding”, and “do-do-do-do”. That’s kind of annoying. The southwest is sunny and warm. That’s also a…

I Push Flies Like Weight

At the same time this post is scheduled to go up on ScienceBlogs I should be a few thousand feet above Middle America. I’ll be spending the rest of this week in Tucson, Arizona (which I like to pronounce “Tuck-Sun”, like how we pronounce Phoenix “Pa-Ho-Nix”) learning about Drosophila. Sure, I already know a bit…

The Old Guy Strikes Again

I saw him again at the supermarket today. This is the second time I’ve seen him at the supermarket — and third time overall. But this is the first time I was stealth, without any identification of my alma mater. In case you’re late to the game, this guy is an emeritus professor at my…