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Coming up: a week as @realscientists

I'm back, with a big announcement: next week I'll be curating the @realscientists Twitter account!

@realscientists is a rotating-curator account, which means that every week, a different person takes over the account to post about their work and life and anything else of interest to Twitter. Some weeks they have a traditional academic scientist posting. Other times it's a journalist, author, policy maker, an industry scientist, or anyone else who is involved with science.

Tweeting for @realscientists is kind of a big deal: the account has more than 35 thousand followers! I've wanted to do this for a couple years, though I didn't apply until just recently... for reasons that seem kind of silly now. As luck would have it, the original curator for next week had to cancel, so I get to step in at the last minute. Props to the Real Scientists mods for getting everything ready in about 3 days.

I'm really glad I got the chance to do this before leaving China. As far as I can tell, there's never been a Real Scientists curator from China before — probably not surprising, since Twitter is blocked by the national firewall. It'll be a chance to share a sector of science (and life) that most people don't get to see. So go follow @realscientists and join me on Twitter this coming week!



I'm having a little too much fun with my newly-discovered ability to embed Twitter widgets. Enjoy these scientific twists on popular movie titles.


Maybe this blogging thing isn't working so well after all

I haven't posted anything in a month. Not that it matters, since nobody really reads this, but in case you're looking back at my archives from 5 years in the future and wondering why I haven't posted anything in a month... I've been busy. Writing long involved posts takes more time than I have in the middle of a busy semester of grad school.

What I've actually noticed is that I tend to make Facebook status updates frequently. Or, well, at least there are little snippets of things that would work well as Facebook status updates, but I wind up not posting them because they're boring, and besides, that's what Twitter is for. Maybe I should have joined Twitter. Hmm... now what if I had my own Twitter? Well, hopefully at some point soon I will. I'm rewriting my website yet again, and this time I'm making a few key improvements: (1) it works (2) it looks better (3) no outdated content (4) probably microblogging, and it should — no, will, because I've done it and I know that it works — be easier to add more cool features in the future.