So, I’ve been away for some time. About a month now. It’s all been a bit busy recently; I’ve come to the end of the third year of my PhD, which is the end of the experimental phase, and now pretty much all I have to do is analyse my data and write it up. Unfortunately, my third year was also my last, so I’ve got to do it in my spare time. Admittedly, I have lots of spare time seeing as I haven’t found myself a job yet, but it means I don’t really feel like I can spend time blogging when I’ve got other things that I should be doing. However, this attitude is one that has always killed my productivity. Even when I’m doing absolutely nothing – not work, not blogging, not reading, not playing games, not relaxing, nothing – if I have work to do, I feel like I should be doing it and I find it really hard to move on.
Seeing as I was spending the evening waiting for people twitter to mention something other than the Apprentice, I thought I’d blog instead. Firstly, I’m sorry it’s been a little while. You might not care, I don’t think I have some dedicated fanbase hanging on my every word, but I know it’s disappointing when a blogger stops posting without a word. Second, I’m going to promise to try and write /something/ every fortnight or so, even if it’s just more small posts. Finally, here are some links I’ve been storing for a Sunday links post. Enjoy.
SciCurious reviews the new book by Mary Roach (author of Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, and Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex): Packing for Mars, about life in space.
Scientopia is a science blogging network which grew out of the ScienceBlogs diaspora.
Science, how the hell does that work? Code for Life presents a video relating three different views.
Times Higher Education ponders whether science journalism has had it’s day, and what it could do to change.
What other monoliths do people think are broken? Science 2.0 asks “Can Wikipedia be fixed?”
I love cephalopod videos, and I love neuroscience videos. Cephalove unites the two with a link to the first of a series of videos of researchers including J. Z. Young and A. L. Hodgkin preparing a squid giant axon for electrophysiological study and demonstrating experimental techniques.