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Lamarck was Wrong

Shelley’s posted some pictures of nerd cakes. She calls ‘em geek cakes, but I see no headless chickens. Anyway, I’ve got my own little nerd cake: We had it made for a party we threw during recruitment weekend for our grad program this past spring. Sadly, the icer responsible for the art couldn’t spell, so…

Bill Hooker has taken Nature editor Maxine Clark to task for her claims about the open access status of the online features offered by the Nature Publishing Group. Maxine points to the various free online services offered by Nature — including Nature Precedings, Nature Reports, Nature Network, Scintilla, and the journal Molecular Systems Biology —…

I’ve got Math and CS Envy

Dave wants to know whether we biologists have physics envy, as the physicists often claim. I’m quite happy being a biologist and I wouldn’t want to study physics, but there are certain skill sets I wish I had. My envy is not for the questions other fields address, but for the tools other people in…

Eight Things to Hate about Me

I’m fucking sick of blog memes. Not only do I find online surveys totally lame, I also never get tagged. Boohoo, nobody likes me. Now, John Logsdon orders me to tell you eight things about me. I’m only doing this ’cause we had dinner together last week. Here are the rules: We have to post…

A Question for the Colorblind

I’m working on a few graphs for a presentation. In a previous incarnation, I distinguished two partitions of my data using the colors red and green. This made sense intuitively (the red ones had something broken, and the green ones were a-ok), but I realized that people with red-green colorblindness would not be able to…

He’s With the Tralfamadorians Now

Because everyone else is commenting on it, I must as well. After all, I’d jump off of a bridge if everyone else were doing it. I don’t read science fiction. Sure, I’ve read a couple of the classics (ie, Ender’s Game). And I was really into Stephen King for a couple of years, starting in…

Once a Blogger, Soon to be a Blogger Again

The word on the streets is that there used to be a blog at this URL (pronounced like the mountain range separating Europe from Asia). If this were a blog, however, it would be updated often and definitely not left dormant for over two weeks. All I can say is that meth is a hell…

So Many Badges, So Little Time

Those kooky Canucks at the Science Creative Quarterly have started a new club: the Order of the Science Scouts of Exemplary Repute and Above Average Physique. Anyone is free to join, provided they’re not a teetotaling, lying, world-dominating, badge-hater, ’cause they’re really into badges. To profess their love of badges, the Science Scouts have produced…

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…

evolgen in the dead tree medium

I’ve been tagged: Make your own here.