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Have a little personality on Friday...
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Thursday is going to be epic...
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Good Night, and Good Luck
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Ask Genomic RepairMom...Child Birth
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Wednesday is definitely a rollercoaster
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12 Months of Blogging Meme
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LabSpaces Fantasy Football Challenge: Week 13
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Don't Run Around On A Tuesday
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A rhetorical question and science fail...
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Sue
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It definitely doesn't feel like summer...
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A Friday Recipe... Stuffed Jalapenos
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A Friday morning haiku for you...
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Friday better not be your time of dying...
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Music Warz--Fuck all you emos--Punk is where its at...
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Is this a sign of things to come...
Thursday, December 2, 2010

Speaking to the next generation...
Thursday, December 2, 2010

Apparently we must have used hypocritical evangelical coders...
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Have an Unbelievable Thursday
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Don't ge a Gigolo on Wednesday, its just not right.
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
November (44)

LabSpaces Fantasy Football Challenge: Week 12
Tuesday, November 30, 2010

It Might Get Loud On Tuesday
Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Do you know what the Spellcheck button is?
Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Update: I think I'm dying...Science in Motion...
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Feel The Noise On a Monday
Monday, November 29, 2010

The jail story...
Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Don't be talking that shit on a Wednesday..
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The dark danger and human cost of drug development
Tuesday, November 23, 2010

LabSpaces Fantasy Football Challenge: Week 11
Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Thrift Store T Shirt Tuesday
Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Request for Reprint...Should I put on my throwback jersey too?
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Moving Boxes, we aren't going a damn place...
Monday, November 22, 2010

Does your brain feel like its going to Pop on a Monday?
Monday, November 22, 2010

Friday Wrap-Up and Links
Friday, November 19, 2010

Believe Me, Its Friday
Friday, November 19, 2010

An Open Letter To The Guy Who Tried To Mug Me...
Thursday, November 18, 2010

Who the hell said it was Thursday?
Thursday, November 18, 2010

Ask Genomic RepairMom...Retractions.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Are you in the house?
Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Pay me fuckers
Tuesday, November 16, 2010

LabSpaces Fantasy Football Challenge: Week 10
Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Don't Feed the Animals
Tuesday, November 16, 2010

A Tuesday Morning Book Review...
Tuesday, November 16, 2010

On which I make my return
Monday, November 15, 2010

One of the best discussions on Climate Change...Ever.
Monday, November 15, 2010

Guess who's back?
Monday, November 15, 2010

Lets keep on Rocking on a Friday...
Friday, November 12, 2010

Don't Rock the Boat on a Thursday
Thursday, November 11, 2010

Don't get too Hooked on Wednesday
Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Don't Wine on a Tuesday
Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Caribbean Monday
Monday, November 8, 2010

I'm out...
Monday, November 8, 2010

We call this a teachable moment...
Friday, November 5, 2010

Can't help that its Friday
Friday, November 5, 2010

A comparative study on pain medication reactions (n=2)
Thursday, November 4, 2010

Dear students applying for fellowships...
Thursday, November 4, 2010

Don't be Tempted on a Thursday...
Thursday, November 4, 2010

Ask Genomic RepairMom...Elections
Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Working it out from home on Wednesday...
Wednesday, November 3, 2010

LabSpaces Fantasy Football: Week 8
Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Hope you find Satisfaction on a Tuesday...
Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Tales of the Genomic Repairman: DNS
Monday, November 1, 2010

The fall of Agamemnon and the rise of Ajax: Is the PI being cheap?
Monday, November 1, 2010

Don't be Trippin on a Monday...unless you want to.
Monday, November 1, 2010
October (47)

Is the PI being cheap?
Friday, October 29, 2010

Friday Save
Friday, October 29, 2010

Nobel Prize Blunder...
Thursday, October 28, 2010

Don't be gray on a Thursday...
Thursday, October 28, 2010

Be a Wiz on a Wednesday
Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Ask Genomic RepairMom.... Vaccines
Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Things learned from my Society meeting...
Tuesday, October 26, 2010

LabSpaces Fantasy Football: Week 7
Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Attack my Site...I'm Gonna Knock You Out...
Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Write, write, write...
Monday, October 25, 2010

Hold on I'm Coming to play you some music on a Monday...
Monday, October 25, 2010

Get off this Friday...
Friday, October 22, 2010

Dear Graduate Student, let me list the reasons why I shall beat you with a stick...
Thursday, October 21, 2010

Slow down, you don't have to Run on a Thursday...
Thursday, October 21, 2010

Could you be loved on a Wednesday...
Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Ask Genomic RepairMom...Big Bang Theory...
Wednesday, October 20, 2010

It was only a matter of time before I got off my ass...
Tuesday, October 19, 2010

LabSpaces Fantasy Football: Week 6
Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Is Everything Zen on a Tuesday?
Tuesday, October 19, 2010

10 Commandments of Poster Presentations...
Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Shout it out on Monday
Monday, October 18, 2010

Pinch me its Friday...
Friday, October 15, 2010

Donor's Choose: Give me your lunchmoney!
Thursday, October 14, 2010

So I know I slagged off on a vendor but now its time to give one props...
Thursday, October 14, 2010

Did you see Fireflies on a Thursday?
Thursday, October 14, 2010

New Series: Ask Genomic RepairMom...Stem Cells
Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Make Wednesday A Magic Moment...
Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The Tribe of Science loses a Warrior
Tuesday, October 12, 2010

LabSpaces Fantasy Football: Week 5
Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Hey Man, quit Ramblin on a Tuesday
Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Cocaine is not a good way to start the week off...
Monday, October 11, 2010

Candidacy Exam: Last one out gets the lights...
Monday, October 11, 2010

Who would have ever thought that Gatorade was pro-evolution...
Sunday, October 10, 2010

Candidacy Exam: I think I'm qualified.
Friday, October 8, 2010

Giving you guys some culture...One Semester of Spanish, Spanish Love Song
Friday, October 8, 2010

I'm sorta Research Blogging...Insight into the function of PALB2
Thursday, October 7, 2010

Chances Are I'm bringing you old guy radio today
Thursday, October 7, 2010

You only knew it was a matter of time before I went off again...
Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Welcome to Wednesday
Wednesday, October 6, 2010

LabSpaces Fantasy Football: Week 4
Tuesday, October 5, 2010

What I'd be doing, if I wasn't doing this: A fishing story!
Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Keep Moving on Tuesday
Tuesday, October 5, 2010

A little Dave Holland recommendation for Tideliar
Monday, October 4, 2010

My mom reads my blog, Happy Birthday Genomic RepairMom
Monday, October 4, 2010

More than a feeling on Monday Morning: I rocked this song in Rock Band
Monday, October 4, 2010

Candidacy Exam: Fourth and inches...
Sunday, October 3, 2010

I'm running late because I got caught on the Radar Gun
Friday, October 1, 2010
September (45)

A man can only take so much bluegrass, time to rock!
Thursday, September 30, 2010

Don't be running down the street hungry as a hound on Wednesday...
Wednesday, September 29, 2010

How not to foster a scientific collaboration...
Tuesday, September 28, 2010

LabSpaces Fantasy Football: Week 3
Tuesday, September 28, 2010

In Spite of Tuesday
Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Candidacy Exam: Someone check his pulse
Monday, September 27, 2010

Stomp it out on a Monday
Monday, September 27, 2010

Update: To the coworker who saw me lose my shit tonight...
Friday, September 24, 2010

Hoping for No Rain on a Friday
Friday, September 24, 2010

Don't have a bad Thursday
Thursday, September 23, 2010

Don't be Greedy, enjoy your Wednesday
Wednesday, September 22, 2010

What is your opinion on reuse of a figure in a journal? Misconduct?
Tuesday, September 21, 2010

LabSpaces Fantasy Football Challenge: Week 2
Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Taking it back old school with The Tokens on a Tuesday
Tuesday, September 21, 2010

I've got a case of the Mondays...
Monday, September 20, 2010

A little Rebel Yell on Monday
Monday, September 20, 2010

An Open Letter to Bio-Rad...This is going to fuck up any chance of a sponsorship...
Sunday, September 19, 2010

A lawyer is calling stem cells outmoded?
Thursday, September 16, 2010

Happy Mexican Independence Day & Potential Darwin Award
Thursday, September 16, 2010

Is Science the Love of Your Life?
Thursday, September 16, 2010

Got it made in the shade on Wednesday?
Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Can you go the distance on Tuesday?
Tuesday, September 14, 2010

LabSpaces Fantasy Football Challenge: Week 1
Monday, September 13, 2010

Candidacy Exam: Damnit go away!
Monday, September 13, 2010

Don't break down on a Monday.
Monday, September 13, 2010

Good grief, its Friday!
Friday, September 10, 2010

Guest Post: The Easy Pub
Thursday, September 9, 2010

You don't know how it feels on a Thursday
Thursday, September 9, 2010

Funniest Comment Contest Part 2
Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Stay with me on a Wednesday
Wednesday, September 8, 2010

I wish I knew: A Tale of 2.5 stories...
Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Lets just be friends on a Tuesday...
Tuesday, September 7, 2010

In case you weren't signed up...
Monday, September 6, 2010

Come on ride that train on a Monday...
Monday, September 6, 2010

Candidacy Exam: Clocks ticking yo!
Monday, September 6, 2010

You want to guest post on LabSpaces?
Friday, September 3, 2010

Watch out for the small print on a Friday
Friday, September 3, 2010

Are you actually working with a neuronal line?
Friday, September 3, 2010

Groups
Thursday, September 2, 2010

Whats that smell and how should I mentor it?
Thursday, September 2, 2010

Travelling Riverside on a Thursday
Thursday, September 2, 2010

LFG...
Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Contest Winners!!!
Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Go Your Separate Ways on a Wednesday
Wednesday, September 1, 2010

My first (and best ever) conference...
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
August (75)

Mentoring a mentor?: Get it in writing.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Warning: Its Tuesday
Tuesday, August 31, 2010

I've survived a month of blogging.
Monday, August 30, 2010

New Yorker Article on Francis Collins and the Stem Cell Ruling
Monday, August 30, 2010

Crunch!
Monday, August 30, 2010

Can't Relate to a Monday
Monday, August 30, 2010

Female Science Bloggers...
Monday, August 30, 2010

Potential blogger drink err meet up?
Friday, August 27, 2010

Candidacy Exam: Scheduling, scheduling, scheduling
Friday, August 27, 2010

Friday morning special...
Friday, August 27, 2010

Dear IACUC inspector...
Thursday, August 26, 2010

The State of My Blog
Thursday, August 26, 2010

The Genomic Repairman's Book Club
Thursday, August 26, 2010

Wishing you were home on a Thursday
Thursday, August 26, 2010

Here is where you get to win the liquor
Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Epic Fail on a macroscale level.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Some recent big news in the DNA Repair field
Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Don't get caught asleep at the wheel on a Wednesday morning
Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Funniest comment, formerly most obnoxious contest...
Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Dear Trainee, the clock is ticking...
Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Cleanliness is next to...
Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Tuesday morning got you feeling numb
Tuesday, August 24, 2010

An Open Letter to Core Director
Monday, August 23, 2010

Conference Calls
Monday, August 23, 2010

Don't be blue on a Monday!
Monday, August 23, 2010

LabSpaces NFL Pick 'Em Challenge
Friday, August 20, 2010

Its Friday In Spite of Ourselves
Friday, August 20, 2010

The Genomic Repairman gets a pat on the back from the boss and a boot in the ass
Friday, August 20, 2010

Legit Science Question Here Folks
Thursday, August 19, 2010

Rise up on a Thursday Morning
Thursday, August 19, 2010

Dumping on technicians...
Thursday, August 19, 2010

Antibody Naming Contest Winners
Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Trying to find some music for tomorrow, like yesterday
Wednesday, August 18, 2010

ncRNA: Oh the splendor, oh the horror!
Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Still want in on Battle of the Science Blogs
Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Another twofer on a Tuesday morning.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Linked Out?
Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Data Embargos
Monday, August 16, 2010

I need a remedy for this sunburn
Monday, August 16, 2010

Cell culture question for the readers...
Monday, August 16, 2010

A letter to the other graduate student in my lab...
Friday, August 13, 2010

Friday morning groovin by the Fratellis
Friday, August 13, 2010

The Apprentice: The Finale!
Friday, August 13, 2010

Candidacy Exam: The Runaround
Thursday, August 12, 2010

Shake off them shoes if you got the Thursday morning blues...
Thursday, August 12, 2010

Update to the aged RO1
Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Candidacy Exam: The Series
Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Shameless product plug
Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Quality is when you...
Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Honestly I didn't think I'd make it to Wednesday
Wednesday, August 11, 2010

A LabSpaces Prayer
Tuesday, August 10, 2010

A two for Tuesday with the boys of Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven
Tuesday, August 10, 2010

You can hold an RO1 for 27 fucking years!
Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Name my antibody!
Monday, August 9, 2010

Antineoplastons? You gotta be kidding me!
Monday, August 9, 2010

Monday morning beats by Morcheeba
Monday, August 9, 2010

So I'm at work today so I figure I owe you a song...
Sunday, August 8, 2010

Well since I'm working on a Saturday
Saturday, August 7, 2010

So I got tagged in a damn meme
Friday, August 6, 2010

What are you doing to promote science to the public?
Friday, August 6, 2010

A chilled tune for Friday and an extra track
Friday, August 6, 2010

Say goodbye to film.
Friday, August 6, 2010

Long Lost Paper
Thursday, August 5, 2010

Feel alive with Live on a Thursday morning.
Thursday, August 5, 2010

A Forum For Discussion
Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Some Wonderful Music for a Wednesday Morning
Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Is this really elevating your science?
Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Helen Larson my ass!
Wednesday, August 4, 2010

2010 LabSpaces NFL Challenge & Banner Contest
Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Balance...You gotta be kidding me.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Feeling Stuck on a Tuesday?
Tuesday, August 3, 2010

A Note On Peer Review
Monday, August 2, 2010

Monday Morning Soothing Tunes and Moving Music
Monday, August 2, 2010

Candidacy Exam Blues
Monday, August 2, 2010

How do you balance the job and life?
Monday, August 2, 2010
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Thursday, September 9, 2010

So here is a guest post from Thomas Joseph, a guy who I have been following for almost a year. He is insightful, got a solid message, and has left nothing but inspiring words of encouragement on my blog since I began trolling on his over a year ago. So give a big round of applause the guy!

Disclaimer: If you recognize yourself in this tale, it’s pure coincidence. Yes, the world of science is small, but not THAT small. And if I really am talking about you, don’t worry … I didn’t mention any names. Oh, and I may have embellished a tad in some spots, probably because James Frey was my ghost writer, and partly because it sounds a lot cooler that way. See what I did there? I embellished … James Frey wasn’t my ghost writer, just my muse.

If you’re like me, you cringe every time you hear someone say “Oh, this will be an easy pub!” Often it’s a graduate student caught up in the hype of their new project and enamored with the idea of the LPU (least publishable unit). These comments are also generally stated on the heels of said individual perusing some D-tier online-only, open access journal which has a total of two issues and will probably close before the end of the year … but whatevs … they’re still peer-reviewed!

Sometimes I catch myself making this claim, and while it still makes me wince when I say it, there are instances where I think it has the possibility of being true. This tale relates one such account.

It all started back when we were working on our forecasted project plan. This forecast covers several years, and within that plan we are supposed to document what publications we plan on producing out of the project over that period of time. So I wrote up my sections (all of which were approved on the first go around … thankyouverymuch) and listed my publications. I included several of my collaborators, as they were obviously going to contribute. Our leader synthesized everyone’s contributions, merged it into a single document and passed it along to us. I reviewed it, and when I came to the publications list noticed that I was the only researcher who WASN’T collaborating on any other publications.




Whiskey. Tango. Foxtrot. Here I was, including my collaborators in my projects and all I managed to get was a good f**k up the ass from them … without a single wrap around. That’s thanks for you, eh? So I went to the leader of the project and broached the subject with him.

Me: Hey, how come I have no second authors out of this project?
Him: You have plenty of first authors.
Me: Yeah, I know, because I’ll be writing them all, and I’ve included a bunch of you dudes on them as well. Where’s my love from you guys?
Him: I wouldn’t worry about that right now, it’ll sort itself out.
Me:Ok, we’ll see about that.

So the end of the year comes and my boss comes to me and asks me how things are looking for NEXT year. I tell him I have my first authors all lined up, and then he asks me about second authors. Second authors are nice because while your first authors will get you a satisfactory rating, getting a bunch of second authors could get you a quicker promotion (it’s all about bulk), or at the very least a nice bonus at years end. It also makes our boss look good because his scientists are all kick-ass, super productive robots who shit publications. I tell him I have … NONE. NONE? Yep, NONE. Why? I was told not to worry about it. Well, you better worry about it. Yah, figures. Thanks.

So I go off to scramble up a second author somewhere. Fortunately there is an individual at work who has taken me under their wing. Ok, it’s more along the line of me squeezing my way underneath it, but I’m there underneath that wing at any rate, and it’s really the end result that’s most important right? So I go to them and ask them if they have any microbial work they need done on a project. Turns out they do. They’d like to know the ratios of two microbes in the environment they’re looking at, and they ask me if I could do something about that. I tell them I’ll get back to them.

Now, I’m a molecular biologist by trade, and I thought that perhaps there might be a way to do it using a conventional technique we routinely do. However, the gold standard really is, from what I can tell, something we’ve never done before. It’s a very sensitive procedure, and will be able to tell us all sorts of things, but it’s not going to be via a PCR-based assay. There is another hitch. We don’t have the equipment. Plus my lab is already at the straining point. We have samples dropped on us weekly, and it’s not just one or two samples. Usually it’s a dozen or so, sometimes a couple dozen if we’re [sarcasm]lucky[/sarcasm]. The project my colleague was speaking of was at least three to four dozen samples, all of which would need to be processed in a way we’ve never done before. But … what if I could contract the work out? Then, all I’d need to do was collect the samples, ship them out, pay a fee, and get my data. Sweet.

Easy pub.

It seemed like such a nice deal. I’d pay someone else do to the sample prep, run the analysis, and ship me the data. I’d crunch it, synthesize it, run all the fancy statistics, and come up with something that made sense. Make a table or two, send it to my collaborator and see the work incorporated into a publication. I save a lot of time by contracting, and I get a second author out of it.

But I jinxed it, said it was going to be an easy pub, and the science gods cursed me. It started out easy enough I tell you, but I quickly realized that things were going to get ugly. Of course, since you’re reading this you know it must sort of end well … like when a character is narrating a movie and it looks like they’re about to die, but you know they can’t because they wouldn’t be narrating?

So I collected my samples, kissed them goodbye, tucked them into a box, and shipped them off. And waited. And waited. And waited. And … well, waited a really long time. So long that my collaborators had forgotten I collected samples and wanted to let me know that I should really go out and get this work started. I began to panic. What was my backup plan. Well, I didn’t have one. I had a fuckton of sample left, because I’m paranoid about not having enough sample to finish a project … but I really didn’t want to send this stuff off to another lab. There were two reasons why I didn’t want to do this. First, the next cheapest lab wanted to charge more than the lab we contracted with. By a substantial amount. Like quadruple. Second, I had sort of paid the first lab thinking I was going to get my data quickly. This is really a no-no, but I went and did it anyway. I mean, what was the chance that they wouldn’t come through?

After several months the possibility that they wouldn’t come through seemed pretty high. I started building a brick house from all the ones I was shitting. Emails went unanswered, and my collaborators informed me of a meeting I’d have to attend to present data I still hadn’t received. Oy vey. This was going to be a bit difficult to explain.

Then one day, my data arrived. No fanfare, just sitting there in my inbox. It had arrived in a very unassuming envelope, with just my name and address on it. No return address. I clutched at it as if my life and career had depended upon it (it sort of had), raced to my office and popped it into the CD drive. There was the data, all of it. Glorious, glorious data! And an executable file. Guess it was up to me to get this installed and get the data analyzed. Did the installation and opened up the first file.

Now, this program was originally designed for Windows 3.0 or some shit. You moused over an icon and it didn’t tell you jack. Better yet, I’d click on the Help pull down and it’d tell me the damn index and help menu didn’t install. Great. Went to the dealer to look for an online manual I could download in PDF format. Nada. Guess I was flying blind. No biggie, I’d just start clicking on icons like a monkey (with Tourette’s obviously, considering my behavior every time my mashing caused the program to crash) and see what I got. Eventually I’d figure it out, I mean I’m edumacated and all … may as well put all that accrued student loan money to good use.

So after endless hours of cursing, crying, pleading, and killing endless trees by mistakenly printing reams of useless reports I got the hang of it all. Now came the fun part. Identifying the elements that were integral for my project. It seemed pretty easy, I mean they had run several standards alongside my samples, so I could just compare and contrast. But there was one slight problem. The standards don’t have every single element I needed to look for. Reading the literature, it’s obvious that some elements are couched between other elements (which were in the standards), so those would be easy to pick out. But that wasn’t always the case.


Figure: Life sometimes really hates me.


I did finally manage to figure everything out, get my spreadsheets all nice and pretty and get all several dozen samples analyzed. Still working on the statistics (using SAS is another tale in and of itself) but we’re now on the homestretch. However, this project, while it may have been relatively less work than something that would typically occur in my lab, was not the piece of cake I thought it would be. Will I still get a pub out of it? Yes I will. Did I enjoy the experience: Most definitely not. So I offer it as a cautionary tale, and as a reminder to myself next time I come up with a plan for an “easy pub”.

Moral of the story: Nothing is ever easy. EVAR.

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Genomic Repairman
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Man I cannot stand old ass software! We still have some stuff that runs off of DOS and requires a fucking dot matrix printer to print readouts.

Thomas Joseph
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That damn software was buggy as all get out. I finally managed to get the hang of it, for the last six samples ... but meh ... at least it's done now!

I didn't even mention that when I wanted to save an excel sheet of my peaks, I had to PRINT. There was no save option, there was no export option (into an .xls format). Instead, I had to "Print to File" and when I clicked "Ok" ... NOTHING HAPPENED. Oh, it saved a file ... just didn't tell me where. Took me about 10 minutes to track the damn files down the first time. Mother McRee, I hate that software.
Namnezia

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Ha! I just received the worst possible review ever from a paper we sent to the worst possible journal ever. Not that the manuscript was bad, it was just sort of...meh... but the results (produced by an undergrad) were solid. Whoever reviewed our paper had 80 comments, yes 80. Ranging from the moderately useful: this statistical test would be more appropriate (maybe), to completely inane: some of the references are too old and cannot be found online (WTF!) or I don't like the font on this axis in FIgure 3D (Fuck you!). I agree, the easy pub is a myth.

Genomic Repairman
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Namnezia you bring up a great point about old references. Who cares if its not online, those are the folks that did the work and thus deserve the credit. If they want to fact check you they can get off their sorry lazy asses and do an interlibrary loan to get ahold of those articles. 80 comments, you must have had a newbie reviewer!

Genomic Repairman
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Only two 5-Stars, seriously give the man his due you cheap bastards!

Brian Krueger, PhD
Columbia University Medical Center
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Great post, 5 starred and featured :)

My grad PI was notorious for the "easy pub" or the "If you get this to work, it'll be in Science!" I learned to just ignore him after spending a year of my life trying to get data for 2 "easy pubs" that never panned out :P

Thomas Joseph
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The tale of this story gets even better. I've finally gotten the data all sorted, and stats run (SAS ... gah!) So my collaborator and I sat down to discuss it, and figure out what it all meant. So I tell him "You're writing this up this year?" and he looks at me like I have five heads and says "You're lead on this!"

Excuse me? Where is my 2nd author pub? The one with minimal input and maximum credit? Jimminy Christmas! And second ... he's decided we really need a second year in the study. I suppose that's really not a problem because the lab that did this work for us took about 6 months to get our results back so we're looking at only a couple of months before the next sampling point to space them roughly 11-12 months apart. But crikey ... this thing becomes "less easy" by the minute.

Re-reading this article and I have to think ... I'm obviously an idiot.
Namnezia

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Genomic Repairman said:
80 comments, you must have had a newbie reviewer!


Either that or some emeritus dude that has nothing better to do...

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Genomic Repairman said:
80 comments, you must have had a newbie reviewer!


Either that or some emeritus dude that has nothing better to do...


I vote emeritus-cranky they're not doing kickass science like Namenzia.

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Great post dude :)
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