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Scientists On Twitter, Treme Bloggers

The American Geophysical Union’s blog interviewed a number of physical scientists on why scientists should use Twitter. My response reflects two important requirements I have of science: that it is increasingly inter-disciplinary and shares findings with the public as much as possible.


OffBeat Magazine: Treme BloggersRay Shea and I were part of an hour-long roundtable discussion convened by Alex Rawls on the topic of HBO’s Treme. I liked this exchange in particular.

Me: … Sometimes it worked because I’m partial to bounce, but sometimes I felt like it was kind of forced in, “Okay, now we’re gonna have two minutes of ass-shaking.”


Ray: “I had no problem with that.”

3 comments… add one
  • 3Suns July 29, 2011, 11:26 PM

    Enjoyable interview, Maitri. Good stuff!

    I find the criticism of episode-by-episode analysis and character speculation interesting. My participation at BoT started mid-season and was the first time I have ever engaged in that kind of activity. I thoroughly enjoyed it, in the same way that I do the 2 or 3 hours of Superbowl pre-game show every year. Everyone has their opinions and ideas, and then we enjoy the big show, and then when it is all over, some people are proven right, others are surprised, and some questions are still left unanswered. Previous speculations become irrelevant once we know the end from the beginning and thus the “replayability” of the blog posts and comments (again, as with the Superbowl) is greatly diminished. However, that takes nothing away from the pleasure chatting about what just happened and what might happen next. It really is like 10 or 11 Superbowls served up in as many weeks!

  • 3Suns July 30, 2011, 8:16 PM

    Aside from the collaboration, use of internet, and the fact that one of the heroes of the following story studied electrical engineering, genetics and molecular biology (and demonstrates the benefit of a diverse background), this article is completely off topic. Hope you don’t mind. :D

  • Maitri August 1, 2011, 3:15 PM

    “Langner had little interest in Windows systems or internet viruses — he doesn’t even have an internet connection at home. But he specializes in the obscure science of industrial-control-system security. It’s the only thing his three-man, boutique firm does. So he was particularly intrigued when Symantec wrote that Stuxnet was sabotaging PLCs.”

    Cool, thanks for linking to that article for me. Bookmarked to read in detail. (Just so you know, if you add a link to your comment, I have to manually moderate it, so that’s why it took so long to get up here.)

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