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Quote of the day

As you can see, juggling lab and fatherhood has left me no time to blog. So now that I’m waiting for the centrifuge to cool down I’ll take this opportunity to quote a great musician whose words have some resonance these days: Cranium implants, false debt, funny money, dead sat heart, signs of the empire…

Monday, our son Xander was born. Since then I’ve been getting to know who this new human being is. I’ve been taking care of most of his, and my wife’s, needs. We’ve shared many moments and lived a life without distractions. Like Zen Buddhist monks our only concerns are food, sleep and poop. The first…

Quote of the day

Today’s quote is from the first two lines of a research manuscript about the neuroscience of Schadenfreude that appeared in a recent issue of Science. Envy is one of the seven biblical sins, the Shakespearian “green-eyed monster,” and what Bertrand Russell called an unfortunate facet of human nature. It is an irrational, unpleasant feeling and…

Tid Bits, Downtime Edition

One common feature of bench work is downtime. Some activity, such as cutting and pasting DNA, require the researcher to incubate their samples for various periods of time. What to do? Well ideally the scientist in question should take advantage of this time to either, perform other experiments, make reagents such as buffers, or catch…

Quote of the day

In theory there is no difference between theory and practice but in practice, there is. – Yogi Bera (also attributed to Jan L. A. van de Snepscheut and Chuck Reid according to Wikiquote)

… I have two simple requests: Stop asking people if they “believe in evolution”. Every time I hear some dumb ass politician or right wing theological nut say “I don’t believe in evolution”, it makes me cringe. Evolution is not some magical mystical process that you take on faith. Do you ever hear the question…

I just listened to journalist and historian Gwynne Dyer discus what’s to come in the not so distant future due to accelerated climate change. The quick summary? The rate of climate change is very fast, the development of technology (good and bad) may be even faster, but the rate of cultural change needed to accommodate…

Weird International Family Chat

Yesterday, I was diligently working on my computer when my brother suddenly appeared on MSN’s instant messenger. His engineering firm had recently sent him to Doha, Qatar, to work on a new factory being built near the harbor and I was pleasantly surprised that I could chat with him. Next I was shunted to a…

My Year in a Picture

This has become a yearly tradition. I usually posted near the end of the year, but this time around I had many “distractions”. Better late then never: Click here for a full size version. Previous years: 2007 2006

Quick Message

Hello world. Once upon a time, I had a laptop. As time went on, its hard drive filled up with pdfs, music files and an enormous (well, relatively enormous) operating system. This pattern of exponential expansion continued for a few years until, the imbalance between data and storage capacity, just like the overpopulation of the…