Monthly Archive: March 2011

Mar 27 2011

Fusilli Carbonara


Ingredients: one pound fusilli quarter pound pancetta three tbsp grated parmagiano reggiano one tbsp grated pecorino romano four egg yolks one tbsp finely chopped flat-leaf parsley salt and pepper splash of extra virgin olive oil two tbsp butter third of cup dry white wine splash of corenwijn Cut off as much of the pure fat …

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Mar 26 2011

Cheese Bubbles


Mar 26 2011


There is a restaurant in Wisconsin called The Broccoli Cheese Soup Hut.

Mar 26 2011


Why do my favorite cheeses always have little teeny bubbles in them?

Mar 26 2011

Imagination, Creativity, and Grantsmanship

Whenever I get the NIH Guide, I swear half the fucken FOAs my first reaction is all like, “Shitte. I could apply for that motherfucker.” I think this is the mindset that the people lack who are all like “If this one R01 application I submitted doesn’t get funded by the first resubmission, my career …

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Mar 25 2011

NIH Weighs In On Delusional Extramural Whining

NIH officials Sally Rockey and Larry Tabak have weighed in on the delusional hullabaloo surrounding the wise decision to do away with so-called A2s, second grant resubmissions, and to only allow a single resubmission of a particular grant application. For a recap of what we are talking about, see this previous post. Rockey and Tabak …

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Mar 21 2011

Humanities Presentations

I have heard that in some humanities disciplines, a seminar or conference presentation is generally some asshole standing up in front of the room and literally reading one of their published papers out loud. Is this true?

Mar 20 2011

Gorgonzola Tomato Fusilli


Ingredients: one pound pasta one eighth pound pancetta (diced small) one half onion (diced small) one can diced san marzano tomatoes one fucken tablespoon san marzano tomato paste salt olive oil red pepper flakes corenwijn one quarter pound gorgonzola dolce Sautee pancetta in a splash of olive oil until the fat has rendered out and …

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Mar 13 2011

Grantsmanship Is A Stochastic Process

The unpredictability of grant review is exactly why you need to have multiple grant applications in the system all the time, targeting different study sections for review. Seeing young investigators moaning and groaning on the Internet about the fate of “my R01 application” is heartbreaking, because it is so foolish. And anyone who complains that …

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Mar 12 2011

Fusilli Bolognese


Ingredients: extra virgin olive oil 2 tbsp butter 2 tbsp finely chopped onion 2 tbsp finely chopped celery 2 tbsp finely chopped carrot 5 cloves garlic, finely chopped 3/4 pound ground veal 1 cup full-bodied white Italian wine 1/2 cup whole milk 2 cups canned chopped tomatoes with juice 1/2 cup grated parmigiano reggiano 1 …

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