David Perlmutter has had some reasonably interesting posts for junior faculty recently, though I think they apply to graduate students just as well. The following in particular caught my eye:
> Research is (A) studying something and then (B) publishing about it for the world to see and peers to evaluate. The two acts must occur in sequence for “research” to be completed.
> A good deed that goes bad in the world of research is when we forget about B in our pursuit of A.
From [“Good Deeds That Are Most Punished, Part 3: Research.”](http://chronicle.com/article/Good-Deeds-That-Are-Most/131707/)