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I am scientist by training, inclination and temperament. However, this is a blog, not a lab. The title reflects my passion for hyperbole, so don't take me too seriously. I don't. I was a technician in a physiology lab, got my PhD in molecular genetics and neuroscience, was a postdoctoral fellow in biophysics and now am a Project Manager in a Clinical Science/Biomedical Informatics institute. I am a scientific jack-of-all-trades, and very happy because of it. I write about science that catches my eye, making the transition away from the lab bench, and the slightly odd and moist boundary where science culture meets the public. I am an Englishman by birth, an American by temperament and if I were you I wouldn't lend me money.

My posts are presented as opinion and commentary and do not represent the views of LabSpaces Productions, LLC, my employer, or my educational institution.

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

To My Fellow LabSpaces Bloggers,

I assume it's obvious from the twitter discussion and general tension that it was me who emailed Brian regarding some of my concerns with LabSpaces. I assumed the email would be in confidence and would be the start of a dialogue, but in a sublimely, and typically, passive-aggressive manner he chose to actually post near verbatim sections of the letter for you all to see.

I wrote, "There are two main issues we face right now. Firstly, temporally at least, is the constantly increasing stable of bloggers. You stated clearly that you wanted the current bloggers to have some say in the recruitment of new "talent", and went so far as to share a spreadsheet with us. However, there have been more and more additions to the site and we haven't been consulted at all. I hope to keep this in confidence between us, but I don't think you're selecting the right people. Some of the bloggers really aren't very good writers and this is diluting the "talent" on the site. Moreover some of the blogs at LabSpaces are barely used anymore. We believe this isn't necessarily good for the LabSpaces reputation. We're also aware that you're still sending out invitations to bloggers, some of whom have declined your offer before. This too damages the reputation of LabSpaces, because people talk, and importantly for us, the bloggers are thus damaged vicariously."

Brian posted:

"Said bloggers have also complained that they think the stables are too full and include some lame horses.  I'm not going take any of you out to pasture, because that's not right, but I do think that it looks bad on the community to have people in our "Active" Writer's List that haven't blogged in over a month.  I'll code in some new changes to remove blogger names from the lists after 6 weeks of inactivity.  I think this is fair.  Once a new post is made, the writer list will be re-compiled to include the inactive accounts."

I have added emphasis to mine to highlight my wish.

I can understand that some of you are disappointed and hurt by my saying this, and I can only apologize to your feelings. Science communication, indeed, effective written communication in general, is surprisingly difficult to get right and takes a lot of practice. It is certainly not an art in which we are trained. It is also important to bear in mind the tone one might employ when writing a private communique versus something to be considered and discussed in public. I meant to offend no one by my statement, and surely I am not commenting on anyone as a person, but merely pointing out that, as I said above, effective written communication is hard.

Brian made it clear that this site is his creation and I respect that, but it was also implied that the current bloggers would have a say in site additions, and we clearly don't. Please believe me; I'm not singling anyone out here. It's the process, not the people that I'm pissed at.

In addition there are some other issues and concerns, but I have (surprisingly for me) calmed down enough to not stomp my feet, throw my toys out of the sandbox and start pointing fingers and calling names.

To Brian, best of luck with the site. It's certainly a major investment and I hope it pays off.

To my friends, the bloggers, I am sorry to jump ship in bad weather like this. I consider all of you to be my friends and I'll miss your companionship.

To my readers, I hope you'll continue to follow the adventures, tales and mishaps of The Tideliar at Some Lies on  Blogger.

*Crossposted at Blogger*

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Brian Krueger, PhD
Columbia University Medical Center
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I'm sad to see you go. I only posted that to tell everyone why I was making changes. Good luck to you in the future. I'm sorry we couldn't work something out.

Dr Becca, Ph.D.
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I would follow you anywhere!


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Oh snap!

Genomic Repairman
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You will be missed my friend.

Jason Goldman
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I'd follow you even if you went back to 1990s-style Livejournal and wrote all your posts in Comic Sans.

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We'll miss you, Tiddles, but of course I'll follow you. I can even understand your reasoning. Best of luck, and don't be a stranger.

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FYI: I'm glad that I got to know you here. You are an artist of the swear-word, dear sir. (And I'll continue to read, as long as I can add you to google reader...:) )


Khalil A.

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Readers will follow!

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It's been fun having you around Tideliar, I like your stories!  Anyway, my own personal opinion, this is all supposed to be fun.. I hope it hasn't gone bad by being taken too seriously.

Don't be a stranger :)

Comrade PhysioProf

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SpaceTimeLabCube is a fucken joke being run by a ridiculous incompetent buffoon. What I can't figure out is how this absurd dipshitte talked anybody into blogging here in the first place.

Thomas Joseph
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Take care Tideliar.

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Thanks all. I'll be around, commenting and trolling you :)

I expect you all over for tea at blogger from time to time as well! That includes you PP!

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1) I have enjoyed your writing a great deal and therefore am sorry to see you go

2) Obligatory snark (it's what I do)- Wait, this blog has anything to do with science communication? News to me. Seems a weird thing to say as you leave with your nose in the air about talent. And on what freakin planet were you good for labspace's reputation???? Do you really think your work in the scicheer comment thread- while undoubtably entertaining to some- had any positive effect on the reputation of this site?

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1) Thanks. You can find me at blogger :D

2) communication as in moving an idea from one place to another, not science-communication as in Carl Zimmer, Ed Yong et al.  And as for the SciCheer post, I deeply regret that. It was, like a fart joke at the Christmas dinner table, funny in my head, but clearly in bad taste when it came out. I have apologised to several folks for it, and will continue to do so; so Becca, if it offended you personally, please accept my apology. It was indeed a  shitty troll job, poor taste and did little for either my reputation or the repuation of LabSpaces.

Dr. O
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I'm sad to see you go, TL, but it's been quite nice getting to know you over here. I'll of course follow you over to Blogger - you make me laugh too much not to. :D

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Tideliar- I never interpreted the comment "lame horses" to mean "bad writers". To me, it meant that you thought there were too many stagnant writers. The specifics might have been unnecessary but I understand if you felt like you needed to clarify.

I am sorry that you are leaving the site. I'm sure I'll be reading your articles at your new site as well and chatting on twitter so it's not goodbye. 

It's all about stress relief and fun for me as well. I love the uniqueness of the writers. I sure wish Dr. Girlfriend would post more. I like her edge.

Anyway- I wish you much happiness at your new site Tides!


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one of my favourite tweets was from a german Scibling, @weitergen. "Abwanderungen bei LabSpaces". it means migrating :)


See you on the 'Tubes

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See you at your new home...

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Cheers mate. Be well.

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But welcome home at Blogspot!

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Nah, I can't very well pretend to be offended now after trying to tell fart jokes with the best of 'em. Well, I guess I could...

Honestly, if you for some strange reason actually care about offending *me*, just try to minimize 'cunt' all over my twitters.

Anyway. I'm very sorry to inform you that I will be reading you over on blogspot. You write to damn well (even if about somewhat random things).

Pharm Sci Grad

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Updating my Google Reader... Wouldn't want to miss you and your posts!!  :)

Oh, and cudos to you for not throwing your toys!  Hehe...

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Good luck, and I'll be updating my blogroll.

Kausik Datta
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Erm... is there a remote chance that you may re-grace NB? If not, sigh. One more Blogspot feed to add to my (conveniently) Google reader... :D

All the best with the house-warming!


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FFS, will you stop moving around? I like my links the way they are, so try and stay still for a bit, K?

Good luck on the blogger anyways...

The Founding Mothers
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First you skeedaddle from NN, now from LB. Soon there won't be enough interwebz left for thy ego!

Ho hum. {updates bookmarks cos can't be arsed with readers.}

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Sorry to see you go. But I have your blogger site in my reader so you're not rid of me.

Lab Mom
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Well that is a fine "Fuck You"

Thanks for keeping me laughing.. l will be sure to catch up with you on blogger, and we will miss you here.

David Manly
Freelance Science Journalist
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Farewell my friend!

It was an absolute pleasure getting to know you here and on the Twitter, and this isn't really a goodbye. No sir, more of a "smell ya later"!

You're just moving, and I'll even help you move if you throw in some pizza and maybe a beer :)

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