So far my postdoc search has been quite pleasant to say the least. Everyone I have contacted has gotten back to me and even if they didn't have a spot in their lab, they are recommending good folks who do or are telling me their future timelines when they could pick someone up. I've even got a few interviews lined up.
Time to pull out the ole suit and shine up the shoes and take my act on the road...
Andy Deans (@GenomeStability), a researcher at St. Vincent's University that studies the DNA repair genes related to Fanconi anemia and just a really nice guy, posted this week on twitter about a crazy MTA that he received from someone when trying to obtain a plasmid from them. This MTA is so nuts I just had to post it.
I can kind of see co-authorship if its a relatively new reagent or something hotly in demand. But having editorial control of the manuscript when you just provided a reagent is bullshit. It would be like asking my neighbor to borrow his tire iron to change my tires and he can then tell me which kinds of tire I have to buy. Its a bit delusional really, but I hope Andy got it all resolved.
Slow-My minute per mile pace
Slowest-Yankees/Red Sox Game
Its still the fourth inning!
I think everyone has a fair idea of which area of the political spectrum I park my ass at, and I'm fairly apathetic to political ploys and bickering to a point. I have to say I'm quite disappointed with Conservatives that are lambasting the photos and videos of the president working out. Sean Hannity of Fox News commented on how small his weights were and how bad he was straining. Even remarking that the president in no way could keep up with his own martial arts workouts.
How about instead of goofing on the guy for how little the weights are and cracking jokes, why not applaud a guy for getting exercise? We are in a fucking obesity epidemic in the US, picking on the guy for working out goes beyond the pale of politics and is nothing more than a case study in bullying. In my mind it is honestly tantamount to bodybuilders shitting on a new guy in the gym who is just trying to get into shape. Encourage people to exercise, be healthy, and better themselves. At some point in time we all sucked at something but then we (hopefully) got better and encouragement can help a lot.
I'm currently shopping my manuscript at journal #4... You know what they don't say, 4th time is the charm.
First off, I don't want to hear any OA bullshit. I know everyone has a bone for OA journals right now but the best thing for my career and my boss currently is to publish in glam journals. In a utopian society I'd tell CNS to go drink paint thinner and jump off a high tree limb with a bicycle chain around their necks connected to the tree while I publish in a OA journal. Unfortunately this isn't utopia and the scientific community whether they like it or not still values glamour publications.
Too bad I got rejected by one. I didn't get the automatic desk reject like showing up to the ballpark and finding the clubhouse doors locked. More like I got thrown out of the game right as I planted my feet in the batter's box. That said, we were aiming a bit high probably, but you never hit a home run unless you swing for the fences.
So now I'm relegated to the minor leagues but that's okay with me, maybe I can get a AAA publication. But in the meantime I'm sitting on the couch, drinking some beers and watching baseball. I've already spun the manuscript around and its submitted again, so let me have my rest dammit.
PS, if you don't get baseball analogies this whole post has been a complete loss for you. Sorry I don't know cricket analogies.
Just a quick poll the audience question. Our lab is getting some summer interns in a few months and was just wondering how everyone distributes them (to grad students, postdocs, techs) and what kind of projects do you give them (plug and play, extra stuff in the lab nobody has time to do but may be helpful)?
I kind of felt bad today, poor Gio Gonzalez got beat up more than people's 401k's back in 2009.
Just fucking with you, unless that dude can drop some big checks.
Happy April 1st. Now get back to work.