Wowee I have been so super busy since my last update. More details on that in a bit, but first I have a neat announcement!
A couple weeks ago it my editor over at GeeksAreSexy.net (for whom I freelance occasionally) asked me if I wanted to do an interview with Discovery. I was surprised at first that they would even know we existed, but it turns out that all of our sciencey stories over the last year have come to the attention of one of their podcasts.
The Discovery News Friday Feedbag podcast takes a few science stories each week and discusses them in a casual atmosphere. They have a growing listener base and one of those loyal listeners forwarded our site to them. Last Thursday (after quite a bit of planning and then snow and then more planning) I chatted with them via telephone on the show. It was an incredibly fun experience and I’m glad that new media gives me a chance to share it with all of YOU.
Here’s the link to the podcast’s episode page….or if you don’t want to subscribe on iTunes, copy the link below into your browser URL bar to get the MP3 file. I’m about 1 minute into the file.
Aside from being famous on the internet I’ve mostly been hard at work in grad school. I have gotten a little closer to understanding my research project and ran my first successful PCR (which I got right on the first try). If you don’t know what that is, just think of it as a complex chemical reaction which occasionally decides it’s not going to work at all!
Classes have been pretty interesting this semester, as they are significantly more microbially centered. I’m really enjoying Microbial Pathogenesis, despite it’s 8AM meeting time.
On Friday I saw a talk by Dr. Robert Gallo, co-discoverer of HIV. While I already knew the story of the virus pretty well, I was impressed by how amusing some of his personal stories were.
Lastly I’ve been helping out with new grad student recruitment and look forward to meeting the second batch of applicants next week.
If you see me wearing my tacky internet-related shirts here and there, you might have seen a green one with “Epic Fu” on the front and wondered what that was. Well it’s one of my favorite podcasts and after being acquired by Revision3, they looked like they were on the fast track to internet fame. Unfortunately Rev3 got into some financial trouble (like all businesses did at the time) shortly there after and Epic Fu was cut from the line-up.
Well after a fairly long hiatus, “the Fu” looks like it’s back on track, with two new episodes just released on their feed. Here’s a look at their “we’re back” posting!
The last few weeks or so have been all over the place! Here are some nifty things I’ve been up to recently:
My Twitter follower count went over 500 for the first time! Half way to 1000, right?
I went up to Beltsville, MD (north of College Park) and had an epic pirate party with my new roommates and a bunch of other grad students. I was going to take video and pictures but there was never a really good time to do it. This picture will have to console you [taken by Sergey Sulima]:
Following the party train…I’ve been to two clubs in Richmond so far and might wind up going to 3 before the summer is over. Basically I’ve done more partying this summer than I did my entire time as an undergrad.
Twitter Dog triumphs! Since two of my future roommates were already on Twitter (@deutschbagette and @punkpostmodern), we decided to create a Twitter account for Eva the German Shepherd (now @evabrowndog) who lives there in hopes that roommate #3 might feel more pressure to tweet. Happily, we suceeded (@jbriank)!
On top of all the awesome things above, I’ve just gotten all my new tech toys at once. My laptop, wireless printer, and iPhone 3GS are all in my hot little hands now and I can feel the power all around me! Suddenly page are loading at a reasonable speed and my calls are audible (my old iPhone’s speaker was dying)! The best part about this new laptop is the built-in webcam and mic, which I plan to use in posting daily updates (or at least semi-daily) to the web.
That’s about it for me. Hope the week goes well for you!