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Archives for November, 2008

All graduate student supervisors take note.

This lovely piece has been circulating of late, but Sonke has been kind enough to allow the SCQ to present his “Advice for Potential Graduate Students” as a handy dandy pin-up, suitable for pinning up in some visible area of your lab. Anyway, worth a read – as a previous grad student, and now supervisor…

“Sex Crazed Love Goddesses”

Now, having returned from the Jack Handey bit, go laugh at Steve Martin circa 1977. One of my long-held favorites, reprinted below in full.

(Cartoon by Randall Munroe, at XKCD, here) Here’s what we have: “ENTERTAINING SCIENCE” at the Cornelia Street Cafe. It’s the next in a monthly cabaret-like series run by Roald Hoffmann. He’s a Nobel Prize winner, you know. Chemistry, ’81. And he writes plays. Like Oxygen. We are not Nobel Prize Winners, as it were. Although…

Go Laugh at Jack Handey

Or with him, at least. My oh my I don’t know why I liked this so much. But here we are, “The Plan,” by Jack Handey. Copied in full beneath the fold for your holiday enjoyment.

Whoa… cool. (Meteor over Alberta, Canada)

Or was it something piloted by little hairless men, with slits for mouths? Good thing it didn’t hit the tar sands, or else I presume we would have seen something even more spectacular.

This past Saturday we held our Terry talks student conference, where we had 9 student speakers “give the talk of their lives.” It was fun all around, with a few kinks to work on for next year, but I think we’ve got a good thing going. In any event, because we had been in discussions…

The Morning News has another stunning series of landscape photographs on display and another chance to reflect on the intersection of landscapes, nature, and technology. It’s possible that each of those words should be in quotes–one point brought up by previous commenters in this Landscape and Modernity Series (the West; the pasture; the A-bomb) –to…

Recently, we had an opportunity to host a variety of great talks for science teachers. One of the talks was by Dr. Hadi Dowlatabadi, with an entertaining take on the value of integrating disciplines, or rather simply getting away from being so discipline focused. Anyway, here is the link that will lead you to a…

That’s what Local Foodie big shots did over at Grist. Sustainable food and ag folks (I’m not sure why this was a separate category) pitched in here. They did so because food policy and agricultural policy (perhaps the same thing, as Michael Pollan has argued) are at once issues of health, energy, and climate change.…

Pt. I | Pt. 2 — Part 2 with Keith Warner, discussing his book Agroecology in Action, follows below. All entries in the author-meets-blogger series can be found here.