I know I’ve been quiet lately, with posts coming irregularly and posts that require much thought even more rarely. This is largely due to the fact that I started a new job in January, and my schedule is not as flexible as it once was. I’m also an employee of the federal government now, and as such subject to restrictions on my political activities. Fierce Roller has always been pretty light on the political content, but I have occasionally written about politics. I want to retain the freedom to do so, so I think it’s prudent to keep my blogging activities entirely separate from my job.
For that reason, I’ll reiterate a bit of what is already on my “About Me” page:
This is my personal blog, and nothing I write here should be assumed to represent the views of my employer, graduate and postdoc advisors, lab members, or anyone else not pictured above.
That has been there since I started blogging; the only thing that has changed is my employer. I’m also careful to never blog on government time or using government equipment.
In the past, my blogging activities have occasionally sparked blowback, for example insinuations that I did represent the federal government and thinly-veiled legal threats sent to my employer. For now, I intend to keep blogging, albeit at a reduced rate, and I’m sure that what I write will annoy some people, so I’ll be explicit: postings on this site are my own and do not necessarily represent the positions, strategies, or opinions of the Georgia Institute of Technology or the National Science Foundation. If you don’t like what I say, you can take it up with me in the comments. I have (still) never blocked anyone for disagreeing with me.