Evolution of a bizzare, new Idea
Step 1: Complete disbelief that this data can possibly be correct (oh that method was used to get the results...)
Step 2: Trepidation at the joy that potential insights from the new data seems to provide (could it possibly be right?)
Step 3: Sheer delight at the magnitude of nature's diabolical schemes (it is right!)
Step 4: Convincing cynical reviewers that you are right (no...Joe did NOT show this...)
Step 5: Fending off underhanded attacks from Joe and company for the rest of your life....
.....all for the love of Science...
Junk and not so junk
Among the numerous email lists that I have inadvertently signed up for (including several for focused organ enhancement and proclamations of my ancestors' enormous wealth), there is one that I really like http://www.connexoncreative.com/publications/Neural_Cell_News.aspx
I don't know how or why I get monthly updates in my email from "Neural Cell News", but curiously, there are always things in their list that interest me. Even though I must say their heading "Neural cell news" is annoying, because if you say 'neural', then you don't really have to say 'cell', because a neuron is a cell, and will always be one...but I digress. Sign up recommended if you are into neuroscience.
Also annoying is how they list stories by their impact factor. Thankfully this is at the bottom of the page, after the main stories, so can be easily ignored.
Its funny how some reviewers of "high impact factor journal X" don't review the Science so much, but instead make comments on whether the paper is "good enough for journal X". Its like deciding whether or not you deserve an entry into the club. Wonder if this is driven by editors, or whether its a reflection of the reviewers' assumed self-importance upon wearing the revered "Reviewer's Gown of the high impact factor journal X".
Some old ones Reposted...
8/18/13 - A Classification of PI's - find yours' in the list!
7/6/12 - Way to a "Science paper"
5/30/11 - 20/20 Hindsights
9/30/11 - Evolution of a bizzare, new Idea
11/17/2011 - Rationale for curiosty-driven research...
lessons from a 4 year old
1/28/12 - "GTFM" - hilarious article on grant writing!
The PI Blog
This blog exists because my wife seemed a bit tired of being the only recipient of my random pontifications on life and Science for many years; and gently encouraged me to vent in a blog instead. From time to time, I put down thoughts that occur to me as I naiively stumble through a life in Science - bestowed upon me by accident (literally!). Please keep in mind that these musings are rather obvious things of little or no use to anyone, and are certainly not personally targeted in any way, even though they are obviously derived from my experiences. OK, enough said.