Archive for June, 2011

Invasive species – making the best of a bad situation

Thus they made a covenant at Beersheba. So Abimelech rose with Phichol, the commander of his army, and they returned to the land of the Philistines. Then Abraham planted a tamarisk tree in Beersheba, and there called on the name of the LORD, the Everlasting God. And Abraham stayed in the land of the Philistines […]

Take my money – or not

I had a netflix subscription, but then I switched to linux – and netflix doesn’t work on linux because of crappy DRM stuff. I thought about getting an Amazon Prime subscription, but the instant video selection is beyond terrible. I signed up for Hulu Plus, but I’ll have to cancel my subscription once I move […]

Send me to the Ecological Society of America meeting!

By August, I’m usually more than a little frustrated with my research and feeling overwhelmed. But then I go to the annual Ecological Society of America meeting. I leave brimming with ideas and renewed excitement and motivation. ESA is awesome… I love hearing about the latest research in my particular subfield, and I’m inspired by research seemingly […]

How to elect Michele Bachmann

Why a respectful tone in political discussions is really, really important: Bachmann claimed that back in her college days, she was up one night praying with a female friend of hers when “the Lord gave each one of us the same, exact vision… It was a picture of me, marrying this man, in the valley […]

Plans and headaches – self pity edition

From Chocolate & Vicodin: My Quest for Relief from the Headache that Wouldn’t Go Away by Jennette Fulda: One Friday I was driving home from work, thinking about my headache as I always did, when I passed a theater marquee that said the band Stars was playing that night. I smiled quickly at the the […]

Where are the other queer ecologists?

Being a queer scientist in the world of academia is a lot easier than being queer at my old tech support job or in the rural south where I grew up. By and large, the scientists around me are kind and accepting. Most scientists care a lot more about my statistics and ideas than they […]