The Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center blew up our cartoon!
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by Matthew (@MCeeP)
2d ago
As you might imagine ErrantScience cartoons end up printed out and posted in lots of strange places beyond social media. One of the things we absolutely love is getting photos of our cartoons stuck to walls, fridges, equipment and even chairs. Feedback is always a tricky thing to capture but seeing our work in people’s lives is very gratifying. But even though we’re very used to seeing our work out in the world it was a surprise at the end of 2022 to see our work hurtling in an incalculable number of pieces all over the New Mexico desert. To explain, we have to go back a little to March 2021 ..read more
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Where oh were does all the waste go
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by Matthew (@MCeeP)
2w ago
Given the exotic and exciting things that scientist play with and produce you’d think that waste disposal would be staggeringly complicated. Special buckets for certain kinds of goo, shredders for tentacles and mops specifically for flaming puddles would seem to be the bare minimum an average lab would need. Actually things are so much simpler. If it’s solid chuck it in the hazardous waste bin. If it’s liquid pour it down the sink with lots of water, job done. The above is a joke. Scientific waste is mind boggling complicated and we totally do have different buckets for different goo and there ..read more
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2023 here we come!
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by Matthew (@MCeeP)
1M ago
So it’s been a while since I wrote a sort of end of year ErrantScience update. As the name implies I did do these yearly but I had to stop them around the time we switched ErrantScience to the now very popular company strategy of “oh god put that fire out, no not that one, THAT one!” But I’m pleased to report the fires are out, the ashes have stopped smouldering and there some happy little green shoots have starting to poke up in their place one of them was even holding a little sign that said “this metaphor is pretty tortured, please stop”. It’s hard to wrap up what’s gone on since I last wr ..read more
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Live cartooning AI4SD
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by Matthew (@MCeeP)
11M ago
As you may already know, as well as making various silly comics ErrantScience also makes custom cartoons on request. Sometimes these are cartoons based on a paper, or a thesis which we craft over a period of a few weeks involving lots of edits and careful consideration. Other times these are cartoons based on a talk which I have to slam out in 15 minutes before the speaker gets off the stage. A few weeks back I drew FOURTY FOUR of these quick cartoons for AI4SD’s 2022 Conference as part of live cartooning the event. Each cartoon is based on the AI4SD talks covering AI and Machine Learning with ..read more
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Lab news article: IF AI = 1 THEN Partridge = 0
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by Matthew (@MCeeP)
1y ago
Contemplating the potential for personal redundancy as a result of too much daydreaming, Dr Matthew Partridge risks another few hours musing over the benefits and limits of laboratory processes run entirely by super-efficient, highly focused AI and robotics ..read more
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Store is shut (for now)
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by Matthew (@MCeeP)
1y ago
As of this week the ErrantScience store is closed. We’re very sorry for this as I know many of you enjoy our yearly xmas card and other badge goodies. Sadly however we have not yet managed to negotiate the complex and annoying Brexit based paperwork we need to keep the store open. Currently we can have the store open but we can’t ship to anyone in the EU… which is about 70% of our sales. We have just about worked out how to re-open it again in 2022 but we need a few months to get the paperwork sorted and check that we’ve done everything properly (or at least properly to whatever the current ma ..read more
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How to do social media for researchers, a talk for Boston University
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by Matthew (@MCeeP)
1y ago
So I don’t think we talk enough about all things that we do here at ErrantScience. Over the last year we’ve gotten really good at doing projects with people and then quietly moving the work from a folder called ‘do this’ to one called ‘archive’. This struck me as a bit daft considering that one of the things that we did recently was give a talk at Boston University specifically highlighting how researchers should share their work more… so here we are taking our own advice and we’re gonna tell you all about our talk: How to Use Social Media to Promote Your Expertise and Engage Target Audiences ..read more
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Cartooning the squirrels and snow in Dr Duperat’s PhD thesis
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by Matthew (@MCeeP)
1y ago
So a few months back we were contacted by Marine Duperat a PhD candidate from Quebec working in Forest Sciences to commission a comic to go in her thesis. Marine went on to describe her life in the world of Forest Research and listed all the things she thought were worth a comic: We lost an incredible amount of stuff in the deep snow cover Snow was always falling from the trees on our head. Squirrels were eating our wires Our strain gauges (on the tree) ended up covered of ice… A porcupine ate the wood panel (and pooped on it ….) We had a hard time making work the experiment, it was always fa ..read more
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ErrantScience, now also available in Italian!
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by Matthew (@MCeeP)
1y ago
So we’ve been making ErrantScience in some form since 2012 (this year actually marks our 9 year anniversary). Since then people from all over the world have read and (hopefully) enjoyed our cartoons, blog posts, animations and even on a few rare occasions, videos. The content we’ve made has changed over time and morphed and evolved to match both what people want and what we enjoy creating. Finding the balance between creating content that people are looking for and what we can, or want to create is always tricky. For example we’ve had numerous requests for more comics about coffee but as a tea ..read more
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All the live cartoons for #RSCPoster 2021
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by Matthew (@MCeeP)
2y ago
This year we have again been live cartooning the Royal Society of Chemistry’s amazing twitter poster conference RSCPoster. In 24 hours we produced 14 cartoon abstracts and one video. It was exhausting and lots of fun. You can read all the tweets we shared at the link below. ErrantScience RSCPoster tweets You can also see all the cartoon abstracts we produced in the gallery below. If you click on the images to make them larger. Enjoy ..read more
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