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It's not "goodbye," it's...
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Two weeks
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Interviews, for reals!
Thursday, November 18, 2010

Can I get a pdf of this?
Thursday, November 18, 2010

SfN 2010 Day 5: A video featuring Tideliar and Dr Becca
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SfN 2010 Day 3: A video featuring Tideliar and Dr Becca
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SfN Day 2 (better late than never)
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SfN 2010, Day 1: a video blog featuring Tideliar and Dr Becca
Saturday, November 13, 2010

30,000 people is not actually that many people
Wednesday, November 10, 2010

We have a winner, and a cocktail!
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You. Immortalized. In a cocktail.
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Time for BANTER!!!
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Your PowerPoint and You
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Have I told you lately that I love you?
Thursday, October 21, 2010

So I have an Interview.
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It's bribe time
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Research Blogging: The Postpartum Brain
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It's Business Time
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That time I was on TV
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Tuesday, October 5, 2010
September (5)

SABOTAGE!!!
Thursday, September 30, 2010

Let me give you my card
Thursday, September 23, 2010

I gotta have some of your attention, give it to me!
Saturday, September 18, 2010

My Science Enemy
Monday, September 13, 2010

What I wish I knew before...I moved to New York City
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
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Dr Becca, Ph.D.

Dr Becca can now be found at http://scientopia.org/blogs/drbecca .

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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

1. Do not even THINK about keeping a car here, unless you're going to live way the eff out in Queens or something. Because of lease-y type issues in my grad school town, I moved to NYC a month before defending my thesis, and since I had to go back and forth between the two several times a week, I held onto my car. To quote Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman, Big mistake. Huge. Have you heard of alternate-sides parking? It is The Worst. What it means is that for a couple of hours every other day, you can't have your car on one side of the street because of street cleaning, and on the other days, it's the other side of the street. So you spend the night before circling your block searching futilely for parking on the non-street sweeping side, gradually increasing your radius until you might as well have left your car in grad school town. You do this every day, all for a stupid machine that doesn't so much clean the street as it does spread the dirt and garbage around the street and make a ton of noise. The day I sold my car was one of the happiest days of my life.

2. Ladies, if you're walking down the street and a stranger stops you saying they have "a question about your hair," turn and run. This is not some nice person who wants to give you an unsolicited compliment. I mean really, you are a grad student/post-doc, do you genuinely think you have a nice enough haircut that you're getting stopped on the street by random strangers? No. This person works for some crappy salon in midtown and they want to sell you a salon package. They will allow a little haggling and it will seem like a good deal, but ultimately they want to take your money in the middle of the sidewalk, and then when you go to get your hair cut they'll sneakily convince you to get $120 highlights and/or charge you $50 for a blowout that you didn't ask for. If you do want a good deal on a haircut, go to model call for the Bumble & bumble U, and you'll have free cuts as long as you live in the city!*

3. Most management companies are pure evil. They hire these suave, good looking people to show you their apartments and who somehow convince you that a 7-ft wide living room is totally normal. But as soon as you sign the contract, you're a tiny little bug that they want to squish, ignore, and then sue for false carbon monoxide detector charges. If you can at all help it, get an apartment with a private landlord who actually cares about his or her properties.

4. Any time you hear about an event that you think might be fun, like a free outdoor concert or a food festival of sorts, there are at the very least several thousand people who also heard about it and thought it might be fun, too. Seriously, if you want to go see MGMT at McCarren Park, you're committing to at least 4 hrs in line. The Big Apple BBQ is a total shitshow. And summer movies in Bryant Park? Fuggetaboutit, as they say!

5. You WILL get called for jury duty. I should know, I've been on a trial all week. It's actually been kind of awesome, and as soon as we reach a verdict, I am going to blog the shit out of it (probs on blogspot, as is not science-related).

*I think I'm supposed to state that no one paid me to say this?

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Evie
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Great post Dr :)

Tideliar
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Ha ha! Excellent post dude. I interviewed for an editors position in NYC and the awesomeness of driving into the city was utterly abated by the time I'd spent a day there. I couldn't wait to get out...

Now, DC...there's a great city (albeit the car thing applies absolutely!)

Brian Krueger, PhD
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Rockin' post Becca. I've never been a big city kind of guy. I spent my summers for 4-ish years in college practically living in Chicago and I hated every minute of it. It's almost like people relish the inconveniences just to be cool. "Well, that's just how it is in the city! Look, we can almost see the Lake 30 blocks away, and if we walk, we'll get there 2x as fast as the L or 4x faster than a car!"
Mr. Gunn

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I hear ya especially on point 4. It's that way in San Diego, too, and I really hate it.

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Brian, you are forgetting all the nice things in Chicago, like the winter weather and the lines to wait for a place in the best restaurants!.
Ah, Dr. Becca makes me realize that all large cities are the same. (and all management companies are really the same)

Dr Becca, Ph.D.
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Just to clarify things, this post is by no means an indication that I wish I hadn't moved to NYC. I love it here--the pace, the food, the cocktails, the people, the late night-ness-- and if I had all my heart's desires, I'd never have to move. You guys should come visit!
Lisa

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Bah. Three years in Washington Heights as a postdoc with a resident significant other. Had a car, moved it every morning at 6:30. Never got called for jury duty (SO did once for a manslaughter case only 30 blocks away).
texan

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help! i'm graduating in may 2011 and moving to ny to work. where do i start? where do i live? who can i turn to becca?


Dr Becca, Ph.D.
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Texan, shoot me an email at dr.becca.phd [at] gmail with some questions, and I'll talk your ear off!

Texan

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Thanks becca! Will do!
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