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October (8)

For the math nerd in you.
Saturday, October 29, 2011

Friday, October 28, 2011

On-line therapy
Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Moving towards generosity.
Sunday, October 16, 2011

The Longest Revision process ever?
Friday, October 14, 2011

Okay enough of the bitching and complaining. More importantly...
Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Donor's Choose!
Saturday, October 8, 2011

Update on #madwriting
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
September (7)

What's the use of Dropbox?
Thursday, September 22, 2011

It's the buddhist in me.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Monday, September 19, 2011

Homeward Bound
Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Cell division
Friday, September 9, 2011

A giant leap backward
Thursday, September 8, 2011

Tuesday, September 6, 2011
August (6)

This is wicked.
Friday, August 26, 2011

What will happen to Canada's opposition?
Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Monday, August 22, 2011

How people in science see each other.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Dork moments brought to you by Girlpostdoc
Sunday, August 7, 2011

Another one bites the dust.
Thursday, August 4, 2011
July (8)

Decisions, decisions...
Saturday, July 30, 2011

So what are you going to do with that?
Friday, July 29, 2011

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

more travelling...
Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Friday, July 22, 2011

If you're a working-class American who still votes Republican ... you're stupid (Bill Maher)
Friday, July 15, 2011

Do academics have charisma?
Thursday, July 7, 2011

Happy long weekend.
Friday, July 1, 2011
June (5)

Love this.
Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Not our proudest moment. But damn makes for a good laugh.
Saturday, June 18, 2011

Mansplaining without the man.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Twitter sucks.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011

I loved this video
Friday, June 10, 2011
May (4)April (5)

Because IT'S FRIDAY!!!!
Friday, April 29, 2011

Because it's not quite Friday.
Thursday, April 28, 2011

Staggering, but frankly not surprising.
Friday, April 22, 2011

Hinterland of Canadian science.
Friday, April 15, 2011

New Digs
Friday, April 15, 2011
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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Well I did it.  I wrote the crappiest piece of shiza manuscript I have in a long time.  But the reason I made myself do this is I have a perfectionism problem.   This was an experiment to see if I could find a way to overcome that challenge. 

Now I have what I like to call the pseudocode for a manuscript.  All I have to do is work on it just 1 paragraph or 1 figure a day (and/or 1hr a day) and pretty soon I'll have a manuscript worth sending to RedBull.  We'll see how it goes.....

So peeps did anyone else do a #madwriting fest?  Do they find it helps or hinders their writing (of any kind!)?

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Brian Krueger, PhD
Columbia University Medical Center
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I did a mad writing fest for my thesis.  I think I wrote a chapter a day and finished it in 5 days. 2 days before the first deadline :P  I think your method is pretty sound.  It always helps to start with a rough draft that you can edit down later.


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I like to put barf on page (or madwriting as some call it) and then edit and improve after. Otherwise i'm stuck at writing the perfect sentence and taking 4x as long to get it done.


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Congrats on getting the draft done! I did get a draft of my postdoc proposal #madwritten that weekend. I continued to #madwrite until a couple days ago, when I turned in the final polished product! It felt great! Now I'll be #madwriting to finish my dissertation in a few weeks!

BTW, I tried to comment on your twitter updates, but I am new to twitter. I now realize you probably did not get my replies if you're not actively following me. My name is @Mandachen

Sorry to hear about your current postdoc situation. At least you'll get some really cool papers out of it, then you can move on and won't have to deal with RedBull any more. Probably not much consolation currently, but at least you have something to look foward to.



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