So in all the fuss of…everything, I forgot to notify people about some awesome new blogz!
Today’s post brought to you by the letter O.
First up, we have the recently joined Scienceblogs Oscillator, who I was first introduced to when she and her friends did this:
(*sings* “I’ll wear a gloooooove, glove glove glove, I’ll wear a glooooove”)
It’s AWESOME. I LOVE IT. I want to be IN IT. Next time…
And next up, we have the guys of Obesity Panacea, an awesome blog that will actually give you the REAL SCIENCE behind things like weight loss, including what is up with all those gimmicks and hormones you keep hearing about. They also have good scientific training advice for various types of athletes. Good stuff! And I still feel guilty about missing out on a morning fun run with those guys at SciOnline, due to my srs sickness that week (ah, great lung infection of 2010, I do not miss thee). Next time, guys! HONEST!
Check ‘em out!
So in all the fuss of…everything, I forgot to notify people about some awesome new blogz!
Sci is working on about 3.5 hours of sleep right now. This makes her extremely punchy and odd. and possibly slightly crazy. And thus, she may not have been able to help herself in seminar today, and let out a very unlady-like snort in response to the following:
Introducer guy: I am happy to introduce Dr. Super Impressive Dude, Professor Emer-ITIS at Super Hot Uni…
I suppose Introducer Guy had only ever seen it written. The usual pronunciation is “Professor e-MER-itus”, which is super super distinguished professor who has a happy, happy position and paycheck for life. Usually older, white, and male.
Sadly, the poor Introducer guy made this kind of adorable gaffe in front of about 100 people, one of whom was a very punchy and sleep-deprived Sci, who can’t get over how hilarious this is. She has since been running around, asking everyone what kind of disease people think “emer-ITIS” is. Nominations so far:
1) A disease that results from too much tenure
2) The result of one too many MRIs.
3) When professors love science too much
4) An inflammation of the tenure (Sci’s personal favorite)
5) When your deadwood falls off
And now she asks the internets: what is your definition of “emer-itis”? Make Sci laugh this day!
Sci is thinking she might like this new things Scienceblogs has entered into with National Geographic, for the express reason that it means that she gets access to all the hot new books before ANYONE ELSE!!
And lo and behold, Sci’s first example of this awesomeness arrived on Thursday, when she received Vampire Forensics: Uncovering the origin of an enduring legend in the mail. Cool, right? Sci thought so.
I figured this was going to be a neat kind of book, the real history of the vampire legend, and luckily I had a long plane ride coming up that was the perfect time for sticking my nose in a book and pretending that I am not packed into a flying sardine can. And so it went. And here it goes.
Vampire Forensics: Uncovering the Origin of an Enduring Legend
As I find out through Nerdy Christie (who appears to know this stuff always before I do), Research Blogging, the website that aggregates posts which blog on peer-reviewed research, is giving out AWARDS! Awards for SCIENCE! They will be giving out awards in various categories (including funniest and neuroscience, btw) to bloggers who are nominated for the awesomest science blogging.
So you should go nominate your favorite blogs! You should do it now! You should then vote for your favorites.
*insert mind-messing music that will make you hear my thoughts and obey*
You shall nominate SCI…for truly her research blogging is both funny and neuroscientific, and is therefore extreme. Sci does not dare to dream for BEST science blog, but funniest is totally doable, right?? Hear the truth of what Sci sayeth this day, and clicketh ye over unto the research blogging site, for verily I say unto you, Sci will be pleased.
So anyway. Go there! Nominate and vote for your favorite blogs, and promote research blogging!
So Sci was at Science Online 2010 this weekend. She had a fabulous time with all her bloggy friends, and has come back more motivated to blog the science (especially since Carl Zimmer made gratuitous reference to duck penises. That’s a man after Sci’s own little heart).
I cannot even mention all the fabulous people I got to hang out with. Sci finally got to meet the famous ED of Not Exactly Rocket Science (he is so lovely, I want him to be my nerd-brother!), Nerdy Christie of Observations of a Nerd (who I only barely got to see), DeLene of Wild Muse (who I ALSO barely got to see!), and many many others. I got to hang with Laelaps and Mrs. Laelaps, the charming and lovely Arikia, the amazing Isis, the awesome Zuska, the dynamic duo of Highly Allocthonous, John McKay and his ADORABLE mammoth, Science goddess (I actually got to meet two!), the fabulous Miriam of the Oyster’s Garter (we need to hang out more, nice tights! Also, nice trilobite!), KEVIN of Deep Sea News (WOOOOO), Andrew of Southern Fried Science, Sheril and Chris of the Intersection, the ever-lovely Rebecca Skloot (I cannot WAIT to read her book!), Dr. Pal, my fav MD ever, Janet of Adventures in Ethics and Science in all of her wisdom, Stephanie Z of Almost Diamonds (awesome book chat, m’lady!), Blake Stacey, his handsome hat and cane, and his witty conversation, Greg Gbur and his lady (btw, Mrs. Gbur, the tights you wore to the banquet were FIERCE), and, and and….THERE WERE SO MANY AWESOME PEOPLE THERE. Really.
OH OH! I got one of these!!!
(Pic via @tweetingkat, who is great that way)
The one on the left is Sci’s, he is coelacanth on the way to icthyostega (His name is Henry. Both of him). The one on the right is Ed’s, devolving (apparently) from a squalodon to a pakicetus. Sadly we did not get one with Laelaps, so we’d have three in all their glory. Next time!! Sci has decided that Henry must accompany her to all blogging meetups as her pictoral representative. Sci’s feet are the same lovely shade of blue.
Unfortunately, Sci also contracted the cold of the century. It laid her low for the entirety of the conference, and she’s afraid she’s spread it a little. She MAY have spread it to Ed by accident, and she is SO SORRY. She’s miserable and doesn’t want Ed to be, and also, she’s afraid that if Ed is miserable, Mrs. Yong will fly across the Atlantic and beat her up for transmitting disease (please don’t hurt me! I’m totally sick and miserable too,and I was washing my hands and carrying sanitizer and kleenex and coughing into my elbow and everything!).
So much thanks to Bora and Anton and Dr. Kroll (hope you feel better soon!!) and all the organizers! It was amazing, but now Sci has to…go collapse. Scicurious will return scicuriously later in the week, hopefully when this cold is kicked.
There will be no Friday Weird Science today (though I’ve got a COOL one for next week!) because Sci will be traveling to Science Online 2010! She’s totally excited to be going this year, as there are lots of cool sessions and lots of cool people who will be attending.
Unfortunately, Sci has also contracted a cold of rather titanic proportions (this may or may not be due to the crazy amounts of work involved in Open Lab, and other personal shenanigans which result in little sleep and stress to the immune system). So everyone who sees her at SciOnline, please be assured she is washing her hands frequently, will be carrying hand sanitizer, and will endeavor not to sneeze on you. She is determined not to let this cold get her down, and to that end, will be loading up on some truly insane levels of Dayquil. She will totally be ready to MOVE IT!
(Sci may, or may not, dance just like that hippo)
Happy weekend, and I’ll see you on Monday!
Dear Mass Media Covering Science (BBC, CNN, etc):
I need some help. I often get emailed or tweets from readers, saying “hey! look at this article! Isn’t it cool/weird?! You should cover it!” I see the article. It is indeed very cool and weird. I’m all up ons. Except for one problem:
What, exactly, was the paper you were covering?
It’s New Year’s, and Sci is going to take it easy with some more good food, and a few New Year’s Resolutions.
(Sci might be quitting bananas, she doesn’t need the extra potassium THAT badly…)
So her question is: what are your New Year’s Resolutions? If you don’t make them, why not? Sci likes New Year’s resolutions. It’s good to set a goal for yourself, though the date you set them on doesn’t seem to matter very much. Sci’s goals:
1) To do whatever possible to get her Christmas wish to go through. (I welcome all letters of recommendation on my behalf)
2) To finally run the marathon she’s been intending to run since she was young. It’s not a matter of the distance or psychological preparation, it’s the sheer amount of TIME required to train, which…Sci is still trying to work on.
3) To get the Open Lab out on time. Or at least really, really close to on time.
4) To blog some WEIRD SCIENCE! And some normal COOL SCIENCE! And possibly, in the middle, some odd science.
Sci would love to hear your goals for the New Year! Anyone got anything really cool brewing in 2010?
Happy New Year’s Everyone! And here’s to another year of science blogging!
Sing with Sci now!!!
Should neuroscience be forgot
and never brought to mind?
Old posts on memory forgot
and old and new science
For old and new science, my dear,
for old and new SCI-ENCE!,
we’ll take some bloggy goodness yet,
for old and new SCI-ENCE!
And surely you’ll read something odd!
and something odd I’ll write!
And no more science be forgot,
not old nor new science!
For old science and new as well
the funny and the fine;
We’ll type our fingers all to hell,
with old and new science!
Give us a comment, trusty friend!
I’ll give you one of mine!
And Sci will earn her PhD,
with all new HOT science!
CHORUS (be rousing now!!!)
Last year (that was 2008), Sci made a resolution to read 100 books in a year. She did pretty well at the outset. But then she went and start this…blog thing. Book reading declined steeply. But I still fit in a good bit. Last year’s list is here.
But this year, I knew I would be busy, so I resolved only to try and read 30 books this year. So far, I haven’t made it. But I retain hope for the future!! Anyway, here are this years books. And Sci would very much welcome any recommendations any of you might have for what to read next. I’m always looking for some good science, and I’m REALLY looking for some good history. Also, good fantasy. I haven’t really found anything that grabs my attention since the Martin Song of Ice and Fire group. Anyone?
1)Eats, Shoots, and Leaves: the Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne Truss.
2)Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss what Matters Most by Stone, Patton and Heen.
3)Professionalism is for Everyone by James Ball. Waste. Of. Time.
4)Communicating Science: Giving Talks. 43 pages. Less of a waste of time.
5)Whipping Girl: a transsexual woman on sexism and the scapegoating of femininity by Julia Serano.
6)More Sex is Safer Sex: The unconventional wisdom of economics by Steven E Landsburg.
7)The Gender Knot: Unraveling our patriarchal legacy by Allan G Johnson. Wow. Just wow. It gave me SO much to think about. So so much. One of those books that will really change how you see society.
8)Bonk: the Curious Coupling of Science and Sex by Mary Roach. AWESOME!
9)Instant Egghead Guide to the Mind by Emily Anthes and Scientific American.
10)The End of My Addiction by Olivier Ameisen.
11)How We Decide by Jonah Lehrer.
12)An Odyssey with Animals: A veterinarian’s reflections on the animal rights and welfare debate by Adrian R Morrison.
13)Unscientific America: How scientific illiteracy threatens our future by Chris Mooney and Sheril Kirshenbaum.
14)Attachment, Evolution, and the Psychology of Religion by Lee Kirkpatrick.
15)The search for the giant squid: the biology and mythology of the world’s most elusive sea creature by Richard Ellis. COMPLETELY AWESOME!!!!! SQUIDS ARE SO COOL!!!
16)The Manga Guide to Molecular Biology by Masaharu Takemura.
17)The Tangled Bank: An Introduction to Evolution by Carl Zimmer.
18)Don’t be SUCH a Scientist: Talking Substance in an Age of Style by Randy Olson.
19)Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and some guy named Seth who thought that Jane Austen would be cooler with zombies. OMG SO FUNNY. Even funnier if you love Jane Austen.
20) Embroideries by Marjane Satrapi.
21)Of Darkness, Light and Fire by Tanya Huff.
22)Coraline by Neil Gaiman. Fantastic!
23)Rhapsody by Elizabeth Hayden. I GET IT. THEY ARE UNDERGROUND. TIME PASSES. Did we really need to spend 200 pages on it?!
24)The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. BRILLIANT!
25) Twilight by Stephanie Meyer. About the only good thing I can say about it is that it’s a quick read. Terribly written, the conversation is positively wooden, and the multiple descriptions of Edward’s scintillatingly perfect chest are positivity eye rolling. It’s like really cheap candy. It pushes all the right BUTTONS (romance, awww I felt that way in high school buttons), but that doesn’t make it good. I think I wasted some neurons on this one.
26)The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara. Excellent.
27) Empress: A Novel by Shan Sa.
28)The Annals of Imperial Rome by Cornelius Tacitus. Apparently suicide was VERY popular in the first century.
29)A History of God: The 4000 year quest of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam by Karen Armstrong. Pretty good, less so in the more modern eras.
Sci hopes that all of you had a truly fantastic Thanksgiving. Sci’s family Thanksgiving was awesome as usual, and this year featured FOUR KINDS of pie. None of them your regular pumpkin, because we’re CRAZY like that. Sci’s contribution this year was a purple sweet potato pie. Really really.
Anyway, Sci has returned! And then spent ALL day today organizing things for the upcoming Open Lab deadline. Oh yes. We’re getting close to 700 posts, and the deadline is December 1 at Midnight EST! So submit early, submit often. Submit your own stuff, Sci swears she will not mock you for it in public.
Please don’t submit anything that relies wholly on video or pictures that we can’t use in dead tree format.
(Click on that one for the submission form)
And so, Sci sends regrets that there will be no post today. There might not be one Wednesday, either, this is taking a pretty insane amount of time and coffee. LOTS of coffee. So forgive the temporary radio silence.
In the meantime, I offer unto the masses this kitten:
And the purple sweet potato pie recipe is below the fold.