[Three by Five] 10. Pilot Iroshizuku Chikurin Bamboo Forest Ink

What $100 purchase in the past 6 months has positively impacted your life?* A bottle of Pilot Iroshizuku Chiku-rin Bamboo Forest green ink. I've used green ink in my Lamy 2000 on-off over the years but I'd never tried one of Pilot's. Over the years I've used inks from Lamy, Mount Blanc, Parker, Pelikan, and Waterman. … Continue reading [Three by Five] 10. Pilot Iroshizuku Chikurin Bamboo Forest Ink

[Three by Five] #9 | Dragon: Norbert the Norwegian Notchback

Hagrid, Hogwarts' groundskeeper, always wanted a pet dragon. [Alert: Spoilers ahead.] He mentions it in passing early in Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone. Later, he goes on to win a huge black dragon egg from "some stranger during a game of cards." He reads Dragon Breeding for Pleasure and Profit and heats his prize … Continue reading [Three by Five] #9 | Dragon: Norbert the Norwegian Notchback

[Three by Five] 4. The Sprawl Triology

Netflix just started airing Altered Carbon. It's a rad take Richard K. Morgan's 2002 cyberpunk novel. One of my favorite genres, cyberpunk typically explores how the street repurposes tech, life in cyberspace and off-planet. Last fall, I reread William Gibson's Sprawl Trilogy - Neuromancer, Count Zero, and Mona Lisa Overdrive. (Neuromancer, BTW, is credited with … Continue reading [Three by Five] 4. The Sprawl Triology

2017: A Year Wraps and Good Riddance

Good Riddance 2017 It was a good year, but not without its challenges. The TL;DR is: mL grew more than 10 percent but is still down from its 2015 high. I co-authored and published What's Your Bio Strategy? I moderated a panel at SynBioBeta SF17 and keynoted at Biofabricate 4 and enjoyed it. I now … Continue reading 2017: A Year Wraps and Good Riddance

First Drafts: The Ugly, The Bad and The Good

Writing first drafts sucks. For the past few months, I’ve been co-writing What’s Your Bio Strategy? with SynBioBeta founder John Cumbers. We just completed the first draft. It feels monumental. The process of writing a first draft is an epic like Sergio Leone's classic spaghetti Western The Good, The Bad and The Ugly – one of … Continue reading First Drafts: The Ugly, The Bad and The Good

Career Advice to a Molecular Biologist Starting to Write

Write and write some more. Read the science media. Fill your head with the best writing you can find. Read The New Yorker. Read annual anthologies of the best writing -- not just science writing either. Here's The Best American Essays of 2016. Practice generating ideas on what to write every day. Especially after you read … Continue reading Career Advice to a Molecular Biologist Starting to Write