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Rethinking Education
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Elephant man, rabies and leprosy
Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Over-priced mochas and syphilis
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DonorsChoose - give early and give often. [UPDATED]
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Dear PI's who wrote the NSF proposals I am now reviewing...
Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Funding Illusions
Tuesday, September 28, 2010

FIve years ago today
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Things that make Odyssey grumpy
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Flying 101
Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Don't panic!
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One to Rule Them All
Friday, August 20, 2010

The NSF review panel process
Thursday, August 19, 2010

Peer review, schmeer review
Friday, August 13, 2010

Hypotheses: The most disposable of lab supplies
Thursday, August 12, 2010

How much do you need to want it?
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I knew that title would get your attention.


Just can't resist an expensive, sugar-laden coffee drink, can you?


Hopefully you haven't had to resist syphilis...



Now watch this (somewhat NSFW):

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I just spit coffee onto my keyboard (it was not a caramel mocha, and I will run home). You rock. That is all.

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Syphillus- Somebody who likes syphilis?

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Save your ass from that mocha and some kids from the syphillus.

I think DonorsChoose might have a new slogan Tongue out

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This is very excellent. I may just have to make a movie-thing myself, in which I have awesome hair.

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Gosh but I don't think anyone on twitter has ever typed the word "syphilis" more in one day than I have today. Since you're not on there, thought I'd share this LOL, inspired by you.

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Love the title!! Also, really stoked about the return of the nipple shirt.

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I was wondering if those were nipples!


I am so jealous of your movie-making-awesome-hairdo-avatar self. I would try it myself, but I would just fall short by comparison. As I mentioned before, you rock.

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Alright smart-arse, so I can't spell syphilis. I've corrected it. Now, for being such a smart-arse (and using an LOL cats avatar) I'm expecting an especially large donation to Donors Choose from you.

@Nikkilina and G-Z:

They're not nipples! Just very badly placed buttons. They do chafe the nipples...

@Dr. Becca:

Thanks! I don't do the Twitter thing, so it's much appreciated.

@G-Z and Dr. Becca:

Making the movie isn't that hard. Probably the hardest part is getting the computer-generated voice to pronounce things correctly - some words have to spelled out phonetically.



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Hey that me ^ Not syphilis guy, but that tweet. :-)

Definitely look like nipples and belly-button. Is that one of those painted on outfits that the models wear? Sex sells...

well, not sex with syph in the ad.

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Thanks for the hilarious tweet!

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This is now officially the voice with which I will read all your future blog posts.

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I will NOT be held responsible for giving little kids syphilis. Donor's choose schools are all public schools right, not Catholic ones?

/extremely bad person

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My understanding is that they're all public schools.

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@becca @Odyssey: it is also my understanding that they are all public schools in low-income areas.

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I'm also jealous of your movie persona. Great job!

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@Jason Goldman well, the poverty level of the school (defined as % of kids qualifying for free /reduced lunch) is given as info with the projects; the majority of projects are needy kids in that sense, but not necessarily all. Though it looks like 2/3 of the ones in the supplied link are 'high poverty', and the other one is just 'data unavailable'.

But yes, they are public schools (though I think some are charter schools).

None of which should have anything to do with syphilis.

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None of which should have anything to do with syphilis.

Unless they're using a broken coke bottle for a microscope.

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