Science Online 09


I plan to write a couple of posts about the many interesting sessions we had at Science Online 09, in particular regarding issues of gender, race, pseudonymous (and anonymous) blogging, as well as the problems bloggers may encounter when their blog conflicts with their boss’s version of reality.

The above photo is an example of a pseudonymous and anonymous blogger GrrrrrrlScientist and blogger Kevin Zelnio at the “Nature Blogging” session.


  1. #1 Kevin Z
    January 20, 2009

    Actually her head really is a swirling vortex of doom.

  2. #2 Romeo Vitelli
    January 20, 2009

    Ouch, Grrl’s cold sore looks painful. Does she have to use an analgesic cream for that?

  3. #3 PZ Myers
    January 20, 2009

    Clever and subtle. Everyone knows that in real life, Grrl’s face is swirled counter-clockwise.

  4. #4 JanieBelle
    January 20, 2009

    Depends on what hemisphere she’s in.

  5. #5 Silver Fox
    January 20, 2009

    Yes, you are being quite clever in your disguises for the psueds/anons.

  6. #6 Brian X
    January 21, 2009

    Greg: You (and GrrlScientist) do realize that deswirling is actually fairly trivial, since the information loss is minimal? Better to have thrown a Gaussian blur or something else destructive over the swirl before posting…

  7. #7 DNLee
    January 23, 2009

    It was great meeting you at the conference. Your input for the Race and Science session was very insightful Until later.

  8. #8 Greg Laden
    January 23, 2009

    Thanks Danielle, same here.

    Brian: OK, go ahead and de-swirl the face! There will be a big surprize for you!!!!