Here is the 2011 version (see original 2011 link for footnotes here).
Had a chance to read over 500 comments (from various places where the ranking was reposted, etc), and we’re working hard to change things accordingly (i.e. the power of peer review in action!) Stay tuned…
Essentially, it started with a challenge of giving me strange technical terms that I would have to incorporate into a song. The words that immediately came back included Epiglottis, Flagella, Dictyostelium, Homo erectus, and Phthalates.
And so, I went ahead and wrote something pretty quick about how sometimes it’s kind of wonderful to revel in jargon, especially when you’re nattering on with your scientific peers. In some ways, I kind of feel like it’s my own unofficial theme song to the ScienceOnline2013 conference coming up in January. This is my tribe – we talk science, and we love it.
Play above or here is the mp3 to check out, and lyrics reprinted below.
One of these days, I’ll have to re-record a second take (sound levels are very low), and maybe with a capo on the second fret to move it up vocally a bit. Also, you may notice that the word Phthalate didn’t make the song – that was more because I didn’t know how to pronounce it! If you let me know how to say it properly, maybe I’ll write a song just about that.
JARGON FUELED WAYS
I notice something today
About the way you talk in jargon fueled ways
It’s those crazy words that you say
That make me realize about your jargon fueled ways
Those things you sing to me acapella
Like dictyostelium and flagella
You shout out stuff like homo erectus
Always great to hear epiglottis
So when you think you will say
The sort of things in your own jargon fueled way
And let’s just say it’s o.k.
That I kind of love your jargon fueled ways.