Category Archives: technology

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

Office haiku

It’s ten forty-five Six iPhones buzz with one voice Time for our meeting! Gotta love those synchronised calendars… Comments in haiku form only, please!

Posted in fun with language, silliness, technology | 6 Comments

I AM CANADA (and so can you!)

Those of you who share my appreciation of the peak of Western civilisation that is Twitter may have come across a series of accounts that represent a given country, with one citizen of that country taking over the account each … Continue reading

Posted in Canada, current affairs, drunkenness, personal, silliness, snow, sport, technology | 9 Comments

Lab safety: who’s on the hook?

I’m shamefully behind on my blog reading, and therefore didn’t see Richard’s excellent article on lab safety until the Guardian had already closed comments. I’ll therefore have to relate my story as its own post, instead of the comment I’d … Continue reading

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It’s the end of the world as we know it

Is everyone having a nice apocalypse? Jolly good – now let’s talk about what happens next! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The professor who taught microbial genetics during my undergrad degree was hilarious. A lot of people didn’t like him at all, but those … Continue reading

Posted in blog buddies, book review, current affairs, plagues, silliness, technology, television, virology | 18 Comments

There should be an APP for that!

(where APP = Automatic PDF Pusher) I have five browser tabs open to article abstracts, from four different journals. All five articles are currently published as provisional PDFs. All look interesting and/or relevant to my work, but don’t quite tip … Continue reading

Posted in publishing, science, technology, the wonders of technology | 14 Comments

The timers they are a-changin’

When my parents were visiting earlier this year, my Mum asked me why I don’t wear a watch any more. “I just use my iPhone”, I explained. “But don’t you miss having a watch?” “No. Strapping a device to your … Continue reading

Posted in career, grant wrangling, personal, science, silliness, technology | 18 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

UPDATED Linked into Vancouver science

As I’ve mentioned in a few recent posts, the interconnectedness of the (small and young but growing nicely) Vancouver science sector continues to amaze me. At most large work-related meetings and at every sciency social event I attend, I run … Continue reading

Posted in blog buddies, Canada, career, communication, personal, science, technology, Vancouver | 9 Comments