When to say goodbye to a pet

When to say goodbye to a pet

I grew up not really knowing what it's like to have anything other than a bird or a fish in the house. My parents, who both grew up on farms, didn't want us to have cats or dogs. I asked my mom once why she was never keen on it and she told me that losing them is just...

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Salary negotiations 101

Salary negotiations 101

Here's a little primer on how to deal with salaries for professional jobs. I've written this with academics and private industry professionals in mind, but it can apply to almost everyone who is applying to jobs where the salary scales aren't published. I know you...

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That mid-life question mark

That mid-life question mark

The world isn't like it used to be. The prescribed 'get a job, get married, get a house, have kids, retire with a full pension' life that our parents had doesn't really exist anymore. Things have changed. I grew up with the mindset that if you changed jobs too often,...

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Five things I learned in 2019

Five things I learned in 2019

1) I changed my relationship with social media In January 2019, I took the entire month off from social media and doing so completely changed my relationship with it, and with the world. I reconnected with ‘real life’, I read a lot of books, I enjoyed in-person...

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Why I talk to Uber drivers

Why I talk to Uber drivers

I took an Uber to a local store today to buy myself a new microscope. An Eritrean man, we started talking about culture and immigration. "You speak Tigrinya, right?". A huge smile appeared on his face. "You know that?!", he said. Of course. I've known people from all...

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Do things the wrong way

Do things the wrong way

As I delve further into the microscopic world, I’m discovering some interesting parallels between playing with my microscope and playing with my camera.  I’ve always been a photographer who wanted to know as little as possible about the technical side of things...

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Become what interests you

Become what interests you

I listen to a lot of comedy podcasts.  More specifically, podcasts hosted by comedians.  I don’t watch a lot of stand-up, and in a lot of cases, I’ve never watched their specials.  But, I absolutely love their podcasts. Why? Because when comedians get...

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How do scientists sleep?

How do scientists sleep?

I wasn’t tired last night, and with DST, we got an extra hour so I figured, what the heck, I’ll go back to my microscope.  Big mistake. See, I found some old pond water at the bottom of a Gatorade bottle and figured I’d take a look at it. Lo and behold, there was...

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On the over-complication of things

On the over-complication of things

I’ve had quite the day.  You know, the kind of day where you find yourself staring blankly at the person across from you with those "are you fucking kidding me?" eyes. Things were so ridiculous today, from dealing with university bureaucracy to dealing with overly...

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25 things I don’t understand about grown-ups.

25 things I don’t understand about grown-ups.

Why do they always sit at the kitchen table when they have friends over for coffee?Why do they feel like wearing a suit and tie makes them more smart?Why do they think using big words makes them sound smarter?  Why do they care so much if someone leaves work early...

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