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Grant writing open thread

While I’m trying to hammer my grant application into good enough shape to show my collaborator and given that it’s been nearly a year since I did this last, now seems as good a time as any to have an open thread. Say your piece. Oh, and by the way, I see that HIV/AIDS denialists…

Respectful Insolence will go dark…

…but only temporarily! As you may have heard, our benevolent leaders at ScienceBlogs are finally doing a major upgrade of our blog publishing software. That’s the good news. I’m hoping the back end is much easier to use and more responsive. The bad news is that the whole ScienceBlogs site is going to locked down.…

Nominated again!

I realize that I said I would take New Years Day off, but I saw this and felt a brief post was in order. I also realize that some will never believe that it’s not false modesty when I express amazement that so many people show up here day in and day out to read…

Dr. Val has moved…

Blog friend Dr. Val Jones has moved. She’s no longer blogging at Revolution Health but has instead gone solo, blogging at Getting Better with Dr. Val. She’s also doing a weekly gig at Science-Based Medicine now, and indeed has started out with a bang. Let’s put it this way: There are few bloggers I know…

Welcome, Science After Sunclipse!

In its quest to rule the science blogosphere, the Borg–I mean ScienceBlogs–Collective has assimilated yet another blog, it would appear. It’s a good one too, and adding its uniqueness to us will only strengthen us. So please welcome blogger (not to mention frequent commenter on this very blog) Blake Stacy and Science After Sunclipse to…

If there is one thing I hate with a burning, red-hot passion in a website/blog/whatever, it’s content that autoplays when I access a site. To have a John Philips Souza march start blaring unexpectedly or some video start suddenly and noisily is a jarring experience, and I consider such content to be an abomination, a…

Your Friday Dose of Woo: An update

It’s Sunday, which makes it a perfect time for a little blog housekeeping, especially about a feature that used to appear regularly on Fridays. As you may recall, after the death of Echo I put Your Friday Dose of Woo on hiatus for a while because I just couldn’t get myself into the appropriately light-hearted…

The Borg command me to survey you

I am commanded by my Benevolent Overlords, and I answer. Seed Media Group, (the aforementioned Benevolent Overlords) are taking a reader survey. To encourage (i.e. bribe) you to participate, they’re holding a drawing among those who actually respond to the survey, with the prizes being a lot of great Apple stuff, including an iPhone 3G,…

A new venue for the ScienceBlogs Meetup!

Remember how I mentioned that the venue for the ScienceBlogs Readers Meetup was going to be changed? Well, the new venue has been announced: The new spot will be at a bar on the west side called Social. Seed has reserved a room in the back, and it’s three floors in case we need even…

Oops, looks like I spoke too soon…

Remember how I mentioned last Friday that the ScienceBlogs Reader Meetup is scheduled for 2 to 4 PM on Saturday, August 9 at the Arthur Ross Terrace at the American Museum of Natural History? There’s apparently been a change in plans. Don’t worry; it’s not canceled, but apparently the venue is going to change. There…

3,000,000

I demand the sum of…..three MILLION visits! Muhahahahahaha! Yes, I know I did that bit before–twice, even!—but I liked it so much that I wanted to do it again, at least until my readers run screaming away, annoyed that Orac, of all people, would recycle the same old joke over and over. The horror, the…

Fast approaching: The Skeptics’ Circle

I’m a bit late with this plug, but hopefully our host this week won’t be too mad at me. It’s that time again, time for those interested in the application of critical thinking to dubious claims to gather, as we do every two weeks, to celebrate the best the skeptical blogosphere has to offer (and…

It’s summertime, and the living is easy…well, not quite. It’s been a hectic and depressing summer so far. However, I am going to be able to allow myself one weekend away from the drudgery of grant writing. You see, our Seed overlords are repeating the infamous blogger meetup that happened last year in August. Because…

Don’t forget, everyone, the 91st Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle is fast approaching and due to land at Sorting Out Science on Thursday, July 17. Check out the guidelines for what we’re looking for and get your bst skeptical stuff ready to submit before the deadline. The contact information and deadline for this particular installment…

In a couple of hours, I’ll be en route to my favorite city in the world, a place where, although I lived there for but a brief three years, I felt completely at home. Chicago, baby! Yes, I’m on the way to the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) meeting in Chicago. While there, I’ll…

Best two months ever!

Forgive me if you find bloggers trumpeting their traffic numbers to be painfully boring. Truth be told, sometimes I find them boring too. However, I hope you’ll indulge me just this once, given that regular readers know how rarely I do posts dedicated to discussing my traffic. (Just remember that blogging is an exercise in…

Hooked into the Matrix again!

I’m baaack. Well, thanks to free WiFi at Panera’s, I was never really truly away. Thanks to Comcast, I was away longer than usual. In any case, although between waiting for Internet access, running errands, and doing some snowblowing last night, I didn’t have time to do the usual epic substantive posts that I’m known…

I hate you, Comcast. I really do. My hatred of Comcast also explains the paucity of activity on this blog over the last few days. You see, over the weekend, I moved to a larger house, and I’ve had no Internet access other than Panera’s or Starbucks for the last three days. Before that, I…

Your Friday Dose of Woo: Happy Holidays!

Orac’s circuits have yet to recover from the assault on his logic circuits caused by the über-woo of a couple of weeks ago, coupled with the even more powerful woo two weeks before that. Consequently, in order to marshal additional time scour the Internet for only the finest woo to be featured in 2008, he…

While I’m recharging a bit from the Christmas festivities yesterday to the point where soon I’ll be able to write a substantive post, full of the Respectful Insolence™ and science or medicine that readers have come to expect, here’s something to amuse (I hope). On Sunday, I wrote a not-so-respectfully insolent takedown of a truly…

Holiday Movable Type weirdness

We interrupt this post-holiday blogging slowdown for an important blog housekeeping message. Something weird happened to Respectful Insolence™ over the weekend before Christmas. Sunday, I was composing a little missive to autopost over the holidays. I went to the pulldown menu in Movable Type to assign a category to it and noticed something odd. There…

Oops, I did it again

It’s times like these that I wonder if I’ve been at this blogging thing a bit too long. I ask that question because I’ve done it again. I’ve done the same thing in 2007 that I did a year ago in 2006. I missed my own blogiversary. Yes, believe it or not, yesterday was the…

What language should ScienceBlogs conquer next?

Let’s see, the ScienceBlogs collective started out in English. Earlier this week, our German partner Hubert Burda Media soft-launched ScienceBlogs.de, a German version of the ScienceBlogging collective that you’ve come to know and love (or, in some cases, hate). Now, our benevolent (well, most of the time, anyway) overlords at the Seed Collective Mothership in…

It’s that time again. Oh, it’s a day early because of the Thanksgiving holiday, but it’s here nonetheless. It’s time for the 74th Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle, this time hosted over at Med Journal Watch. I can’t figure out why Christian is being heckled by skeptics, though, as he gives his address. Don’t forget…

2,000,000

I demand the sum of…..two MILLION visits! Muhahahahahaha! Yes, I know I did that bit before, but I liked it so much that I wanted to do it again. Sometime yesterday, this blog hit another milestone. Sometime yesterday morning, Respectful Insolence™ recorded its 2,000,000th visitor. Unfortunately, “sometime yesterday” was while I was at work, and,…