Stories

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…

kitsch quiche

The Kitsch Quiche Niche

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…

Hoping they’ll lose Pinterest

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…

CodeYear

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…

Science Offline

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…

Beer chemistry

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…

Talks win, says poster

The results are in: most people prefer talks over posters. Here is a summary, in poster-form! And that one screenshot a bit bigger so you can actually read it: Thanks for visiting easternblot.net! I’ve been writing about science and scientists in art/culture/life since 2005, both on this blog and for…

Poster or talk?

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…

Some history of science unconferences

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…

Cat on a hot tin MacBook

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…