Outreach advice for Pied Piper

I don’t always get what’s happening in Silicon Valley. I mean the TV show. I certainly don’t understand what’s happening in the actual global tech hub of the same name. Silicon Valley is a comedy about a start-up company, Pied Piper, that does all the things start-up companies do. They…

Science Lab Furniture

This is a scene from the latest Portlandia episode, mocking the trend for lab glassware as housewares. (Video available on Facebook, or on the IFC YouTube channel if you’re in the USA)   I hope real scientists are exempt from mocking, because I have a test tube spice rack, erlenmeyer…

TV better off

I watched the pilot episode of Better Off Ted a while ago, and have no intentions of watching any more of it. Better Off Ted is a show about a guy called Ted who manages a R&D company that will make life better. The “scientific advances” the company works on…

BLAST! on TV

I previously wrote about the documentary BLAST! when I saw it at HotDocs last year. If you’re in Canada and you haven’t seen it yet, you can catch it on TV soon. It is being broadcast by Discovery Channel Canada on February 21st at 7:30 PM EST. Thanks for visiting…

YouTube Tuesday – Monty Python

“It was from such an unlikely beginning as an unwanted fungus accidentally growing on a sterile plate, that sir Alexander Fleming gave the world penicillin. James Watt watched an ordinary household kettle boiling and conceived the potentiality of steam power. Would Albert Einstein ever have hit upon the theory of…

Printfuge! Yay!

Previously on easternblot: “The CSI labworkers don’t spend any time on data analysis either: They just throw a Q-tip with some skin cells in an eppendorf tube, add liquid, spin it down, and the printer will spit out a two-page report that literally tells you that the suspect or victim…

My Childhood Inspirations

Amy’s post about Captain Planet reminded me that I had some notes lying around for a post about my own childhood inspirations. They’re not all things that led to science, but one of them very obviously is, and the rest also contributed to who I am today, so you get…

Why I shouldn’t be allowed to watch TV

I know it’s not real by any stretch of the imagination, but isn’t there a far more reasonable explanation than aliens in this short bit of Doctor Who? (It starts at 4:20 of this clip. Transcribed below because I don’t know how long the video will be up.) The Doctor:…

ReGenesis

I’ve been tempted to link to some of the Facts Behind the Fiction articles I’ve written for ReGenesis, but I kept putting it off because I’m always a few weeks ahead, and always know that the next one will be more interesting. But now I have to draw your attention…

ReGenesis

Season four of the science TV series ReGenesis started this past Sunday in Canada. I didn’t watch it then, because I don’t have cable, but I watched it a few weeks earlier. That’s because for this season I’m writing the “Facts Behind the Fiction” articles that accompany every episode. It’s…