2012 Impact Factor Wars

It’s that time of year again, when I post my list of selected impact factors. Controversial as impact factors are, they remain the main way in which journal quality is judged. The higher the impact factor, the more sought after...

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Mendeletion

How would people react if Starbucks bought their favorite local coffee shop? Or if Halliburton bought Greenpeace? Or if the Rebel Alliance… allied itself with the Galactic Empire? Judging by the outburst of the online scientific community one would think...

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Systems Biology Conferences 2013

Time for my annual post on systems biology conferences. This is becoming a bit of a tradition, after my corresponding posts in 2012 and 2011. As always, I am not claiming that this list is comprehensive, but I do make...

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As much as you can

My favourite Cavafy poem is a slightly obscure one. It has always spoken to me on a deeply spiritual level.   As much as you can by C. P. Cavafy Even if you cannot shape your life as you want...

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What’s in a name?

Voilà! In view, a humble vaudevillian veteran, cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of Fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is a vestige of the vox populi, now vacant, vanished. However, this valorous visitation of a by-gone vexation, stands vivified and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin vanguarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition. The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta, held as a votive, not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous. Verily, this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose, so let me simply add that it is my very good honour to meet you and you may call me V.

— V, in V for Vendetta

Hi. My name is also V. It’s not really. That’s not even a real name! My name is Vangelis. Unless you actually check my ID, which says that my name is Evangelos. It is about at this point that people...

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Systems Biology Conferences 2012

The year is well under way, so this post is very, very delayed. Still, I wanted to keep going with last year’s effort, so here is my version of the Systems Biology Conferences post for 2012. This list can never...

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I am V, not Anonymous

or: How I learned to stop worrying and love the changing meanings of the “V for Vendetta” mask.   In a BBC feature today, the Man himself, Mr Alan Moore, discussed the emergence of the Guy Fawkes mask that is...

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Ithaca

This is the best and most famous poem by Cavafy. Once, in London, I saw this poem pinned on the wall in the home of a French girl I was visiting. In a Spanish translation! Apparently, a Colombian guy had...

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