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Geneticists as Auto Mechanics

A couple of years ago, one of the rear tail lights went out on my car. I’m kinda handy with tools, so I figured it would be an easy fix. I poked around in the trunk area with my screw driver, removing every screw within spitting distance of the lamp. I tugged on the lamp…

Yo, Dudes, Surf’s Up on this Meme

Everyone’s jumping on this meme, but I’m not gonna do it. Ooops . . . Looks like I just did it. Anyway, blogging’s been light recently. Hopefully I can get my act together and have some posts up later this week. And by “get my act together” I mean procrastinate from doing real work by…

Two Years Ago Today . . .

Two years ago today (November 21, 2004 at 11:23 AM) I launched evolgen in its original incarnation. The first post, entitled “First Post”, celebrated the occasion: This is the first post to the evolgen blog. Not much to say other than there is more to come (hopefully). The first evolutionary genetics post didn’t happen until…

I Voted, Did You?

This morning, I walked into my local polling place, signed in, and voted. There were fewer than ten items on the ballot, and it only took a few minutes. I had to wait a moment for one of the booths to open up, but there was no one in line ahead of me. If people…

I Was Raised on Mr. Wizard

I haven’t touched an Ask A ScienceBlogger for a couple of months. This week, the powers that be are asking us: What’s the best science TV show of all time? The first show that came to mind was Mr. Wizard. As young tyke in the 1980s, I watched a lot of Nickelodeon. Nick was a…

I am Pretty . . . Smart

Kevin‘s got us doing another nerd test. According to this test, I’m pretty smart. I’m not sure how this result relates to my nerdiness, geekiness, or dorkiness. I can tell you this: it won’t be keeping me from biting the heads off of chickens!

Near Blog Encounters

There is a general disconnect between the people I know from blogging and the people I know in real life. I’ve only met a couple of my fellow SciBlings (ScienceBlogs siblings): John Lynch, Mad Mike, and Carl. I have only once had a real world friend or colleague overtly mention to me in real life…

A Dozen or So Songs About Me

I’m so vain I think I every single song is about me. Dave wants us to “make a music mix that is a reflection of your informative years.” I have no idea what he means by informative years, so I’m going to give you a list of a dozen or so songs (Dave’s suggested amount)…

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…

Nerds, Geeks, Dorks, and Dweebs

My previous claims of geekiness were in jest. And if that wasn’t clear to you, do you understand anything? Anyway, I defined nerds as book smart, dweebs as socially awkward, and dorks as nerdy dweebs (or dweeby nerds). Geeks to me are sideshow acts (freaks) that bite the heads off of live chickens. Some people…