White Coat Underground

Carolina dreamin’

The locals say it’s cold, but North Carolina rocks. It’s warm (meaning greater than 20 degrees F), hilly, piney. And people here are friendly. Here at ScienceOnline09 there is so much to do, both intellectually and socially, that I’m overwhelmed. In fact, even my computer is overwhelmed and is officially useless. The ScienceBlogs intern (who may in fact not be an intern and whose youth and vivacity is surpassed only by her briliance) did a little trouble-shooting with my tablet and found the problem, which will hopefully be solvable back up north.

One thing I’ve learned here: there are a lot of really smart people in this world, and a lot of them blog. I’m going to have to competely re-do my google reader and my blog roll. Some of the folks that I’ve had the good fortune to hang out with:

gg of Skull in the Stars: this dude is behind the “Giants’ Shoulders” blog carnival, which explored the history of science. He’s also some sort of actual scientist!

Scicurious of neurotopia is an impossibly young and energetic scientist whose writing is terrific and whose real-life personna is equally scintillating.

Blake Stacey really does wear a hat, and in addition to being another real scientist, has just published a scifi novel.

GrrlScientist who already is a blogostar turns out to be just as interesting in real life as her writing would suggest. I would totally love to go birding with her.

Propter doc is another painfully young scientist whose real-life voice is as biting as her writing (but in a completely accessible, pleasant, and entertaining way). I’ve never been much for reading blogs about academia, but propter doc rocks.

Did you think rocks were boring? Chris doesn’t, and once you’ve sat with him for a few moments, you’ll be hooked on geology.

OK, I never thought I’d utter this phrase but LIBRARIANS ARE REALLY, REALLY COOL. OK, maybe they’re not cool per se, but they do rock, and are well-represented here, but I didn’t have time to grab their urls, so I’ll have to update you later.

Henry Gee from Nature Network The End of the Pier Show, which as of Jan 1 is entirely in verse, and as horrid as that may sound, it is must-read (and Henry is a helluva guy).

Anyway, I’d love to go on all day about the great bloggers hanging out down here, but I have to pack, and my computer is totally b0rked, so I’m not sure when I’ll be giving you the next update.


  1. #1 khan
    January 18, 2009

    but I didn’t have time to grab their urls

    Mind your manners. 🙂

  2. #2 leigh
    January 18, 2009

    it was nice to meet you- i’m adding you to my reader.

  3. #3 Isis the Scientist
    January 18, 2009

    It was amazing to get to meet some Sciblings! I can’t wait to meet you all this summer!

  4. #4 Stephanie Z
    January 18, 2009

    Librarians are not only very, very cool, but they’ll save your ass about as often as you let them. Be very nice to librarians.

    Receptionists too, but you probably already knew that.

    And I’m really glad I managed not to babble like this when I met you.

  5. #5 scicurious
    January 19, 2009

    It was fantastic to meet you, Dr. Pal! Can I use your description of me as my new tagline? I’m absolutely blushing. You rock!

  6. #6 Lou FCD
    January 19, 2009

    I’m glad we got a chance to say hello! (For the record, this past weekend was the coldest it has been in the several years I’ve lived here. It promises to be back to normal, in the fifties and sixties, later this week.)

  7. #7 MollyK
    January 21, 2009

    As one of the librarians in attendance wanted to say thanks for the props! Wish I’d been able to meet you, esp. since I found the anon/pseudon session so enlightening, but there’s always next year…

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