Category Archives: idiocy

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

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Whining and opining

We (well, mostly Mr E Man) have spent the last couple of weeks booking flights and accommodation for a much-needed vacation in Puerto Rico. We’ve now got everything sorted except the car rental and the last night’s hotel and are … Continue reading

Posted in bad people, family, idiocy, silliness, travel, whining | 20 Comments

I come from a land down under? Apparently?

I’m not sure I’d trust this app to help me navigate around a foreign country…

Posted in idiocy, screenshots, silliness, technology, travel | 11 Comments

Could this be…

…the most useless list of spellcheck suggestions of all time? (I’m sure a tamarind genome sequence is in the works, somewhere…) …the worst possible weather in which to be running around collecting grant signatures from PIs in three different buildings? … Continue reading

Posted in career, drunkenness, English language, idiocy, photos, publishing, science, screenshots, silliness, snow, technology, Vancouver | 8 Comments

Never gonna let you down?

I have somehow managed to retain some semblance of a utopian view of science. I don’t mean to say that I’m blind to its flaws or that I’m not at all cynical about it. But I think I’m less cynical … Continue reading

Posted in career, cycling, freakishness, idiocy, personal, science, whining | 48 Comments

Question About “VWXYNot?”

Thus read the title of an email in my inbox this morning. The message continued: Hey, I consult for a Canadian immigration lawyer who is looking to expand her presence online.  I am  interested in having a mention within one of your … Continue reading

Posted in Canada, cancer research, communication, idiocy, meta, personal, science | 16 Comments

Zen and the art of locomotive maintenance

I got home yesterday lunchtime after an epic West Coast rail journey from San Diego to Vancouver. I’ve been to La Jolla once every six months or so since July 2009 to meet with collaborators, and every time I’ve gone … Continue reading

Posted in bad people, current affairs, drunkenness, first world problems, food glorious food, idiocy, personal, photos, rants, snow, technology, travel, whining | 38 Comments

Weight, watt?

From an automatic pre-send spell check of an email I sent today, asking a PI for guidance on some subfield-specific terminology: Very helpful. In other news, I learned today that my online life is benefiting my career: years of experience … Continue reading

Posted in career, English language, grant wrangling, idiocy, meta, publishing, science, screenshots, silliness, technology | 20 Comments

Paging Doctor Clueless!

A story from way back in the mists of time… ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ A good friend of mine had an absolutely terrible time during her PhD, worse than anyone I know: her two co-supervisors had a fight and stopped talking to each … Continue reading

Posted in career, communication, English language, idiocy, science | 11 Comments

Gonna go where the bright lights and the big city meet

No red guitar (on fire*) in sight, though, just this: Two questions: 1) Why does anything need to be taken beyond anyone’s desires? Let alone a toilet, of all things? 2) Just how beautiful does anyone desire a shopping mall … Continue reading

Posted in idiocy, rants, shopping, silliness, Vancouver | 29 Comments