Friday, February 13, 2015

Moving My Own Cheese: On the Finite Nature of Life and the Perpetuity of Change

The book Who Moved My Cheese?, by Spencer Johnson and Kenneth Blanchard, is a story within a story, teaching some readers about change and adaptation in work and everyday life. It portrays the concepts simply, using mice, cheese, and remarkably tiny people in a maze. As with any story, the book have an impact on some readers, but I found the juvenile presentation, redundant prose, and rampant clichés to be off putting. It served little more purpose than to remind me how chaotic my life has been.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Dinosaur Island: Funding an Adventure in Education

Over the past couple of years, a major concern of mine has been the underwhelming effectiveness of the modern educational system. I have nieces and nephews deserving of every opportunity to learn about the cool things this world has to offer, and I would hate to see their intellect squandered. Because of this, I have been fairly active on Kickstarter, supporting projects like Reading Rainbow and Grandmother Fish. While these both succeeded with ease, the latest fundraiser to which I've been introduced needs a bit more support.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Open Letter to the Society for Neuroscience

Dear Society for Neuroscience,              
This is an open letter concerning the recent launch of the new open access journal, eNeuro.
We welcome the diversification of journal choices for authors looking for open access venues, as well as the willingness of eNeuro to accept negative results and study replications, its membership in the Neuroscience Peer Review Consortium, the publication of peer review syntheses alongside articles, and the requirement that molecular data be publicly available.

Friday, August 15, 2014

An Open Letter to the AAAS About Science Advances

Dear  AAAS,
This is an open letter concerning the recent launch of the new open access journal, Science Advances. In addition to the welcome diversification in journal choices for authors looking for open access venues, there are many positive aspects of Science Advances: its broad STEM scope, its interest in cross-disciplinary research, and the offering of fee waivers. While we welcome the commitment of the Association to open access, we are also deeply concerned with the specific approach. Herein, we outline a number of suggestions that are in line with both the current direction that scholarly publishing is taking and the needs expressed by the open access community, which this journal aims to serve.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Adventures in Professional Development: Episode I–Fossils and You

I think my apartment is haunted. Next to my computer is a list of asked questions from my time here at Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry and every time I look down at it, a voice says, "Answer them! Aaaaanswerrrr themmmm. . . in a seeeeries of blog poooosts. . ." In an effort to appease this oddly specific and surprisingly concerned ghost, I have decided to finally initiate the limited blog series I seem to recall mentioning in my last post. What follows will be somewhat informative, possibly useful, and at the very least, some light reading to kill a few minutes of your day. Brace yourselves for the fantastical first episode of Adventures in Professional Development!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Things About Stuff and Other Miscellany

Before I even get started, I should be honest with everyone. The following paragraphs will contain little more than brain droppings. I do have some more in-depth topics that I wish to cover, but I'll be saving those for future posts. Today is just a transitional piece to provide an update on what's been going on in my life and in my head since I last wrote. I apologize in advance for the impending randomness. To be fair, it's actually a pretty accurate representation of how my mind actually works.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Blogiversary Isn't a Real Word

Apparently, as of today, I've spent the past year not blogging nearly as much as I'd like, but infinitely more than I did before. I could make this post a retrospective of the topics I've covered, but all of my previous work is readily available for perusal. Instead, I'll use this space to cover an event that took place seven months ago, because this way I kill two birds with one stone. For any of my readers that attended the Dino Shindig in Ekalaka, Montana, this will be a nice flashback. For everybody else, prepare to have your minds blown. (I may be overselling the magnitude of the event and/or the quality of my writing, but I'll claim artistic license.)