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This is why we get vaccinated
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Saturday, April 23, 2011

So long, farewell ...
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Thursday, March 31, 2011

From the Union of Concerned Scientists
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Week 23 - Hockey Pool
Monday, March 14, 2011

March Madness
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Saturday, March 12, 2011

What a bargain!
Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Wednesday Micro Hits
Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Technique Overload
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Et tu FDA?
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Wednesday Micro Hits (on Thursday!)
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HR1
Wednesday, February 16, 2011

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Monday, February 14, 2011

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The GOP War on Science
Wednesday, February 9, 2011

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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

People, how about some ...
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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Sacrifice
Friday, January 28, 2011

Are you married to your reagents?
Thursday, January 27, 2011

Wednesday Micro Hits
Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Common Sense Tip #1
Tuesday, January 25, 2011

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Saturday, January 22, 2011

From the Baby Boomers, a Big "Screw You"
Friday, January 21, 2011

Student Worker - More Student or More Worker?
Friday, January 21, 2011

Wednesday Micro Hits
Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Saturday Morning Serenade
Saturday, January 15, 2011

Holy moly!
Friday, January 14, 2011

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

The Electronic Office
Thursday, January 13, 2011

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

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The Plug - January Edition
Friday, January 7, 2011

Bits 'N Pieces
Thursday, January 6, 2011

Latest Manuscript Review
Wednesday, January 5, 2011

The $4 gallon of gas
Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Our slowly shrinking (and dying) planet
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It's 2011 already? For reals?
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The State of Microbiology
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2010 blogging meme
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The Environmental Impact of the Christmas Season
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What's Your Name?
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Awakening from the food coma ...
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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

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Monday, November 22, 2010

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ASA-CSSA-SSSA Early Career Program
Monday, October 25, 2010

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Making Good on Donor's Choose Bribe - Comfort Food Recipe 1
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Friday, October 15, 2010

First I Begged, Now I Bribe
Thursday, October 14, 2010

Finding Out Things The Hard Way(TM)
Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Wednesday Micro Hits (Vol 2)
Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Here's where I start begging ...
Tuesday, October 12, 2010

#UnK3rn3d: Life Outside the Lab?
Tuesday, October 12, 2010

First fleas, now frogs?
Tuesday, October 12, 2010

No Fleas Please
Monday, October 11, 2010

My next Research Blogging article has been chosen ...
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Donor's Choose
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Friday, October 8, 2010

RB: Waste Not, Want Not.
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Research Blogging
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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

What if I were not a microbiologist ...
Tuesday, October 5, 2010

TJ's Tips on Manuscript Review
Monday, October 4, 2010

Chinese plagiarism and the death of English-language journals
Friday, October 1, 2010

Allow Me a Formal Introduction
Friday, October 1, 2010
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Monday, January 3, 2011

I hope everyone enjoyed the holiday season. I'm sure quite a few people took an extended break, recharged the batteries, and are now ready to launch themselves back into the daily grind. I did something of the sort myself, though I started early when my car broke down the day before my vacation officially started ($50 dollar repair for a blown fuse ... who knew the fuel pump had a fuse devoted to its operation? Not me!).

I intentionally stayed out of pocket, in part because I've done so much writing and reviewing (three papers revised/accepted, and four manuscripts reviewed in the last month) that I just couldn't face doing more writing on my down time. So when the time came to amscray, I packed up the car and headed out to the family for the Christmas holiday. Lots of food (though I actually didn't gain any weight), lots of laughter, and lots of rest. Very little drama (which is a nice thing), but lots of time in a car (over 2500 miles by the time I turned in the rental).

So here we are now in 2011, and I have made a couple of resolutions, which I haven't done in a long time.

1. Lose 10 to 15 more pounds. I dropped 10 pounds this past year ... little less than half of what I gained in the past couple of years. It's all been diet (low carbs, which is hard for this Italian) but I'm hoping I can start with the P90X again.

2. Paperless office. I've fired up EndNote X3, and I'm intent on getting X4. Combined with Adobe Acrobat Pro there is very little I need to print out when it comes to scientific reading. I'm hoping that I can keep my printing costs to a minimum this year, and will be keeping track of it. So far I've made it to January 3rd and I have yet to print anything off. ;)

So, I suppose this will serve as my first post of the new year. Has anyone else made any resolutions for this year?

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Genomic Repairman
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I'm right there with you with those two resolutions.  How did the other thing go that we were discussing?


Brian Krueger, PhD
Columbia University Medical Center
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I don't think I could ever go paperless.  I like reading articles on paper too much. Plus it gets me away from the computer where there are plenty of other distractions.

The plan for this year is to knock out a high impact paper or two.


Thomas Joseph
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Brian, I too like reading articles on paper ... but I'm thinking I may get a tablet/kindle this year which may alleviate the need to have the physical article in my hand.

 

GR, if it's what I think you're referring to (I've slept since then) ... she said "Yes."  Before I could actually get the words out of my mouth actually. :)


Prabodh Kandala
Texas Tech University Health Science Center
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Does P90X really work?


Genomic Repairman
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Well then congrats buddy.


Thomas Joseph
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PK, from everything I've heard, yes, it does work. I'll hopefully be able to let you know in 3 months how it goes.


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Genomic Repairman said:

Well then congrats buddy.


Thanks. Pretty stoked about it.

 


Brian Krueger, PhD
Columbia University Medical Center
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P90X is the only "fad" diet I've seen that does work.  It's not really a fad diet though.  It's a case of DVDs with workout routines.  The problem is that a lot of people don't stick to it.  I've heard it's great for cardio and toning.


Prabodh Kandala
Texas Tech University Health Science Center
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Well, sticking to it is the key. Even I need to shed few pounds. My motivation for this is not as consistent as it is for my research.


Thomas Joseph
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PK, I hear ya. When in grad school I used to down a 2L of Coke every day, and I didn't exercise like I could have ... another round of transformations was always more important. That's a lot of empty calories and is what probably set the stage for my weight gain. For the past couple of years I've been a regular at the gym playing raquetball, and it's held my weight in check, but I haven't really dropped any. I changed my diet up and lost enough weight to get my BMI back in the "normal" range, but I really need to get down a bit further. I'm a long ways away from the days when my body fat was 6% and I was running 30 minute 10k's ... heck I may never get back THERE, but I'm going to try. I think P90X (which is a combination of diet and intense exercise) will do the trick.

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