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2011-04-13 08:30 pm
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Writer's Block: It's cold outside

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I love cold weather. I think once it hits the single digits Fahrenheit, I'm somewhat displeased, but I don't get seriously cross about it unless it drops below zero. Now warm weather is something I can't stand. I'm a heat pansy, I think my tolerance is like 85F or something and then I start whining really a lot. The amount of whining is proportional to the humidity, too.

My favorite part of this, by the way, is seeing the sheer number of people from California going "omg like 60F" followed by about twenty Russians posting "-32F."
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2011-01-30 12:01 am
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We managed to get to New York after all!

And we were in the studio audience for Thursday's Colbert Report!

It was so excellent it almost makes up for the fact that classes start on Monday!

(More to come, I'm just exhausted. Watch this space.)
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2011-01-26 01:22 pm
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fml continued

Okay, so I set like a new land speed record for fastest Western blot ever done and sprinted all the way down to Hurd Hall...only to get turned away at the door along with like what seemed like half of Asia. I didn't even catch a glimpse of him.

...on the bright side, at least I got within twenty-five meters of Dr. James Watson?

ETA: And now BoltBus has canceled our tickets to New York tomorrow on account of impending snowstorm of death. We had tickets to the Colbert Report.

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2011-01-25 08:45 pm

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Good things about being a research assistant at my lab:

-The lab is small, everyone knows everyone else, and everyone gets along with everyone else.
-You get your own project within half a year of joining the lab.
-The PI is personally invested in your project and so stops by every day to give you helpful advice.

Bad things about being a research assistant at my lab:

-Because of all of the above, you're in the lab from 9 to 5 running about a billion Western blots all at the same time and can't afford to sneak across the street to the hospital proper when Dr. James Watson (of, you know, Watson and Crick fame) is giving a presentation.

maybe i can pay the postdoc to cover my gels for two hours
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2011-01-18 02:08 pm
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Writer's Block: Universally speaking

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Wojtek the Soldier Bear. End of story.
bubonicwoodchuck: (mannschaft)
2010-12-12 04:54 pm

wie sagt man "lab monkey" auf deutsch?

Spoke to my PI--there might be an unpaid summer internship available in Freiburg, as he's got a colleague over there. The chances of my getting in are pretty good, as I've been a pretty reliable worker over the six months that I've been here, and I'll probably do pretty well in Freiburg since the lab over there is working on the same stuff we are.

The only problem is that this is an independently arranged project, so I won't be eligible for the DAAD scholarship. And living expenses in Germany are, shall we say, somewhat high.

But it's a start! Now I have to decide which of my organs to sell so I can actually pay rent over there. Not my liver, though, I'm going to be needing that.

I do realize that just about 99% of my LJ posts these days are about me trying to go to Germany, and for that I can only apologize, but, um. This is kind of a big deal for me. So.
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2010-11-30 05:09 pm

then i defy you, stars

I hereby resolve that by the time I graduate in May of 2012, I will have done the following.

1. Lived in Germany for at least three months.
2. Pursued a worthwhile academic venture during that time, preferably related to the study of biology.
3. Gone to at least one 1. Bundesliga football game and one National football game during that time.
4. Received financial aid, whether by grant or by scholarship, for at least the first two goals.
5. Punched everyone who got in the way of the above in the middle of their face.

I expect all of you to hold me to that. Especially the last one.
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2010-11-14 05:28 pm
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yay classes

Tentative schedule for next semester:

behind the cut! )
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2010-09-27 02:18 am

In which Ireny has a Dilemma

My mother? Has just given me implicit permission to study abroad.

This is enormous. This is--something I've never even thought was possible, something I've wanted to do for years and years and years but have never really seriously considered because of how unbelievably dead set my parents have been on four-years-undergrad-med-school-residency-fellowship-life-in-medicine, with absolutely no room for deviations.

I only wish she hadn't waited until my junior year to tell me this.

Theoretically, I could do it. It's possible. Hopkins has just started an exchange program with the Technische Universit√§t M√ľnchen. I'm not a confident speaker by any stretch of the imagination, but I feel as if I've reached the point in my German where I would be comfortable reading and writing it on a regular basis, and anyway isn't the point of study abroad to improve your grasp of the language? Professor Tobias, my German advisor, is dead set on my going. I am dead set on my going. It's in Munich. I've dreamed of going to Munich. There are no words for how much I want to go to Munich.

The problem is that getting there requires taking the MCAT a full six months earlier than I'd originally intended to (to keep my summer free for the six-week Praktikum required by our study abroad office), requires my cramming all five of my remaining required classes for my Biology major into two semesters (I am sort of reluctant to take a Biology course in German, and even if I weren't, I don't know that I would receive credit for it), requires a certainty in what I want to do after I graduate (fall of senior year is medical school applications: I'd probably have to take a gap year if I wanted to study abroad).

Simply put? I'm terrified. I want this so much it's almost painful. But I'm not sure if I have the ability to organize the next three years of my life into tiny, precise boxes and make it all happen.
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2010-09-17 08:37 pm
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I keep forgetting this place exists.

Have a meme stolen from [livejournal.com profile] chowderfiend! Comments are screened, will unscreen individual responses upon request.

01. Your middle name, or explain your chosen name:
02. Mental age:
03. Single or taken:
04. Favorite book:
05. Favorite song or album:
06. What do you believe is your calling in life? Your greatest passion?
07. What's your worst recurring nightmare/biggest fear?
08. Faith, has you any? And if so, what, and if not, why not?:
09. Do we know each other outside of LJ? Do we want to?
10. What's your philosophy on life?
11. Is the bottle half-full or half-empty?
12. Would you tell me something painful if it was in my best interest?
13. What is your favorite memory of us?
14. What is your favorite guilty pleasure?
15. Tell me one odd/interesting fact about you:
16. You can have three wishes what are they?
17. What is your favorite food?
18. Which country is your spiritual home?
19. What is your big weakness?
20. Do you think I'm a good person?
21. What was your best/favorite subject at school?
22. Describe your accent:
23. If you could change anything about me, would you?
24. What do you wear to sleep?
25. Gender identity?
26. Affectionate/sexual orientation?
27. If I only had one day to live, what would we do together? (If you have no idea, just say something crazy, it'll entertain me!)
28. Will you repost this so I can fill it out for you?
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2010-09-02 12:15 am

Writer's Block: Ground Control to Major Tom

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I don't actually have a sufficiently witty answer, I'm just extremely amused and pleased at the sheer number of DeLoreans and TARDISes currently decorating the answer page for this.
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2010-08-31 01:40 am
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we have been working in a lab for too long

I've just transferred my laundry.

Did you...wash it first?


(immediately descends upon TAE and IRENY)
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2010-07-07 11:57 pm
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it's okay, germany, you're still number one to me
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2010-07-04 02:12 pm
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Happy Fourth of July to my fellow Americans! :D
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2010-06-01 09:35 pm
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I haven't posted on here in the longest time, but to make a long story short: I passed all my classes, am back in Baltimore and all moved in, and my research position starts tomorrow. :D Life is good.

Photos of the house and stuff to follow shortly! Just letting you lot know I haven't forgotten about you. ♥

The only current downside is that we have to go to the library for internet at the moment, since Comcast doesn't come until Friday. But that is a small price to pay.
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2010-03-31 11:30 pm

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Well played, JHU. Now if you could only extend that sense of humor to, you know, everything else...
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2010-02-02 10:39 pm

adventures in cell bio lab

"Now, I'm not asking you to draw something worthy of the Maryland Institute College of Art. Actually, if you did ask MICA how to draw a cell, you would probably end up with something like this--" (draws a parallelogram on the board) "--and here's the nucleus--" (draws a blobby half-circle floating outside of the parallelogram) "--and the Golgi apparatus--" (spiky scribble hanging off the paralellogram) "--and here is the cell's internalized angst." (tiny angry circles in the parallelogram) -Horner

"I went to MIT. And I can tell you that you are all just as smart as the students there. Well, a little better at English, and a lot worse at math..." -Horner, attempting to give a pep talk

Have I mentioned that I love the biology department here yet?
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2010-01-02 01:36 pm
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More extensive thoughts on End of Time Part Two to come in a bit, but first and most importantly...

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2009-12-28 11:50 am
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2009-12-25 04:23 pm
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ps. if you are in the uk please cut your end of time spoilers, i am a poor american without bbc america who cannot torrent until sunday it as i will be traveling. thank you :<