Mike the Mad Biologist

Archives for February, 2010

Collegiality and Tenure

ScienceBlogling Abel Pharmboy asks two questions about collegiality and tenure: 1. Do you think that lack of collegiality is grounds for denial of tenure for a candidate that otherwise meets the basic quantitative criteria outlined in university guidelines? 2. Do you feel that collegiality – or whatever you want to call it: teamwork, cooperation –…

In the political bloggysphere, there’s been some discussion about former Congressman and Two Million Dollar Man Billy Tauzin losing his job as the top lobbyist for Big Pharma. I follow this stuff a lot more than most–my observation that much of what our great congressional solons do is geared towards their retirements, to me, seems…

…make sure you know what the hell you’re talking about. Jacob Weisberg had a recent post at Slate, “Down With the People: Blame the childish, ignorant American public–not politicians–for our political and economic crisis“, which argues, well, what the title says. Now, we do have a longstanding tradition of calling idiots fucking morons in this…

ScienceBlogling Matt Nisbet throws down the gauntlet about anonymity: Much of the incivility online can be attributed to anonymity. And with a rare few exceptions, if you can’t participate in a dialogue about issues without using your full name and true identity, then what you have to say is probably not that valuable. It’s a…

Sunday Links

It’s a rather sunny Sunday here, which inspired some links. Science The Winkler County Nurse Trial, An Alleged Massive Conflict of Interest, and Morgellons If you’re going to do good science, release the computer code too: Programs do more and more scientific work – but you need to be able to check them as well…

MA’s Green Ticket Law Passes

By way of the Universal Hub, we find that Ross Levanto has good news–MA Governor Patrick has signed into law the Green Ticket Law: The law that is now in place (whoo hooo!) will allow the City to better penalize trash scofflaws. The City will now be able to put in place procedures that attach…

Saturday Links

Happy Saturday. Links for you. Science: Robot Snowplow from Japan Eats Up Snow, Poops Out Bricks Immunization for Addiction: the Cocaine Vaccine Why are demented women still getting mammograms? Spray-on liquid glass is about to revolutionize almost everything Is the Evolution Debate Over? Parsing NIH’s 2011 Budget: Is Big Science Up, Small Science Down? Other:…

More on the Potential for Debt Revolt

One thing about Big Shitpile that seems to have gone under the radar is the potential for–and, increasingly, the reality of–debtor revolt. That is, people who owe more than their home is worth refuse to pay without a renegotiated mortgage. Sean Broderick thinks that “a debtor’s revolt is going to be one of the defining…

There’s been some recent discussion about what eBooks will mean for publishing (ScienceBlogling Chad Orzel has a good roundup). As it often is, my take on this is ‘follow the money.’

…Japanese industry decides that it needs to move away from making things people usually like to buy. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot: Many economists and business executives say they hope that Toyota’s trauma will be the unsettling blow that Japan needs to understand that its reliance on manufacturing and industrial exports, which served the country so well…