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« The Art of Being Still »

I am my character, pedaling down to the beach after a long day of working as a hotel housekeeper. I see the world through his eyes. I imagine what he is thinking. I use that brief time to become him.

I transform the mundane task of grocery shopping into a writing exercise by studying my fellow shoppers through the eyes of my character, a man who is on the run from the law.

I eye each one with suspicion and dodge any cop who might be trotting along with a grocery basket in hand. I sometimes steal a quirk from a woman nearby to apply to one of my female characters in the book. I am multitasking, but there is stillness at work here.

Silas House on the quietness of writing.

 
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Publié par le 2 décembre 2012 dans Bookmark, Miscellaneous

 

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[#mylife] Sometimes around midnight…

Today’s fav song 🙂 For some reason, the Dailymotion link doesn’t show as a video… Anyway: enjoy!

The Airborne Toxic Event – « Sometimes around midnight »

 
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Publié par le 15 décembre 2011 dans Bookmark, Miscellaneous

 

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[#mylife] Fav videos of the week

Here we go: Puscifer… Discovered this more or less by chance. It sounded like Tool, but slightly less tortured. Or more surely desperate. Dunno, you make up your mind 🙂

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Publié par le 13 décembre 2011 dans Bookmark, Miscellaneous

 

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[#mylife] Fav song of the day

Ah yeah, monomaniacs 😉 I listen to this song since this night at 3am or so… Enjoy!

 
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Publié par le 11 décembre 2011 dans Bookmark, Miscellaneous

 

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[#mylife] Fav song of the week

The video and the song itself. Particular ambience. Hard-to-classify and fitting me so well 🙂 Enjoy!

 

 
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Publié par le 6 décembre 2011 dans Bookmark, Miscellaneous

 

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2nd International Symposium « Microbes For Health »: live-tweeting from there in one week!

I was kindly invited by Yoni Winogradsky on behalf of Danone Research to live-tweet during the 2nd International Symposium « Microbes For Health »: thanks millions 🙂 So, in one week, here we go!

The official hashtag to follow will be #MFH2011.

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Publié par le 24 novembre 2011 dans Bookmark, Science

 

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Publié par le 24 octobre 2010 dans Bookmark, Politique

 

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[Special bookmark] Open Access and Open Data only

There were lot of very interesting things on the Web these last days on Open Access and Open Data. I would like to remind you that the very first Science 3.0 Blogging Contest starting on October 18 is dedicated to Open Access and will run parallel to the Open Access Week! I greatly invite you to take part, as a blogger, as a reader, as both! You will find below several links to make you feel even more eager than now October 18 comes.

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Publié par le 12 octobre 2010 dans Bookmark, Open access, Open data, Science

 

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Bookmark: Links, links, and more links

Here are some very nice postings to read (I have read all of them, so I can say they are really interesting 🙂 ):

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Publié par le 12 octobre 2010 dans Bookmark, Research, Science

 

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Bookmark: Links to read, from here and there

I am currently spending my time reading papers. And user guides. The cliché of the lab rat is not applicable anymore. The cliché of the computer geek neither: I am hardly launching sudo aptitude update && sudo aptitude safe-upgrade on my Debian and this is it. The number of tabs in my browser is dangerously approaching 200 and this makes me nervous 🙂 So, here is a nice bunch of links:

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Publié par le 8 octobre 2010 dans Bookmark, Open access, Open data, Science

 

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Bookmark: Neelie Kroes on Open Data in science

Neelie Kroes, the vice-president of the European Commission responsible for the Digital Agenda presented the report « Riding the Wave: How Europe can gain from the raising tide of scientific data » in  Brussels today, October 6, 2010. The main idea of this talk was « unlocking the full value of scientific data ». Nice support for open data in science!

 
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Publié par le 7 octobre 2010 dans Bookmark, Open data, Science

 

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Bookmark: Interesting opinion about Open Access journals

Open AccessA nice publication by Jocelyn Kaiser in Science titled « Free Journals Grow Amid Ongoing Debate » discusses the success of Open Access journals such as PLoS and BioMed Central ones and brings by some presumably controversial points.

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Publié par le 4 octobre 2010 dans Bookmark, Open access, Science

 

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Bookmark: Science writing howto

I could not resist: this posting is just great, so a bookmark here to keep it close 😉 To not let you in a total terra incognita, here is what it is about:

In the standfirst I will make a fairly obvious pun about the subject matter before posing an inane question I have no intention of really answering: is this an important scientific finding?

 
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Publié par le 4 octobre 2010 dans Bookmark, Science

 

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Bookmark: 42, or why statistics are magic

Pie chartMatt Parker discusses the power of statistics to say what one would like to hear:

By their very nature, statistics can only be misused when the audience doesn’t bother checking them. Statistics are just a numerical summary of evidence that has been collected. They give people the starting point to delve directly into that evidence and see if the arguments hold together.

A nice summary of why none should believe numbers without checking them.

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Publié par le 29 septembre 2010 dans Bookmark, Science

 

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Bookmark: Indicators of the interdisciplinarity of journals: diversity, centrality, and citations

Loet Leydesdorff and Ismael Rafols have written a paper aiming at introducing citation-based indicators for interdisciplinarity. Here is the abstract, the whole publication is available for download at arXiv:

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Publié par le 26 septembre 2010 dans Bookmark, Science

 

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Bookmark: BMJ Open, accessible medical research

This is an open access journal launched very recently and focused on medical research. It aims at publishing not only full-text reports, but also pilot studies and pre-protocols. Moreover, all data will be published online and reviewers’ comments will figure alongside the main text. This initiative emphasizes the importance of transparency and data sharing in science. Support BMJ Open, submit your results there!

 
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Publié par le 23 septembre 2010 dans Bookmark, Open access, Open data, Science

 

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Bookmark: The horniest dino species discovered in Utah

Kospoceratops richardsoniNational Science Foundation announced today that a novel dinosaur species was discovered in Utah. It is a close relative to Triceratops and is called Kosmoceratops richardsoni; it lived at about 76 millions of years ago. It was 5 meters long from snout to tail and its weight is estimated at 2.5 tonnes. His head measures 2 meters and is disproportional compared to the total body size.

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Publié par le 22 septembre 2010 dans Bookmark, Science

 

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Bookmark: Videos from the Conference on Open Access Publishing are available

Just a quick link to the videos of the COASP (Conference on Open Access Scholarly Publishing) held from August 22 to August 24, 2010 in Prague (Czech Republic). Enjoy!

 
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Publié par le 21 septembre 2010 dans Bookmark, Open access, Science

 

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Bookmark: Conference on Open Access in Africa

Open AccessBioMed Central announced last week they will be hosting a 2-day conference on Open Access publishing at Kenyatta University (Nairobi, Kenia). It will take place from November 10 to November 11, 2010.

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Publié par le 21 septembre 2010 dans Bookmark, Open access, Science

 

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Bookmark: DIYbio and quick thoughts after the bioethics commission

Here is a small and quite encouraging summary of the bioethics commission, by Matt Feltz. More to come at the end of the week.

 
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Publié par le 15 septembre 2010 dans Bookmark, Politique, Science

 

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