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Oh…snap! 1895-style.

March 6, 2014   Filed under Blog, Featured, Humor, Publishing, Uncategorized  

From the mini-Annals of Improbable Research (“mini-AIR”) “Pitted Pebbles in the Bunter Conglomerate of Cannock Chase.” T. Mellard Reade, Geological Magazine, vol. 2, no. 8, August 1895, pp. 341-5. LINK: The author instructs: “Mr. W. S. Gresley criticizes the summing-up of my views… It would have been more satisfactory if Mr. Gresley could have read […]

Epic Fail: What a Perfectly Putrid Poster Can Do for You

November 15, 2013   Filed under Blog, Featured, Humor, Posters  

Nice article in Eos by Paul Cooper and Julia Galkiewicz who define a PPP (Perfectly Putrid Poster).

From the “You’ve Got to Be Kidding” Category…

November 11, 2013   Filed under Blog, Featured, Humor, Writing  

I wonder if these authors chose this title, just to get the attention. Anyway, here it is.

The “secret of success in mathematics: Plagiarize!”

June 21, 2013   Filed under Blog, Featured, Humor, Potpourri, Writing  

The lyrics from For many years now, Mr. Danny Kaye, who has been my particular idol since childbirth, has been doing a routine about the great Russian director Stanislavsky and the secret of success in the acting profession. And I thought it would be interesting to stea… to adapt this idea to the field […]

Can you explain your science using the 1000 most-used words in the English language?

February 17, 2013   Filed under Blog, Featured, Humor, Resources, Writing  

Give it a shot here: (The title Up Goer 5 refers to xkcd’s comic of trying to explain the Saturn 5 rocket blueprint using only those 1000 words.) (From Jim Steenburgh and his student John; Image from

Book Review: Fake Science 101

January 16, 2013   Filed under Blog, Featured, Humor  

OK, it’s not strictly about communicating science, but this book was so freaking funny, I had to post something about it here. Fake Science 101: A Less-Than-Factual Guide to Our Amazing World. Here are some snapshots of the type of humor this book contains. Scientific fact: In order to save money, the Ivory Tower is […]

How to Prepare a Really Lousy Submission: Water Resources Research Editorial Team

December 18, 2012   Filed under Blog, Featured, Humor, Publishing, Resources, Reviewing, Writing  

Sent to me from colleagues at the University of Utah. [PDF]

How NOT to review a paper. The tools and techniques of the adversarial reviewer

December 18, 2012   Filed under Blog, Featured, Humor, Resources, Reviewing  

A paper by Graham Cormode (2009) [PDF], sent to me by Rene Garreaud. The abstract gives you a flavor of how this paper reads…. There are several useful guides available for how to review a paper in Computer Science. These are soberly presented, carefully reasoned and sensibly argued. As a result, they are not much […]

Wanted: Copyeditor. Inquire with God.

December 9, 2012   Filed under Blog, Featured, Humor  


Have you heard the one about PowerPoint?

September 26, 2012   Filed under Blog, Featured, Humor, Presentations  

A word about PowerPoint. PowerPoint was released by Microsoft in 1990 as a way to euthanize cattle using a method less cruel than hitting them over the head with iron mallets. After PETA successfully argued in court that PowerPoint actually was more cruel than iron mallets, the program was adopted by corporations for slide show […]

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