Saturday, March 04, 2006

BC on Science Episode 8: How to Win With Excel and Influence People, an Example of How Not to Do Science (mov)

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A brief look at how one can take a contiguous set of data and make trendlines to try and prove a point, even if the data doesn't support it.

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Google video enroute in a couple of days.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

BC on Autism Episode 7: Loopy Lupron, a Horrible Mistake or Something Worse?

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Saturday, February 04, 2006

Bartholomew Cubbins on Autism Episode 5: The Challenges of a Chelator (mov)

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Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Bartholomew Cubbins on Science Episode 3: What Not To Do During a Group Meeting (mov)

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A great example of what not to do during your group meeting presentation.

Here we have exhibit A, the last slide of graduate student Y's great data-heavy presentation. And then the fun started. Why, oh why, did he chose to do this. And more importantly, why didn't he run it by me before doing it? Oh, who am I kidding, I would have encouraged it. meh.

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Thursday, January 12, 2006

Wost PI?

What is the worst PI/lab head situation to find yourself?
The overly amorous PI.
The buddy PI.
The married-to-the-lab manager / superpostdoc PI.
The screaming / cussing PI.
The passive-aggressive PI.
The meek PI.
The idiot PI.
The big-talker PI.

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Monday, January 09, 2006

Logical Fallacies

For a great rundown on logical fallacies, check out Interverbal's blog detailing fallacies 1-23. Go to his main splash page for many more.

I'd bet a paycheck that most of us have committed one or more these at some point in the recent past. I'm sure I have and so I'll be keeping this close as a reminder.


Sunday, January 08, 2006

Bartholomew Cubbins on Science Episode 2: News Maximum Tree Height?

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Quick discussion of the topic. The fluffy factor is moderate because, well, it's a news piece. Complaints? Get in line with the others:

Bartholomew Cubbins on Science Episode 1: Narwhal News

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A quick rundown of an interesting piece of news: the tusk of the Narwhal, once thought to be used for jousting and breaking holes into the ice, is a cool sensor of salinity, temperature, and other unknown factors.