Trying to get through the week
As the school year winds to a close, another class of students nears graduation and will be asked the inevitable question: “So, what’s next?”
I wrote a piece over at the PLOS Student Blog about my experience looking for non-academic jobs. If you’re a PhD student or postdoc curious about your career options, go check it out!
this contamination shit is weird. you can barely see it, you have to scope for colonies. it kind of forms this film on the plates. it doesn’t want to grow all that well on more nutrient rich agar. but damn can you smell it.
how does my cat know exact instant i try to start doing actual work
There are certain things one might assume you’re supposed to have mastered as a columnist. One is how to start a column. But if you’re me, you can spend hours writing and rewriting and deleting and restructuring a piece before coming to the conclusion that you have no business having a column at all. Crumpled over your sad desk in your living room, in your freelance uniform (pajamas), you are pretty sure your new writing contract will be revoked by the end of the week.
Then you realize: you’re doing precisely what it is you’re supposed to be writing about — doubting yourself, over and over again, to the point of crippling paralysis. The perils of feminine self-doubt — and how they impact women’s professional aspirations — are the subject of a new book, The Confidence Code, by journalists (and recovering self-doubters) Katty Kay and Claire Shipman.
Hey! Are you going to the USA Science & Engineering Festival in Washington D.C. this weekend?
Because I am! You can find all sorts of information about this jam-packed, brain-exploding FREE science fest over on their website.
As for me, I’ll be performing!!! Whatever that means!! Come see me talk about science things on Saturday and Sunday! It will probably be fun! Here’s the expo map and schedule in convenient PDF form :)
Wait a sec…
I was just reading that expo schedule for Saturday… and, umm…
SAGAN HELP ME I AM SCHEDULED BETWEEN MICHIO KAKU AND BILL NYE don’t they know I just make YouTube videos and GIFs?
star trek voyager episode where tom paris keeps on trying to hit on chicks but every time he does janeway swoops in wearing ray bans and is like
"hey you’re gorgeous can i replicate you a drink?"
"you know i’m the captain of this ship, i’d love to give you a tour."
"mr. paris tends to go at warp 9 all the time, if you know what i mean."
*pulls down shades to wink at paris as she walks off with the chick*
anyone but bob orci
Q:What's going on with Star Trek right now that's got people pissed?
Bob Orci, one of the writers who worked on the nu!Trek scripts, wants to direct the next Star Trek movie and the fandom is fighting back to make our displeasure at that known. I can’t speak for everyone but in my personal opinion, Bob Orci is a childish, rude, nasty little man, as evidenced here where he exploded at fans who expressed their dislike for STID. I personally don’t think he should be allowed within twenty lightyears of the third reboot but hey, I’m just a nerd who loves Trek. According to him, what do I know?