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There’s something they don’t tell you about freelance writing. It’s about all the fails: the many, many projects that get pitched, worked on and made into proper presentations that then get sent to book fairs, interested companies and so on, but ultimately explode on the launch pad, or die a slow, lingering death. I don’t…

Welcome to part II of my musings on the 2010 blogging year. You’ll need to have read the first part to make sense of it. The article you’re reading now is extraordinarily long and I’d normally break up a piece of this length into two, three or even more separate articles. This year I want…

Why I hate Darwin’s beard

My recent brief mention of Thomas Huxley (in connection with the Dinosaurs and Other Extinct Saurians: A Historical Perspective volume) reminded me to look anew at this Tet Zoo ver 1 post from 2006… Here’s a little known fact. Charles Robert Darwin (1809-1882), the most important biologist of all time, did not spend his entire…

You’re being interviewed for a TV documentary, and that documentary will focus on your special area of expertise. For the purposes of this article, let’s pretend that you’re an expert on sauropod dinosaurs. While being interviewed, you’re asked about the possible function of a peculiar and enigmatic structure: the cavernous expansion present in the sauropod…

Those of us who publish technical research papers like to see our work cited by our colleagues. Indeed, it’s integral to one’s success as a researcher (whatever ‘success’ means) that others cite your work, in whatever context. You might not like to see the publication of a stinging attack that demolishes your cherished hypothesis and…

I have to say I really hate it when I see a blog post with an interesting title that concerns a complicated subject, only to find – on going to all that trouble of moving my fingers, clicking on the link, and waiting all of three or so seconds for the page to load –…

An annoying hiatus

Those of you who notice such things might have wondered where I’ve been over the last few days: after all, I’m now pretty much in the habit of posting to Tet Zoo every day. I’ve been ‘absent’ due to internet problems (now resolved, for the time being at least)… though, yeah, I’ve got other excuses…

I am lazy and must change in 2009

Over the course of my research career I have, like so many scientists, accrued a ridiculous list of ‘semi-complete’, ‘near-complete’ and ‘essentially complete’ research projects, all of which are sitting there, awaiting that extra investment of time and effort required to get them to the submission stage. A colleague recently accused me of being a…