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Happy War Day Tuesday Morning!

Tuesday is, of course, names for Tiw or Tyr, the Germanic god of war and justice and letting a wolf bite you. It is a foggy day on the gulf, like most days. Which is better than being baked by the morning sun but people who drive to work may beg to differ. How are y’all?

Wake Up on the First DLST Monday!

Morning thread did not go up, so I decided to post. Got so much to do today and my work computer is updating. >:(

Wednesday Morning Kinja'd Wednesday Morning Kinja'd

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Want to Feel Bad and Go Nowhere? Have We Got a Post-Doc for You!

A brief summary of all the post-doc emails I get at my job with unspoken subtext spelled out...

Starting Job Tomorrow (or continuing experiment, who knows?)

I finally got cleared to start work and am starting tomorrow.

I Am Pleased I Am Pleased

Okay, it is happening. Yay!

The Problem With Prison Reform Advocates: They Have No Idea What They Are Doing The Problem With Prison Reform Advocates: They Have No Idea What They Are Doing

This is in response to... a lot of stuff I have seen.

Agreeableness, Income and How Much of the Popular Press Missed the Point Entirely

TL;DR: men can get away with and benefit from being less agreeable. Women who are not agreeable get screwed over.

Second Place Wins! A Demonstration of Arrow's Impossibility Theorm

In Burlington, Vermont there was a direct election. The election did not use electors: candidates were directly elected. Who wins? Why, the person who got less votes than the plurality candidate and was less popular head to head than other candidates. How does this happen?

Diatom Oozes: The Most Amazing Fossil Record in Existence Diatom Oozes: The Most Amazing Fossil Record in Existence

This is the kind of nerdy thing I spend time reading about.

When You Want to Relax in Sweat Pants

This is the best Twitter thread I have read in a long time.

Plot Twist: The Most Messed Up Law Enforcement Story You Have Read in a Long Time

I am not easy to phase with misbehavior by law enforcement. My normal reaction is “yep, doesn’t surprise me.” The author warned that no matter how messed up you think this story will be, it is worse. He was right.

What Snacks to Get?

There is a lack of proper snack food at my parent’s place. However, if I got more I would not finish it before I leave. It cannot aggravate allergies and my father should be able to snack, too. So... I need snacks that are non-dairy, no wheat, corn or rice and someone with the use of only one hand can easily eat. They…

Why It Is the Fundamental Duty of an Expert to Explain in Terms the Audience Understands Why It Is the Fundamental Duty of an Expert to Explain in Terms the Audience Understands

There is a fundamental problem in talking with an expert. They know a lot more than you do, even if they are incorrect. However, sometimes they are correct even if they seem very wrong because you need a deeper level of knowledge to understand why something is correct or incorrect. It makes communication much more…

Amateurs Succeed Where Professionals Fear to Tread

One of the most interesting episodes of This American Life aired originally in February of 2015. The title is Amateur Hour. The description:

The Psychology Industry and Respectable Quackery The Psychology Industry and Respectable Quackery

When I gave a summary of my research in neuroscience to a panel of faculty, I was jumped on twice even though I said nothing they disagreed with. One was about antidepressant efficacy and paradoxical effects, but that is not the subject of this post. The other was about various kinds of talk therapy and depression.…

Slip Sheets: Or How I Learned to Hate the Industrial Strength Spatula Slip Sheets: Or How I Learned to Hate the Industrial Strength Spatula

I thought about writing this and this is the last chance I will get. Some companies want to save space or are cheap, so they don’t use pallets. Instead, they turn forklifts into spatulas and load up the truck with product that doesn’t fit into your warehouse.

The Best Gift Was the Grinchiest

Sometimes progress cannot occur until someone dies. That is our take home lesson. Here is how it happened on the maternal side of my family...

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