Category Archive: nerdy

Aug 13 2012

Geek Girl Con was a blast


This is only the second year for the completely volunteer-run Geek Girl Con, and I had a great time. There’s something liberating about going to a geeky con that recognizes your existence in its programming and its demographics. It actually feels strange for me to walk around a geeky con being part of the majority …

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Jun 16 2012

Microbiology haikus

Commenter VeritasKnight requested a post full of haikus; Joe McKen asked for them to be microbiology themed. Peptidoglycan damn you, I am positive You blue my cover It was chilling there Before genomes went mainstream The retrovirus S. cerevisiae The brewer, not the screwer Fuck C. albicans Ten percent human The rest, essential strangers Am I …

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Jun 16 2012

Nerds go waaaaaay back

Sometimes I wonder what ancient people used for birth control. I have my answer now that I’ve put two pieces of evidence together. This SMBC comic: And this auction for a Roman 20-sided gaming die from 2nd century AD: This is post 31 of 49 of Blogathon. Donate to the Secular Student Alliance here.

Dec 15 2011

A lesson in botany

Friend: “Flowers are basically a place where insects go to masturbate.” Typical Thursday night.

Sep 27 2011

Do this now, OkCupid

Chart of kinkiness vs. experience with clustered data points

One of my favorite blogs is OkTrends (even if they haven’t updated since April, sadface). What’s better than combing dating site data for statistical trends an oddities? All of their articles are super interesting. I was having lunch with some of my fellow graduate students, when the conversation turned geeky (as it tends to do). …

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Jul 27 2011

Answers to the critical thinking puzzles

Many of you took a shot at answering the critical thinking puzzles I posted during Blogathon. Now it’s time for the answers! And because I’m lazy, I’m just going to copy and paste the explanations given by some of you guys! Question 1: In front of you are four cards. You know that each card …

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Jun 30 2011

Why biologists shouldn’t be poets

Three Ninjas: what is it that proteins do?Three Ninjas: they react w/ enzymes or something?Three Ninjas: and proteins need to folded in a very specific way to interact with the right enzyme?Three Ninjas: or…am i all mixed up?Me: enzymes are proteinsThree Ninjas: ohMe: Proteins do…everythingThree Ninjas: but if two people are an amazingly good fit …

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Mar 29 2011

I know what I’m doing in 4.5 years

You and your committee may be the only people who read your PhD dissertation (well, if you’re lucky) – but you can still enjoy is aesthetically:From Street Anatomy: A long-time Street Anatomy fan and soon-to-be doctor, Stephen, recently sent in this image of an anatomical heart made up entirely of the words from his dissertation. …

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Mar 27 2011

Blag Hag 2011 Census Results Pt. 2

And now for the questions about atheism and blogging! As always, click the images for bigger versions.Last year men used the terms “skeptic,” “freethinker,” and “anti-theist” more often than women. This year “anti-theist” is still used more, but “skeptic” and “freethinker” are not significantly different. However, “atheist” and “infidel” were used less by women now. …

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Mar 27 2011

Blag Hag 2011 Census Results Pt. 1

A big thanks to everyone who participated in the Blag Hag 2011 Census – a whopping 2167 readers filled out the survey! That’s almost 5 times as much as last year, and means the data will be even more robust. But remember – this data doesn’t necessarily represent atheists as a whole, but rather people …

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