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I’m very busy this week, with visitors to our department, a stack of grading, and the usual drive to do more research and be a better mommy. Alice isn’t in any better shape. I was wondering how I was going to write anything for the blog. And I was also contemplating a bookshelf full of…

Open Lab 2008 is available!

The Open Laboratory third annual compendium of the best science blogging is now for sale at Lulu.com. In it you can find 52 wonderful entries, including one by me. I can’t wait to read some of the great stuff that I missed when it first came out – and having a dead tree copy will…

29 or 31

Nothing to do with my age this time, just a quick note to say that I can now add 1 to my count on the BBC book lists. Two very enjoyable evenings were spent in the delightful society of Miss Elizabeth Bennett and company.

A book meme to start the week

BBC Book Meme As seen everywhere. BBC Book List Apparently the BBC reckons most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here. Instructions: 1) Look at the list and put an ‘x’ after those you have read. (I’ll bold those I’ve read and italicize those of which I only read part.) 2)…

Another vision

I have a dream that one day, academics–both men and women–will be able to take time to go the mountain top–or just the hill in the local park, or even a slope on campus–and cherish watching their toddlers roll down, confident that their careers aren’t rolling downhill with them. I have a dream that academics…

Open Lab 2008 is a printed anthology of the best science blogging of the year. We’re now only two weeks from the deadline (December 1) for nominating posts for inclusion in this year’s anthology. The fifty best posts, plus one poem and one cartoon, will be chosen by a panel of judges, and the winners…

AFNFM: Beginning to write before I’m ready…

I’ve carried on with the activity of actively waiting in accordance with Boice’s Advice for New Faculty Members that I’m blogging about this semester. And I’m preparing for trying Chapter 10: Begin Writing Early. More below the fold…

I’ve got to get Minnow out of the city

My 19 month old Minnow is at the stage where she likes to name the things she sees. For some weeks now she’s been particularly into telling me about all the water she notices. “Wa-we!” says she in her sweet little voice. There’s wa-we in the bath, wa-we in the dog’s bowl, wa-we in the…

I’ve taken some of the last week to try to practice what Boice calls “actively waiting” in preparation for writing on a project I’ve been avoiding. See the project plan here and a discussion about “actively waiting” here. Some of my thoughts on this exercise from the last week are below the fold.

I’m very excited how many of you have said in the comments that you’ll be joining me as I explore how to use Robert Boice’s Advice for New Faculty Members (AFNFM) to help me with my writing during this semester. Even if you didn’t delurk in the comments, you’re welcome to join in. Hopefully your…