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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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I've just transferred my laundry.

Did you...wash it first?


(immediately descends upon TAE and IRENY)
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Does anyone remember that Watson/Crick poem that was submitted to Collage about three years ago, and how we were completely and utterly confused by it?

I just watched Life Story, and now I am no longer confused.

Seriously - I - just go watch it. Ignore the low rating; that is the work of humorless, uncultured high school students who don't appreciate genius when they see it. I wish I had watched it in high school biology.

Because it's brilliant. It's glorious. It's hysterical. It's the best made-for-TV movie in the history of made-for-TV movies. That is, if your idea of brilliant is like mine and involves older British men in suits and glasses who spend two hours drinking tea and exchanging horrifically nerdy witty banter and fencing and making :D faces and running slow-mo through the streets of Cambridge screaming about SCIENCE. Which you know it is.

There's quite a good deal of accuracy and solid facts packed into the movie as well as some very good points made about the nature of the modern scientific community and the ethical issues raised thereby, and I know this because I wrote something like that on the Biology in Film evaluation form. But really, you're going to watch this movie for the banter and the :D face Crick makes when he's happy.

Also, I made Yang ship it - or at the very least incapable of unseeing it. Should I be proud?
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That is all.

(Credit goes entirely to the folks who comment on [livejournal.com profile] beatonna.)
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Took the shuttle to the Welch Library this morning; the librarian at the Institute of the History of Medicine had organized a considerable number of old texts for us to look at. This, of course, made me ridiculously happy in a horrifically geeky way (they had a copy of the Articella from 1506! And a first edition copy of De Fabrica! And five-hundred-year-old medical texts in German I could partially understand! And we could touch them! And! Just! Eeee!).

Headed back to the Homewood campus for lunch and then took the shuttle to Welch again for Shigehisa Kuriyama's discussion and Q&A session concerning his recent paper (the aforementioned one about poo).

I really do love the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology department; it's very small, so it's easy to get to know people and you're not just another face to the professors. Professor Pomata and I talked a little bit about the Kuriyama paper in the elevator - it really is interesting how he took the classical humoral theory and looked at it from a completely different perspective - and besides myself, Dan and Jesse were the only undergrads who even bothered to show up, but we soon fell to discussing the paper between the three of us anyway. Also there was coffee and cookies.

...okay, that, and my dress sense (turtleneck sweater, jeans, etc.) fits right in with all the grad students and professors (two of whom were actually wearing tweed). Which may not necessarily be a good thing.

Anyway. Professor Kuriyama's talk was an extremely interesting one, and the Q&A session that followed was equally informative, even if it dragged on a little long to completely hold my interest. But I did learn a lot, and I've pretty much decided that I'm at least going to minor in HoSMT, if not major in it; I'll have more than enough time to do so. I've just loved every single lecture I've attended, and this talk pretty much decided it for me.

After the Q&A session, I solidified my status as loser dorkwad geek extraordinaire by producing my copy of The Expressiveness of the Body and asking Professor Kuriyama if he would sign it, which he did. Dan laughed at me, but I think Professor Kuriyama was kind of flattered and anyway it is a good book, so, um, there. Dx

And now you may have this absolutely hysterical link that [livejournal.com profile] ainu_laire also posted, just to remind you that I'm not only a geek academically (as if you needed reminding): Suicide at the Council of Elrond.

"You know, some of us don't base our policy positions on a literal interpretation of the Simarillion. Particularly since the pro-Elvish bias of that text is obvious to any disinterested observer."


Jan. 24th, 2008 02:58 pm
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What's even better is that Mommy, with her crazy library connections, got the Fremantle Diary for me (I've wanted to read it ever since we read The Killer Angels freshman year). I've barely started it and I already know I'm going to app him for [livejournal.com profile] liberty_flight. That is, if they'll take actual historical figures.

It is seriously the most hysterical book I have read in I-don't-know-how-long. You know how the chapter headings are set up in Going Postal, with the Capitalizations and Brief Summary of each Chapter's Plot? It's actually like that in the diary, except with headings like "I Am Now Comparatively Reconciled to Shaking Hands with Everyone" and "Wild Hogs Breathing in My Face" and (I kid you not) "How Texan Females Take Their Snuff." Oh Fremantle, you tourist you. <3

And now! Back to reading. I'm definitely going to put a post with quotes when I finish. It is the most quotable book ever.


Sep. 29th, 2007 07:30 pm
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All blame for this goes solely on the shoulders of [livejournal.com profile] arcticfox547. Just so you know.

In other news, my allergies are slowly killing me and I am already aznfailing Physics C. :D

In still other news it has been five days since Empire of Ivory came out and I still have not so much as set eyes on a copy. *dies dead* *except not, cos then she'd never get to read it*



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