June 12, 2015

A friend of mine just got some new camera equipment and we filmed this little promo for the blog:


Thanks to Kyle Viterbo (@SciDidWhat) for the filming and editing.

February 27, 2015

I’m proud and excited to announce a new partnership with a great science communication organization: The Rising Ape Collective.  My ABCs series will be featured on their website under the Writes section and I’m hoping this is the beginning of long and productive relationship!

January 13, 2015

And now for something completely different!

We’re going to start a journey tomorrow and it’s going to be a lot of fun.  I will creating a lot more content, advertising more widely, and (hopefully) totally revamping the character of this blog.  The blog won’t be completely different though. As you have come to expect from ThoughtfulPharaoh, some things will stay the same: top notch writing, attempts at humour, and three-item lists.

So what is this journey?  The concept is rather simple.  There are a lot of interesting stories to be found in the world of science and I am going to pick 26 of them, one for each letter of the alphabet, to share with you.  The stories will come to you from all over the spectrum of science and I’m going to try and experiment with a few different formats.  The only thing they’ll have in common is that I think they are interesting.

So starting tomorrow, we’ll take a journey through an alphabet of things I find interesting.  Come back here every Wednesday over the next 26 weeks and join in!

December 13, 2014

There has been a dearth of announcements.  It seems like I only write here once a year, so here’s 2014’s contribution, a little bit late.  I have made it through the first semester of grad school and am ready to embark on an exciting project here in the new year.  I will be posting regularly and much more frequently.  Get excited, because I am!

April 3, 2013

After a semester-long absence, the Thoughtful Pharaoh returns.  I will be participating in the Essay-A-Week Challenge, issued long ago by the great Alec Thomson, renewed last year by the renowned Kacper Niburski, and put forward this year by the talented and gracious David Laing.  There are 16 topics and I will try to get to them all.  I will write an essay once a week, for 16 weeks.  That is the plan.

As an added challenge to myself, I want to put a science spin on each of the topics in an attempt to develop my science communication skills.

Good luck me!

See you soon, dear readers 🙂


October 18, 2012

I haven’t posted in a little while.  Last week I got busy and didn’t have time to reflect on the things I had learned in the previous week, and a reflection from the week before did not jive well with the blog format.  It involved graphs created in MS Word.  Wordpress did not like these graphs and so they did not make it onto my blog.  Suffice it to say that space-time diagrams are weird.  Also, they are awesome (in the true, “ERMAGERD my mind is being blasted out of my ears right now, I am in AWE of this phenomenon” way, not the “ohmagawd, that’s soo awesome!” way).  The part of the universe that falls outside of our light cones in called “The Elsewhere”.  I think that is really neat.  Also, a good friend of mine pointed out that the present doesn’t actually exist because the origin of the space-time diagram is infinitely small.  There is only the near past and the near future.

In the spirit of renewal, I changed my theme and I will soon post another reflection on something science related.  Also, I really didn’t like the old theme because I could only choose from a set of like 5 different pictures and I wanted to be able to put my own up.  I hope you enjoyed this and will enjoy the next posts.

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