Category: Blog Theory

Spring Cleaning

Well spring is sprung, the clocks are forward and 6am no longer feels like an unworldly time to get up. I’m back from holiday and spent  (a not inconsiderable amount of) time learning the correct usage of the word ‘offing‘. These are the things you do when getting soaked and wind blown somewhere on the…

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The Reciprocal Space of Social Media

In a bit of end of semester navel gazing last week I was contemplating the usefulness or otherwise of blogging. The first website I ever ‘ran’ was back in 1997 and it’s creation coincided with having reliable access to a computer and the internet on starting university. While it is long gone (I do still…

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Sidelined Science

The chemists on teh internetz seem to be feeling pretty hard done by these days.  I’ve seen a lot of twittering and blogging about the way chemistry is perceived by non-chemists (the public, but including other branches of science), the (mis-)use of the word chemical, the absence of chemistry blogs from most blogging networks and…

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Random Search Terms

Like most bloggers, I have a passing interest in the random search terms that people use on Google (other search engines are available) to find my site.  And also, like most bloggers, some of those terms may be described as bizarre and completely unrelated to anything that I actually write about. Firstly, do I know…

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Guest Blogging

For the next fortnight, I’ll be blogging over at the Scientopia Guest Blogge along with the team from Le Physiologiste.  Pop over and say hi!  I’ll post ‘What Am I? 13’  over there tomorrow, and update this post with links to the posts over there. Post 1: Hello and Introductions Post 2: What Am I?…

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The Scare Story Cycle

Every now and again certain scare stories raise their ugly heads and start breathing venomous fire over certain groups of people.  I’m sure someone has done a study somewhere that looks into it.   A few particularly persistent ones concern the use of online stuff like Facebook, Twitter, Blogs…etc etc etc ad naseum. Julia has a good take on…

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Random Linkage

I’ll post a photo later, once I’ve found the cable that hooks up the other camera to the computer.  For your reading pleasure this lunchtime, a list of links. Over at The Spandrel Shop on  Scientopia, Proflikesubstance has a nice post “What can and can’t you expect from your trainees?”  It’s from the North American…

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Readability

I’ve been reading around today, reading blogs outwith the usual RSS subscriptions and I came across a few blog posts that made me sick to my stomach but also a few new blogs that are brilliant. I’ve particularly enjoyed The Science of Blogging.  Of particular interest was a post on ‘How readable is your blog?‘…

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Light Reading

If you’re looking for some light reading, I’d suggest the following posts: I want to know, what you are thinking… over at Exponential Book by Massimo.  Its a nice take on student evaluations of courses and why they eat in to teaching time.  Female Science Professor has a post on the same topic, wondering when…

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Readers Beware

There is an editorial in Analytical Chemistry that is causing a wee bit of a stir. On first glance, I felt my blood pressure rising, but after scanning the editorial I came to the conclusion that the comments were largely meaningless.  Have a look at the editorial, then come back to read the rest.  Oh,…

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