I thought I was too late for the 2012 edition of the year-in-review meme (for which DrugMonkey has been keeping the flame alive), but Pascale, and ProflikeSubstance, and Bashir, and Dr. Becca all done did it too, so who am I to resist it?
The rules: Go to your blog's archives. For each month of 2012, link the first post, and follow it with the first sentence of that post. (Including the title of the post is totally optional; my sense is sometimes it's more fun to stare at the first sentence for a while to try to come up with a hypothesis about what the post was about without a title there to give it away.)
If you have a blog and haven't done this one yet yourself, consider yourself tagged! (That will teach you to go reading meme-ish blog posts!)
February: Or, maybe my mother did tell me about this particular reason to "clean up" images from deep space and I just wasn't paying attention?
April: Do you have an ethical dilemma?
May: I have long maintained that bodies are suboptimal vehicles with which to schlep minds around.
June: Two Fridays ago, I was poised to jump into what I hoped would be a very productive summer.
July: Overheard from the backseat of the Free-Ride hoopty as we were driving the Free-Ride offspring home from a visit to the Grandparents Who Lurk But Seldom Comment:
August: The Fall semester is now upon us, in much the same way you might imagine a ton of bricks or a locomotive would be upon us.
September: At my fair university, we are in the brief window of time between "drop day" (the date by which students need to drop a course if they don't want it to be listed on their transcript with a W, for "withdraw," next to it) and the "late add" deadline (after which, for all intents and purposes, you can't add a class).
November: We're coming into the home stretch of our annual DonorsChoose Science Bloggers for Students drive:
December: It has been eleven years since I was last on the market for an academic job, and about six years (if I'm remembering correctly) since I was last on a search committee working to fill a tenure-track position in my department.