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Stories

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Here’s the full video of the “Stories behind the research” session I led at SpotOn last week. Below that (under the fold) is the Storify summary, with all the highlights. Our session was apparently the one with the most laughs, but we touched on some important things as well. Thanks again to my lovely panelists and a wonderful audience.

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The Kitsch Quiche Niche

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How do you pronounce “niche”? If you say “nitch”, to rhyme with “kitsch”, you’re probably from the US. If you say “neesh”, to rhyme with “quiche”, you’re in the company of people from all over the world – including the rest of the States. For the past year I’ve kept track of whether people pronounce “niche” to rhyme with “kitch”…

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Hoping they’ll lose Pinterest

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The people who introduced me to blogging were not scientists or academics. They were online friends I’d met through playing games. A few of them set up their first blogs in 2001, and I thought it looked fun, so I started one as well. It was on an archaic blogging platform that doesn’t exist anymore. B2? Greymatter? Whichever came first.…

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CodeYear

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I’ve signed up for something that I first saw when Fiona shared it on Facebook. CodeYear. Each week in 2012 you get an email from Codecademy with a link to a basic JavaScript coding lesson. It’s meant to introduce coding to the general public, and it’s completely free. Hundreds of thousands of people, including Mayor Bloomberg of New York City,…

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Science Offline

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This year’s Science Online London was probably my favourite so far in terms of the variety in the programme. There were sessions about communicating science using the web, but also also practical data-wrangling sessions. Something for everyone. As much as I like how Science Online brings together various groups of people who each use the web in their own way…

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Beer chemistry

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Last week, I found out via Twitter about the Tumblr blog F No, Chemical Free with images of products that supposedly contain no chemicals at all. It reminded me of a story from undergrad. It’s not my story, but I’ll have to retell it, because the original links (two pdfs of chemistry student magazines from ten years ago) are in…

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Poster or talk?

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A few weeks ago, at a conference, I was talking about posters with some people. Not the specific posters that were at the meeting, but posters in general. I have only ever had to present posters at department poster days, and never had anything interesting enough to warrant printing at poster-size when the poster day came around, so got stuck…

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Some history of science unconferences

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At the end of SciBarCamb, just before I completely lost my mind from exhaustion, I gave a talk about science unconferences. It started with a bit of history, and ended with some tips on planning your own. This post covers what I remember talking about in terms of history, and I’ll write up all the specific organisational tips in a…

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Cat on a hot tin MacBook

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NOTE: These are not my cats and macbooks – they are Cath’s. This was a complicated April Fool’s prank based on the fact that people sometimes mix us up. My post is on her blog. Things are ramping up to crazy levels again, at work and elsewhere. Deadlines, side-projects, taxes (I actually managed to file weeks before the actual Canada…

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