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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

It Gets Better
Thursday, June 2, 2011
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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

My first experience with science writing (Part 1 of 2)
Tuesday, May 10, 2011

This is why we get vaccinated
Thursday, May 5, 2011

Monday Morning Jam
Monday, May 2, 2011
April (2)

Saturday Morning Serenade
Saturday, April 23, 2011

So long, farewell ...
Friday, April 1, 2011
March (10)

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
Monday, March 14, 2011

Saturday Morning Serenade
Saturday, March 12, 2011

What a bargain!
Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Wednesday Micro Hits
Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Technique Overload
Monday, March 7, 2011

Saturday Morning Serenade
Saturday, March 5, 2011

Et tu FDA?
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
February (10)

Saturday Morning Serenade - A Hip Edition
Saturday, February 26, 2011

Saturday Morning Serenade
Saturday, February 19, 2011

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

HR1
Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day
Monday, February 14, 2011

Saturday Morning Serenade
Saturday, February 12, 2011

The GOP War on Science
Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Wednesday Micro Hits
Wednesday, February 9, 2011

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

Saturday Morning Serenade
Saturday, February 5, 2011
January (21)

Saturday Morning Serenade
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

Saturday Morning Serenade
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

Saturday Morning Serenade
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?
Monday, January 3, 2011
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Saturday Morning Serenade
Saturday, December 11, 2010

The State of Microbiology
Thursday, December 9, 2010

Wednesday Micro Hits
Wednesday, December 8, 2010

2010 blogging meme
Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The Environmental Impact of the Christmas Season
Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Music Snobbery
Thursday, December 2, 2010

Phantom Power
Thursday, December 2, 2010

What's Your Name?
Wednesday, December 1, 2010

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Wednesday, December 1, 2010
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Saturday Morning Serenade
Saturday, November 27, 2010

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

Wednesday Micro Hits
Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Donor's Choose Final Followup (Recipes #3 and #4)
Tuesday, November 23, 2010

A Monday Mess
Monday, November 22, 2010

Saturday Morning Serenade
Saturday, November 6, 2010

Wednesday Micro Hits (Peer-Review Edition)
Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Day 2 of the ASA-CSSA-SSSA Meeting (#ACSMtg)
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
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ASA-CSSA-SSSA Meeting - Day 1
Sunday, October 31, 2010

Stayin' Alive
Sunday, October 31, 2010

Saturday Morning Serenade
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

Wednesday Micro Hits (Vol. 3)
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
Saturday, October 16, 2010

Saturday Morning Serenade
Saturday, October 16, 2010

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 ...
Sunday, October 10, 2010

Saturday Morning Serenade
Saturday, October 9, 2010

Donor's Choose
Friday, October 8, 2010

Friday Wrap-up and Random Thoughts
Friday, October 8, 2010

RB: Waste Not, Want Not.
Thursday, October 7, 2010

Research Blogging
Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Wednesday Micro Hits
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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Thomas Joseph

It's a Micro World after all is a blog dedicated to discussing pretty much whatever I feel like. When I delve into scientific matters it will primarily be discussing microbiology (agricultural, bioenergy, and environmental focus). Otherwise, I'll probably ramble on about sports and life.

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I understand your point about critical thinking and I also believe that it is not stressed enough in higher education.  However, I have had students (first year graduate) who lacked the building . . .Read More
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I didn't have the numbers, so I looked some up. I was thinking in terms of *number of institutions* not *number of students*. I think the principle would hold for number of students, but quite poss. . .Read More
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Awesome Stuff
Thursday, February 17, 2011

Wednesday Micro Hits is a compilation of news and ideas that have popped in my head over the past week or so. I usually collect them in a queue and then post them in one fell swoop. This way I don't clutter the blog section of LabSpaces with a million tiny blog entries that will probably interest no one other than myself. So sit back, relax, and click on the links ... maybe you'll find something interesting (or amusing at the very least). Oh, and yes, I realize today is Thursday, but I pushed this off a day because the HR1 issue is more pressing and I didn't want to pull attention away from it with my inane ramblings.

 

1. I guess the drug cartels have money to burn. They built a 100 foot long sub, to the tune of around 2 million dollars. The thing could travel from Columbia to Mexico, maintaining a depth of 30 feet below the surface. This is an improvement over earlier subs which had to stay at just below the surface (they had a snorkel for air-exchange). We have a budget overhaul coming up, and with all that is going on in Mexico in regards to the drug cartel violence, perhaps it's time to reconsider some of our efforts abroad to deal with things here at home.

2. I've had a horrible cold all week. It started just before my weekend in Miami (lovely weather) and has lingered around ever since. I'm fighting the battle as hard as I can so I avoid a full-blown sinus infection. This has not been a particularly good winter for me.

3. Why would you not take a distress beacon and/or satellite radio with you in case of an emergency? I thought the Navy would be a bit smarter than this.

4. And we thought the US population was ill-informed? Get a load of this travesty in education.

In a survey released this week, 32 percent of Russians believed the Earth was the center of the Solar system; 55 percent that all radioactivity is man-made; and 29 percent that the first humans lived when dinosaurs still roamed the Earth.

5. Add the Monarch Butterfly to the list of species negatively impacted by man. They're being impacted in two ways. First, their populations were endangered by the illegal harvesting of forest where the butterflies would go to in Mexico to breed. Roughly 3% of the reserve sert aside for the butterflies was taken by illegal logging. Second, their food supply is being squeezed out by large-scale farming enterprises.

"The caterpillars feed on milkweed so changing soil use in the United States and Canada is definitely having an impact on the butterflies," said Vidal, who helps manage the authoritative study on monarch populations in Mexico.

6. Watched Watson kick Jeopardy ass last night. Impressive, and all a little bit scary. Interesting that they talked about all the medical implications for this type of computer but really, lets face it ... Watson's first job will be pouring over the wire-tap phone logs of suspected terrorists.

7. So, do I get myself an iPod Touch (to control my AppleTV) or do I wait for this possible cheaper iPhone? If they release a phone that comes in at $199 without a contract, consider me a buyer!

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Genomic Repairman
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I'm currently using my Touch to run my Apple TV, it works like a charm.  That sub the drug runners were using is awesome, now if they could just train a guy to stay with the sub and guard it.


Brian Krueger, PhD
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1. A drug sub?  I'm surprised they hadn't made one of these sooner.  Seems like a perfect way to deliver drugs.

2. I've been spared major disease this winter. Sorry yours has been so crappy!

3. You'd think it would be cheaper for the Coast Guard to just rent these things out to boats than to fire up half of their Pacific resources for search efforts.

6. I'm still not sold on the Watson coolness.  Do you know if the questions were fed to the computer when the reading of the question started or ended?  That could make a huge difference.  Jennings looked super pissed because he was trying to buzz in but the computer almost always beat him if it thought it knew the answer.  Also, no voice recognition?  That's garbage :P  IBM practically invented that technology.

 


Thomas Joseph
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I have freaking tonsilitis! Jimminy Christmas. The doc tried to give me levaquin, but since I'm adverse to the possibility of rupturing tendons, I requested a Z-pack instead.


Brian Krueger, PhD
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Here's a cool 30 min documentary on the semi-subs.  This is how I spent the first 30 mins of my morning.  Thanks TJ: http://www.motherboard.tv/2009/7/14/drug-smuggling-with-submarines


Genomic Repairman
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Hey you feeling better yet?


Thomas Joseph
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The z-pack seemed to do most of the trick. Still have a bit of a cough but the meds are still in my system so hopefully the last of it will kick off in the next couple of days. Thanks for asking.


Work has been a bear. Currently working up a press release for my lastest publication. These things are friggin a pain in the rear to write!

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