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Et tu Odysseyus?
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I'll save Tideliar the trouble
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Music Warz! - The Maccabees
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Monday, November 8, 2010

Standing out in a crowd
Friday, November 5, 2010

Ripping your arms off
Tuesday, November 2, 2010

The Tea Party explained
Tuesday, November 2, 2010

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Planet of the Apes
Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Too many postdocs?
Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Oh! Rats! [UPDATED]
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Rethinking Education
Monday, October 18, 2010

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

Over-priced mochas and syphilis
Sunday, October 10, 2010

DonorsChoose - give early and give often. [UPDATED]
Friday, October 8, 2010

Question
Wednesday, October 6, 2010

What I would be doing if I weren't doing science
Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Time spent reviewing
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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
Wednesday, September 22, 2010

A (temporary) cure for vortices of suckitude
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Things that make Odyssey grumpy
Tuesday, September 14, 2010

What I wish I knew before starting my faculty position
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
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Flying 101
Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Don't panic!
Monday, August 23, 2010

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?
Monday, August 9, 2010

Bugger
Sunday, August 8, 2010

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Thursday, August 5, 2010

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Thursday, August 5, 2010
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I'm a molecular biophysicist in a biochemistry department. In a college of medicine. And I'm funded by the NSF. Not too sure my dean likes that... I'm here to blather on about things that interest me and to raise the average age of the bloggers here by at least 1.2567 years. And I'm Australian.

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Pondering Blather was born.

In honor of that, here's something I wrote on September 23, 2005:

I don't get spam. Well, yes, I get spam, lots of it. Just like anyone else who's had an email account for more than about 10 milliseconds. What I don'tget is the rationale used by spammers. Just this morning I log into my email account and there, amongst many other spam emails, are no less than five from five different addresses all offering me the same "Genuine S W I S S R O L E X watches!" That's just one example. I get lots of the same spam over and over and over. What's with that? Do they think they can eventually wear me down? Do they honestly believe that one day I'm just going to throw my arms up, and credit card number out (on the Internet) and get myself a genuine Swiss Rolex low interest mortgage from an off-shore pharmacy that guarantees the Windows operating system they're sending me will increase the size of my penis, give me longer erections and help the widow of a Nigerian government official transfer millions of dollars into my bank account because, gosh darn it, I'm just so special?

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Dr Becca, Ph.D.
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Happy Blogiversary! I just had my 1-year a couple of weeks ago. I, too, have always felt similarly about spam--are there actually people out there who give spammers money?

Professor in Training
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Wow - you must be really old!
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Happy Blogiversary Odyssey!

Odyssey
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Thanks all. It has been, and continues to be, fun.

Professor in Training said: Wow - you must be really old!


Positively ancient. Some days more than others.

GMP
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Happy bloggiversary!
Your blog is officially old enough to start kindergarten. ;)

Odyssey
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GMP said: Your blog is officially old enough to start kindergarten. ;)


Kindergarteners and my blog have similar maturity levels...

Dr. O
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Happy Bloggiversary! I'm hoping I'll remember to mark mine next year...I completely forgot about my first this past March.

BTW, my lab bench neighbor and I are still LOAO at your run-on sentence...love it! ;-)

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Happy Bloggiversary.

I once new a guy (a real burn out) who did reply to the Nigerians. Two days later the federal police are knocking on the door and freezing his accounts. They did transer hundreds of thousands of dollars into it in some kind of laundering scam. It seems you might just get what you wish for when replying, and then a little bit more.

Prodigal Academic
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Happy Blogiversary!

Odyssey
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@Rift:
I've always wondered if someone ever replied to the Nigerians...

@Dr. O and Prodigal:
Thanks!

Prof-like Substance
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Happy Blogiversary, Odyssey (a day late...)!

GMP
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Off topic: can someone make a verdict -- is it blogiversary or bloggiversary? I am for the latter (double g like in blogging); but is there a commonly accepted way or do I see a poll coming..?
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I'll have a drink for you (Speights). Congrats. Kiwi.

Odyssey
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Thanks Kiwi. I might just have one myself.
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