Is that MY voice? OHwell

I tried to find a video of the Emperor’s New Groove where Yzma gets turned into a cat and it’s hilarious and adorable. But all I could find were fandubs, most of which were terrible. Why the heck do people make versions of this stuff and put it out there on the internet! It’s a big “hey everyone, look at me and how I wasted my time!” Except less cool than that.
A week or so ago, Travis of Obesity Panacea, Jason of the Thoughtful Animal, Christie of Observations of a Nerd, and Sci all got together to record a podcast on things that might help you when you start out in grad school. Sci learned several things from this podcast:
1) My voice sounds really funny. Seriously, it sounds NOTHING like I hear in my head. I’m going to have to change my intonation on everything now so I can sound normal to myself.
2) Canadians really DO say “about” like that and it’s hilarious.
3) Christie is awesome. I mean, I knew this before, but really, she’s great.
4) My crutch phrase is “I mean”.
As a group, we also learned that we were all far too serious once the recording actually came on. When we do this again, there will be a two drink minimum. Also, it’s really hard not to interrupt people when you can’t SEE them. Hence, Sci has decided she wants to do a video podcast, using sockpuppets, because it would be both intentionally and probably unintentionally hilarious.
But anyway, here it is! I think we need to do another one, there’s a lot to cover, anyone got any specific questions they want answered?

The Return of the Who are You Thread

…The return of the bride of the who are you thread? The return of the son of the who are you thread? The bride of the son of the twice removed cousin of the thread…
Anyway, I saw this meme over at Drugmonkey, and again at Not Exactly Rocket Science, and decided it would be cool to see…who is watching me. Last year’s results helped me a little bit in terms of how I write (they don’t change what I write about, really, but knowing I had a lot of lay people in the audience gives me a little extra incentive to be as clear as possible), and so I thought it’d be cool to see what’s changed and what has stayed the same. And also, I like the see who’s staring at me. πŸ™‚

1) Tell me about you. Who are you? Do you have a background in science? If so, what draws you here as opposed to meatier, more academic fare? And if not, what brought you here and why have you stayed? Let loose with those comments.
2) Tell someone else about this blog and in particular, try and choose someone who’s not a scientist but who you think might be interested in the type of stuff found in this blog. Ever had family members or groups of friends who’ve been giving you strange, pitying looks when you try to wax scientific on them? Send ’em here and let’s see what they say.

And 3) WHAT is YOUR QUEST!!!!?!?! Either right now or in life. Right now, Sci’s quest involves a pursuit of her favorite candy. That’s these:
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(OM NOM NOM. These are the best mints evar. They are also ridiculously hard to find.)
What about you?