Wednesday, May 12, 2010
I am a big fan of science. Big fan. I was all up in 3-2-1 Contact back in the day, except for when they had all those French people on there. French people aren't sciencey, everyone knows that. (Oh, PBS, you goose! Humor is your strongest asset. I'll bet you just sit around all day and listen to Weird Al; that's why you're such a honk at dinner parties.)
People here in the colonies usually only watch the Public Broadcasting Service because of Rick Steves' travel tips, Ken Burns self-congratulatory documentaries on the awesomeness of our country, and Neil deGrasse Tyson's knack of finding wonder in our universal insignificance. Right now I would like to thank all of my employers who paid me too little: without your efforts to safeguard my poverty, I could have afforded cable, and who picks PBS over HBO?
It's easy to ignore programming like that with so much "comedy" and "satire" shoving its nose in your junk and demanding to be stroked. The earnest and educational get fucked over.
The same is true for blogs. And that is unfortunate, because then you miss out on people like Julie.
Julie is a Scientific Chick who received her PhD in Neuroscience just two weeks ago (work it). Her blog is driven by research and science, mostly consisting of regurgitated studies decoded for greenhorns. It's very impersonal, although she does offer her interpretations at the end of each entry, but overall I found it fascinating.
She's colloquial in tone and well-acquainted with her subject matter, she questions the studies appropriately and asks for the readers questions in return. This blog is thoughtful and thorough. I didn't skip an entry, even though I disagree with some of her assessments. For example, I think this shows that the subjects are swayed by the opinions of others, which affirms what I've always felt: it takes just one opinion to influence your perception before conceiving your own, so ignore other opinions until you've formed one yourself. Hypocrisy owns me.
But the most important thing this tells me is that I want to start a dialogue with her, and that, friends, is happy territory. Some of the entries didn't grab me so much, but that's more of a matter of personal interest, like choosing articles in National Geographic.
A clean, readable template that's easy to navigate is hard to find. Because of the nature of your blog, Julie, think about trimming your labels down to more specific topics rather than references, but definitely keep them in your sidebar.
I feel like such a pushover, seriously, because I really want to fucking tear someone apart, but I just cannot, here. I love her. I don't fucking love her, but I love her just the same.