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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 post…

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…