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Hi everyone.

I'm an Anglo-American university biology & chemistry instructor, and lab manager.

My main interests are cycling & exercise physiology (researching, reviewing, training, racing), reading (science, philosophy, fiction) and writing (mainly about cycling, but also more broadly).

My website (ianbgibson.com) has much more.

Unsurprisingly, I'm here to discuss all aspects of writing.

Cycling Training! Show more

Here's the first of a three-part guide to genetics:

The Complete Dummy's Genetics Guide for Idiots, Part One

Why do some traits appear in grandparents and grandchildren, skipping the intervening generation? Are there really genes for intelligence, running, mental arithmetic? More broadly, are we in any sense controlled by our genes? How far has our understanding of genetics advanced in recent years, and where is the field heading? ..

articles.ianbgibson.com/geneti

Training Notes! Show more

I was actually quite good at poker when I wrote this basic strategy guide a few years ago. I just re-read it and as far as I can tell it still holds up.

The Basics of Poker

This article is aimed at poker novices and casual players: maybe you've watched a few episodes of televised poker and you want to know why the players did what they did, or maybe you play in an occasional home game and wonder why you rarely win...

articles.ianbgibson.com/the-ba

The Darkness

The Narrow Road to the Deep North, by Richard Flanagan

Although its subject matter makes it heavy going, there's no doubt that every fan of literature should read this. Flanagan's novel won the 2014 Booker Prize, and most of it is truly excellent...

articles.ianbgibson.com/the-da

cycling log! Show more

The Story of Storytelling

Phylogenetics of folktales: how stories are transmitted through and connect generations and cultures.

harpers.org/archive/2019/03/th

I'm currently going through and re-publishing some of my old articles on my new website.

Here's the latest:

Film Review: Carlito's Way

This is a magnificent (and somewhat underrated) film, directed by Brian De Palma. More nuanced than Scarface and The Untouchables, it's also better acted. All the main cast are fantastic: Pacino, seemingly relishing his role, is much better here than he was in his previous film Scent of a Woman...

articles.ianbgibson.com/street

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Sometimes I don't know what to do about the fluctuation of moods and energy levels, one day so sure, the next, not. To what extent can we shape our writing routine to combat that, building a rhythm, a set of habits that work, that lead to writing, that lead to finding wherever your mind was when you wrote that the day before, the week before. It's called consistency. Yet we are not consistent beings. We are emotive, innovative, reactive creatures. Oh well. Part of the challenge.

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Wrote an article for opensource.com about starting a community with :

WriteFreely: Start a blog, build a community
opensource.com/article/19/2/wr

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Today I had lunch with a friend, a writer, teacher, innovator. She has helped me take chances -- to go with ideas that I knew to be good. In return, I read her stories and tell her what I think; honestly; specifically. She writes a short story a month. With my critique of her, with my work at Young Writers Project, and in journalism it has been about reaching audience. I told her I didn't care anymore. Audience was of no matter. I am doing it for the enjoyment. And I feel freed.

(I just switched my primary instance over from scholar.social)

Hi everyone.

I'm an Anglo-American university biology & chemistry instructor, and lab manager.

My main interests are cycling & exercise physiology (researching, reviewing, training, racing), reading (science, philosophy, fiction) and writing (mainly about cycling, but also more broadly).

My website (ianbgibson.com) has much more.

Unsurprisingly, I'm here to discuss all aspects of writing.

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