I’m going on indefinite hiatus from all AmoebaMike entities.
Goodbye and thanks for all the support.
After what is just under 3 years of blogging, I’m changing venues. And form. I think Tumblr is a better fit for me and what I want to accomplish as AmoebaMike now that I’ve had my run. I’m leaving this blog up because my images and posts still get lots of hits despite my lull in posting for the past 6 months. I may decide to post to it from time to time, but follow me on Twitter or Tumblr if you want more Amoeba in your life.
I wouldn’t call 50,000+ hits unremarkable, but FSM knows plenty of people get that in a week. I’m glad to have reached so many. Mainly with my science cards, my cell diagram, and the most popular: my spontaneous generation experiment image.
My move to Tumblr, will not be without changes. Besides the form, of course. My posts will become more varied and more adult–not necessarily pornographic, specifically I mean adult situations and language. There’s your fair warning.
AmoebaMike will continue to live on at Tumblr, on Facebook, and on Twitter. I will also keep making science swag, when I get the bug. Additionally, I plan to do some professional writing that will use the AmoebaMike pseudonym. You haven’t seen the last of AmoebaMike!
This is a serious problem in America. This isn’t about mass farming versus local farming. This isn’t about organic versus traditional.
I could go on for days and days about those topics.
But this isn’t about that.
This about kids being so out of touch with food; so removed from the entire process.
It doesn’t matter if you work minimum wage for your entire career. It doesn’t matter if you have a personal chef. Everyone in this country, regardless of education, economic status, or anything else–everyone, should know how to identify the ingredients their food. They should know what they look like, where they come from, and how to cook them a differently.
I’m not saying no processed foods ever. I’m not saying if you can’t pronounce don’t eat it (I have a minor in chemistry, you’d be surprised what I can pronounce). What I’m saying is there are sometimes foods and their are everyday foods.
You, and your kids, should know what everyday foods look like, how to cook them, how to buy them, and mostly, you should be eating them.
Have you heard of Schrödinger’s cat? Possibly on a funny shirt or a internet cartoon that you didn’t understand?
It’s a quantum mechanics thing, but basically it involves a kitty in a box with some radioactive material and poison gas. It’s just a thought experiment–no one’s actually putting cats in boxes with such things–but it basically shows that if you put the cat in a box it is both alive and dead at the same time. As long as you never look in the box to know, it will always exist in both states: as both happy, living kitty playing in a box and as dead, poisoned, radioactive kitty.
My wife is carrying Schrödinger’s Amoeba.
Well, it’s my Amoeba, but in the way we’re doing our pregnancy, it could be called Schrödinger’s Amoeba. Mrs AmoebaMike and I are not finding out the biological sex of AmoebaJr before delivery. Friends and relatives find this highly annoying. They want to know.
Of course, they all have their suspicions/predictions as well.
But there’s no way for them to know. We don’t know. Not even our doctor knows!
So until AmoebaJr arrives next month, AmoebaJr is both a boy and a girl at the same time. It is only by observing its sex that we force the universe into a single answer.
As you might have guessed, I’m a science guy. Sure, I’m not smart enough to understand most of it, but boy does it ever excite and fascinate me. I’m not, however, all that great in social situations. So going to a conference of 450 science communicators, educators, and fans had potential to be quite interesting.
Of course, it’s the only conference I’ve ever been to that had power strips every few feet and wifi hubs in every room to ensure everyone was connected to one another. Thank you organizers and sponsors!
I got to sit in on many sessions and even voiced my opinion once or twice, but by far the thing that makes ScienceOnline special is the people that participate. While I did go to a session during each slot, I got far more out of meeting people in between sessions.
All but about 2 people did I meet that were nice, awesome, and/or cool online turned out to be an order of magnitude more nice, awesome, and/or cool in person. I even heard more than one person say they, “heard that AmoebaMike was here.” That was kind of funny. Celebrity I am not. Not online and not in person.
While I am pseudonymous, I have never hid my actual identity on this blog. If you read the About page, you can see what I really look like (you do have to click through to FB ;-) ). Most people, though, just know me as a cute little guy in a lab coat with a cowboy hat riding an amoeba. So when I did introduce myself, I usually was greeted with, “oh, so you’re AmoebaMike.” I pretty much take that as “of course you’re not as cute as your avatar because how could you be.” Also, I look closer to biker than kid blogger.
Besides the awesome people–oh don’t worry, I will name names (keep reading)–the conference was great because of the inspiration. There were times when I thought of a great idea and surrounded by such greatness I said to myself why not? instead of no, that will never work.
Sure my shyness kept me feeling awkward where it probably shouldn’t have. Part of that since some of these people have been to 3 and 4 ScienceOnline conferences. But, there were more than a few people I connected with that I really hope I can grow a better friendship with in the coming years. Will I go to ScienceOnline in 2013? I don’t know. While it’s not expensive for what it is, it’s still money out of my pocket–I can’t get my employer to pay for it. With AmoebaJr on the way, I have to put myself on the back burner. Of course after more than 6 months of stay at home daddy time, that might just be the cost Mrs AmoebaMike has to pay to get me some sanity back.
Now I will publicly call out people I met at Scio12:
And now, a proud recipient of a RUN PCR shirt I donated to the Scio12 film fest:
It’s the giving season and there are lots of great gifts out there, but it seems ideas and decisions are in short supply. So I’m here to give some great suggestions for the scientist or science lover in your life! Based on personality type, here are the 10 best science gifts:
For the book lover, like Joanne Manaster, I recommend Wicked Bugs: The Louse That Conquered Napoleon’s Army & Other Diabolical Insects by Amy Stewart.
For the person who has everything, like no scientist I know, a great gift would be a membership to the local science museum!
This is a microblog post. Otherwise known as a tweet (because my tweetdeck is all kinds of messed up lately.) ;-)
I wore my RUN PCR shirt the other day. A dentist saw it and was intrigued. I explained (or jogged his memory) what PCR is and he loved it. haha (I think he may have also been a Run DMC fan.)
Oooo! When I went to grab that link I saw white shirts are 50% off right now (’til Sunday using code HOLIDAYSSALE ). So hey, get your RUN PCR shirt at half price and impress your friends, coworkers, and random dentists!