I've been quieter than usual here, partly because I've been crushingly busy, but primarily because most of the things I want to talk about, I can't. Not yet, anyway. But I'm still alive, and this murderous term will be over soon, at which point blogging will pick up a bit.
I will throw in a quick teaser for something coming up in the future, though, by way of a thank-you to the folks at Schaffer Library who let me take some photos of the rare books collection:
This was going to be my semi-flippant addition to Sean's advice on making a career in science communication: Try to have a day job associated with an academic institution. Not only does it give you stuff like health insurance and a steady income, but you get access to library resources like journal subscriptions and, well, cool old books.
And, as you can see up top in the "featured image," you get to work in pretty surroundings... (This photo offers the added bonus of showing off my new wide-angle camera lens...)
So, why am I taking photos of this specific old book (an 1845 printing of Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation, in case you can't read the photo or caption)? Well, you'll need to wait a while to find that out. But I bet it won't surprise you to learn that it's related to the forthcoming publication of my new book...
I try to remember that I am hired ti inspire, mentor, learn, think and be creative.