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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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Stay Tuned ...
Thursday, March 31, 2011

From the Union of Concerned Scientists
Tuesday, March 15, 2011

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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Saturday, February 26, 2011

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Wednesday Micro Hits (on Thursday!)
Thursday, February 17, 2011

HR1
Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day
Monday, February 14, 2011

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The GOP War on Science
Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Wednesday Micro Hits
Wednesday, February 9, 2011

People, how about some ...
Tuesday, February 8, 2011

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Saturday, February 5, 2011
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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

Thursday Pondering
Thursday, January 13, 2011

The Electronic Office
Thursday, January 13, 2011

Wednesday Micro Hits
Wednesday, January 12, 2011

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Saturday, January 8, 2011

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
Tuesday, January 4, 2011

It's 2011 already? For reals?
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The State of Microbiology
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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

2010 blogging meme
Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The Environmental Impact of the Christmas Season
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Music Snobbery
Thursday, December 2, 2010

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Thursday, December 2, 2010

What's Your Name?
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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Awakening from the food coma ...
Friday, November 26, 2010

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

A Monday Mess
Monday, November 22, 2010

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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Stayin' Alive
Sunday, October 31, 2010

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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Wednesday Micro Hits (Vol. 4)
Wednesday, October 27, 2010

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

Saturday Morning Serenade
Saturday, October 23, 2010

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Donor's Choose - Family Recipe Number 1
Sunday, October 17, 2010

Making Good on Donor's Choose Bribe - Comfort Food Recipe 1
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Friday Wrap-Up and Random Thoughts (Vol. 2)
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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RB: Waste Not, Want Not.
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Research Blogging
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What if I were not a microbiologist ...
Tuesday, October 5, 2010

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Chinese plagiarism and the death of English-language journals
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Allow Me a Formal Introduction
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Thursday, January 6, 2011

1. I'm thrilled that NetFlix has started to improve their offerings on Instant View. This is especially evident in their television section, and I'm now hooked on Dexter.

2. Downloaded two albums from Amazon over the holidays. They were doing a $5 special for the Best Music of 2010 (still seems to be going on at the moment). I bought Cee Lo Green's The Lady Killer and Kings of Leon Come Around Sundown. So far I'm liking the KoL album more.

3. To the idiots of the world that own SUV's ... when you pull up alongside someone who was in front of you and is looking to make a turn, you do realize that you've now effectively and entirely blocked their view of incoming cars from that direction? Which means they now have to sit and wait for you to make your turn, or otherwise face the risk of getting into an accident by pulling into traffic blindly. Wait your turn!

Learn to Drive

4. Does something happen to people when they buy SUVs, or did they come with that sense of entitlement prior to the purchase of said monstrosity?

5. Nothing is worse than writers block to start out the year. It probably doesn't help that I'm not really looking forward to writing this particular paper. The concept is extremely cool. The problem is, it's still mostly a concept. We have some correlations, but this whole field is a bit of an enigma. We wanted to get this idea out into the general populace so it's going to be more like a "review" paper with some data thrown in ... which makes this thing difficult to write (at least for me). We shopped it to a journal, which thought it sounded exciting ... but that doesn't make it any easier to write. I'll be glad when I'm done writing it.

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Genomic Repairman
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Dude you have to start streaming the 1st two seasons of The Tudors on Netflix, it was awesome.  And you must watch It Might Get Loud, best music documentary I have ever seen.


Brian Krueger, PhD
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@netflix, their catalog does seem to be getting much bigger.  Although I hear they ahve to re-negotiate their instant video contract with Starz and many people believe that they essential stole the rights to the content when they bought it for $20million last time.  I predict an increase in Netflix fees shortly :P

@amazon, I need to check that out.  I've been really impressed with their MP3's and the fact that there is NO DRM associated with them is amazing.  I feel sorry for all of those suckers who bought iTunes and can only transfer the files to 3 different devices...

@SUVDrivers, That seems to happen more often than ever now!  Soccer mom's in minivans are also guilty of this practice.  Usually I can just edge my nose out a bit more to get a good view, or look through their window if they're not chunky monkeys.  But yeah, this drives me nuts.


Genomic Repairman
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Brian a lot of the iTunes stuff is DRM free now and I have my stuff spread across more than 5 machines and DRM has yet to be an issue.


Brian Krueger, PhD
Columbia University Medical Center
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@GR, that must be a new addition.  We tried to transfer songs from Whitney's 4y/o iPod to her new one and it said something like transfer limit exceeded.  Maybe she had a bunch of their old files?


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GR, I'll check out the Tudors. I'm also trying to catch up on Spartacus.

Brian, where I live window tinting is also a big deal, so I can't even do the "look through their window" trick. This happens every day I drive home from work ... I'm really thinking of doing my best to clog the lane so people literally have to drive off-road to pull alongside of me. Seems a bit jerkish, but I'm beyond annoyed at this now.

iTunes does have DRM-free music now, but it costs $1.29 as opposed to their $0.99 DRM-laden tunes. I hate the fact I needed to download a program to download Amazon albums, but meh ... will be worth it in the long run.


becca
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why would you buy an SUV without a surpassing sense of entitlement?


Brian Krueger, PhD
Columbia University Medical Center
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@becca, boat towing?


Thomas Joseph
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Like Jon Stewart says in the video I put up yesterday: This would so tow the boat I don't have, up the mountain I don't live on.


becca
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As someone with a profound and abiding love for someone who owns not one but two pick-ups to tow the boat he does have up the mountain he does live on, I've gotta say... a boat is a hole in the water that you pour money into. It reflects a much more profound sense of entitlement than a mere SUV. Mind, I can think of no more GLORIOUS waste of fossil fuels than to be zooming around the back of a motor boat, but that may be only because I've not (yet) been skydiving. Still, glorious or not, insane entitlement.

 

NB: large animal veterinarians who work in regions that require actual offroading are exempt from arrogance clauses re: 4 wheel drive vehcles. As are people who literally only drive them in awful snow, to help tow out unfortunate souls with puny cars like myself.


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SUV discussions always remind me of whatever jerk parked a black Escalade in two compact spots in the hospital parking lot.  He also had a "No War For Oil" sticker on the back.  I wanted to key "Driven by moron" onto the hood so badly.  Instead I sent parking enforcement after it.

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#3  This. Kill them all. Kill them with Fire.


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Tideliar said:

#3  This. Kill them all. Kill them with Fire.

Sometimes I wish I had a beater (for some reason I imagine a 1970 Chevy Nova in this role) fitted with a cow catcher. Then when someone irritates me to no end on the road, I can simply ram them with impunity. I suppose this is what they refer to as "road rage".

 

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