The best thing for me has been to give myself a time limit on how long I can be working unproductively before I make myself stop working and go do something else. Like, if I opened one word document and then spent 20 minutes looking at cat pictures, then I have to go to the grocery store and make dinner and email a… » 10/19/14 11:04pm Yesterday 11:04pm

That's a bunch of fucking bullshit, and so is that guy. Do people who say things like that really imagine a potential attacker searching for targets, who has noticed a woman alone at night, to be like "well hmmmm, I dunno, this one lacks a certain je ne sais quoi. Did she just have an especially empowering yoga… » 10/08/14 2:54pm 10/08/14 2:54pm

I complete agree, and I believe that we should STOP this misguided anti-rape education and instead encourage rapists to be more gender-equal in targeting victims, so that college boys will also have the opportunity to learn valuable lessons about personal responsibility in their drinking. » 10/08/14 12:44pm 10/08/14 12:44pm

Hey, you idiots who show up on every single one of these stories whining BUT IT'S NOT FAAAAAAAAIIIIIIIIRR TO BE WORRIED ABOUT YOUR SAFETY AROUND A MAN, IT'S LIKE YOU'RE TREATING US ALLLLLLLLL LIKE RAPISTS HOW DARE YOUUUUUUUUU- get back to me when you've figured out how to magically tell the difference between normal… » 10/08/14 12:39pm 10/08/14 12:39pm

But I imagine most quarantine facilities are not adequately designed for a disease as risky as Ebola. Even labs that are- like the CDC- are unlikely to have a quarantine area that would keep this dog separate from their experimental animals, since that isn't what they're meant to do. I don't see what useful info they… » 10/07/14 9:50pm 10/07/14 9:50pm

Mark, I like you. I think your columns are funny and well-written. But can you not with this? This is blatant click-bait by the Daily Mail to get people frothing about how ugly this woman is, how dare she think otherwise!!!!1!!1!! Can you not feed that? » 10/06/14 10:55pm 10/06/14 10:55pm

I think the best way to avoid this kind of debacle is, if you're a scientist, to write your own press releases about your work. We do that in our lab, then we send them to our campus press office and they edit it for style and clarity, but we approve it before it's sent anywhere else. Then your own words become the… » 10/06/14 3:52pm 10/06/14 3:52pm