Ask me anything: Reddit thread open for Mahola video interview

July 26th, 2011 → 8:02 pm @

Mahalo, the “human search engine” with the motto “Learn anything,”^ has asked me to take part in their “ask me anything” author video series. If you have a question you’d like to throw into the mix, put it in the comments of this Reddit thread before tomorrow, June 27, at 4pm Eastern time.

I’m sure there’ll be lots of questions about The Panic Virus, but as the name of the feature indicates, it’ll cover pretty much everything — and some of the questions posted up there so far have to do with the future of print media (a topic I write about in this week’s New York magazine) and the common threads between my books. I’ll be answering some of the most interesting queries via Skype; the video will be posted sometime in the next week.

^ Mahalo is a Hawaiian word that actually means “thank you.” If you haven’t previously checked it out, there’s an explanation of  how the Mahalo Answers work here and the answers to some other Mahalo FAQ over here.

Post Categories: Housekeeping & Interviews

STICKY POST: Look me up in the Public Library of Science

May 29th, 2011 → 8:12 pm @

At the end of April, I moved my blog to the Public Library of Science’s Blog Network. Since then, I’ve been trying to figure out the best way to keep readers of this site informed about what’s going on over there. There doesn’t seem to be any elegant solution…at least that I’ve been able to figure out.

So: from now on, those folks interested in The Panic Virus Blog should go here — and for those of you who prefer using RSS readers, you can get my feed here.

I’m also on Twitter, I recently joined Tumblr, and I’m going to be building up The Panic Virus Facebook page over the next few weeks — so there’ll be plenty of ways to keep up with what’s going on.

Post Categories: Blog & Housekeeping

Even more Science Online 2011’ers…

May 5th, 2011 → 12:28 pm @

In my haste to get through all of my work yesterday while simultaneously letting folks know about my move over to the PLoS Blog Network, I left off four (geesh!) ScienceOnline 2011’ers who are also on the site, namely…Emily Anthes (Wonderland) , Peter Janiszewski (Obesity Panacea) , Martin Fenner (Gobbledygook), and John Rennie (The Gleaming Retort). They’re all excellent, too…

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A move to the PLoS blog network

May 4th, 2011 → 7:49 pm @

Two days after The Panic Virus was released, I traveled to North Carolina’s Research Triangle for ScienceOnline 2011, aka #SciO11. The annual conference, which has been transformed into one of the premier science journalism events in the world, is the brainchild of Bora Zivkovic and Anton Zuiker — and it’s no exaggeration to say that it changed my life. (Thanks again, Rebecca Skloot and Ivan Oransky, for lighting a fire under my ass and making sure I attended.) (more…)

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