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March 26th, 2009
12:48 pm

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Once upon a time, livejournal used to be really great for keeping in touch with my friends. Most of the people I cared about that I didn't see every day used to be on my friends list, and we would all post interesting things about our lives and then have interesting conversations in the comments. These days, most of the people I'm interested in following never even had livejournals, and those who do only post very rarely. Facebook has some usefulness for certain kinds of communication, but really doesn't form a community the way livejournal used to. Twitter seems to have potential, but a glance at my friends page shows that the way people actually use it is horrible, and four out of five tweets are totally uninteresting to me.

Well, I don't know. Maybe I'll come up with a solution. In the meantime, if you need me, I'll be in my lab doing science.

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February 13th, 2009
10:30 am

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Last year, I lost a girl to med school. This week, I lost a violinist to med school.

Med school and I are not friends.

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09:00 am

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Another song is posted.

I'd like to try to get higher-quality audio recordings of these things, by laying down instrumental and vocal tracks separately, adding vocal harmony, &c ... but I can't decide whether to focus on recording new videos or making audio recordings. Any opinions?

Also, for those of you who know the rest of my songs, any requests for what you want to see next?

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February 5th, 2009
10:24 pm

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http://www.youtube.com/lessersounds

Tell your friends.

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December 12th, 2008
12:00 pm

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I have just arranged to join Shamil Sunyaev's lab for a rotation in January. In a few weeks I will have more information about what project I will be working on.

Relatedly: some of you may remember that last summer I spent some time trying to calculate my Erdös Number. I have finally come up with a number, which is 8. The path goes:

  1. Erik Zuiderweg
  2. Gerhard Wagner
  3. Eirik Flekkøy
  4. Gianni de Fabritiis
  5. Francesco Mainardi
  6. Hari Srivastava
  7. Joel Brenner
  8. Paul Erdös

Shamil Sunyaev, though, has an Erdös number of only 3, through Eugene Koonin and Lazlo Szekely. So if I publish with him, my Erdös number would be cut in half.

You know, one must be concerned about these things.

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December 8th, 2008
09:54 am

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This is a little (okay, a lot) overdue, but hey, I published a paper last year! As first author! Here's the cite, if anyone's interested:

Jordan, DM, KM Mills, I Andricioaei, A Bhattacharya, K Palmo, ERP Zuiderweg, "Parameterization of peptide 13C carbonyl chemical shielding anisotropy in Molecular Dynamics simulations." ChemPhysChem 8 (9) 1375-1385 (2007).

doi:10.1002/cphc.200700003

It currently has 3 citations, giving me an h-index of 1.

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November 16th, 2008
10:26 am

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In actual news: Either I've gotten worse at school since college, or school has gotten harder.  Probably a little of each, combined with the fact that I've lost the knack of caring about my classes.  Joining a lab might make me feel less like a waste of space and taxpayer money.  I've currently got two or three names on my list for my first rotation.  These two also do really cool research, but might not be the best places to work.  Maybe I'll join a lab when I come back from Thanksgiving.

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12:23 am

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 If I could have any woman in the world, my first choice would probably be Vienna Teng.  The rest of the list varies from day to day, but numbers two and three are currently the crown princess of Sweden and Freema Agyeman, not necessarily in that order.  My plans for meeting these women involve (respectively) becoming a successful singer-songwriter, winning the Nobel Prize, and, I don't know, wishing really hard.

I don't really have anything resembling a point.  Wish me luck, I guess?

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November 6th, 2008
03:11 pm

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 Interesting side note about the election: the statehood party in Puerto Rico (called the Partido Nuevo Progresista or New Progressive Party) appears to have won the governorship, the non-voting seat in the House, and a massive majority in the commonwealth legislature.  Could we have a 51st state in a few years?

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October 25th, 2008
11:47 am

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"This is a matter of how we prioritize the money that we spend. We've got a three trillion dollar budget, and Congress spends some 18 billion dollars a year on earmarks for political pet projects. That's more than the shortfall to fully fund the IDEA. And where does a lot of that earmark money end up? It goes to projects having little or nothing to do with the public good -- things like fruit fly research in Paris, France, or a public policy center named for the guy who got the earmark. In our administration, we're going to reform and refocus. We're going to get our federal priorities straight, and fulfill our country's commitment to give every child opportunity and hope in life. 

"For many parents of children with disabilities, the most valuable thing of all is information. Early identification of a cognitive or other disorder, especially autism, can make a life-changing difference. That's why we're going to strengthen NIH. We're going to work on long-term cures, and in the short-term, we're going to work on giving these families better information."

- Sarah Palin (emphasis mine).  And yes, these two paragraphs were consecutive.

So, Palin wants to cut fundamental research in developmental biology while searching for cures for developmental disorders.  Interesting.

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