I am very impressed with the level of work you put into this. This was amazing, and had the side-effect of tuning me into PubPeer now. I have to ask - what do you do that you have the time for such a huge undertaking? That slide show research was amazing, and I know you must have spent days (at least) specifically… » 1/18/15 11:43am 1/18/15 11:43am

When my son was a toddler, he had a couple of rubbery fish. One day he decided to hit me in the face with one. In one of my proudest moments in parenting, I did not yell at him or take his fish away, but immediately sat him down with me to watch the fish-slapping skit. His expression was one of nonplussed amusement… » 1/16/15 10:51am 1/16/15 10:51am

I would sincerely like posting privileges, which I am unlikely to abuse because I am not a prolific poster. I would probably write original posts more if I had more than six followers, of which three seem to have not been around in months. I am very interested in the intersection of science and society, so here are… » 1/12/15 2:11pm 1/12/15 2:11pm

Forgery. I didn't really rebel against my parents, but I was bored in school. I also learned how to convincingly fake others signatures (Step 1, get a signature. Step 2, trace it very slowly. Step 3, speed up. Step 4, repeat step 3 until you can fairly quickly replicate the same strokes in the signature. - I sometimes… » 1/03/15 11:13pm 1/03/15 11:13pm

First, a little levity. If you enjoy attention from younger women, you should attend a party by/for medical students. I went with a friend of mine and could not understand why all of a sudden numerous women found me fascinating and interesting and attractive... until I figured it out. Some women... » 12/18/14 9:49pm 12/18/14 9:49pm

There are a lot of good suggestions here already. I would like to add another option, especially since you talked about signing up for an ongoing course. Aikido trains one to deal with multiple attackers and does not rely on strength. One learns to deal with all sorts of grabs and holds as well as attacks. The… » 12/10/14 7:30am 12/10/14 7:30am

Curiously enough, my acquaintances who seem to have a love-fest for Krampus are not white frat bros, but more likely to be Manic Pixie Dream Girls (or other "artsy" or "hipster" types and mostly female). But I am old, and maybe the frat bros learned about Krampus from the MPDGs and liked it enough to make a Krampus… » 12/05/14 9:11pm 12/05/14 9:11pm

You have inspired me to share. Once, not too long ago, I was the outsider borrowing equipment from another institution's lab space. When I used it, I would need it for, oh, 18 hours or so. I sound awful, right? Except I was really, really considerate - I checked with everyone who used the machine first and scheduled… » 12/05/14 9:04pm 12/05/14 9:04pm

I am pleased to see gene therapy techniques and technology ave progressed so much. I remember vaguely when I was in graduate school about a gene therapy trial that resulted in the death of participants (maybe this one?). Oops. And that shut that field down for a while, and helped me decide to NOT go into that area of… » 12/05/14 12:18pm 12/05/14 12:18pm

I think many of the suggested activities are great distractions that will take your mind off the source of your stress for a time. I offer one I am surprised hasn't been mentioned yet: exercise. Walk around town probably counts. Try any mild to heavy physical exertion activity you like, do that for a half-hour or so… » 12/02/14 2:04pm 12/02/14 2:04pm