You know, when I first stumbled into this crazy bloggy world, I had no idea how things worked. I'd just started a blog myself, and then come to find there were all these other blogs! And you could say stuff to people on blogs! I left a comment or two, and I commented under the name "Becca" because, well, it was my name! What were the chances that anyone else would be commenting under MY NAME?
Now, some of you are laughing at this, and others of you are like, Right! Dr Becca, you are the only Becca on the internet! Those of you who are laughing are laughing because you know that sharp-witted, frequent commenter becca--aka @sciliz--and I are indeed very different people*, and that even though she doesn't have a blog of her own, she is perhaps even better known in certain circles of the 'sphere than I am.
For those of you who are confused, let's break it down piece by piece, starting with a little something I like to call The Probability of Being an Early Career Scientist in 2011 Named Rebecca.
Exhibit A: Rebecca's popularity, through time. Notice, if you will, that there was a HUGE spike in people choosing to name their baby girls Rebecca between approximately 1973 and 1981, a range that covers my own birth, and I'm willing to guess probably that of becca as well (or at least comes close).
So you see, given that a large proportion of science-academia blog readers are early career scientists/academics (data not shown) who were thus likely born in the 70s and 80s, it was in fact extremely likely that when I arrived late to the party, there was already someone there with my name. As further evidence, I offer the anecdote that in my small graduate program alone, there were four Rebeccas to matriculate over 3 years.
Exhibit B: We talk to each other. Both on Twitter:
And on my blog:
Do you really think I have nothing better to do with my time than create a same-named alter-ego in order to have conversations with myself?
Exhibit C: DrugMonkey demonstrates what would be a chronological paradox re: major career events, were becca and I actually one person. Back in March, I signed my offer letter with New Job University. Exciting times! DrugMonkey's been following my career ups and downs from the beginning, and he was kind enough to post some words of congrats on his Scienceblogs site. Then, just a few weeks ago, becca passed a major milestone herself--she defended her thesis! And again, DrugMonkey (though this time on Scientopia--hmm...) offers his heartfelt congrats. Chronologically, then--presuming time is linear--it would be nigh impossible for me to have completed 6 years of a post-doc, secured a tenure-track faculty position, and THEN defended my thesis. The world just doesn't work this way, people!
Finally, to toast the first becca but second Dr Becca on the internet, I offer a cocktail. As you may have noted above, she likes the gin, and so last night I prepared one of the most classic gin cocktails in existence--the Aviation Cocktail.
The Aviation is so named because of its cloudy, sky-blue color, which it gets from the elusive Créme de Violette liquer, a lightly sweet and floral liqueur that existed, and then didn't , and now exists again. Its bottle has a cool art deco-y look to it that pleases me.
The Aviation Cocktail
3 oz gin
1/2 oz Luxardo Maraschino
1/4 oz Créme de Violette
1/2 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
Add all ingredients to an ice-filled shaker, and shake vigorously. Strain into a cocktail glass with a brandied cherry. Enjoy!
* that is, two very different people both created by Janet D Stemwell (maybe)...