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Assuming my friends and family can come with and the world in question is this one? Not much.
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Orgo final was so awful I actually feel sick to my stomach. I had a B before I took the exam. I probably don't have one anymore. I don't even have anything to add to that.

Biochem final is less than forty-eight hours away. How I'm supposed to memorize about a thousand pages' worth of material in that amount of time when any thought of studying literally makes me want to curl into a ball is beyond me.

Just want to go home.
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Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.
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omg it was liek teh best movie evar!!!11!11!! so much better tahn taht lotr carp!!!11 teem jacob 4ever!!1!

please don't hurt me
bubonicwoodchuck: (the soma and sergei show)
overheard in our room )

tl;dr today two girls talked about giant robots. mlia.
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Happy 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, everyone!

(The German Department here celebrated by building several wall panels out of sheetrock and plywood and letting the entire campus go nuts on them with graffiti. Then we took crowbars to it and ate currywurst and it was great. I'll put some photos up when I have time.)
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Taking a break from outlining to post some more quotes:

"You don't have to memorize this. The guys who just walked out do, though. Tell the guys who walked out to memorize this." -Schildbach

"I don't understand. It's like leaving after you've eaten dessert. You have to stay for the boring conversation afterward." -Schildbach, on the guys who just walked out

"...and you get...alcohol. Yay!" -Schildbach

"It's time for another lameass demonstration!" -Schildbach

"I am going to my happy place." -Schildbach, crawling under a table and assuming the fetal position

"This is not from the Neuroscience Department! It would not be up to their standards of intellectual rigor! This is not from Public Health! They would not approve! This is from...Biology!" -Schildbach, passing out Halloween candy in a biohazardous waste bag

"The brain likes to be in control. Except for males in puberty, but..." -Schildbach

"37. I asked my daughter, who is nearly 3, if she would like to help me write an exam question.
She said yes. I asked her what it should be on. She said Elmo. And Dorothy. For those of you
who do not know, Elmo is a muppet character on Sesame Street and Dorothy is Elmo’s pet
goldfish. (Do not think too hard about a muppet owning a living creature - you will hurt yourself.)
Here goes:

Goldfish (including Dorothy) are unusual in that they can tolerate short-term anoxia (complete
oxygen deprivation)..." -Schildbach, on the 2006 midterm

"35. Your excitable lab partner has produced a drug that he swears is worth trillions of dollars in annual
sales. We know this could be true of only two things: a drug that can allow a person to eat and eat
without gaining weight, or a drug that can enable old men to have sex. Fortunately, this question is
about the former." -Schildbach, on the 2007 midterm

"How am I supposed to teach children this junk--I mean, stuff?" -John, Orgo TA, on career possibilities

"I'm going to get kicked out of grad school and have to become a table dancer to support myself!" -John, panicking about an impending exam
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...uhurrrdurrr you say 'which' like I have to pick one D:

Seriously though? All the fictional characters I crush on are very definitely not the dating type. Dates with them would probably consist of 1) trips to science museums, 2) trips to military history museums, or 3) a night on the town arresting hookers. :|

things

Oct. 23rd, 2009 01:01 am
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 Finally done with this round of midterms. Got a relatively high B in Biochem and the Orgo exam didn't feel terrible this morning, so hopefully I'll be all right. I don't know that I got an A in Orgo because I only had two days to study for it, thanks to Biochem, but I don't think I did terribly either. We'll see.

The nice thing about this is that I can finally get back to having something resembling a social life and come off my hiatus at Landel's. I think. I really want to write Soma's patient file but I don't know when I'll have the time. >.> Anyone know when Nightshift ends?

In other news, I finally saw Stubby after my exam this morning! For those of you who've friended me relatively recently, Stubby is a slightly neurotic squirrel who lives on the engineering quad. He is called Stubby because he has a little white tuft of fur where his tail used to be, but he does all right because he is exceptionally good at taking food from other squirrels. Everyone knows who he is and assigns various other names to him, such as Squabit and That Squirrel and What Is That. He isn't always out and about when I pass through the quad, so I hadn't seen him yet this year, but Yang and I spotted him as we came out of Hodson and we stopped to say hi. He came right up to us, so we gave him some of Yang's chewy granola bar. He does look a bit skinnier this year but he'll be all right.

Anyway, seeing him completely made my day. If I end up failing all my classes this year, I'm sure I can go live on the quad with him.
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 Taking a break from midterms to post some quotes.

"You all look so depressed. Why are you depressed? Let's talk about happy things." -John, Orgo TA

"He's going to be a ninja because he can. He's living the American dream." -John

"Give us a hug!" -Professor Schildbach, to a student volunteer, running into a table while demonstrating the effect of cholesterol on membrane fluidity at low temperatures

"Thankfully, as you can see, we did not succeed in hugging, she out of revulsion and I out of a desire to keep my job." -Professor Schildbach

"This next demonstration is...ah...well, has anyone ever been to a Grateful Dead concert? It's like there are these guys dancing in the front, and they're, ah...well, you have to be really stoned to do this dance. Is anyone here stoned?" -Professor Schildbach, who then proceeded to do a disturbingly good Stoned Hippie Dance
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two papers, a presentation, and two midterms next week. a little bit tired of constant exposure to people. not any specific people, mind you, just people in general. should have had off yesterday but didn't because we had off on labour day, and having an off day one week into classes is apparently the same thing as having an off day in the middle of the semester during midterms when the slightest thing gone wrong makes you want to snap and punch someone, anyone, in the face. and it isn't even anything specific again, just constant elevated levels of stress and i'm not doing well enough this year and and people and everything in between.

could've gone home this past weekend, but didn't. papers and med tutorial prevented that from happening.

would very much like to go home now.
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Down with Undefined Illness and Biochem (which is like a terrible relationship, it keeps on beating me up and breaking into my house and watching me sleep and sparkling eating the last of the cookies but asdfjkl; I still love it, it'll work out, really it will).

Here, have a meme to pass the time (like there's anyone who doesn't know the answers to these in any of my fandoms anyway, hurr durr):

Give me a fandom, and I'll tell you...

1. The first character I fell in love with:
2. The character I never expected to love as much as I do now:
3. The character everyone else loves that I don’t:
4. The character I love that everyone else hates:
5. The character I would shag anytime:
6. The character I'd want to be like:
7. The character I'd slap:
8. A pairing that I love:
9. A pairing that I despise:
10. Favorite character:
11. What are my five favorite things about the fandom.
12. What are my five least favorite things about the fandom.
13. Who are my five favorite characters.
14. Who are my five least favorite characters.
15. What are my five favorite pairings.
16. What are my five least favorite pairings.
17. Which character you are most like.
18. What is my deep, dark fandom secret.

aaaargh

Sep. 25th, 2009 10:29 pm
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...freshman year definitely did not count as real college. at all.

(dear dr. hill, if you are going to emphasize something over and over and over in your lectures, people will generally assume that it is on the test. i just spent a week and a half memorizing amino acid structures and pkas for absolutely nothing. thanks so much.)
bubonicwoodchuck: (geography)
First of all, hello to my new friends from Landel's! :D In case we haven't formally met (which I don't think we have), my name is Ireny and everyone I fangirl tends to die a tragic death or end up horribly maimed. This is not really everything about me you need to know, but it appears to be the most prominent facet of my personality (if you can even call it part of my personality), and every joke about me or conversation involving me usually wends its way toward "HURR DURR IRENY LIKES DEAD PEOPLE," so it's best to get that out of the way first.

I'm a Biology and German major and I'm hoping to become a pathologist someday. I'm involved in a decent amount of extracurricular stuff, including fencing and Chinese lion dance. Currently, my main fandoms are Les Miserables, Gundam 00, Temeraire, and Doctor Who (although I'm not actually in the fandom for that, I just watch and geek about it with my friends).

I think that's it. No doubt my flist will remind me if I forgot anything. :D

In other news! I am officially enrolled in the JHMI med tutorial! This brings my total credit count to Obscene and royally screws up my schedule (for one, the weekday sessions meet in the evening, which means I can't make Wednesday night Stammtisch anymore, sob sob sob), but I think it will be interesting.

Also, I donated blood again today! Tae, Felice, and I went in the morning and we ran into Dr. Horner, who's been plugging the blood drive for the last week. So we waved at him and he pointed at my Biologists Are Twisted T-shirt and gave me a thumbs-up. And then we all sat in the front row during Biochem Lab lecture with our bandaged arms very prominently displayed. Let it never be said that we missed a chance to suck up.

And finally, President Obama, what do you think you're doing, hanging out with sabreurs? I always had you pegged as a foilist.
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Hopkins student kills burglar with "samurai sword"

You know you're at Hopkins when 1) your first instinct is to make a pun along the lines of "I know we're cutthroat, but this is going a bit far," 2) you're more surprised at the fact that the guy actually managed to kill someone than that he had a sharpened katana, and 3) you immediately see about fifty Facebook status pages all making the same "Guy killed him. Killed him with a sword. How weird is that?" reference.

I love you, Hopkins. Never change.

ETA: Haha, it even made The Escapist. Is that something to be proud of?
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Among various attempts to find Chris a Chinese name for his class:

渴热死 (Thirsty Hot Death)
渴瑞士 (Thirsty Switzerland)
池裡頭髮 (Clogged Hair In Basin)

Eventually, tiring of our dissolving into hysterical laughter every time someone came up with a new name, Chris proposed that he pick a meaning and let us come up with a name that didn't match his phonetically. The following exchange occurred:

WE
What kind of name are you looking for?

CHRIS
...like, maybe you can just give me a famous name. Like a famous strategist or--

WE
*in unison* NO.

CHRIS
Wait, what?

WE
First, that would be like calling you, I don't know, Abraham Lincoln or something. Second of all, no one in the Wing would consent to calling you that.

CHRIS
Call me what?

WE
*quickly change the subject*
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PROFESSOR FALZONE
...so let me know in advance if you have troubles in the family, like if your grandmother dies or something. Grandmothers tend to take a big hit in this class.


PROFESSOR SCHILDBACH
We don't curve, we normalize. Because there are some of you who are just too smart for your own good, and could you just leave the rest of us mortals alone? Yeah, thanks.


PROFESSOR SCHILDBACH, ON CPS QUESTIONS
We like to think there's some sort of pedagogical value in the questions we ask. We know there isn't, but...please. Allow us this fantasy.


PROFESSOR SCHILDBACH, ON YEAR-END REVIEWS
...and we do like constructive criticism, as long as it isn't along the lines of "Fire Schildbach, let Fisher do all the lectures."


JOHN, ORGO TA
*drawing on the board* Does anyone know which alcohol this is?

CONFERENCE
*silence*

JOHN
You should. It is ethanol, the alcohol most commonly found in your...recreational beverages.


JOHN
What is that one word? That hugging word...Embrace, that's it.


JOHN
Does everyone get this? ...good. So if you get it wrong on your exam, I will take off a thousand points.


JOHN
When I was an undergrad, I saw so many carbons drawn with five bonds. It was disgraceful.


JOHN
Just out of curiosity, how many of you are hardcore Chem majors? Like--you want to pursue an actual career in chemistry?

CONFERENCE
*two hands*

JOHN
And how many of you are premeds?

CONFERENCE
*twenty hands*

JOHN
*Vader nooooooooooooooooooooooooooo*
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DR. HORNER
*holding a glass pipette and pipetting tool* There are two ways to injure yourself while inserting the glass pipette. One is if you do this - *holds the pipette by the far end and twists it into the tool* - because then you will find that the pipette can puncture soft tissue very quickly. Don't worry, we have a very good hospital down the road, they're capable of regrowing nerves, and your hand will be as good as new in six to eight weeks. The other way to injure yourself is you do this - *twists pipette in the exact same way* - because I will see you doing it, and then I will kill you.
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The entire Wing has now moved in completely, and this is how you know:

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