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    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

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  • 12/23/12--13:04: VOTE, YOU BASTARDS!
  • I only have 15 usable votes so far in the 2012 Comment of the Year award, despite the post having had more than 100 unique hits! Please follow the link to remedy this unacceptable situation, if you have not already … Continue reading

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  • 01/04/13--17:23: And the winner is…
  • The results of the Fourth Annual VWXYNot? Readers’ Choice Comment of the Year Award vote are IN! The winner is… (insert drumroll here) …BEAN-MOM! Congratulations Bean-Mom – please let me know to which email address you’d like me to send … Continue reading

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    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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  • 01/13/13--17:48: ZOMG HOCKEY POOL!!!
  • I honestly didn’t think we’d get any NHL hockey this year, but just like that I’m already double booked for the first Canucks game on Saturday and committed to three hockey pools*… …including this one! We’re using the CBC pool … Continue reading

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    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

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  • 01/27/13--15:51: Hockey Pool, week 1
  • Each scoring week in this year’s pool runs from Saturday to Friday, which I prefer to the usual Monday to Sunday – it’s much easier to find time to update the spreadsheet and post the results over the weekend than … Continue reading

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    Back in 2010, I wrote a blog post about how although my sister and I took very different career paths, we’ve ended up with similar kinds of job. I am sad to have to report that since then, we have … Continue reading

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  • 01/31/13--20:19: 99% Oblivious
  • One of the podcasts to which I subscribe is called 99% Invisible – “a tiny radio show about design, architecture & the 99% invisible activity that shapes our world.” Each episode covers an aspect of design that someone outside the … Continue reading

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  • 02/03/13--13:28: Hockey pool, week 2
  • I have to say, I’m really enjoying the return of the NHL – having games to watch on dark, rainy weeknights makes me very happy! The pool, however, is not going so well for me. Here are everyone’s points for … Continue reading

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    While browsing journal TOCs in my RSS reader earlier today, I realised that I seem to have subconsciously assigned human personalities to some of the journals I read most frequently. For example: Current Biology is an extrovert who enthusiastically dives into … Continue reading

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    I just posted the following on Facebook, and thought I’d share it here, too – the wider the news that this is a hoax is disseminated, the better for everyone. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I’ve seen a Facebook post about cancer circulating among … Continue reading

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  • 02/26/13--18:35: The tartle response
  • The Rock Paper Cynic comic titled “That Awkward Zombie Apocalypse Survival Moment When…” would soooo happen to me. I really am awful; I usually need to meet a new person at least two or three times, within a short period … Continue reading

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  • 02/28/13--07:48: 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!

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  • 03/09/13--12:39: Coach’s corner
  • I started writing this as part of a RBO Work Stuff post, but it got way too long so I’m making it into a stand-alone item. I’ll post the rest of the stuff tomorrow… probably… ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I’m taking a great … Continue reading

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  • 03/10/13--13:43: 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

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  • 03/20/13--08:11: Fight the Future
  • Last Saturday was my second time at Vancouver Change Camp and, just like the first time, it was a day full of very thought-provoking sessions about how ordinary people can change their world for the better. The last event took … Continue reading

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    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

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  • 03/27/13--16:53: Seems legit
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