I'll start this one with a premise that I'll defend: treating social and societal conditions like a disease is a slippery slope and, more often than not, it should be avoided. This, and not social/political belief is the main reason I am not so fond of the idea of the CDC doing research on things like gun violence.
It's difficult to truly ascertain the importance of a postdoc position for a scientist's career. Ask a hundred folks and you'll get a hundred different stories. That's a long-winded way of saying, "take this with a huge grain of salt."
I started an Instagram account a while back. My aspirations are apparently a little different - I wanted a place to store some travel pictures and science stuff, both to indulge my creative urges, store some pleasant memories, and have a reference in hand when someone asked me for travel recommendations.
As a new instagrammer, I find it difficult to find real content that's not just advertisement/self-promotion garbage. I was shocked at the amount of people who appear to be trying to make money off Instagram and social media. I am constantly followed by accounts promoting a small business, promoting themselves, their club, promising to get me more followers, etc. When I don't follow them back, these people inevitably unfollow me and move on. Everyone is a seller who wants followers.
From the childhood cringe files.
Rarely do I return to where I grew up in Southeastern North Carolina, but the anniversary of my twentieth high school reunion has been bringing back memories of my time as a ward of the Onslow County Public School System. Some of these are good, but the one I want to write about today is just brutal, gutting stuff.
Science post today. Something soothing and relaxing, possibly to the point of lulling you to sleep. I'm going to share why the breakthrough technology of RNA Sequencing has basically ruined my life.
Another week, another school shooting. We can't get away from the media - there have been 50 shootings this year. 200 students have died. It's terrible. It's a gun issue, it's a mental health issue. Personal responsibility. Political blame. Blah blah blah.
I'm trying to work on creating more click-bait-friendly titles. So we all know the whole Democrat ideology/Republican ideology. Traditionally, they can be thought of as a rope that pulls us in two different directions, checking and balancing along the way. Implicit in this is the idea that one works while the other doesn't.
With the successful launch of the Falcon Heavy rocket to a (presumptive) Mars orbit, I found my thoughts going to the feasibility of space travel. Specifically, why we are massively limited in our ability to reach the stars. With our current technology, Mars may be about the limit of our reach. Why? Physics.
I think that, very soon, there's going to be an interesting opportunity to have a look at a fundamental human virtue. Based on a change in circumstance to tax law, of all things, it may be possible to catch a glimpse at just how charitable we are as a population.
Here's one of those things that no one ever tells you when you're young: retirement age may be 65, but not too many people in the professional world seem to get there these days. I'd argue that more people are tossed from their jobs, kicking and screaming than not.
Noah's Inner Monologue
Scribblings of a man who can barely operate an idiotproof website.