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Do one day at a time. If you can’t do a day at a time, do an hour at a time. If you can’t do an hour at a time, go minute by minute. If you can’t do minutes, do seconds. If you can’t do seconds, do moments. Do moments, all you have to do is moments. Just keep breathing.

What is it like to go dating for the first time?

In the video, I explore what it is like to go dating for the first time. With thanks to Kate Smurthwaite (who introduces me here and who taught me stand-up comedy), City Academy (through whom I took this course) and The Comedy Pub (where we performed). Thanks to my friends and family who attended and/or helped me to write the jokes. Most of all,...

Making it up as I go along

Until recently, I dreaded public speaking. Hated it, even. No-one told me, when I set out to become a scientist, that presenting my work in front of an audience would be expected. Being scheduled to give a talk, to immediate colleagues or to a conference audience, could ruin the day if not the entire conference. I still get anxious now, but I am not...

The New Awkward

WhatsApp. It’s like Twitter, but better curated. Blogging lends itself to the meta. Over the years, when I have been battered, bruised and even left bleeding from online exchanges, I think back to my abrupt and unintentional induction into science communication; to my first forays into blogging. I finger the battle scars I picked up during the Science...

Ten papers for ten years

Scientific paper clip-art Blogging Beyond is about ten years old now.  To celebrate, here are ten papers I like, in chronological order by publication date. Each is accompanied by a short justification for its inclusion in this list.  Ridge Regression: Biased estimation for nonorthogonal problems (1970) Technometrics Hoerl and Kennard [pdf] This...

Making real change happen

For those of my readers who are new to my writing, karibuni. Stay with me. The video is for the sake of nostalgia. I am going through a nostalgic phase at the moment. It has been a while since I blogged a conference report. I remember, for example, live blogging Cromer is so Bracing ‘09. The output of that meeting may not have been Real Change Happening...

Nostalgia

Erika, undergraduate edition, with a fellow student. I do love how I used to be as an undergraduate. During a clear out, I found an academic diary from the first year of my undergraduate studies. Diary from first year of undergraduate studies. In it, in the notes pages, in between a note about booking a coach travel ticket and a shopping list, is...

Commuting and communities

Biodiversity in StevenageStevenage, Hertfordshire Outpost of The Crick, closed Sundays after 1pm 80 Dartmouth Park Hill, London N19

Self promotion

Self-promotion via Bad Science Jokes I do find the trope that women do not self-promote tiresome. If I self-promote, does this mean that I am not a woman? It is not in my nature to do disco moves in a lab, but I do admit to having done some stuff. However, when I talk about the stuff I have done, this does not always seem to go down so well. I...

Father’s Day

One of the few issues on which my parents both took the same, apparently unwavering and absolute position was that of the sanctity of the secret ballot. Vote, my father said. No vote, no voice, he said. People died for your right to vote, he said. If you don’t vote, he said, don’t complain. Imagine my shock, then, during the 1997 United Kingdom General...

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