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Happy fourth blogaversary

// April 22nd, 2013 // Comments Off on Happy fourth blogaversary // Jibber Jabber

Sorry for the unscheduled downtime last week, all the issues have been sorted now (I think) and we’re back! Just in time for… A Schooner of Science’s fourth birthday! Hooray!

Happy birthday blog! Credit: Captain Skellett. License CC BY 3.0

Happy birthday blog! Credit: Captain Skellett. License CC BY 3.0

If you want to help me celebrate, why not buy me a beer? To date, the Schooner has been running on dreams and tap water, but I received a comment just recently from someone who wanted to donate to the blog. I was floored! Such kindness! So I’ve added a PayPal donation box in the right hand column to help A Schooner of Science stay afloat. Each beer purchased will improve the quality of this blog, by lubricating the brain and bubbling the soul (not to mention offsetting server costs). Cheers!

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In Vancouver

// February 12th, 2012 // 1 Comment » // Jibber Jabber

Picture taken from the plane at dawn

Ahoy me hearties! Thought I’d post a quick one to say I’m on the other side of the world. Arrived today in Vancouver, ready for the AAAS annual meeting to start in a few days.

So I’m feeling pretty exhausted! I’ll recover some energy before making a big push to post plenty of contact during the conference, including the IgNobel award ceremony and a visit to nuclear science lab TRIUMF.

Here’s some of the seminars I want to attend:

Saturday 18 Feb: Globalising Indigenous architecture: The Power of tradition, providing for the future.
Sunday 19 Feb: The next agricultural revolution: Emerging production methods for meat alternatives.
Monday 20 Feb: Radioactive isotopes in medicine.

If anyone else, specially my peeps in Aus, are coming to the AAAS meeting, send me a comment with your tips.

Must snooze! over and out.

On being busy and finding time to write

// July 20th, 2011 // Comments Off on On being busy and finding time to write // Jibber Jabber

So you may have noticed my blogging schedule has been a little lax lately. I’ve been pretty busy with other writing and research, and been finding it really hard to give the blog attention and love.

To balance things, I’m dropping my posting frequency down to once a week. I just wanted to let you know that I’m not abandoning the blog, I still love you, it’s not you, it’s me – all that kind of stuff.

I’ll get back to you in a day or two with a proper (gasp!) post about the Red Queen hypothesis and the evolution of sex, with some sweet research on nematode worms with bacterial parasites.

In the meantime, have a rum for me!

Oh, Oh OMG I’m included in Open Lab 2010!

// January 10th, 2011 // 1 Comment » // Jibber Jabber, Science Communication

Open Lab 2010The finalists of Open Lab have been announced. I’m all a-quiver with excitement because I’m included in the list!

That means I’m going to be PUBLISHED in an ANTHOLOGY of science writers. Among the list of those included are some big names like Scicurious, Ed Yong, Carl Zimmer, Kevin Zelnio and many more excellent bloggers.

Many thanks to Jason Goldman for his work as the editor, and to the reviewers and everyone else in the project who give up their time (and probably sleep) to put Open Lab 2010 together. The book will be published in early February and available online and in some stores.

Here’s my award winning post How aqua regia saved Nobel Prize medals from the Nazis.

Merry Christmas from Captain Skellett

// December 25th, 2010 // Comments Off on Merry Christmas from Captain Skellett // Jibber Jabber

Here’s wishing you a Merry Christmas.

My motto is “If it ain’t merry, drink more rum!”

Thank ye for reading me blog this year, this blog wouldn’t be the same without you. It’s been a very busy and interesting year. I’ve lived interstate, become a published writer, and pillaged not a few cruise ships. I’m looking forward to pointing the Schooner to new ports in 2011.

Happy holidays, and have a jolly Roger Christmas.

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