Chatter https://scienceblogs.com/ en Bad blogger https://scienceblogs.com/tfk/2012/10/14/bad-blogger <span>Bad blogger</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>In case you wonder why I haven't been blogging lately, something else came up.</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="MIlesonshoulder.jpg" src="/files/tfk/files/2012/10/MIlesonshoulder.jpg" alt="Miles rides his dad's shoulders" width="450" height="676" border="0" /></p> </div> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/tfk" lang="" about="/tfk" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tfk</a></span> <span>Sun, 10/14/2012 - 17:06</span> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/chatter" hreflang="en">Chatter</a></div> </div> </div> <section> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-2185040" class="js-comment comment-wrapper clearfix"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1350253653"></mark> <div class="well"> <strong></strong> <div class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>bam!</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=2185040&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="lwP0rBYGvy9eG6DLUb8YyIQfEdN3n9odNud2E_kDE-E"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> <footer> <em>By <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Razib Khan (not verified)</span> on 14 Oct 2012 <a href="https://scienceblogs.com/taxonomy/term/20965/feed#comment-2185040">#permalink</a></em> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/0"> <div class="field field--name-user-picture field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <a href="/user/0" hreflang="und"><img src="/files/styles/thumbnail/public/default_images/icon-user.png?itok=yQw_eG_q" width="100" height="100" alt="User Image" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </article> </footer> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-2185041" class="js-comment comment-wrapper clearfix"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1350307968"></mark> <div class="well"> <strong></strong> <div class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>AAAAAWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=2185041&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="2jWtNcZj5W48lTP1ZkIU3Q6c-KRzysSLXPCKYypXY5c"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> <footer> <em>By <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Nick Matzke (not verified)</span> on 15 Oct 2012 <a href="https://scienceblogs.com/taxonomy/term/20965/feed#comment-2185041">#permalink</a></em> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/0"> <div class="field field--name-user-picture field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <a href="/user/0" hreflang="und"><img src="/files/styles/thumbnail/public/default_images/icon-user.png?itok=yQw_eG_q" width="100" height="100" alt="User Image" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </article> </footer> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-2185042" class="js-comment comment-wrapper clearfix"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1350313244"></mark> <div class="well"> <strong></strong> <div class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Well ... we'll let you slide <i>this</i> time.</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=2185042&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="TRQFKL-of0hJPAH8vJR2fTOmzV2fdsP3mKL3s3KWwW0"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> <footer> <em>By <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">John Pieret (not verified)</span> on 15 Oct 2012 <a href="https://scienceblogs.com/taxonomy/term/20965/feed#comment-2185042">#permalink</a></em> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/0"> <div class="field field--name-user-picture field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <a href="/user/0" hreflang="und"><img src="/files/styles/thumbnail/public/default_images/icon-user.png?itok=yQw_eG_q" width="100" height="100" alt="User Image" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </article> </footer> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-2185043" class="js-comment comment-wrapper clearfix"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1350490018"></mark> <div class="well"> <strong></strong> <div class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Hard to say who is cuter! Terrific baby!, terrific dad!</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=2185043&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="3XhF9vh6PSTsFuxpka3T0JxFxPAd7bBIQOYJqNH2MqU"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> <footer> <em>By <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Hedda Ribolow (not verified)</span> on 17 Oct 2012 <a href="https://scienceblogs.com/taxonomy/term/20965/feed#comment-2185043">#permalink</a></em> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/0"> <div class="field field--name-user-picture field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <a href="/user/0" hreflang="und"><img src="/files/styles/thumbnail/public/default_images/icon-user.png?itok=yQw_eG_q" width="100" height="100" alt="User Image" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </article> </footer> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-2185044" class="js-comment comment-wrapper clearfix"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1350631902"></mark> <div class="well"> <strong></strong> <div class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>So adorable! I completely understand.</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=2185044&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="rO0i0O3MAdknxQWUGtwIXIRECwSCi7mrjDjMoCKR5mM"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> <footer> <em>By <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Lynn Wilhelm (not verified)</span> on 19 Oct 2012 <a href="https://scienceblogs.com/taxonomy/term/20965/feed#comment-2185044">#permalink</a></em> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/0"> <div class="field field--name-user-picture field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <a href="/user/0" hreflang="und"><img src="/files/styles/thumbnail/public/default_images/icon-user.png?itok=yQw_eG_q" width="100" height="100" alt="User Image" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </article> </footer> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-2185045" class="js-comment comment-wrapper clearfix"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1350841665"></mark> <div class="well"> <strong></strong> <div class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Clearly a saltational evolutionary event to advance so far in cuteness in one generation.:-)</p> <p>Congrats!</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=2185045&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="4ueSjyN4n4Shf3M21eB7sBB5Ta4neZd_Swx9Hsw00VY"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> <footer> <em>By <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike from Ottawa (not verified)</span> on 21 Oct 2012 <a href="https://scienceblogs.com/taxonomy/term/20965/feed#comment-2185045">#permalink</a></em> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/0"> <div class="field field--name-user-picture field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <a href="/user/0" hreflang="und"><img src="/files/styles/thumbnail/public/default_images/icon-user.png?itok=yQw_eG_q" width="100" height="100" alt="User Image" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </article> </footer> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-2185046" class="js-comment comment-wrapper clearfix"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1350873959"></mark> <div class="well"> <strong></strong> <div class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Looks like your priorities are fine!</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=2185046&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="6fm3EELdRKHGnS341OI6DOfUqRkjN9d8hlrEsEmZn8s"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> <footer> <em>By <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="Cheryl Shepherd-Adams">Cheryl Shepher… (not verified)</span> on 21 Oct 2012 <a href="https://scienceblogs.com/taxonomy/term/20965/feed#comment-2185046">#permalink</a></em> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/0"> <div class="field field--name-user-picture field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <a href="/user/0" hreflang="und"><img src="/files/styles/thumbnail/public/default_images/icon-user.png?itok=yQw_eG_q" width="100" height="100" alt="User Image" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </article> </footer> </article> </section> <ul class="links inline list-inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/tfk/2012/10/14/bad-blogger%23comment-form">Log in</a> to post comments</li></ul> Sun, 14 Oct 2012 21:06:06 +0000 tfk 103612 at https://scienceblogs.com Miles of smiles https://scienceblogs.com/tfk/2012/06/07/miles-of-smiles <span>Miles of smiles</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><img src="/files/tfk/files/2012/06/MilesSmiles.jpg" height="345" width="460" border="0" hspace="0" vspace="0" alt="Miles smiling, 3 weeks old" title="Miles smiling, 3 weeks old" style="padding:1em;" /><br /> In case you've been wondering, "Where've you been for the last month, Josh?," the photo above gives a pretty good hint.<br /> Miles Nikola was born on May 4th, a healthy and beautiful 8 pounds 12 ounces. For the last month, he and his mama and I have been at home getting used to each other. It's truly uncanny how different he is from day to day. His cheeks seem to grow exponentially, for instance.</p> <p>Also, he just figured out that he can bend anyone to his will through sustained eye contact and cuteness, a dangerous precedent indeed. Once he fully masters the smile, I think we're doomed.</p> <p><img src="/files/tfk/files/2012/06/imagesMilesRoo.jpg" height="345" width="460" border="0" hspace="0" vspace="0" alt="Miles and Roo playing" title="Miles and Roo playing" style="padding:1em;" /><br /> I don't recall whether I introduced you all to Roo, the dog we adopted last fall, but Miles and Roo have been getting along nicely, as you can see. Neither has quite figured out how to interact with the other, but there's no noticeable jealousy, and I'm expecting adorable antics from the pair as soon as Miles gets a bit more mobile.</p> <p><img src="/files/tfk/files/2012/06/imagesMilesSquid3wk.jpg" height="691" width="460" border="0" hspace="0" vspace="0" alt="Miles at 2 weeks, and a squid" title="Miles at 2 weeks, and a squid" style="padding:1em;" /><br /> And yes, following <a href="http://scienceblogs.com/principles/category/personal/steelykid/">Chad's example</a>, I'm taking periodic photos next to a stuffed animal, for scale. And he inherited is papa's love of zoology and books:</p> <p><img src="/files/tfk/files/2012/06/imagesJoshMilesread.jpg" height="305" width="458" border="0" hspace="0" vspace="0" alt="Josh and Miles reading" title="Josh and Miles reading" style="padding:1em;" /><br /> I expect it'll be a while before anyone else gets much sleep, but he, thankfully, has no problem catching a nap.</p> <p><img src="/files/tfk/files/2012/06/imagesMilesSleeps.jpg" height="305" width="458" border="0" hspace="0" vspace="0" alt="Miles napping" title="Miles napping" style="padding:1em;" /><br /> There are many adventures yet to come.</p> </div> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/tfk" lang="" about="/tfk" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tfk</a></span> <span>Thu, 06/07/2012 - 13:49</span> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/chatter" hreflang="en">Chatter</a></div> </div> </div> <section> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-2184950" class="js-comment comment-wrapper clearfix"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1339127634"></mark> <div class="well"> <strong></strong> <div class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>HUGE congratulations, Josh! He's adorable! Looks like you've already figured out that sleep is for wimps, there's no such thing as 'reading too much,' and everything else can wait while he grows. (((Hugs!)))</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=2184950&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="1Tc_YvgXhcU7KpEAGxWgdr0kEfG83S7kDrAgdPIQq98"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> <footer> <em>By <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="Cheryl Shepherd-Adams">Cheryl Shepher… (not verified)</span> on 07 Jun 2012 <a href="https://scienceblogs.com/taxonomy/term/20965/feed#comment-2184950">#permalink</a></em> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/0"> <div class="field field--name-user-picture field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <a href="/user/0" hreflang="und"><img src="/files/styles/thumbnail/public/default_images/icon-user.png?itok=yQw_eG_q" width="100" height="100" alt="User Image" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </article> </footer> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-2184951" class="js-comment comment-wrapper clearfix"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1339207068"></mark> <div class="well"> <strong></strong> <div class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Congratulations Josh!</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=2184951&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="QqXicCl9XfeYqzfSdfzP8xVYSwW6otqEuKHtjX2kaok"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> <footer> <em>By <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">TB (not verified)</span> on 08 Jun 2012 <a href="https://scienceblogs.com/taxonomy/term/20965/feed#comment-2184951">#permalink</a></em> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/0"> <div class="field field--name-user-picture field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <a href="/user/0" hreflang="und"><img src="/files/styles/thumbnail/public/default_images/icon-user.png?itok=yQw_eG_q" width="100" height="100" alt="User Image" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </article> </footer> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-2184952" class="js-comment comment-wrapper clearfix"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1339219865"></mark> <div class="well"> <strong></strong> <div class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Congratulations. Now all that work you do for science, knowledge, good education and good public policies start to become more urgent to your family.</p> <p>We're in Wisconsin for the graduation of our youngest from Lawrence U. Enjoy it now, because it's a really quick ride.</p> <p>Keep up the good work on all fronts.</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=2184952&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="30SpmFMEUWeq_XNqaBiygld_maf-H4MicKpcK_rs8EA"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> <footer> <em>By <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Ed Darrell (not verified)</span> on 09 Jun 2012 <a href="https://scienceblogs.com/taxonomy/term/20965/feed#comment-2184952">#permalink</a></em> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/0"> <div class="field field--name-user-picture field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <a href="/user/0" hreflang="und"><img src="/files/styles/thumbnail/public/default_images/icon-user.png?itok=yQw_eG_q" width="100" height="100" alt="User Image" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </article> </footer> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-2184953" class="js-comment comment-wrapper clearfix"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1339257476"></mark> <div class="well"> <strong></strong> <div class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Twenty years ago my love and I had a little fellow ourselves. Now that's a bio experiment!</p> <p>The photo of you and your boy with the book brought tears to my eyes. I've got a photo of me and my son both laying on the floor 'reading' (Though truth be told his book was upside down.</p> <p>Blessing of a bountiful universe to you and yours. Congrats!</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=2184953&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="e79O657qASAexZ2HfX-DzVjE-vr95JFSzMRPTO3Bsl0"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> <footer> <em>By <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">David Stoeckl (not verified)</span> on 09 Jun 2012 <a href="https://scienceblogs.com/taxonomy/term/20965/feed#comment-2184953">#permalink</a></em> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/0"> <div class="field field--name-user-picture field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <a href="/user/0" hreflang="und"><img src="/files/styles/thumbnail/public/default_images/icon-user.png?itok=yQw_eG_q" width="100" height="100" alt="User Image" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </article> </footer> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-2184954" class="js-comment comment-wrapper clearfix"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1339520411"></mark> <div class="well"> <strong></strong> <div class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Congratulations!</p> <p>But while you were off, evolution issues are coming up again in Kansas.</p> <p>And the KCFS site shut down their discussion board, because someone provoked Jack Krebs into coming out as an atheist which hurts their political effectiveness with the masses...sadly but truly.</p> <p>Do something Josh!</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=2184954&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="skT6pK3L5EozsS_J3-E5y1W1aZK-AUjdGjd_eB6k5eA"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> <footer> <em>By <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Aaron (not verified)</span> on 12 Jun 2012 <a href="https://scienceblogs.com/taxonomy/term/20965/feed#comment-2184954">#permalink</a></em> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/0"> <div class="field field--name-user-picture field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <a href="/user/0" hreflang="und"><img src="/files/styles/thumbnail/public/default_images/icon-user.png?itok=yQw_eG_q" width="100" height="100" alt="User Image" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </article> </footer> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-2184955" class="js-comment comment-wrapper clearfix"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1339792879"></mark> <div class="well"> <strong></strong> <div class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Congratulations, Josh! My wife and I are expecting our second, a girl in August.</p> <p>I have "Look at the Animals" book on our wishlist... :)</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=2184955&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="J_nSEfe815FXRS1RqsSIj8TzZOrjVUv4g0_vaiWaPjE"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> <footer> <em>By <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Michael Barton (not verified)</span> on 15 Jun 2012 <a href="https://scienceblogs.com/taxonomy/term/20965/feed#comment-2184955">#permalink</a></em> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/0"> <div class="field field--name-user-picture field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <a href="/user/0" hreflang="und"><img src="/files/styles/thumbnail/public/default_images/icon-user.png?itok=yQw_eG_q" width="100" height="100" alt="User Image" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </article> </footer> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-2184956" class="js-comment comment-wrapper clearfix"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1339922401"></mark> <div class="well"> <strong></strong> <div class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>And enjoy your first and very special Father's Day with Milles Debbie and Roo.</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=2184956&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="Qbu-UXxUXEcwoNnR9xGcXXGDrK8daPOnoTrnIH5BGP8"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> <footer> <em>By <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Hedda Ribolow (not verified)</span> on 17 Jun 2012 <a href="https://scienceblogs.com/taxonomy/term/20965/feed#comment-2184956">#permalink</a></em> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/0"> <div class="field field--name-user-picture field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <a href="/user/0" hreflang="und"><img src="/files/styles/thumbnail/public/default_images/icon-user.png?itok=yQw_eG_q" width="100" height="100" alt="User Image" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </article> </footer> </article> </section> <ul class="links inline list-inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/tfk/2012/06/07/miles-of-smiles%23comment-form">Log in</a> to post comments</li></ul> Thu, 07 Jun 2012 17:49:44 +0000 tfk 103592 at https://scienceblogs.com Pascal's lament and E. B. White https://scienceblogs.com/tfk/2012/02/12/pascals-lament-and-e-b-white <span>Pascal&#039;s lament and E. B. White</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Long ago (1656), Blaise Pascal wrote <a href="http://oregonstate.edu/instruct/phl302/texts/pascal/letters-c.html#LETTER%20XVI">an apologetic note</a> that editors have been quoting at prolix writers ever since:</p> <blockquote><p>The present letter is a very long one, simply because I had no leisure to make it shorter.</p></blockquote> <p>Brevity is a key to effective writing, if nothing else because it's hard to hold a reader's attention, but also for stylistic reasons. Short sentences lend emphasis. </p> <p>Alas, it's slow and painful.</p> <p>Three hundred years after Pascal, Strunk and White's <em>Elements of Style</em> again emphasized the insistence on removing needless words wherever possible, one of several Strunk and White choices questioned by other style guides. Apparently, though, <a href="http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/02/10/e-b-white-letters/?utm_source=twitterfeed&amp;utm_medium=twitter&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+brainpickings%2Frss+%28Brain+Pickings%29">even White had to stand up for the occasional extra word</a>. Maria Popova quotes this letter from White to a reader who missed the point:</p> <blockquote><p>Dear Mr. â</p> <p>It comes down to the meaning of âneedless.â Often a word can be removed without destroying the structure of a sentence, but that does not necessarily mean that the word is needless or that the sentence has gained by its removal.</p> <p>If you were to put a narrow construction on the word âneedless,â you would have to remove tens of thousands of words from Shakespeare, who seldom said anything in six words that could be said in twenty. Writing is not an exercise in excision, itâs a journey into sound. How about âtomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrowâ*? One tomorrow would suffice, but itâs the other two that have made the thing immortal.</p> <p>Thank you, thank you, thank you for your letter.</p> <p>Yrs,</p> <p>E. B. White</p></blockquote> <p>(That asterisk seems to be Popova's who seems to fear that the reader may not catch the reference to Macbeth. What an age we live in!)</p> <p>A helpful passage to bear in mind next time an editor takes too dull a blade to your writing.</p> </div> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/tfk" lang="" about="/tfk" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tfk</a></span> <span>Sun, 02/12/2012 - 17:41</span> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/chatter" hreflang="en">Chatter</a></div> </div> </div> <section> </section> <ul class="links inline list-inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/tfk/2012/02/12/pascals-lament-and-e-b-white%23comment-form">Log in</a> to post comments</li></ul> Sun, 12 Feb 2012 22:41:13 +0000 tfk 103573 at https://scienceblogs.com A year ago today https://scienceblogs.com/tfk/2011/08/08/a-year-ago-today <span>A year ago today</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><img src="http://scienceblogs.com/tfk/wp-content/blogs.dir/408/files/2012/04/i-581dfa968e278751b0edc2f71fe3369b-wedding.jpg" alt="i-581dfa968e278751b0edc2f71fe3369b-wedding.jpg" /><br /> Good times, then and now.</p> </div> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/tfk" lang="" about="/tfk" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tfk</a></span> <span>Mon, 08/08/2011 - 06:11</span> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/chatter" hreflang="en">Chatter</a></div> </div> </div> <section> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-2184084" class="js-comment comment-wrapper clearfix"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1312811051"></mark> <div class="well"> <strong></strong> <div class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Time flies when you're having fun ...</p> <p>Many more, kids. Forty-four more years and you'll catch us! :)</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=2184084&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="FtTiUaHtA7cYhf74rrtnD1kX39cDJ4_4l9UQrICzL-E"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> <footer> <em>By <a rel="nofollow" href="http://pandasthumb.org" lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">RBH (not verified)</a> on 08 Aug 2011 <a href="https://scienceblogs.com/taxonomy/term/20965/feed#comment-2184084">#permalink</a></em> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/0"> <div class="field field--name-user-picture field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <a href="/user/0" hreflang="und"><img src="/files/styles/thumbnail/public/default_images/icon-user.png?itok=yQw_eG_q" width="100" height="100" alt="User Image" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </article> </footer> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-2184085" class="js-comment comment-wrapper clearfix"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1312815070"></mark> <div class="well"> <strong></strong> <div class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Mazel tov!</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=2184085&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="0zhihNxn8R1GClHMZp8rDXUGV6aKOMYggLjxvzG0FL0"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> <footer> <em>By <a rel="nofollow" href="http://dododreams.blogspot.com/" lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">John Pieret (not verified)</a> on 08 Aug 2011 <a href="https://scienceblogs.com/taxonomy/term/20965/feed#comment-2184085">#permalink</a></em> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/0"> <div class="field field--name-user-picture field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <a href="/user/0" hreflang="und"><img src="/files/styles/thumbnail/public/default_images/icon-user.png?itok=yQw_eG_q" width="100" height="100" alt="User Image" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </article> </footer> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-2184086" class="js-comment comment-wrapper clearfix"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1312822662"></mark> <div class="well"> <strong></strong> <div class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Beautiful!</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=2184086&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="XPbZmqPS_wIif6sF0r5ytgdVRp2JDORW6H3UmNCc4vY"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> <footer> <em>By <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="Cheryl Shepherd-Adams">Cheryl Shepher… (not verified)</span> on 08 Aug 2011 <a href="https://scienceblogs.com/taxonomy/term/20965/feed#comment-2184086">#permalink</a></em> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/0"> <div class="field field--name-user-picture field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <a href="/user/0" hreflang="und"><img src="/files/styles/thumbnail/public/default_images/icon-user.png?itok=yQw_eG_q" width="100" height="100" alt="User Image" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </article> </footer> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-2184087" class="js-comment comment-wrapper clearfix"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1312859757"></mark> <div class="well"> <strong></strong> <div class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Nice chuppah. </p> <p>May happy returns of the day.</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=2184087&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="lKKCe_ZJyf9daNqnhxPOkN5HHyYeF7oH50vHUxdNVdU"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> <footer> <em>By <a rel="nofollow" href="http://zthoughtcriminal.blogspot.com/" lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="Anthony McCarthy Leveler">Anthony McCart… (not verified)</a> on 08 Aug 2011 <a href="https://scienceblogs.com/taxonomy/term/20965/feed#comment-2184087">#permalink</a></em> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/0"> <div class="field field--name-user-picture field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <a href="/user/0" hreflang="und"><img src="/files/styles/thumbnail/public/default_images/icon-user.png?itok=yQw_eG_q" width="100" height="100" alt="User Image" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </article> </footer> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-2184088" class="js-comment comment-wrapper clearfix"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1312862323"></mark> <div class="well"> <strong></strong> <div class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Happy wedding anniversary to you both!</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=2184088&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="aglrmLWR6koVUWoej8IdV3L-e5bQy7pjDHGNugT_w9I"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> <footer> <em>By <a rel="nofollow" href="http://heathen-hub.com/blog.php?u=1" lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Gurdur (not verified)</a> on 08 Aug 2011 <a href="https://scienceblogs.com/taxonomy/term/20965/feed#comment-2184088">#permalink</a></em> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/0"> <div class="field field--name-user-picture field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <a href="/user/0" hreflang="und"><img src="/files/styles/thumbnail/public/default_images/icon-user.png?itok=yQw_eG_q" width="100" height="100" alt="User Image" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </article> </footer> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-2184089" class="js-comment comment-wrapper clearfix"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1312951910"></mark> <div class="well"> <strong></strong> <div class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Mazel tov, then, now and in the future.</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=2184089&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="-DfyN4bVtIGYyploWIv4u3aT8X2JnmsQ_Kvv9BWYCGc"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> <footer> <em>By <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Frank (not verified)</span> on 10 Aug 2011 <a href="https://scienceblogs.com/taxonomy/term/20965/feed#comment-2184089">#permalink</a></em> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/0"> <div class="field field--name-user-picture field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <a href="/user/0" hreflang="und"><img src="/files/styles/thumbnail/public/default_images/icon-user.png?itok=yQw_eG_q" width="100" height="100" alt="User Image" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </article> </footer> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-2184090" class="js-comment comment-wrapper clearfix"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1313269232"></mark> <div class="well"> <strong></strong> <div class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Congrats! I hope you did something special! We hit 35 next year. I keep telling my wife I could have been paroled at 20, but she disagrees. She doubts I could possibly be on my best behavior for 20 years and actually get paroled.</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=2184090&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="iuynYyPAGCanZT1OPJqTeYKurFGAcg3Bu7Xz6reGhFA"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> <footer> <em>By <a rel="nofollow" href="http://sciencestandards.blogspot.com" lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tedhohio (not verified)</a> on 13 Aug 2011 <a href="https://scienceblogs.com/taxonomy/term/20965/feed#comment-2184090">#permalink</a></em> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/0"> <div class="field field--name-user-picture field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <a href="/user/0" hreflang="und"><img src="/files/styles/thumbnail/public/default_images/icon-user.png?itok=yQw_eG_q" width="100" height="100" alt="User Image" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </article> </footer> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-2184091" class="js-comment comment-wrapper clearfix"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1313351487"></mark> <div class="well"> <strong></strong> <div class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Congratulations to you both! Being married is awesome.</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=2184091&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="iUx5QcxohlY1tlsfPNMu2AXXgI7Na6QzuA2H9eXjLpQ"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> <footer> <em>By <a rel="nofollow" href="http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/symbiartic/" lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Glendon Mellow (not verified)</a> on 14 Aug 2011 <a href="https://scienceblogs.com/taxonomy/term/20965/feed#comment-2184091">#permalink</a></em> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/0"> <div class="field field--name-user-picture field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <a href="/user/0" hreflang="und"><img src="/files/styles/thumbnail/public/default_images/icon-user.png?itok=yQw_eG_q" width="100" height="100" alt="User Image" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </article> </footer> </article> </section> <ul class="links inline list-inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/tfk/2011/08/08/a-year-ago-today%23comment-form">Log in</a> to post comments</li></ul> Mon, 08 Aug 2011 10:11:16 +0000 tfk 103521 at https://scienceblogs.com Ugh https://scienceblogs.com/tfk/2011/05/26/ugh <span>Ugh</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Having a cold isn't as much fun as you'd think. Back to regular blogging shortly.</p> <p>If you haven't registered for <a href="http://skepticalcon.org">SkeptiCal '11</a> yet, there's still time before Sunday.</p> </div> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/tfk" lang="" about="/tfk" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tfk</a></span> <span>Thu, 05/26/2011 - 17:23</span> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/chatter" hreflang="en">Chatter</a></div> </div> </div> <section> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-2183034" class="js-comment comment-wrapper clearfix"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1306489725"></mark> <div class="well"> <strong></strong> <div class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>I guess that explains it.</p> <p>Speedy recovery, Josh.</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=2183034&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="lmrmgumehyaE4tF7O-tAwKvU88E9Mj5tqzMaXe3HCok"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> <footer> <em>By <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Riman Butterbur (not verified)</span> on 27 May 2011 <a href="https://scienceblogs.com/taxonomy/term/20965/feed#comment-2183034">#permalink</a></em> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/0"> <div class="field field--name-user-picture field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <a href="/user/0" hreflang="und"><img src="/files/styles/thumbnail/public/default_images/icon-user.png?itok=yQw_eG_q" width="100" height="100" alt="User Image" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </article> </footer> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-2183035" class="js-comment comment-wrapper clearfix"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1306515734"></mark> <div class="well"> <strong></strong> <div class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Feel Better! Meanwhile, you might like this:</p> <p><a href="http://dododreams.blogspot.com/2011/05/wtf.html">http://dododreams.blogspot.com/2011/05/wtf.html</a></p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=2183035&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="QgdYOhOYAmK9R-XvU_gKVTv5HFDcUua9euMyHS7Efag"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> <footer> <em>By <a rel="nofollow" href="http://dododreams.blogspot.com/" lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">John Pieret (not verified)</a> on 27 May 2011 <a href="https://scienceblogs.com/taxonomy/term/20965/feed#comment-2183035">#permalink</a></em> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/0"> <div class="field field--name-user-picture field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <a href="/user/0" hreflang="und"><img src="/files/styles/thumbnail/public/default_images/icon-user.png?itok=yQw_eG_q" width="100" height="100" alt="User Image" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </article> </footer> </article> </section> <ul class="links inline list-inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/tfk/2011/05/26/ugh%23comment-form">Log in</a> to post comments</li></ul> Thu, 26 May 2011 21:23:29 +0000 tfk 103468 at https://scienceblogs.com I endorse this open letter https://scienceblogs.com/tfk/2011/05/05/i-endorse-this-open-letter <span>I endorse this open letter</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><a href="http://scientopia.org/blogs/ethicsandscience/2011/05/03/an-open-letter-5/">Janet Stemwedel has an open letter</a>, and as someone who got the same ham-fisted promotions, and didn't write about it for roughly the same reason (also I don't care about silly putty), I can endorse her letter wholeheartedly.</p> </div> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/tfk" lang="" about="/tfk" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tfk</a></span> <span>Wed, 05/04/2011 - 18:28</span> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/chatter" hreflang="en">Chatter</a></div> </div> </div> <section> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-2182427" class="js-comment comment-wrapper clearfix"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1304611525"></mark> <div class="well"> <strong></strong> <div class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>kiss my ass xom(bies)</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=2182427&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="sLtLwcai2TyYB5mZPgSrttVi5AieHlSqIIU9qIIbj30"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> <footer> <em>By <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Herp N. Derpington (not verified)</span> on 05 May 2011 <a href="https://scienceblogs.com/taxonomy/term/20965/feed#comment-2182427">#permalink</a></em> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/0"> <div class="field field--name-user-picture field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <a href="/user/0" hreflang="und"><img src="/files/styles/thumbnail/public/default_images/icon-user.png?itok=yQw_eG_q" width="100" height="100" alt="User Image" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </article> </footer> </article> </section> <ul class="links inline list-inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/tfk/2011/05/05/i-endorse-this-open-letter%23comment-form">Log in</a> to post comments</li></ul> Wed, 04 May 2011 22:28:37 +0000 tfk 103452 at https://scienceblogs.com Candy from strangers https://scienceblogs.com/tfk/2011/04/28/candy-from-strangers <span>Candy from strangers</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Thanks to BoingBoing for <a href="http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/boingboing/iBag/~3/uAv-Dlg0CZk/police-play-doctor-t.html">this example of the importance of skepticism</a>:</p> <blockquote><p>A gang of thieves in Istanbul, Turkey have reportedly been dressing like doctors and distributing sedatives door to door, telling residents the medicine was related to a test for high blood pressure. Once the victims dosed, the thieves would rob them. As part of the police investigation, officers attempted the same trick but used placebos. Apparently <strong>86 out of 100 people who answered the door took the pill right away</strong>. Police then attempted to explain why that was a bad idea. From <a href="http://au.news.yahoo.com/odd/a/-/odd/9268075/police-dress-up-as-doctors-to-test-citizens/">Reuters</a>:</p> <p>Turkish police in other provinces have also used novel methods to test citizens' gullibility.</p> <p>Officers in Adana in southern Turkey last week called at houses, announcing through the intercom: "I am a burglar, please open the door." Police said they were stunned at the number of people who opened the door, the Radikal daily newspaper reported.</p></blockquote> <p>Emphasis added.</p> <p>Maybe this explains why people swallow the wild tales of birthers.</p> </div> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/tfk" lang="" about="/tfk" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tfk</a></span> <span>Thu, 04/28/2011 - 06:49</span> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/chatter" hreflang="en">Chatter</a></div> </div> </div> <section> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-2182376" class="js-comment comment-wrapper clearfix"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1303992068"></mark> <div class="well"> <strong></strong> <div class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Sometimes I don't believe the world I live in.</p> <p>I seem to recall hearing that creationism is rampant in Turkey. Do you suppose there could be a correlation?</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=2182376&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="GskTJW1mVfTfAgmRoL4sn1LcLiItLXiGmULinTyI6oc"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> <footer> <em>By <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Physicalist (not verified)</span> on 28 Apr 2011 <a href="https://scienceblogs.com/taxonomy/term/20965/feed#comment-2182376">#permalink</a></em> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/0"> <div class="field field--name-user-picture field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <a href="/user/0" hreflang="und"><img src="/files/styles/thumbnail/public/default_images/icon-user.png?itok=yQw_eG_q" width="100" height="100" alt="User Image" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </article> </footer> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-2182377" class="js-comment comment-wrapper clearfix"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1303995068"></mark> <div class="well"> <strong></strong> <div class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Their most likely is a correlation, perhaps indirect, it's called ignorance!</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=2182377&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="6VA8UBI-S_f3izk64DtJASS1sjp5F3Jg-FVrG-T-54g"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> <footer> <em>By <a rel="nofollow" href="http://Realmenlovescience.blogspot.com" lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Shawn Porter (not verified)</a> on 28 Apr 2011 <a href="https://scienceblogs.com/taxonomy/term/20965/feed#comment-2182377">#permalink</a></em> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/0"> <div class="field field--name-user-picture field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <a href="/user/0" hreflang="und"><img src="/files/styles/thumbnail/public/default_images/icon-user.png?itok=yQw_eG_q" width="100" height="100" alt="User Image" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </article> </footer> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-2182378" class="js-comment comment-wrapper clearfix"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1304048969"></mark> <div class="well"> <strong></strong> <div class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Thanks for the Friday Follies post. Makes me laugh and scratch my head at the same time.</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=2182378&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="Sa8hKA3UA-fClgEw2YIpoUxb5Ai_9iKWEsLBmt60anY"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> <footer> <em>By <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">NBR (not verified)</span> on 28 Apr 2011 <a href="https://scienceblogs.com/taxonomy/term/20965/feed#comment-2182378">#permalink</a></em> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/0"> <div class="field field--name-user-picture field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <a href="/user/0" hreflang="und"><img src="/files/styles/thumbnail/public/default_images/icon-user.png?itok=yQw_eG_q" width="100" height="100" alt="User Image" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </article> </footer> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-2182379" class="js-comment comment-wrapper clearfix"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1304051459"></mark> <div class="well"> <strong></strong> <div class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>This is more about Turkish culture, which is very respectful of authority figures, and the education system, which despite Ataturk's thoughts, does not encourage any form of questioning.</p> <p>And you definitely do NOT question authority figures. </p> <p>A doctor - in a white coat, with a stethescope - is at my door, telling me I should take this tablet now. Yes, Doctor!</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=2182379&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="M2jHcOvN7_y4352NFHPftCNqriQV6JyIVDbgqcuFisc"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> <footer> <em>By <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">MacTurk (not verified)</span> on 29 Apr 2011 <a href="https://scienceblogs.com/taxonomy/term/20965/feed#comment-2182379">#permalink</a></em> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/0"> <div class="field field--name-user-picture field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <a href="/user/0" hreflang="und"><img src="/files/styles/thumbnail/public/default_images/icon-user.png?itok=yQw_eG_q" width="100" height="100" alt="User Image" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </article> </footer> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-2182380" class="js-comment comment-wrapper clearfix"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1304194482"></mark> <div class="well"> <strong></strong> <div class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>'Officers in Adana in southern Turkey last week called at houses, announcing through the intercom: "I am a burglar, please open the door."'</p> <p>Good grief, didn't people know the guy would turn out to be an encyclopedia salesman?</p> <p><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-lSLzYKVd2s">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-lSLzYKVd2s</a></p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=2182380&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="unjl6lFt_RRyu3cNijkxohGMtfpQZtEG-1ks9xKm5_k"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> <footer> <em>By <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Porlock Junior (not verified)</span> on 30 Apr 2011 <a href="https://scienceblogs.com/taxonomy/term/20965/feed#comment-2182380">#permalink</a></em> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/0"> <div class="field field--name-user-picture field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <a href="/user/0" hreflang="und"><img src="/files/styles/thumbnail/public/default_images/icon-user.png?itok=yQw_eG_q" width="100" height="100" alt="User Image" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </article> </footer> </article> </section> <ul class="links inline list-inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/tfk/2011/04/28/candy-from-strangers%23comment-form">Log in</a> to post comments</li></ul> Thu, 28 Apr 2011 10:49:56 +0000 tfk 103448 at https://scienceblogs.com A blast from the past and a personal update https://scienceblogs.com/omnibrain/2011/04/20/a-blast-from-the-past-and-a-pe <span>A blast from the past and a personal update</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>I was digging through some of my old blog posts and had almost totally forgot about this artwork I commissioned for the blog when I first started back on blogger. Check it out and then I'll fill you in on what I've been up to and why I've been so sparse over the last many months.</p> <div style="text-align: center;"> <iframe title="YouTube video player" width="480" height="390" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/tzCP2XXeoWY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></div> <p>I stopped blogging consistently a while back, and it was for a great reason, I promise!</p> <p>About a year ago, after I passed my prelims, I went on the job market. I interviewed for a couple academic positions (mainly liberal arts) and a number of industry/government jobs. I finally decided to 'sell out' and take the applied psychology route. This decision deserves a blog post of its own and over the next couple days I hope to post something about the whole process and why I decided to leave academia. </p> <!--more--><p>I ended up taking a job with a very large government organization that employs a number of Human Factors Engineers / Engineering Research Psychologists (there are so many jobs titles for what I do - but these seem to cover a majority of work places). Besides the first couple of months, during which I was honestly pretty bored, I've come to really enjoy my job. </p> <p>My job is to basically use what we know (or more often discover something new) to assist in the design of a large complex system that millions of people interact with and whose lives depend on daily. I realize I said that I'm not the type of psychologist that helps people but I guess that joke came back to bite me in the ass. I guess It could be worse - like me becoming a self-help author. More specifically though, after doing basic vision research for the last 5 or so years, I've gotten back to my neuroscience roots. I've been establishing a neuroergonomics 'lab' to explore a number of physiological measures of performance. I use techniques like, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FNIR">fNIRS</a> and <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electroencephalography">EEG</a> to explore psychological constructs like workload, fatigue, and confusion. I also use s<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electromyography">EMG</a> to measure muscle activity in some more classic ergonomics. While this is only marginally psychology - when you go into industry you have to be wiling to be flexible with what you use your scientific skills with.</p> <p>During the first six months of my job I was also working nights to finish up my Ph.D. I finally headed back to my department a few weeks ago to defend. While I'm happy to announce that I successfully defended, and I can now say "That's *DR* Asshole to you!", It was a little bit of a let down - I think they should have abused me more during the defense. This I have to say is my own fault - I picked the greatest group of people anyone could ever have for a committee. My advisor is a super laid-back, supportive, brilliant, and conscientious person. I have worked with some of my committee outside of my dissertation and have nothing but wonderful things to say about them - I've learned a lot from them. My committee is also made up of great people and I'm happy that I can call all of them friends. I've read (blogs, chronicle, etc.) and heard so many horror stories personally about graduate school that I started to wonder what was wrong with me - grad school was a generally positive experience for me. I guess I could complain about the crappy salary (it wasn't that bad since my now-wife and I were both able to buy property), and the temporary nature of the job (although some people don't treat it that way). Anyway, back to the story.</p> <p>I always had a rule, "No marriage before Ph.D."</p> <p>I cut it close. I got my Ph.D. only a few weeks before I got married to a wonderful woman just a few days ago. The planning was stressful and long, but the wedding was perfect.</p> <p>Now I have a normal job and no crazy after-work requirements like dissertating or wedding planning.... maybe more time for blogging?!</p> </div> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/author/omnibrain" lang="" about="/author/omnibrain" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">omnibrain</a></span> <span>Wed, 04/20/2011 - 02:40</span> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/academia" hreflang="en">Academia</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/blogging-0" hreflang="en">Blogging</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/chatter" hreflang="en">Chatter</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/human-factors" hreflang="en">human factors</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/neuroscience" hreflang="en">neuroscience</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/psychology-0" hreflang="en">Psychology</a></div> </div> </div> <section> <article data-comment-user-id="105" id="comment-2467840" class="js-comment comment-wrapper clearfix"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1303413203"></mark> <div class="well"> <strong></strong> <div class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Congratulations!</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=2467840&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="UufWQtWm96mxEk6pc6lreLEqUZ9Ftv_sr3BAOz2XGis"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> <footer> <em>By <a title="View user profile." href="/author/sporte" lang="" about="/author/sporte" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">sporte</a> on 21 Apr 2011 <a href="https://scienceblogs.com/taxonomy/term/20965/feed#comment-2467840">#permalink</a></em> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/author/sporte"> <div class="field field--name-user-picture field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <a href="/author/sporte" hreflang="en"><img src="/files/styles/thumbnail/public/pictures/59121-arsenic_protein-150x150-120x120.png?itok=o0ajJdDI" width="100" height="100" alt="Profile picture for user sporte" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </article> </footer> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-2467841" class="js-comment comment-wrapper clearfix"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1304392057"></mark> <div class="well"> <strong></strong> <div class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Wonderful song, where did you find it?</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=2467841&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="CfqVgNanIKqxdEYxxr5XOEL-zCNSjOoyF6rM0dEIGzA"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> <footer> <em>By <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">MacTurk (not verified)</span> on 02 May 2011 <a href="https://scienceblogs.com/taxonomy/term/20965/feed#comment-2467841">#permalink</a></em> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/0"> <div class="field field--name-user-picture field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <a href="/user/0" hreflang="und"><img src="/files/styles/thumbnail/public/default_images/icon-user.png?itok=yQw_eG_q" width="100" height="100" alt="User Image" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </article> </footer> </article> </section> <ul class="links inline list-inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/omnibrain/2011/04/20/a-blast-from-the-past-and-a-pe%23comment-form">Log in</a> to post comments</li></ul> Wed, 20 Apr 2011 06:40:46 +0000 omnibrain 141586 at https://scienceblogs.com Want https://scienceblogs.com/tfk/2011/03/16/want-3 <span>Want</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><img src="http://scienceblogs.com/tfk/wp-content/blogs.dir/408/files/2012/04/i-bdac96a976989938e554badff458483e-octocostume.jpg" alt="i-bdac96a976989938e554badff458483e-octocostume.jpg" /><br /> Via <a href="http://laughingsquid.com/cardboard-octopus-outfit/">Laughing Squid</a>, we learn that <a href="http://www.strode-college.ac.uk/teaching_teams/cardboard_catwalk/285">students at the UK's Strode College were tasked with building outfits from cardboard packaging</a>, and one created this whimsical number. If they'd just incorporate the technology from <a href="http://www.coroflot.com/kaylenek/PROSTHETIC-ARM">these prosthetic tentacles</a>, this would be the greatest thing ever.</p> </div> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/tfk" lang="" about="/tfk" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tfk</a></span> <span>Wed, 03/16/2011 - 07:51</span> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/biology" hreflang="en">biology</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/chatter" hreflang="en">Chatter</a></div> </div> </div> <section> </section> <ul class="links inline list-inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/tfk/2011/03/16/want-3%23comment-form">Log in</a> to post comments</li></ul> Wed, 16 Mar 2011 11:51:44 +0000 tfk 103421 at https://scienceblogs.com Want https://scienceblogs.com/tfk/2011/03/03/want-2 <span>Want</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><img src="http://scienceblogs.com/tfk/wp-content/blogs.dir/408/files/2012/04/i-8043eebe027d334e865be37741ebba72-showersquid.jpg" alt="i-8043eebe027d334e865be37741ebba72-showersquid.jpg" /><br /> This is <a href="http://www.uncommongoods.com/product/shower-squid">the awesomest thing EVAR</a>! </p> </div> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/tfk" lang="" about="/tfk" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tfk</a></span> <span>Thu, 03/03/2011 - 07:06</span> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/chatter" hreflang="en">Chatter</a></div> </div> </div> <section> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-2181029" class="js-comment comment-wrapper clearfix"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1299160196"></mark> <div class="well"> <strong></strong> <div class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>So, no soap on a rope for you next Christmas, then.</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=2181029&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="Q-LMeyaMcT0nuFUpJNWiQNswKJ2mj8VkaltAphHnJG0"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> <footer> <em>By <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anthony McCarthy (not verified)</span> on 03 Mar 2011 <a href="https://scienceblogs.com/taxonomy/term/20965/feed#comment-2181029">#permalink</a></em> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/0"> <div class="field field--name-user-picture field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <a href="/user/0" hreflang="und"><img src="/files/styles/thumbnail/public/default_images/icon-user.png?itok=yQw_eG_q" width="100" height="100" alt="User Image" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </article> </footer> </article> <article data-comment-user-id="31" id="comment-2181030" class="js-comment comment-wrapper clearfix"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1299173658"></mark> <div class="well"> <strong></strong> <div class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Nice. See: <a href="http://tinyurl.com/48qxx86">http://tinyurl.com/48qxx86</a></p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=2181030&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="lBTkxcUNaGx-Nv0zMMcpvY5knyZ9zp34K0XrjECOldY"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> <footer> <em>By <a title="View user profile." href="/author/gregladen" lang="" about="/author/gregladen" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">gregladen</a> on 03 Mar 2011 <a href="https://scienceblogs.com/taxonomy/term/20965/feed#comment-2181030">#permalink</a></em> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/author/gregladen"> <div class="field field--name-user-picture field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <a href="/author/gregladen" hreflang="en"><img src="/files/styles/thumbnail/public/pictures/HumanEvolutionIcon350-120x120.jpg?itok=Tg7drSR8" width="100" height="100" alt="Profile picture for user gregladen" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </article> </footer> </article> </section> <ul class="links inline list-inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/tfk/2011/03/03/want-2%23comment-form">Log in</a> to post comments</li></ul> Thu, 03 Mar 2011 12:06:39 +0000 tfk 103410 at https://scienceblogs.com