Wise Guys

A wandering mind with feet to match. I've always been a hippie, recently a nerd, but mostly a primate.
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If you want you can practice your presentation to me tomorrow! I can try to help you cut it down

Let me finish it first, then I’ll let you know :)

My concern is that the amount of introductory material needed to justify my hypotheses is ridiculous. But I’d love to swing some of it by you…it’ll help me figure out what is redundant.

….aaaaaand it’s 2am again. Damn it thesis! I just want a circadian rhythm again!

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Thinking about Narcissus and what a fantastic “surprise you are sick and gross” gift they are. 


Contemplating an alt-ac career? Looking to get out of the academy altogether? Already made an interesting career move that worked out? Talk about it here on our new Flexible Academics support group

  • by Dr. Elizabeth Keenan (Fordham University)

"These days, everyone knows academia is a bad boyfriend (or girlfriend, depending on your sexual preference). Everyone has their own tale about how it keeps pulling them back in, with tantalizing offers of interviews and seductive whispers of funding, and then crushing their hopes into the tiny shards of a broken career.

This isn’t one of those columns. No, this is a column about having “The Talk.” Not the imaginary one you have with the academy itself—the one in which you finally kick it to the curb. I mean the one you’ll have repeatedly with everyone you’ve known professionally in the past decade of your life.

See, there’s a difference between bad relationships and academia. When you finally escape a bad relationship, most of your friends will suddenly confess, “I never liked him/her anyway!” Or they’ll join you in a round (or six) while you cry in your beer. They won’t tell you, “Well, why don’t you just give it another year? He’s a really nice guy when he isn’t ignoring you!” Or: “Surely if you just tried to make it work, she would stop cheating.”

And yet, in academia, you hear those things all the time. As soon as you tell someone, “I’m thinking of leaving,” they’ll come back at you with a list of reasons you should stay, give it another year, try harder, and maybe a job will open up. People who try to keep you in academia mean well: Either they have succeeded and don’t understand why you haven’t, or they’re in the same position as you and they’re terrified of leaving. But that doesn’t make talking to them any easier.

This can make the transition out of academia cripplingly lonely, especially if a lot of your friends and mentors are still on the inside. (And then there’s the problem that your friends outside academia won’t be able to relate, though they will try. At least some of them will buy you drinks.)” (read more).

***The problem is, whenever I think I’ll stay out for good, I realise that finding a non-academic job that’s an actual career job, not just a pay the rent and hope for the best job, is no easier to find than an academic job. 

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This is the armadillo girdled lizard of South Africa. When frightened, it will bite its tail to form a spiny ball, much like the mammalian armadillo. This anti-predatory behavior protects the lizard’s vulnerable, soft belly and is quite effective against most predators.


If you thought the post on twins sharing consciousness was awesome, wait until you hear this.

A 44-year-old French man one day went to the trip to the doctor’s because he felt a pain in his left leg. He’s a married man with two kids and a steady job.

Doctor’s found that he had hydrocephalus as a child (when your brain is filled with fluids) so they decided to run some brain scans.

What they found was that the majority of his head was filled with fluid. Over time, the buildup caused his lateral ventricles to swell so much that his brain had been flattened to a thin sheet.

Doctors estimated that his brain mass had been reduced by at most 70%, affecting the areas in charge of motion, language, emotion, and, well, everything.

Shockingly, he was fine. While his IQ was only 75, he wasn’t mentally challenged. He held a steady job, raised a family, and didn’t have trouble interacting with others.

Over time, his brain had adapted to all that pressure, and even though he had fewer neurons that most, Jacques was still a fully functional human being.

The doctors drained the fluid and while his brain is much smaller now, he is still a healthy individual with a normal life.


(via anthropologyadventures)


little bonoba (by Cloudtail)

From Smithsonian Photo Of The Day; April 11, 2014:

Macara, A silverback Mountain Gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei) at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda

Photography by Gonçalo Barriga, Paço de Arcos, Portugal

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Ape Face on Flickr.

I would love a set of these with all the apes

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Total Lunar Eclipse (April 15, 2014) | Matthew Crowley

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