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Against the Stereotype

After reading the comments on my post Leaving Academia: Cry or Celebrate?, I started thinking about the successful scientists I know, and it occurred to me that the following conjecture is at least anecdotally true: Scientists who have passionate outside interests are more successful in science than those who do not. Okay, hows that for…

Leaving Academia: Cry or Celebrate?

No, no, I’m not leaving academia (yet ? Pfffffft! That’s the sound of me thumbing my nose at the world.) But recently I was thinking about about people who get a Ph.D. in, say, physics, or are a new postdoc, and then are faced with what to do next. As Peter Rhode, writes in a…

Writing grants and teaching, not to mention trying to get some actual research done, has taken up a considerable amount of my time this quarter. I mean, sheesh, I’ve barely had any time to read! This has, of course, made me grumpy. So when the publisher of The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives…

Some days it seems the universe is trying to tell you something. The last few days, this has apparently been something to do with clothing: Self cleaning clothes. I really need these as I am in a constant battle with mustard. Via Three-Toed Sloth, A Call for Professional Attire on dressing in academia. Recently my…

Apolo Anton Ohno’s Got Competition

Dancing with the Profs. I bet on the CS prof for the “Quickstep.”

Searching For Feynman

Blue Monday, which was January 21, of this year, is supposedly (and I say supposedly when I might have better said, erroneously) the most depressing day of the year. Now there are plenty of reasons given for this: you finally realized your New Year’s resolutions aren’t going to happen, you’ve just gotten your credit card…