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Is it worth getting an education?
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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

It Gets Better
Thursday, June 2, 2011
May (4)

Wednesday Micro Hits
Wednesday, May 11, 2011

My first experience with science writing (Part 1 of 2)
Tuesday, May 10, 2011

This is why we get vaccinated
Thursday, May 5, 2011

Monday Morning Jam
Monday, May 2, 2011
April (2)

Saturday Morning Serenade
Saturday, April 23, 2011

So long, farewell ...
Friday, April 1, 2011
March (10)

Stay Tuned ...
Thursday, March 31, 2011

From the Union of Concerned Scientists
Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Week 23 - Hockey Pool
Monday, March 14, 2011

March Madness
Monday, March 14, 2011

Saturday Morning Serenade
Saturday, March 12, 2011

What a bargain!
Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Wednesday Micro Hits
Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Technique Overload
Monday, March 7, 2011

Saturday Morning Serenade
Saturday, March 5, 2011

Et tu FDA?
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
February (10)

Saturday Morning Serenade - A Hip Edition
Saturday, February 26, 2011

Saturday Morning Serenade
Saturday, February 19, 2011

Wednesday Micro Hits (on Thursday!)
Thursday, February 17, 2011

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day
Monday, February 14, 2011

Saturday Morning Serenade
Saturday, February 12, 2011

The GOP War on Science
Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Wednesday Micro Hits
Wednesday, February 9, 2011

People, how about some ...
Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Saturday Morning Serenade
Saturday, February 5, 2011
January (21)

Saturday Morning Serenade
Saturday, January 29, 2011

Friday, January 28, 2011

Are you married to your reagents?
Thursday, January 27, 2011

Wednesday Micro Hits
Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Common Sense Tip #1
Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Saturday Morning Serenade
Saturday, January 22, 2011

From the Baby Boomers, a Big "Screw You"
Friday, January 21, 2011

Student Worker - More Student or More Worker?
Friday, January 21, 2011

Wednesday Micro Hits
Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Saturday Morning Serenade
Saturday, January 15, 2011

Holy moly!
Friday, January 14, 2011

Thursday Pondering
Thursday, January 13, 2011

The Electronic Office
Thursday, January 13, 2011

Wednesday Micro Hits
Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Saturday Morning Serenade
Saturday, January 8, 2011

The Plug - January Edition
Friday, January 7, 2011

Bits 'N Pieces
Thursday, January 6, 2011

Latest Manuscript Review
Wednesday, January 5, 2011

The $4 gallon of gas
Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Our slowly shrinking (and dying) planet
Tuesday, January 4, 2011

It's 2011 already? For reals?
Monday, January 3, 2011
2010 (46)
December (9)

Saturday Morning Serenade
Saturday, December 11, 2010

The State of Microbiology
Thursday, December 9, 2010

Wednesday Micro Hits
Wednesday, December 8, 2010

2010 blogging meme
Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The Environmental Impact of the Christmas Season
Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Music Snobbery
Thursday, December 2, 2010

Phantom Power
Thursday, December 2, 2010

What's Your Name?
Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Wednesday Micro Hits
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
November (8)

Saturday Morning Serenade
Saturday, November 27, 2010

Awakening from the food coma ...
Friday, November 26, 2010

Wednesday Micro Hits
Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Donor's Choose Final Followup (Recipes #3 and #4)
Tuesday, November 23, 2010

A Monday Mess
Monday, November 22, 2010

Saturday Morning Serenade
Saturday, November 6, 2010

Wednesday Micro Hits (Peer-Review Edition)
Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Day 2 of the ASA-CSSA-SSSA Meeting (#ACSMtg)
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
October (29)

ASA-CSSA-SSSA Meeting - Day 1
Sunday, October 31, 2010

Stayin' Alive
Sunday, October 31, 2010

Saturday Morning Serenade
Saturday, October 30, 2010

Wednesday Micro Hits (Vol. 4)
Wednesday, October 27, 2010

ASA-CSSA-SSSA Early Career Program
Monday, October 25, 2010

Saturday Morning Serenade
Saturday, October 23, 2010

Wednesday Micro Hits (Vol. 3)
Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Donor's Choose - Family Recipe Number 1
Sunday, October 17, 2010

Making Good on Donor's Choose Bribe - Comfort Food Recipe 1
Saturday, October 16, 2010

Saturday Morning Serenade
Saturday, October 16, 2010

Friday Wrap-Up and Random Thoughts (Vol. 2)
Friday, October 15, 2010

First I Begged, Now I Bribe
Thursday, October 14, 2010

Finding Out Things The Hard Way(TM)
Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Wednesday Micro Hits (Vol 2)
Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Here's where I start begging ...
Tuesday, October 12, 2010

#UnK3rn3d: Life Outside the Lab?
Tuesday, October 12, 2010

First fleas, now frogs?
Tuesday, October 12, 2010

No Fleas Please
Monday, October 11, 2010

My next Research Blogging article has been chosen ...
Sunday, October 10, 2010

Saturday Morning Serenade
Saturday, October 9, 2010

Donor's Choose
Friday, October 8, 2010

Friday Wrap-up and Random Thoughts
Friday, October 8, 2010

RB: Waste Not, Want Not.
Thursday, October 7, 2010

Research Blogging
Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Wednesday Micro Hits
Wednesday, October 6, 2010

What if I were not a microbiologist ...
Tuesday, October 5, 2010

TJ's Tips on Manuscript Review
Monday, October 4, 2010

Chinese plagiarism and the death of English-language journals
Friday, October 1, 2010

Allow Me a Formal Introduction
Friday, October 1, 2010
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Last by JaySeeDub on May 12, 2011, 10:53pm
1. This is one way to get a few vacation days. I suppose. Or would this fall under sick leave?

2. A fool and his money are soon parted.

3. For those finding themselves affected by flooding, take extra precautions against bacterial disease. A study conducted in 2004 (PDF, 8 pages) after flooding in Haiti showed good results from using PuR water treatment systems, though boiling should achieve similar results.

4. You would think that, after the Nick Adenhart tragedy two seasons ago, MLB would get their act together involving DUI charges. Nope, not yet. There is simply no excuse for this.

5. Not a big fan of bed bugs. . . . More
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Last by Thomas Joseph on Mar 10, 2011, 8:10am
1. I don't blame this father. I might even would do the same thing if I were in his position.

2. I'm not willing to give Comic Sans the benefit of the doubt, but I am a new fan of Bodoni MT. (Note: the article does not spell the name of the font properly).

3. Gas is well on it's way to $4 a gallon. For some states it is already there. But it's not just at the pump where you'll be hit. You'll get hit in the supermarket as well. Despite what some people think, food doesn't come from the grocery store. It's grown. On farms. By farmers. Doing such involves a lot of inputs, a good portion of which is fuel. Tractors, combines, irrigation machinery, and other farm equipment doesn't run on magic. Same for the trucks which haul the produce to the store where you pick it up. This all involves oil. So you can expect a hit at the supermarkets. To make matters worse, as more and more cropland is diverted to growing corn (for ethanol production), prices will also increase because there is le . . . More
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Last by Thomas Joseph on Feb 23, 2011, 10:24am
Wednesday Micro Hits is a compilation of news and ideas that have popped in my head over the past week or so. I usually collect them in a queue and then post them in one fell swoop. This way I don't clutter the blog section of LabSpaces with a million tiny blog entries that will probably interest no one other than myself. So sit back, relax, and click on the links ... maybe you'll find something interesting (or amusing at the very least). Oh, and yes, I realize today is Thursday, but I pushed this off a day because the HR1 issue is more pressing and I didn't want to pull attention away from it with my inane ramblings.

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Last by Suzy on Feb 10, 2011, 9:52am
1. I love my AppleTV. For years I've wanted a home media center. After scrounging and saving (for about as long as I've been pining for it) I was finally able to put one together. Nothing too big (though a 42" television looks big unless it's side-by-side with a 50") or too fancy. I did promise myself I'd keep it all Panasonic so all the components would mesh together nicely, so the AppleTV is the exception. With that said however, it compliments the rest of the system. The sweet thing is, since all of my media is on my desktop and sorted (in a very anal-rententive manner) in iTunes, it was almost a no-brainer to go with the AppleTV (also looked at the WD TV Live Plus but it doesn't come standard with wireless). The wireless connection between the desktop in my home office, and the AppleTV in my living room is perfect for someone (i.e., me) who didn't want to run wires throughout the house. It doesn't currently have Hulu access, but that's about the only downside I've seen so far. Now that I've got my home media center, I can focus on the less important things ... like furniture.

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Last by Genomic Repairman on Jan 26, 2011, 11:23am
1. Goodbye Jack LaLanne. I had no idea he invented the "jumping jack".

2. Couldn't have happened to a nicer guy. What I don't think is that this is not to the level of Hillary Clinton's move to New York, or Alan Keyes running over to Illinois, for their runs for Senate. ETA: The ruling has been stayed, so he's currently still on the ballot.

3. Pets have many beneficial attributes, but they also carry some risk. Also, while this should go without saying, I have to say it anyways because some people are stupid ... never ever let your pet lick an open wound.

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Last by Thomas Joseph on Jan 21, 2011, 8:06am
1. An article, IMO, worth reading. Sometimes we can be like moths to a flame, pulled towards the bright lights, completely oblivious to the fact that we're leaving even the basic necessities behind. Politics is that bright light, and until we start letting common sense dictate what we do -- and more importantly we convey this desire to our politicians -- we'll be stuck in this endless spiral which will lead to has resulted in a massive crisis.


3. You know, I'm getting sick and tired of Facebook "slipping in features" that divulge personal information. I'm pretty wary about what I reveal on the site, and keep sensitive information off the site, but really ... these practices are simply shady. I know Facebook needs to make money, and this is how they do it, but they really should be upfront about it. The adage "It's easier to ask for forgiveness than permission" is being abused.

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Last by Cath@VWXYNot? on Jan 12, 2011, 7:17pm
Yes! It's another edition of Wednesday Micro Hits! I haven't been blogging regularly enough to incorporate it into my blog rotation, but since I'm back (for the time being), I figured I'd throw one together and give the one or two people who read my blog something to do for a minute or two!

1. A new blog that should be interesting, on the topic of soil science, called Wired for Soils. Check it out!

2. No Labels. I like.

3. If you thought twitter was next to useless, you need to check out this site.

4. Been having a lot of neck pain lately. Don't know if it's the way I'm sleeping (I'm a horrible sleeper) or what, but ... bought myself a memory foam pillow and my neck felt great this morning! Those things are awesome! Never thought they would make a difference, but a coworker raved about his so I figured I'd give it a whirl. Now, will the feeling/comfort last?

5. That's a lot of snow. Can't sa . . . More
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1. Brett Favre has announced his retirement seventeen times!?! Wow.

2. This laptop doesn't look chrome plated to me. What gives?

3. Can't say that I followed much of the Edwardses drama over the past couple of years. I do think it's sad that she has passed away from cancer, especially with her family in such a disarrayed state. It also makes me think about my own personal health, which I think is something I'll blog about in the future.

4. Speaking of which, this is the time of year where I start giving away some of my annual leave. I am allowed to accumulate only so many hours before they start falling into a "use or lose" bin. The holiday season will use up about half of those hours (if I take a solid week or more off) but the rest need to be used somehow. I've tried to pick several people who need the hours badly (because th . . . More
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1. I hate sore losers, and Joe Miller is a sore loser. Underlined emphasis mine.

Murkowski claimed victory last week when a hand count of write-in ballots by the state Division of Elections showed she led Miller by more than 10,000 votes. Even subtracting the ballots challenged by Miller's representatives, Murkowski still led by more than 2,100 votes.

2. Part of me wonders if the Cold War is coming back. But this time, it's China we're facing off against. I imagine these issues with the Korea's are certainly going to cast a pall over the next year or more.

3. And this article doesn't make my reflection on point #2 seem all that crazy, though a Cold War is much more preferable than an Asian/World War.

4. I'm a bit late on blogging the rest of my notes on the #ASCMtg, but I'm going to get to them. I promise. I also owe everybody two extra recipes for the Donor's Choose campaign. The delays couldn't be he . . . More
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Last by Thomas Joseph on Nov 05, 2010, 1:32pm
Ok folks, I just read possibly the worst paper I've ever had the misfortune of being asked to peer-review. To the editor who sent it to me ... you really don't like me, do you?  Anyways, here we go ...

1. Don't misspell the word "abstract". I mean, after the cover page, it's the first word on the first page! It's the first thing I read, and when I see that you spelled that word wrong, I am going to automatically assume that there are other misspellings. For you, the manuscript author, this is a bad thing (see #2).

2. I can understand grammatical errors, especially for foreign authors. It happens, and I realize the English language can be complex and hard to figure out. I make grammatical mistakes myself from time to time (I tend to misuse "that" and "which"). However, there is no excuse for spelling errors. Just about every program designed for document generation has a spell checker. If you can't be bothered to take the 10 seconds to spell check, I am going to assume that you are lazy.  Lazy is bad, because if you can't be bothered to check the manuscript, what makes me think you bothered to properly design your experiments? That you paid attention to detail ... that you gave a crap about any of the science? It's a rhetorical question because the answer is non . . . More
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Last by Thomas Joseph on Oct 31, 2010, 10:14am
1. They were still making Walkman's?

2. Will be attending the ASA-CSSA-SSSA tri-society meeting. I've already blogged about the early career scientist sessions, but I'm hoping that the meeting has some more sessions which grab my interest. This meeting is usually short on microbiology, and ASM is usually short on the agricultural issues, so it takes me two meetings to touch all my bases. Either that, or I need to find new societies and meetings to attend.

3. I'd love to be able to go into space at some point in my life. It appears however that it's going to have a severe impact on my carbon footprint.

4. I'm finally feeling better. Still have a runny nose, but I think I'm out of the woods. I may have dodged a sinus infection, so I guess it could come back and bite me in the rear sooner or later. Honestly, I think they should do away with sinuses altogether.

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Last by Nikkilina on Oct 21, 2010, 8:47am
1. Got to lay blame for this incident at the feet of the Olympic National Park Rangers. Their "fun" -- in the form of taunting this animal by shooting bean bags at it -- led to the death of a 63 year old hiker. Also, who in their right mind tells visitors to the park to hurl stones at a wild animal? Other than these idiotic park rangers that is. A tragic, completely avoidable, mess. Heads should roll over this.

2. Stupid people should not breed. Here is the evidence.

3. If anyone spots the truck which ran through my sinuses, can you take the number down please? I've actually got a Research Blogging post in the works because of my allergies, if I can only recover long enough to get my eyes to focus on the manuscript to read it.

4. I love my Blackberry. I love Poynt too, though it'd be even more spectacular if Poynt could work with my GPS system (AT&T Navigator) instead of just working with Blackberry Maps.

5. I suppose no one in the CIA ever played "hide ' . . . More
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Last by Thomas Joseph on Oct 13, 2010, 5:51pm
1. Can't even begin to say how much I love this new album by Brandon Flowers. Titled Flamingo, it's reminiscent of his Killers work, especially Sam's Town and Hot Fuss. Truly an awesome album.

Rolling River of Truth, can you spare me a sip?
The Holy fountain of youth has been reduced to a drip.
I've got this burning belief in salvation and love.
This notion may be naive, but when push comes to shove.
I will till this ground.

2. The Taliban can suck it. This lady was there doing nothing but helping, and they killed her. What asshats. It says something when the most technologically advanced items they have are weapons.

3. What Brett Favre did was majorly creepy, and clearly sexual harrassment. Won't be sorry to see him get the boot. Also, did anyone else note that his . . . More
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Last by Thomas Joseph on Oct 07, 2010, 1:14pm
1. I'm getting used to Google Chrome. There are some things I don't like about the browser that I preferred on Firefox (no AdBlock, no NoScript support), but it's definitely growing on me. I use Chrome about 70% of the time now.

2. Who goes to jail for this egregious crime? Sure, insurance companies are about the bottom line, but when someone gets sick AFTER they've entered into the contract with you, the company needs to stick to their end of the bargain. Heads should roll for this, though I doubt any will.

3. This worm (Dracunculus medinensis) has always given me nightmares, hopefully we can successfully eradicate it in my lifetime.

4. Note to self: Avoid any sort of Sun Mountain rain gear when buying next round of gear for field work.
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