The Next Great Adventure

Aug 02 2010 Published by under Uncategorized

Grrl: Hark! What light through yonder window breaks? It is Bob O'H, with a steampunk laser, burning Greek letters into the moon. Is he attempting to communicate using a truncated mathematical equation, perchance?

Bob: Sorry about that, it was the only way I could drag you away from your computer.

Grrl: Hrm, I wonder how many other newlyweds have this problem? Oh, never mind. Do you want to get started?

Bob: OK. Have you heard about this wonderful new science blogging site?

Grrl: Oh, you mean Scientopia? Silly boy; of course I have. I've been helping to design it.

Bob: What's it all about?

Grrl: Our readers were probably hoping you'd ask me that question. I and a few other people have been working on setting up our own science blog domain, but after receiving several invitations to join other, similar, blog networks that are either already running, or are nearly ready to launch, I realized I didn't want to duplicate their efforts. So when I was invited by Scicurious to help design this site, I jumped at the chance. After a week of helping out, I decided I wanted to join my colleagues and friends here with a blog of my own, so I could live this grand experiment alongside them.

Bob: Yes, that does sound exciting. And they let me join, too.

Grrl (soto voce): Shhh! Actually I haven't told them you're here.

Bob: Um. OK. So, what are we - err, you - going to blog about?

Grrl: Well, how about talking about our life together as expat scientists living in Germany, and sharing our thoughts about all the cool science we read and do? We could also share photos from our trips, science-y videos that we like, and pictures of our menagerie.

Bob: Pictures? Ooo, how about this one?

Guenther's notho, Nothobranchius guentheri (Zanzibar Island, Africa).

Image: Bob O'Hara, 1 August 2010 [larger view].

Grrl: Hey, that's a nice picture of one of my fish, although it is a bit blurry. Maybe I'll tell our readers about that species one day. So what are you planning to write about?

Bob: I guess I'll write about my work in BiK-F, and perhaps some some stats stuff. I'll try to avoid equations like this

\( l(theta | textbf{y}) propto sum_i n_i log(theta) - theta \)


Grrl: Ooo, pretty! Is that a Poisson* likelihood? What, more fish?

Bob: Sorry. At least that one isn't blurry.

Grrl: I hope I won't have to give up my other blog. I've grown quite fond of it.

Bob: Nah. If they threaten to chuck you out we can buy them off with a watercress sandwich. I'll keep my other blog going too. I can use it to write about obscure stuff, whilst I publish posts here that I think the general public will appreciate.

Grrl: Oh, so you won't be blogging here, then.

Bob: Harrumph.

Grrl: I was hoping to make this place look more personable. What do you think of Joseph Hewitt's Harry Potter infused Romeo and Juliet themed banner? (Whew, say that fast three times after a couple glasses of wine!)

Bob: Very cute.

Grrl: I guess we can change bits of it if we want.

Bob: Yes, not that it'll need a lot of changes.

Grrl: So, sweetie, what do you think of the Romeo and Juliet theme?

Bob: I hope nobody gets the impression I'm a romantic. I'm English, you know, so I have to act repressed.

Grrl: Ooookay. I guess I shouldn't tell our readers about the incident in the London hostel stairwell, huh? That hostel was in Piccadilly Circus, wasn't it? It was appropriately located, methinks ..

Bob: *cough* Um. Well. Anyway, I'm more worried about what this new banner theme will mean for my wallet if we go to a restaurant.

Grrl: Um, say wha?

Bob: Because in the original play, whenever they went out to eat, Romeo'd what Juliet.

Grrl: Oooh, that's ... punny. NOT.


* Poisson [French]; 1. fish. 2. In probability theory and statistics, the Poisson distribution is a discrete probability distribution discovered by Simรฉon-Denis Poisson (1781โ€“1840).

27 responses so far

  • Nice new place you have here! I promise, the next evolution of the banner will be even less romantic than this one.

  • Bob O'H says:

    Oh good. Does that mean I get to point the laser at the tower?

  • [...] It’s a new blog collective featuring a whole bunch of familiar names. I did the banner for This Scientific Life by GrrlScientist and Bob O’Hara. Go check it [...]

  • Elizabeth Moritz says:

    Love the banner! And, of course, looking forward to reading your blog here too ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Arancaytar says:

    Whee! Great new site! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Now I need to update my RSS reader...

  • grrlscientist says:

    thanks, everyone. i wish i could give you all some wine and cheese to celebrate. it's been horrible being without a blog, and i've missed you all so very much! thanks so much for dropping in!

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  • grrlscientist says:

    one reader warned me that the rss feed is not working for this blog (but it apparently works for the others). markcc is looking at it, but it might be a few minutes (hours?) before it's fixed.

  • Samantha Alsbury says:

    Looking forward to sharing the adventure with you - love the intro

  • Eva says:

    I was wondering why the moon looked so math-y last night... Congrats on the new virtual digs! So what does this run on? WordPress multi-user thingamajig?

  • grrlscientist says:

    this blog does run on wordpress, although the site is not a part of the WP empire.

  • arvind says:

    Ooh...a married couple blog! The Mungers better watch out! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Bob O'H says:

    Yeah, we'll defeat them with our enhanced biodiversity. Well, if we can get any of it to do what we want.

  • Namnezia says:

    Welcome to your new digs - I know this is off-topic, but I don't know if you've realized you made the New York Times Magazine on Sunday:

    Unfortunately the article is completely misguided and quotes several bloggers out of context.

  • Bob O'H says:

    Yeah, Grrl saw it. She's still fuming. It was great - we had a wonderful barbie over the weekend. Now she's calmed down to the level of re-heating pizza.

  • Kausik Datta says:

    Do I now have to add this blog to my Google Reader? Sigh! I just learned how to use Google Reader for the RSS, and added that blog and that other blog to it...
    The problem is, after that very lovely introduction, how can I not? So, yeah! I am looking forward to seeing a lot of fishy statistics... No, that didn't come out right. I meant, fish y statistics! I am all... punny today. Snicker.

  • Erika says:

    Hi both

    Liking the new blog and the first post, although I do think that the first post reads like a conversation on MSN or similar. (I suppose, for true authenticity, you would have to make every comment a response to the one two conversations ago, or something.)

    Looking forward to reading!

  • Ben Breuer says:

    Good to see that you (two) have opened up a new blog, and platform (yinz all). Inveterate Frankfurter that I am, I'm looking forward to more local blogging, whether on local paleoclimate research (Bob) or local ornithology (Grrl).

  • Albatrossity says:

    Will there still be mystery birds? Dunno if I would do too well with mystery fishes or mystery equations...

  • Bob O'H says:

    At the moment the mystery birds are at Maniraptora.

    Mystery equations. Hmmm. That's an idea.

  • Albatrossity says:

    "Mystery equations. Hmmm. Thatโ€™s an idea."

    And a very bad one, I might add.

    These are not the droids you are looking for...

  • ASWatch says:

    I believe this will be my new #1 Grrl-watching site, and the bonus BobO'H is nice too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Bob O'H says:

    We should advertise ourselves like that - New GrrlScientist Site, with added Bob O'H!

    In big sparkly letters, of course.

  • Tziporah says:

    I'm very happy to see this new site. Love the parrot in the banner....and I guess the cat is ok too. I want to hear about your experiences in Germany. I am so glad you two are together!

  • Chardyspal says:

    OOOOH! An Eclectus in the banner! is anyone in Germany doing research on the evolution, origin, hosts or vectors of borna virus? Is it a plant/insect virus that morphed into the world of mammals and birds by chance or via an intermediary such as the shrew?

  • efrique says:

    but the log-likelihood equation was the best bit...