If you are in Germany and have a PhD, you can be charged with a criminal offence for calling yourself "doctor", according to The Great Beyond. Apparently seven scientists from the country’s most prestigious academic organisation, the Max Planck Society, are facing charges of impersonation. As Daniel Cressey, Great Beyond blogger, points out, Italians planning to holiday in Germany should exercise special caution, as there, the title "Dottore" is frequently given to people who hold mere undergraduate degrees.
Via Frank Wilson at Books, Inq., here is a hilarious account of Karen Heller’s terrible life. "My story is especially compelling as a former gang member, not only of the Bloods in Los Angeles…but also Baader-Meinhof in West Germany and Shining Path in Peru. Name a group of thugs, I ran with them. Against my will, mind you, but I ran." Read on, read on. As Frank writes, to think he sat next to Karen for so many years, and never knew a thing.
John Battelle (king of search) links to a TV download of The True Story of the Internet, a documentary by John Heileman. The series is "about a revolution — the technological, cultural, commercial and social revolution that has radically changed our lives. And for the first time on television, we hear how it happened from the men and women who made it possible." If you prefer book form, I can recommend A Brief History of the Internet: Origins of the Future, by John Naughton, whose approach is probably more historical than the TV programme (which I haven’t seen).
And finally, for this post, how many hours a week do you work? Female Science Professor asks how "we accomplish anything (or, at least, enough) in a job that could take infinite time, even if we didn’t do anything else"? Among other points, she writes about her "family system (instituted when the offspring appeared) in which I get 3 nights/week to do whatever I want (work, not work, do errands, sit in a cafe and compose haiku, make cat videos for posting on YouTube etc.), and my husband gets 3 nights/week to do whatever he wants (work)."