Observations of a Nerd

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Citrus fruits are delicious. Their delicate balance of sweetness and tartness is a biochemical masterpiece. It’s no wonder that they, of all nature’s tasty options, are the highest value fruit crop in terms of international trade, with over 105 million tons produced annually. But these tempting produce face a persistant villain that seeks to destroy…

“I am not a pretty girl – that is not what I do.” Ani DiFranco A few weeks ago, I received a facebook message. It was from a male admirer of my blog (and his fiancĂ©e, coincidentally). In it, he said “You are GORGEOUS, and your tits look absolutely incredible.” I froze. I know it…

But… It’s *just* a blog!

One of the most rewarding sessions I was a part of was “But it’s just a blog!” run by Hannah Waters, Psi Wavefunction, Eric Michael Johnson, Jason Goldman, Mike Lisieski and Lucas Brouwers. The main question was: how do new bloggers get noticed and read in a sea of emerging science blogs? Furthermore, how do…

If you believe the maxim “the more the merrier,” then you would have LOVED the session which I am proud to say was my first as a moderator. I wasn’t alone – nine other fantastic people worked with me. Our collective goal was to do the impossible: to give a complete 101 on how to…

Worth A Thousand Words

The ToBo Lab fish crew learning how to ID parrotfish from fish expert Rich Pyle aboard the Hi’ialakai “Visual storytelling through science/nature photography” was the fourth session I attended at Science Online 2011. Run by ace photographer and journalist Allie Wilkinson and photography enthusiast and science writer Melody Dye, the session focused on how to…

When I was a child, I picked up a book called Last Chance to See. You’ve probably heard of the author – he’s world renowned for his humorous science fiction which has secured his place in the hearts of geeks everywhere. But this book wasn’t about travelling the universe with a trusted towel; it wasn’t…

As an avid lover of the outdoors, I was super excited to see that there was an entire session at Science Online 2011 dedicated to discussing technology’s place in the wilderness. All of the panelists are well versed in taking tech out of the city. Miriam Goldstein has used technology on multiple expeditions to study…

Blogs to Books: My First Session!

This might sound narcissistic, but ever since some time early in high school, I’ve believed that someday, somehow, I will write a book. What kind of book keeps shifting as I grow up and my outlook on life changes, but the overall theory that I will eventually be an author has persisted. So of course,…

I arrived in North Carolina on Thursday night at around 6 pm. The next morning, I was barely coherent, after an amazing keynote speech, open mic night, and far too late an evening involving ocean bloggers and alcohol. I managed to cup some coffee, then make my way to my first blogging related event of…

Trying to describe the experience of Science Online to someone who has never been is like trying to explain the taste of a pineapple. You can get vague details across – tangy, sweet, juicy – but the full experience can never be imparted verbally. I’m not even going to try to explain what it was…