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Where To Move?

I am always greatly amused by the display of frustration in which one threatens to leave a country if things don’t change. During the end of the first term of Bush the Second, it was common in the United States to hear liberals express their anger as: “If he wins a second term, I’m going…

Which Physicist Are You?

..asks a facebook application. Apparently I am the kind of physicist who likes proper spelling and proper capitalization, and who thus, will not take a quiz with bad spelling. Which physicist is that? Gell-Mann?

Construction, Real Estate, and …

For those scientists out on the job market this year, the following from TheLadders.com might be a little scary: Two annihilated industries and…science.

Book Reviews

Compare and contrast.

State of the ?

Amusing line from a New York Times article this morning: “Are you aware under what conditions I worked in 1996?” he said by telephone from Mexico. “It’s only because of my lawsuit that you or anybody else can pick up a tape. In those days, I could not leave the archives with that material. I…

Scienceblogs Upgrade

Scienceblogs is upgrading. This site won’t allow comments from 10pm Pacific Standard Time on Friday, January 9 until…well until the upgrade is complete (possibly Saturday sometime.) So instead of being frustrated at not being able to comment why don’t you instead go waste your time by: By reading some provocative statements about teaching over at…

Conference Spam

Amusing, in a twisted an irritating sort of way. Who’s on first: Dear scholars: Here is an invitation letter from 6th International Conference on Service Systems and Service Management(ICSSSM’09) which will be held in Xiamen in June next year. We hope you can submit your new papers and exchange new ideas with us. There is…

Large Earth Collider

Oh noes: Scientists Warn Large Earth Collider May Destroy Earth: BATAVIA, IL–In October, Fermilab scientists joined a growing number of physicists around the world in warning that the Very Large Earth Collider–a $117 billion electromagnetic particle accelerator built to study astronomical phenomena by colliding Earth into various heavenly bodies–could potentially destroy Earth when it sends…

Other NSF News…Of Funny Kind

Melody points me to this gem of an advisory from the NSF: In the event of a natural or anthropogenic disaster that interferes with an organization’s ability to meet a proposal submission deadline, NSF has developed the following guidelines for use by impacted organizations.  These guidelines will take the place of the previous NSF practice…

Picking on the Quantum Physicists

From this Sunday’s New York Times in an article entitled Wall Street, R.I.P.: In search of ever-higher returns — and larger yachts, faster cars and pricier art collections for their top executives — Wall Street firms bulked up their trading desks and hired pointy-headed quantum physicists to develop foolproof programs. Quantum physicists? Come on media…