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. 🙂

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?

14 Responses

  1. 1) Tell me about you. Who are you?
    I am an associate research scientist working in endangered species conservation in the South. I did graduate training in reproductive physiology at Purdue and got my undergrad major in biology minor in chemistry at Smith College. I am drawn to this blog for the enjoyable writing style and the most excellent critical analysis of papers across a wide range of topics, and also for the coverage of topics of interest *cough weirdsciencefriday cough*
    2) Tell someone else about this blog…
    You will be duly pimped out to my dad and some friends I keep tabs with online.
    3) WHAT is YOUR QUEST!!!!?!?!
    I think it is important to have goals, both short-term and long-term; I’m trying to have a more balanced life, my concrete sequentialist loves all my sciency goodness, but I need to balance that out with some creative esoteric pursuits.
    And I’m desperately looking for vegan pocky.

  2. 1)
    I’m a student of Industrial Design in Argentina. Both my parents are scientists (my dad is a physicist and my mom a psychologist) and they thought me in the ways of science. I love virtually every discipline and I would study every sciency career there is. But I also love art and craftsmanship so Industrial Design was a something that, in a way, unites them both.
    I’ve tell many of my friends about this blog. Also I think I have you on my blogroll. Not many of my acquaintances read English, though.
    I don’t know. I’m living one day at a time. I really don’t have a GRAND purpose in my life.

  3. Autistic researcher. You trained me not to use punctuation in powerpoint slides and I’m eternally grateful. Now and then I drop by to see if I’m doing anything else wrong.

  4. you already know me 🙂 we share some overlapping general areas of interest/expertise, so you blog about topics i enjoy and probably have recently read or thought about in my own work. i love the way you explain things with such excitement.
    the current focus of my quest is to chase down more awesome science in more awesome places. w00t!

  5. I’m a Psychobiology Masters degree student from Israel (female, focusing on animal models of Schizophrenia). My Bachelors degree is in Psychology.
    I’m really bad at organizing my time so usually I don’t have enough of it in order to read the real scientific articles myself (except for the ones I have to, of course). That’s why I enjoy reading scientific blogs like yours, covering a wide variety of topics in an interesting way. I shared your blog with my student friends.
    My quest is to find out what I want to do and what I’m good at while successfully finishing this masters. It all looks very complicated.

  6. 1. I’m a business analyst from BC (Canada) with no scientific background past Biology 101, but I’m insatiably curious about pretty much everything science-y. I blame my father for buying me a microscope at 8, a chemistry set at 9, and an electronics kit at 10. I wandered across your blog a few months ago and love it because you write about really cool stuff with a sense of humour in a way that lets me pretend I understand it all.
    2. Sadly, most of my friends and family merely tolerate my eccentric pretensions, but I regularly ping my husband with interesting things you’ve posted about.
    3. Blue! No, green!
    Or, to stay one step ahead of my kids, who have inherited my thirst for random knowledge and kewl facts. Also work-avoidance.

  7. Undergraduate student in NYC studying Neuroscience & Philosophy of Mind. Working in an EEG lab researching the interaction of memory, attention, and cognitive load. I find the best way to keep up on important/interesting papers outside of my specific areas of research is to follow all the great blogs out there like this one. Plus, its easier to understand a paper on the first read through when one has already read a well put together summary of it and the important background (as Sci so often does).

  8. 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.
    My name is Michael im 30 years old and i live in Stockholm, Sweden. I dont have a background in science but considerable experience with sciencefiction, which, im sure you’d agree, is essentially the same thing…..
    I work with Large Business Customer Support at an ISP in sweden, troubeshooting and implementing largescale networks and access.
    Your blog was pasted on IRC , in a channel called #Digitalhippie, which is one of many hangouts for swedish pirate-computergeeks interested in all things interesting. I dont recall what post it was now, but it had something to do with the brain probaby. We like brains and stuff. Brainstuff. Neurophilosophybrainstuffscience… We’re very ecclectic and awesome.
    Anyway, that post was very interesting and funny to boot so i wanted to read more and then i came upon the “fistbump”-post.. OMG nosemilksquirt. Oh you had me good. Instant RSS and i went around annoying the crap out of everyone for 2 days creating situations where i could go *fistbump* at the end… Yeah, been a daily reader since. You wouldnt think it, but clever wit AND interesting blogposts about science are not in abundance…
    #2 is not a question.. Wtf..
    And 3) WHAT is YOUR QUEST!!!!?!?!
    My Quest… Long term its to become truly selfsufficient .
    Shortterm is to Master Life and to enjoy the process.
    Hugs from sweden

  9. um, might be odd but i really do not understand like more than 95 percent of what get posted here, (im a teenager in dom. rep. with WAY to much time, and my “background” is finishing my freshman year in highschool a few weeks ago), i only really get (some) of the weird friday science which is how i came across your blog, though i am a bit embarrass to fess up about what i googled a few months ago. After i found this blog, i started reading other science blogs like not exactly rockect science, observations of nerd, frontel cortex, and i really got into science alot more.
    I would love to become a researcher in microbiology. My parents dont like scientist,(they make up crazy conspirancies against god) they do not even “believe” in gravity, and alot of other stuff, so they are not very supportive about it.I just dont want to be as ignorant as alot of people i know is, so that is why i have continue to lurk around.

  10. Hey, I replied to this thread over at Science Blogs, but since you’ve just announced you left SB, I’m reposting my comment to let you know I’ll continue following your writing here. =)

    Anyway, I am from Croatia, currently working as a freelance translator and finishing my thesis to get a BA in English Language and Comparative Literature. I have a lot of love for science, but little actual knowledge. When I was a kid I was in love with space and I wanted to be an astrophysicist (I was good at maths and physics in middle school). But stuff happened (most importantly, a war) and unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to pursue a degree in science.

    I still love science, so I read science blogs and popular science books. A few years ago, I read a book called “Phantoms in the brain” that got me interested in neuroscience, it is a truly fascinating field. I came across Neurotopia accidentally few months ago, I don’t actually remember how anymore, read a bunch of posts all at once and loved your blog immediately – you have a great writing style, it is both accessible and witty, and you cover a diverse range of topics, so it’s a real pleasure to read.

    I haven’t told anyone directly of your blog – my friends and family don’t have a habit of reading English blogs – but I have a link to it in the sidebar at my blog (although that’s not likely to result in any _significant_ increase in your readership =D). I don’t normally comment here because I’m not educated in science so I don’t feel competent to engage in discussions on science blogs, but I thought I’d de-lurk to let you know that, well, I appreciate your blogging very much and I truly enjoy reading your stuff. Keep up the good work. =)

  11. Who is staring at you?

    I am a non science person who is essentially a science groupie… (more info here if you really want but I think the short answer is more interesting

    Why am I here?

    I think you do cover meaty topics… at least as meaty as a blog should be and still be entertaining (most of us, even non science people, are capable of reading journals if we feel the need) but with some humour which makes it interesting… that’s why I will likely continue to read your blog (came across via Twitter a few mths ago)

    I just put you on my blog roll so there… course my blog is only a couple of weeks old and so far only read by my family but hey… you’re in…

    My quest? The million dollar question. I suppose my quest to be an entertaining writer of some kind… and to make it through the next 3.5 wks without eating large amounts of cake because I am staying for the month in a small mining town in order to visit my family… there is not much to do here and I am feeling just a tad stir crazy at the moment…

    See ya around… I’ll be staring…

  12. I’m an IT specialist at a large midwestern research university, always interested in brain science. My daughters are both headed for the grad student route in bioengineering, so I also read you to learn how to talk to them.

  13. I’m a sophomore in high school. I took biology this year…that’s about it as far as my science background goes…(pathetic compared to everyone else here, I know). I try to understand your articles whenever I can…they are awesome. I LOVE THIS BLOG. 😀
    And my quest? To learn everything I possibly can given my short and insignificant lifespan. However, my more immediate goal is to find cookies in my pantry…

  14. I’m a bit late (maybe fashionably late?) to this party. For some reason, I am shy on teh Intarwebs.

    1) Tell me about you.

    I’m finishing up my first year in a molecular biology Ph.D. program. I love RNA and gene expression and brains. I come to this blog because of the brains. And also because I kind of want to be you, in that I want to write funny, insightful posts about current literature. Also, it’s nice to read posts from seemingly happy and well-adjusted grad students/post-docs.

    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.

    I share lots of your posts with my Google Reader friends, many of whom are not scientists. I will try to send more friends so they will understand my crazy science life a bit better!

    And 3) WHAT is YOUR QUEST!!!!?!?!

    Drink delicious apple cider and bring some order to my new apartment.

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