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Scientists Wed Aug 16 2017 22:21:36 GMT+0000 (UTC)
WHERE THE PARTY'S AT -- Credit: New York TimesYou may have seen the minor kerfuffle about this rather silly New York Times metric that would allow you to choose the opposite of your job, skills-wise (scroll down). (Apparently, "physicist" was coming up the opposite of a lot
"The night is fine," the Walrus said."Do you admire the view?"It was so kind of you to come!And you are very nice!"Dearest Readers, the time has come for me to write at another place; specifically, a place where I can be certain that my relatives and
There are a few specific phrases that turn my insides to molten lava. The ones that make me see red in front of my eyes in a few short seconds. With age I have sorted out many of these triggers, but it's not surprising that I forget a few. It is good
So: some folks choked on Annie Dillard’s perhaps overly magniloquent response to her eclipse, so here’s something quite different for the more Augustan among us. For reasons not relevant to this post, I am this morning nosing arou
I bought a $500 camera from Point Grey that has the SonyIMX249 chip. It is a fairly large field of view with intermediate sized pixels (5.86 um), so it has a great dynamic range. The great thing is that it has low dark/readnoiseof 7-14 electrons per
Considering the median industrial starting Ph.D. makes $100,000, I guess 50% of Ph.D.s are doing it wrong.There is a lot that could be said about the Che/e/ky Sc/ien/tist organization, but I think it's really a terrible thing to post somethi
I'd rather face his curveball.Credit: The Pitching AcademyFrom the inbox, a good question from a longtime reader and friend of the blog: I have prepared for all the common interview questions. Strengths, weaknesses, long-term career goals, e
This is a follow up to what I’ve been hearing from some folks about how they plan to take in the eclipse of 2017. My family’s headed out for Oregon in a couple of weeks, basing ourselves with relatives in Portland before heading a
Someone I know here had some major surgery a few weeks ago.  Her family is far away; her spouse had to go on a trip that couldn't be moved.  So I brought them dinner yesterday.They just got new license plates:  I have regre
If you read this blog, or come here by the way of twitter, there's a chance you've picked up that I am somewhat interested in hockey. I had an opportunity this last weekend to go to Nashville to hang out in the "the other city" where the Stanley Cup
Credit: Prof. David CahillVia Jeff Moore on Twitter, a fantastic presentation by Prof. David Cahill of UIUC's Department of Material Sciences and Engineeering on his thoughts on faculty hiring. If you're a faculty candidate, you should really read th
Joe Arpaio is now on his way to being an old lag, and if that conclusion is decades late, it still behoves us to get our schadenfreude on: The longest-serving lawman of the states most populous county, where he became a national figure known for immi
This image (from here) floated through my life a few weeks ago:Aaaannd I suddenly realized exactly what's wrong with my job.  I'm good at it, I'm paid for it, and probably the world needs someone to teach intro und
One of the things my late professor from graduate school taught me was to always be happy and grateful for every publication you get. Of course, you are more happy about your First author publications, BUT it's important to be happy about the publica
Credit: Sam Drew"Sunrise at UC Irvine", by Sam Drew(got a View from Your Hood submission? Send it in (with a caption and preference for name/anonymity, please) at chemjobber@gmail.com; will run every other Friday.) 
While the Russian asset in the White House pushes cops to brutalize their suspects, we have plenty of cases studies on what happens when you license f**kery by the boys folks in blue. Today’s example comes from Baltimore: Maryland prosecuto
Today is the International Holocaust Remembrance Day. It's always been an important day but maybe never as urgent to really think and act like today. The basics of the Holocaust didn't start with the extermination camps, it started years before that.
Via Twitter, an indictment of the postdoctoral system for physicists by Oliver J. Rosten in the literature.(A tidbit of Mr. Dolan's story here.)
One thing’s for sure: whatever fresh hell the Trump White House offers up each day, one community in our great society has to be unbelievably grateful. Scaramucci is just the latest gift to surpass understanding delivered w. a sMooch* by an
It's a little overdue - the post about 2016 ending but I was on vacation sans computer and now I'm back to business as usual....So, what can I say about 2016? It wasn't one of my shiniest years. It wasn't the worst one, two or three, but it might be
From Anonymous: "Not exactly the view from the window but very close."(got a View from Your Hood submission? Send it in (with a caption, please) at chemjobber@gmail.com; will run every other Friday.) 
It is impossible to overstate the Republican commitment to ripping health care from millions, while taking a chainsaw to our medical system. Rand Paul has just announced that he will vote “Yes” on the Trumpcare motion to proceed a
Re: Professor JonesDear Seminar Chair:Below is a rider containing provisions to assure you of a smooth and professional seminar presentation by Professor F.M. Jones. All provisions are spelled out in great detail in order to prevent any misunderstand
Most people know of Senator John McCain’s diagnosis with glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer. I have just a couple of thoughts I’d like to add. First, obviously, best wishes to Senator McCain and his family. This is a very to
It's Independence Day in the United States, which is a national holiday. We'll see you tomorrow!
Sometimes you get the greatest insight into folks when they think the pressure is off. What follows has exactly no political import, and, truly, says nothing about the writer in question’s journalistic chops or beat-acumen, at least not dir
Thought with one's mental mute button on: I've been abducted by a UFO-shaped object in a conference room. Credit: WiredI love our customer, I'm so happy to talk to them.  AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHWho organized this call? Why I
Following up today’s news on the delay in the Senate health care vote… Keep calling, and don’t restrict yourself to your senators’ DC offices. Each and every senator has several in-state offices. They&#8217
That's cold.Credit: GEI'll be honest, I dislike cold calling people and I hate receiving cold calls. I have a terrible habit of being very short with salespeople who call me (looking at you, Phenomenex) during my day.That said, it can be an effective
…is a f**king vampire: Nearly 1300 children die and 5790 are treated for gunshot wounds each year. Boys, older children, and minorities are disproportionately affected. Although unintentional firearm deaths among children declined from 2002
Just as a vague statistical rejoinder to Professor Mathews' comments, a note that not everyone who responded to C&EN's survey of assistant professors of 2015 received $2M+ packages.Methodology: "In March, C&EN surveyed chemists in the
One sentence from today’s column that captures the pure, distilled essence of the alt-hack that is our BoBo: And yet it has to be confessed that, at least so far, the Whitewater scandal was far more substantive than the Russia-collusion sca
I think it would have been better if thispicture were never taken?Credit: Washington PostFrom a Washington Post/Center for Public Integrity report about safety problems at Los Alamos National Laboratories: Alarms were sounded more loudly aft
Just a quick hit to remind everyone that while the criminal investigation of Trump and co. widens, they’re still pissing on us at every opportunity, and calling it rain. So how’s this: it’s going to be legal again/stay O
credit: Fabrice and Jason"We like the tree view from our fume hoods, always full of flowers and birds in the spring. Not as grandiose as the Swiss Alps, but quite poetic": Fabrice and Jason, San Diego(got a View from Your Hood submission? Se
To the surprise of exactly no one paying attention in 21st century America, another extrajudicial killing by a cop ends with the killer walking free: The Minnesota police officer who fatally shot Philando Castile during a traffic stop was acquitted o
As a follow up to Betty’s post below, I’d like to look at the other thing that bothered me aboutour Donald’s grotesque Yad Vashem/Mean Girls yearbook note. Here’s Trump’s deathless prose: It is a grea
While we focus on the various obvious bathetic catastrophes (from blowing secrets to the Russians to the big man’s collapsing in a heap after a mere one day on the road) committed by the shitgibbon and his band of merry (but never gay &
Credit: @simplechemVia Twitter, "How about a view from the glovebox?" of Valais, Switzerland from @simplechem(got a View from Your Hood submission? Send it in (with a caption and a credit, please) at chemjobber@gmail.com; will run e
…the flashbacks seem so real. At 8:32 this morning, the usurper occupying the Oval Office tweeted this: I have several reactions. First, this: (For all you kids out there, that’s Nixon’ssecretary, Rose Mary Woods, demons
Keokuk National CemeteryCredit: devildogangelToday is Memorial Day in the United States; it's a national holiday.Back tomorrow.
Just in time for the latest, greatest Shitgibbon pursuit of all those not-good-people who got to vote for his opponent, Maggie Koerth-Baker brings the hammer down. She’s written an excellent long-read over at Five Thirty Eight on what went
Seen hereSeen in this Achaogen ad for a postdoctoral position, this delightful requirement: In 150 characters or fewer, tell us what makes you unique. Try to be creative and say something that will catch our eye!Amusingly, "screw yo
I’ve got a piece in today’sBoston Globe that takes a kind of odd look at why Trump’s dalliance with destroying NATO was so pernicious. Basically, I look at what goes into making an alliance or any complex collaboration f
Via Twitter and C&EN editor Craig Bettenhausen, a film about chromatography I had never seen. I won't say that it's laugh-out-loud funny, but it has its moments. 
A snarkalicious palate cleanser: Just days before the state visit of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Mar-a-Lago, President Donald Trumps Palm Beach private club, Florida restaurant inspectors found potentially dangerous raw fish and cited the c
To follow up the daily newts: American forces dropped aGBU-43/B bomb on a target identified as an underground ISIS complex. The weapon, officially named the “Massive Ordnance Air Blast,” or MOAB, has the probably obvious nickname: