Here’s what I’ve been up to this summer …
Someone asked me why I looked so tired last week (it was probably the drooling that tipped them off). Another person noticed that I hadn’t been posting quite as much this past couple months.
It occurs to me that I’ve written almost 9,000 posts on this humble science blog. I’ve made 14 episodes of IOTBS for the YouTubes. Plus, ya know, life. I’ve been burning my candle at three ends.
So, what have I been up to? Why was I in need of some medical-grade relaxation?
- I graduated with my Ph.D. in May. Turns out those things are rather stressful. Now, I am a wizard, +2 pipetting ability, +3 knowledge of biochemical spells, vulnerabilty = needs coffee to do anything.
- Weeks before, I birthed, with no epidural, a 150-page self-torture device known as a “dissertation”.
- I received this amazing science writing fellowship from AAAS. So just two weeks after graduating, I put all my important belongings into two suitcases, kissed my wife and dogs goodbye (worst day evar), and took off to San Francisco for the summer/winter.
- For two months, I wrote for WIRED’s science page. You can read all my articles from the summer here. I’m most proud of this one.
- I made lots of new friends at the WIRED offices.
- Must explore ALL THE SAN FRANCISCO. My feet are still tired.
- Because I had to be away from Austin all summer, I filmed all the episodes of It’s Okay To Be Smart that you’ve seen since May in the course of two weeks. That was fun, but tiring.
- I got to hang with some fans of my YouTube show and blog at an Exploratorium meetup. Exploratorium is like Disneyland for science freaks like us. It was great to meet all of you.
- I went to VidCon and it changed my life. Meeting fans and getting to know the brilliant minds behind other science shows. I never knew it was possible to love what you do as much as I love what I do.
- I changed my Tumblr avatar. This was perhaps the most difficult thing of all. The SCIENTIST shirt shall return, in its own way. The shades live on in our hearts (and on my face, when it’s sunny).
- Instead of flying home after my summer/winter in San Francisco, I went to Washington D.C. to meet with some VIPs at PBS headquarters. I also filmed a few episodes, including this scene on a carousel, because I have no shame.
I’m glad to be home, and I’m glad to be rested. I’m so excited. I’m so energized. I’m chomping at the bit and ready to rock. Now, every day when I wake up, I get to spend my day exploring the world of amazing moments of science and touring through creations of intelligence, and then I get to share them with all of you. Who could ask for a better job?
Thanks to everyone who’s helped me stay sane, who’s tuned into my curiosity frequency and come on any part of this journey with me, from my first Tumblr post to my latest YouTube video.
Let’s go see what we can discover together.