Not Exactly Rocket Science

And by roar, I mean babble for a straight hour. A couple of weeks ago, I did a Bloggingheads chat with fellow Scienceblogger, Abbie Smith (she of ERV fame). See video below to hear us chat about science communication, journalism, HIV research, being bloggers and, in a fantastic non-sequitur that comes out of nowhere, vampires.

A few points

  • This was fun! Although a bit weird, given that I could hear Abbie but not actually see her. Instead I could see my own face on the laptop screen, and it was a tad disturbing hearing the voice of an American woman seemingly coming out of my mouth.
  • I love the slightly awkward start. I think Abbie said it best after we cut the video feed by saying “Yeah, let’s make two introverted people talk solidly for an hour.”
  • Look at the forum posts – at least one person thinks we wasted an hour of their life. To which I can only say: MUHAHAHAHAHAHA.
  • At some point in the video, I ask for viewers to make LOL versions of us. Here’s the first awesome entry. Feel free to create more.



  1. #1 ERV
    December 6, 2008

    I actually loled at the LOLEd.

    *high-fives bjkeefe*

  2. #2 Brendan
    December 7, 2008

    Back atcha.

    Glad y’all liked it.

  3. #3 Brendan
    December 7, 2008

    P.S. Missed “LOLEd” at first glance.

    Way clever.

  4. #4 John
    December 7, 2008

    Saw your performance on and decided to check out your blog. It is terrific. Keep up the good work!

  5. #5 Jennifer Gray
    December 8, 2008

    Ed, I discovered your blog several weeks ago, and it’s become one of my favorites. It’s nice to hear the voice behind the blog. Great job! 😀

  6. #6 Mike
    December 12, 2008

    Ed, you were pretty good! Have you thought about radio? :)

    Great job!

  7. #7 Ed Yong
    December 12, 2008

    Not Exactly Rocket Science Podcast?

  8. #8 Mike
    December 20, 2008

    Audio version of your blog? You’ve got the voice for it. Something to think about!

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