Category Archives: science

Untangling the wrangling angle

HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I’ll wait for the 5.5 year retrospective post to see just how much grant writing you *didn’t* get involved in…  Thus spake the prophet Wintle in the year 2012, … Continue reading

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Science and society – Vancouver Change Camp 2013

I have a new post up at Occam’s Corner on the Guardian website today, about how non-scientists can (try to) influence the course of scientific research. As I mentioned over there, the ideas in the post originated and evolved from … Continue reading

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Red Flags in the Dragons’ Den

It’s a well-known fact that watching certain films and TV shows with a scientist is no fun at all – in fact, it’s almost as bad as trying to watch ER with three medical student flatmates, as I did every … Continue reading

Posted in bad people, genomics, idiocy, rants, science, television, videos | 6 Comments

Tuesday pet peeve: people who don’t know what agnostic means

The increasing frequency with which I hear scientists misuse the word “agnostic” is starting to annoy me. It’s usually used to mean “I don’t have a strong preference”: for example, “I’m agnostic as to protocol – I could go either … Continue reading

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ehCloud: why Canada (and every other country) needs its own cloud computing tools

I recently helped one of our scientists put together an application for an industry-partnered bioinformatics grant. I understand the company in question to be more or less universally recognised as the leader in its field and therefore the obvious partner … Continue reading

Posted in Canada, communication, genomics, grant wrangling, science, technology, the wonders of technology | 15 Comments

The medium is the message

I saw the most amazing TED talk the other day, about Nikola Tesla. Now, we all know that Tesla was a fascinating, awesome dude (especially as played by David Bowie IMHO), but in the case of this video it was the … Continue reading

Posted in communication, embarrassing fan girl, science, technology, the wonders of technology, videos | 2 Comments

A proposal for an improved curriculum vitae format

Let’s face it, the tired old standards of education, employment history, and achievements in each role really just aren’t that helpful during the hiring process. Sure, they’re necessary data points, but they’re by no means sufficient. You and your team … Continue reading

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Seems legit

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All media can be social media

One of the themes of the last year or so is that a lot of my traditionally solitary pursuits suddenly seem to have become much more social. The biggest difference is my job, but my evenings and weekends are also … Continue reading

Posted in blog buddies, book review, career, communication, conferences, games, personal, photos, science, screenshots, secularism, silliness, technology, Vancouver | 10 Comments

RBO Work

Lots of things going on, but nothing substantial enough for a stand-alone post. So here are some bullets! Having read numerous articles about how bad it is for you to sit all day, even if you’re very active at other … Continue reading

Posted in career, communication, drunkenness, exercise, genomics, original research, personal, photos, science, silliness, technology | 19 Comments