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    long chains of passes were rare it is hardly surprising so few goals resulted from them And he doesn t let it go there Reep himself claimed that only two goals out of nine came from moves which included more than three received passes so seven out of nine 77 8 per cent came from moves of three or fewer If as those figures suggest roughly 80 percent of goals result from moves of three received passes or fewer but 91 5 percent of moves consist of three received passes or fewer then it surely follows that moves of three passes or fewer are less effective than those of four or more Anti intellectualism is one thing but faith in wrong headed pseudo intellectualism is far worse Ex ACT ly I found myself singing when I read this Wilson s writing makes me think of Carl Sagan s comment that It does no harm to the romance of the sunset to know a little about it And knowing more as I do now about football it only means I am awaiting Barnet and the start of pre season on Saturday even more eagerly than I was before I am only sad that I am now on the other side of the Atlantic and so will miss out on the company of my fellow fans who are among the best people I ever met 5 Comments add yours Bill s adventures in Wonderland July 12th 2010 by Jenny in Uncategorized Exhibiting a scientist s flair for multitasking at his leaving do Our very own Bill has gone off on a great adventure choosing to become a new professor in an uber prestigious American university over a more familiar one here in London We are all absurdly proud of him wish him well and hope that once he settles into his strange new environment he will report back with his usual insight The change makes me think yet again about the differences between doing science in America versus Europe the UK It s been nearly 14 years since I left Seattle to become a scientist in London I have been here so long that I only have vague memories of what it used to be like when constant 80 hour weeks were the done thing The lab turbo gunner phenotype turns out to have strong environmental components for better or worse my lab work ethic is now firmly aligned with what people here would call the Continental mode and what the professors where I did my PhD would call slacker mode Bill recently sent me a glowing review of the novel Intuition by Allegra Goodman for publication on LabLit com although in an email aside said he had been disappointed by the author s portrayal of the scientists as working all through the night and subsisting on vending machine snacks which he found stereotypical This makes me slightly nervous for the university where Bill has just hung his hat is renowned amongst American scientists for precisely that mentality My hope is that this behavior is more expected of the students and post docs than of the lab heads 3 Comments add yours 300 July 2nd 2010 by rpg in Comics Today we have the first of several comics from regular LabLit author Nik Papageorgiou taking a humorous look at his PhD and thesis experiences I m assured they re only semi autobiographical Comments Off on 300 Are journals too pedantic about English July 1st 2010 by Jenny in Uncategorized Our lab just received the galley proofs for a long awaited paper and as one of the authors I ve been asked to help check them for typos and minor editorial changes In reading the list of queries from the editor I was surprised by the following comment We try to avoid the use of novel in titles The gene has always existed so not novel in the true sense of the word I m not sure how I feel about this Yes technically the editor is correct But the word novel when applied to a gene is universally understood to mean heretofore unappreciated in this process and is a hell of a lot shorter One of my colleagues said that practically speaking you wouldn t be able to publish anything if it wasn t novel so in fact the adjective might be a bit superfluous in the title anyway I don t know It just seemed a bit picky Comments Off on Are journals too pedantic about English Sweet Junes past and present June 24th 2010 by Jenny in Uncategorized Summer has finally descended upon London The undergraduates have disbanded so canteen queues are short and only post grads lounge on the quad Weekly lab meetings and seminars are often canceled due to key people being out of town Out the lab window plane trees toss their heads in warm gusty breezes the sun shines against hazy lavender blue and the smell of cut grass recalls a thousand June afternoons back home in Ohio being stuck in a classroom with only a few interminable days separating me from a seemingly infinite summer vacation To a child three months is like three years It is hard to ignore the pull of June as I sit at my computer crunching data or in the air conditioned chill of the laboratory pipetting fluids and setting up reactions The only thing that keeps me sane is that when I finally get home the twilight seems to linger forever even long after sunset all of London is aglow and the moon shines silver through the trees Comments Off on Sweet Junes past and present Twin attacks on rationality June 8th 2010 by Bill in Uncategorized What in the name of Darwin s arse is THIS Two letters to the guardian the first spewing a pile of garbage which manages to somehow combine eccentric views on climate change MMR and swine flu into a melange of utter know

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  • I need to get out more
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  • “And little fleas have lesser fleas, and so ad infinitum…”
    Ziegler Summer reading LabLit com will be ten years old on 7 March 2015 Lab Twitterati Links LabLit home Categories Comics Drugs Essays Fiction Films Guest post Lab LabLit Meta Podcasts Reviews Students Uncategorized Video Wide world Archives Archives Select Month March 2016 1 January 2016 2 December 2015 1 October 2015 1 June 2015 1 February 2015 2 January 2015 1 December 2014 1 October 2014 1 September 2014 1 June 2014 1 April 2014 1 March 2014 2 February 2014 1 January 2014 2 December 2013 1 November 2013 1 October 2013 1 September 2013 2 August 2013 1 July 2013 1 April 2013 1 January 2013 1 December 2012 3 July 2012 1 May 2012 1 March 2012 1 January 2012 1 November 2011 1 October 2011 1 September 2011 1 August 2011 1 July 2011 1 June 2011 2 May 2011 4 April 2011 2 March 2011 2 February 2011 3 January 2011 1 December 2010 2 November 2010 3 October 2010 2 September 2010 3 August 2010 14 July 2010 6 June 2010 4 May 2010 6 April 2010 5 March 2010 3 February 2010 3 January 2010 6 December 2009 5 November 2009 5 October 2009 10 September 2009 14 August 2009 8 Admin Log in Entries RSS Comments RSS WordPress org And little fleas have lesser fleas and so ad infinitum January 18th 2010 by Jenny in Uncategorized My yeast collaborators inform me that they ve got a pesky incursion of Saccharomyces cerevisiae in their Schizosaccharomyces pombe cultures I thought these simple model organism people had their acts together Sort it out guys You promised me 4 transgenic lines and a stonking phenotype in less than a week 4 Comments rpg 1 Comment permalink January 18th 2010 at 21 25 Yeah If they

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  • Idyll’s end
    CP Snow LabLit chats with Anna Ziegler Summer reading LabLit com will be ten years old on 7 March 2015 Lab Twitterati Links LabLit home Categories Comics Drugs Essays Fiction Films Guest post Lab LabLit Meta Podcasts Reviews Students Uncategorized Video Wide world Archives Archives Select Month March 2016 1 January 2016 2 December 2015 1 October 2015 1 June 2015 1 February 2015 2 January 2015 1 December 2014 1 October 2014 1 September 2014 1 June 2014 1 April 2014 1 March 2014 2 February 2014 1 January 2014 2 December 2013 1 November 2013 1 October 2013 1 September 2013 2 August 2013 1 July 2013 1 April 2013 1 January 2013 1 December 2012 3 July 2012 1 May 2012 1 March 2012 1 January 2012 1 November 2011 1 October 2011 1 September 2011 1 August 2011 1 July 2011 1 June 2011 2 May 2011 4 April 2011 2 March 2011 2 February 2011 3 January 2011 1 December 2010 2 November 2010 3 October 2010 2 September 2010 3 August 2010 14 July 2010 6 June 2010 4 May 2010 6 April 2010 5 March 2010 3 February 2010 3 January 2010 6 December 2009 5 November 2009 5 October 2009 10 September 2009 14 August 2009 8 Admin Log in Entries RSS Comments RSS WordPress org Idyll s end January 11th 2010 by Jenny in Uncategorized It s been a slow start at our institute bouncing back from the Christmas break A lot of people have been on holiday though the first few weeks of January so the labs have been relatively depopulated and serene The seminar series hasn t started yet and the campus has been largely undergraduate free glistening under snow and ice in solitary splendor Not much on the

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  • Thank God for the Maillard reaction
    LabLit home Categories Comics Drugs Essays Fiction Films Guest post Lab LabLit Meta Podcasts Reviews Students Uncategorized Video Wide world Archives Archives Select Month March 2016 1 January 2016 2 December 2015 1 October 2015 1 June 2015 1 February 2015 2 January 2015 1 December 2014 1 October 2014 1 September 2014 1 June 2014 1 April 2014 1 March 2014 2 February 2014 1 January 2014 2 December 2013 1 November 2013 1 October 2013 1 September 2013 2 August 2013 1 July 2013 1 April 2013 1 January 2013 1 December 2012 3 July 2012 1 May 2012 1 March 2012 1 January 2012 1 November 2011 1 October 2011 1 September 2011 1 August 2011 1 July 2011 1 June 2011 2 May 2011 4 April 2011 2 March 2011 2 February 2011 3 January 2011 1 December 2010 2 November 2010 3 October 2010 2 September 2010 3 August 2010 14 July 2010 6 June 2010 4 May 2010 6 April 2010 5 March 2010 3 February 2010 3 January 2010 6 December 2009 5 November 2009 5 October 2009 10 September 2009 14 August 2009 8 Admin Log in Entries RSS Comments RSS WordPress

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  • Absent cats and Christmas – a deadly combination
    Podcasts Reviews Students Uncategorized Video Wide world Archives Archives Select Month March 2016 1 January 2016 2 December 2015 1 October 2015 1 June 2015 1 February 2015 2 January 2015 1 December 2014 1 October 2014 1 September 2014 1 June 2014 1 April 2014 1 March 2014 2 February 2014 1 January 2014 2 December 2013 1 November 2013 1 October 2013 1 September 2013 2 August 2013 1 July 2013 1 April 2013 1 January 2013 1 December 2012 3 July 2012 1 May 2012 1 March 2012 1 January 2012 1 November 2011 1 October 2011 1 September 2011 1 August 2011 1 July 2011 1 June 2011 2 May 2011 4 April 2011 2 March 2011 2 February 2011 3 January 2011 1 December 2010 2 November 2010 3 October 2010 2 September 2010 3 August 2010 14 July 2010 6 June 2010 4 May 2010 6 April 2010 5 March 2010 3 February 2010 3 January 2010 6 December 2009 5 November 2009 5 October 2009 10 September 2009 14 August 2009 8 Admin Log in Entries RSS Comments RSS WordPress org Absent cats and Christmas a deadly combination December 17th 2009 by Jenny

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  • When the cat’s away
    Lab Twitterati Links LabLit home Categories Comics Drugs Essays Fiction Films Guest post Lab LabLit Meta Podcasts Reviews Students Uncategorized Video Wide world Archives Archives Select Month March 2016 1 January 2016 2 December 2015 1 October 2015 1 June 2015 1 February 2015 2 January 2015 1 December 2014 1 October 2014 1 September 2014 1 June 2014 1 April 2014 1 March 2014 2 February 2014 1 January 2014 2 December 2013 1 November 2013 1 October 2013 1 September 2013 2 August 2013 1 July 2013 1 April 2013 1 January 2013 1 December 2012 3 July 2012 1 May 2012 1 March 2012 1 January 2012 1 November 2011 1 October 2011 1 September 2011 1 August 2011 1 July 2011 1 June 2011 2 May 2011 4 April 2011 2 March 2011 2 February 2011 3 January 2011 1 December 2010 2 November 2010 3 October 2010 2 September 2010 3 August 2010 14 July 2010 6 June 2010 4 May 2010 6 April 2010 5 March 2010 3 February 2010 3 January 2010 6 December 2009 5 November 2009 5 October 2009 10 September 2009 14 August 2009 8 Admin Log in Entries RSS Comments RSS WordPress org When the cat s away December 9th 2009 by Jenny in Uncategorized It doesn t matter how egalitarian a lab head is how un pushy how understanding how sympathetic It doesn t matter that he would never dare cast aspersions when you come in late or leave early Never mind that you hardly see him at all when he s around and that the amount of email correspondence remains just as steady now that he s away And forget that you are entirely self motivated as a scientist and nobody could possibly put as much pressure

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  • Sugar lows and mathematics don’t mix
    Snow LabLit chats with Anna Ziegler Summer reading LabLit com will be ten years old on 7 March 2015 Lab Twitterati Links LabLit home Categories Comics Drugs Essays Fiction Films Guest post Lab LabLit Meta Podcasts Reviews Students Uncategorized Video Wide world Archives Archives Select Month March 2016 1 January 2016 2 December 2015 1 October 2015 1 June 2015 1 February 2015 2 January 2015 1 December 2014 1 October 2014 1 September 2014 1 June 2014 1 April 2014 1 March 2014 2 February 2014 1 January 2014 2 December 2013 1 November 2013 1 October 2013 1 September 2013 2 August 2013 1 July 2013 1 April 2013 1 January 2013 1 December 2012 3 July 2012 1 May 2012 1 March 2012 1 January 2012 1 November 2011 1 October 2011 1 September 2011 1 August 2011 1 July 2011 1 June 2011 2 May 2011 4 April 2011 2 March 2011 2 February 2011 3 January 2011 1 December 2010 2 November 2010 3 October 2010 2 September 2010 3 August 2010 14 July 2010 6 June 2010 4 May 2010 6 April 2010 5 March 2010 3 February 2010 3 January 2010 6 December 2009 5 November 2009 5 October 2009 10 September 2009 14 August 2009 8 Admin Log in Entries RSS Comments RSS WordPress org Sugar lows and mathematics don t mix December 2nd 2009 by Jenny in Uncategorized What sort of a person designs a lab protocol so that liquid chemicals are reported in moles The recipe could have just told me how many milliliters of beta mercaptoethanol I needed to add to my buffer But oh no that would be too easy So much more satisfying to tell me how many moles I need thus requiring me to look up

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