today includes two stories related to the humble mussel. The first has to do with the excellent binding properties of the fibres that mussels use to stick to every conceivable surface (including each other), while the second discusses their continued survival in an ocean environment that continues to warm up; not unlike the chilli mussel soup I found myself craving after researching this one. Both articles were first encountered on Eurekalert. As usual, the transcript follows the jump.
Today I have
a pretty awesome treat for you all, to take a break from all the science communications podcasts and job news. Over the weekend, I caught up with author Todd Keisling to discuss the recently-released second novel in his Monochrome Trilogy, entitled The Liminal Man. Before listening to the interview, you might want to read my review of the first book in the trilogy, A Life Transparent. ALT hit me, like it hit so many other people, right in the feels; it spoke strongly to my experience of working a shitty retail job and wondering where my creative aspirations had gone.
Now, The Liminal Man takes the journey of Donovan Candle and pushes it one step further, asking the question of what happens after someone has had such a wake-up call as Donovan had in the first book. And what happens when an alternate, twisted world you thought you had locked away comes back with a vengeance? Click the big ol’ play button up the top there to listen in for my review of The Liminal Man, followed by my chat with Todd.
Also! A Life Transparent is 100% FREE right now, and downloadable from Amazon. So why not have a look?
Also also! Todd is giving away a major prize draw for those who are following his blog tour. Just click on the Rafflecopter widget at the bottom of this post to start entering. I believe you can enter multiple times by following Todd on Twitter, Facebook, and the like. Best of luck!
Final also! Here’s a couple of links:
You can buy The Liminal Man from Amazon.
Check out Todd’s blog page for more behind-the-scenes stuff, as well as interviews and reviews from around the world.
On the menu
this week is some research that delves into the way the human mind deals with fear and panic in survival situations. Probably the most interesting thing was learning how there exist folks who don’t have the capacity to interpret things as fearful! As always, links to articles and the transcript follow the jump.
This week’s scientific
discovery that grabbed my attention has to do with cities, and how exactly their heat directly affects the local–and distant–environments surrounding them. A mea culpa before you go ahead and listen: I totally forgot to mention who the researchers were in this podcast! To be totally clear, the paper that this research was presented in was co-authored by Aixue Hu and Guang Zhang, and involved the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California in San Diego, Florida State University, and the National Centre for Atmospheric Research. I first accessed the article on Eurekalert.
Despite the new
year having just rung in, it’s already blown the last one out of the water. Yesterday marked the end of my first week working at Microanalysis Australia, my employer.
Hear that? MY MOTHERFUCKING EMPLOYER.
I have a job. After a year of visiting SEEK on a daily basis, flinging over one hundred resumes and cover letters out into the aether, and swinging a 1% interview:application ratio, I’m finally employed. The sense of relief took around a day to settle in, but once it did I was kind of overwhelmed. The Microanalysis crew are a really great bunch, equal parts nerds, good scientists, and nice people. I can’t see myself ever having any personal issues with any of them, which is lucky since there’s only nine employees. I have to say, I much prefer the small business vibe to the large business vibe. There’s a sense of responsibility, an inherent compulsion to do things right because you want to, not because you must.
My adventures in podcast-land continue, as you can tell by my blog essentially turning into a playlist over the past month or so. I’ve been aiming for at least one per week, and I’m happy to have hit that target so far. We’ll see if I can keep up the dedication as I adjust to working full-time. I’ve already let a couple of commitments slide as a result of getting back into a routine, but I’m fairly sure I’ll be able to arrest the avalanche before it happens.
Anyway, that’s pretty much all that’s happening at the moment. A heck of a lot of relief, and excitement towards the future and what it will bring. Huzzah!