A blog is really just your mind’s attic.

Rob Helpy-Chalk said that (last line of this post, which, like his whole blog, you should read), and I think he’s right. Furthermore, I just love rummaging about in other people’s attics! In lieu of actual content (I’m writing a fellowship application), here are some of the amazing and wonderful things you can find in other people’s virtual attics:
The right-on righteous indignation of Zuska: start anywhere, here is good, and read forward. If you only have time for a taste, read happy jerk-off (especially you, spousal unit) and links therein. Mind she doesn’t barf on your shoes.
(Update: you can still read the linked archive entries, but Zuska has moved to ScienceBlogs.)
Zuska’s latest entries will bring you into contact with the Tonegawa dustup at MIT; read Zuska, but also read Janet’s series of posts: one, two, three. Of course, you should be reading Janet regularly anyway if you are at all interested in philosophy and sociology of science. Here is another good post in the same vein.
What happens when an enquiring young mind finds a dead bug? What if the enquiring young mind in question happens to have access to an atomic force microscope? This is the kind of thing that keeps me excited about science. Speaking of Biocurious, here’s a good example of the sort of science blogging that leads me to believe that the web has a much greater role to play in day-to-day research than it is yet filling.
Speaking of blogs and science, check out Pedro’s work-in-progress showing that the likelihood that two proteins interact might depend on the proteins’ age. (Also, note to self: add my Connotea bookmarks to the front page here, as Pedro has done.)
And for something a bit different, if you like to think you should be reading Philosopher’s Playground. To whet your appetite, try a clear, concise background to the conflict surrounding Israel, or an exploration of the moral implications of being friends with an asshole.

2 thoughts on “A blog is really just your mind’s attic.

  1. I’d like to weigh in on this since I have a front row seat, but I sort of value my life / job/ peace, so I’m keeping my head well down. Suffice to say it has been an enlightening look into the way academic politics at the highest level works(or fails to), and has confirmed my decision to avoid research academia as a career path. Email me if you’re interested. I’ve talked about it a bit you.know.where as well.

  2. J, I’m not just interested, I’m (%morbidly%) fascinated. It’s not just a trainwreck, it’s a vicious interpersonal trainwreck with obvious implications for my chosen career! I’m a tool for not remembering where you work and asking you. Ass, mail.
    As for I.know.where, I still feel uncomfortable there. I was a screaming shit, and the boss man did defenestrate me.

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