This blog is mostly for me to have a place to speak about issues that get my blood up in science and society but still be able to keep my day job, and prattle on about various topics in science that pique my interest but would never be published in traditional journal formats. For related but shorter commentary, have a look at my Twitter feed. Views expressed here are my own, and do not reflect those of my employer. I blog under my own name since I stand by the things I say, and (as of Feb 2013) will only accept comments made under verifiably real names.
The blog takes it’s name from Max Perutz’s book I Wish I’d Made You Angry Earlier: Essays on Science, Scientists and Humanity, which itself was based on an anecdote where Perutz told Lawrence Bragg that he was motivated to confirm Linus Pauling’s α-helix model because of “his fury over having missed that beautiful structure myself,” to which Bragg replied “I wish I had made you angry earlier!” To me, this story encapsulates the important, but often underappreciated, role of emotional motivation in great creative acts like science, art or blogging.