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By now, perhaps, you are aware of the uproar about the ScienceBlogs corner of the bloggysphere. PepsiCo has bought started a blog here, called Food Frontiers. Many are unhappy, bloggers and commenters alike. Read PalMD’s take, and commenters there, for one perspective. One of the potential disadvantages [of a blog network] is advertising and sponsorship.…

Female Science Professor has posted a checklist – “Kind of like Sexism Bingo, but in list form.” – and asked for additions. I was going to offer a few additions, but I thought “all that crap happened a thousand years ago, when I was an undergrad/grad student. I’ll just read this list of new stuff…

Prodigal Academic comments over at Isis’s place: Everyone speaking English is no guarantee of safety. That is true, but since the lab was in the US, everyone in it is supposed to have a minimal proficiency in English. In practice, the net result was that the standard procedure was to use English first (allowing others…

A recent conversation with a friend reminded me of yet another of the “death by a thousand paper cuts**” craptastic things I used to hate dealing with in my days in the scientific workforce. You know what I’m talking about. Could be a retreat, a workshop, a seminar, a meeting, a program, maybe even just…

Maternal Sentimentality and “The Box”

Not that it matters much with this dreadful film, but if you’re worried about spoilers, don’t read this post till you’ve seen the movie. You’ve been warned. Proceed past the jump at your own risk. Movie trailer can be found here.

Maybe This Is Why God Created Comix

By which I mean, this. The comix being, as it were, a bit of solace for Him leaving us to wander about this hideous world choked by gender smog. MAJOR hat tip to Pat at Fairer Science. UPDATE: And for more turning-the-tables fun and shenannigans, be sure to read Peggy’s post on The Sultana’s Dream…

What’s a good citizen to do if he or she thinks that cough and sneeze is swine flu? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends: Stay home if you get sick. CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them. This afternoon I’ve…

Even Their McDonald’s Is Nicer

McDonald’s is everywhere, of course. But it’s not completely cookie cutter; only about 99.9% so. For example, the McDonald’s at the Heidelberg train station I used to frequent when I felt unbearably homesick in Germany had beer on tap – something you don’t see in the U.S! Most McDonald’s I’ve ever been in, though, feature…

Please Don’t Disturb My Complacency!

Sooooo….it appears some of you take your comics quite seriously. At least, should one be so foolish as to point out painfully obvious, boringly everyday occurrences of sexism. Danimal asks of Comrade Physioprof: “So you are saying the comic reflects real life?” What Physioprof said is this: “Every single one of the Foxtrots themselves represents…

Rethinking The Shoe Thing

I’ve been thinking a lot lately, and it seems to me that I spend way too much time puking on other peoples’ shoes and not nearly enough time prancing about in my own fancy high heels. So this past weekend I did some shopping. Here’s one result: Let me tell you, Mr. Zuska is happy…