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Amanda experienced Murphy's law while writing her thesis with the death of her hard drive, so you get to read my take on this week at LabSpaces again.
Another roundup, another new blogger!
Gerty-Z joins the LabSpaces crew and starts off with a post all about her! We're stoked to have her :)
In case you missed the drama on Twitter, our LabSpaces overlord Brian got into a little keruffle with a dead armadillo this week--which landed him in the emergency department for several hours and resulted in a broken hand and concussion. But that hasn't stopped him from coding and tweeting. In honor of this mishap, Tideliar shares his long string of unfortunate events resulting in injury. Now Genomic Repairman has taken a tumble down the stairs. Seems like the LabSpaces bloggers had better be extra careful...
No bloggers were physically harmed in the creation of these posts
But it seems that LabSpaces writers were a little cranky this week, leading to a few rants.
Disgruntled Julie has a note for those responsible for leaving wet paint and no warning
Genomic Repairman lets loose a rant about a sloppy grad student after celebrating the bittersweet departure of his summer apprentice. He also discovers that a key part of grad school is running around, waiting for PIs to get off the phone, all in order to satisfy the administration.
DamnGoodTechnician is sick of all the bureaucratic meetings
Odyssey unveils a thing of beauty: A new hypothesis. (Sometimes you have to let the old one die!)
Gerty-Z would like someone to explain how exactly her family is ruining America and marriage for everyone else.
Tideliar is have a little trouble getting work done with all his neighbors playing musical offices.
LabMom is sick of getting crapped on... and having her chair stolen. The LS crew stop by with some ideas to stop the latter--and we learn to never sit in Tideliars chair.
Evie wants to know why Google is going evil with its joint net (non)neutrality proposal.
For your amusement
But it's not all doom and gloom and snark. To lighten the mood, Genomic Repairman offers a prayer to the blogosphere and asks for some help naming his antibodies. Angry Scientist unveils the first two science bumper stickers: Save the stem cells and Rather be guillotin'n. Dr. O points us toward the synthesis of NanoKids--adorable, although Dr. Becca and I agree that there might be some discrepancies in nomenclature ;)
We are collection of science bloggers... and occasionally some us actually write about some science :) Kelly shares some history and science of the Perseid Meteor Shower. Evie introduces us to the flying car! Genomic repairman takes on the pseudoscience of anitneoplastons (huh?). Genomic Repairman is also looking
Because knowing is half the battle
Holly brings a couple of great posts on starting your own bio-business. First, she poses some questions that everyone should ask before starting a business. Then she explains the first big step--why and how to set up and LLC or incorporation.
Dr. O has some great advice for new grad students. Chief among her words of wisdom: Don't set the bar too high.
Odyssey addresses how much you have to want tenure to get it. And he takes up the debate about peer review, taking apart the alternatives and homing in on the key issue: "Peer review in any shape or form is done by people."
Dr. Becca is heading off on her first real vacation in two years and wonders how vacation policies shake out other places. She also (re-)asks if it's really worth applying to TT positions that don't fit your expertise. Several commenters say "Yes! Search committees often don't know what they want."
Geeka talks about the diametrically opposed personalities of her previous PIs. She also gets a little praise from her new boss... but is also a little aggravated by the name shortening used in her lab.
That brings us to the end of another roundup. Drop other apropos links in the comments!
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