I know we used to post a lot. Jim and I were coming back to you again and again to share our observations about science: I’d describe the journal article I’d just read, Jim would chime in with snarky comments about new tech. But lately, we’re just not stopping by as often, and when we do we’re far more likely to leave a 150-word calling card than to stay for a 1000 word visit. Do you feel abandoned? I don’t blame you.
No, it’s not you. Jim and I are as fond of you as ever. Time is just a commodity we’re short on these days, and when we actually have some to spare we’re usually too exhausted to put together a coherent string of words. You see, I’ve spent the past year doing neuroscience research on an NIH fellowship. And since I knew next to nothing about neuroscience when I started, I’ve spent a lot of time feeling like my brain was going to explode from the pressure of the new information I’m cramming into it. I’m finally getting some great data, but (and I’m sorry about this) I can’t share it with you until it goes through peer review. Early on I thought I might be able to squeeze a visit in at lunchtime, but then I got tapped for a committee and that slot vanished. I know that Jim had all sorts of good intentions about picking up the slack by stopping by to visit more often, maybe bring a cake, but he’s been writing a novel. That’s surprisingly time-consuming, too.
I can’t say that our workload is going to ease up anytime soon, but I do want to get together again regularly. There are a lot of interesting citizen science projects popping up that I want to chew over with you, and my file of journal articles to share is bulging at the seams. It may not be the newest news, but I guarantee that it’ll be interesting. So, are you free for coffee next week?