Please excuse the mess as Im moving in (this blog feels so naked!), and my ridiculously formatted posts as Im learning the new blogging system– Classes are over in a week and I will have more time to play π
And hi to any new ERV readers! I would just post a link to the old ERV so you new people can learn a bit about me and my writing style, but Im having some issues with the old site… So I thought Id better post a short introduction!
Im Abbie Smith, and Im obsessed with viruses.
Im currently finishing up my first year of graduate school, where Im getting my PhD in ‘microbiology’ (really, retroviral evolution). I use the principles of the theory of evolution to study retroviruses in two ways:
One– to figure out how to logically direct vaccines against HIV-1.
Two– to figure out how our bodies have evolved to react to integrated retroviruses, and how disregulation of these control mechanisms can lead to retrovirus-related cancers.
While those are both very serious topics, I take a very light-hearted approach to blogging. Thus there are a few quirks in my writing that new people should be aware of.
- I rarely use apostrophes, and when I use them, its inappropriately. I declared war against apostrophes in third grade, my mother is an English teacher, there is nothing you can say that will change my mind.
- I frequently slip into lolspeak when I get excited. I can be in the middle of a perfectly normal ‘Bloggers for peer review research’ post, get all excited about a new viral structure, and end up with ‘VIRUS KRYSTUL STRUCURZ– UR DOIN IT RITE!!!
- I also slip into the slang of internet message boards I frequent, like AtBC. Lots of my readers are from those places, and sometimes I forget an inside joke is… an inside joke. For instance, Uncommon Descent, and other locations full of Creationists have been nicknamed ‘TARD-mines’. No, we are not making fun of handicapped individuals. TARD is a funny acronym for ‘The Arguments Regarding Design’. No amount of concern trolling will cause me to stop using that acronym. Its funny.
Other than viruses and evolution, I also post about religion (I know, shocking, but Im an atheist evilutionist in Oklahoma, so I vent, okay?), fitness, grad school stuff, and my best buddy in the whole world, Arnold Swarwarchenegger.
Ive got some of my old posts archived thanks to AtBCers, so I will move a few ‘reactivated ERVs’ here in the near future so you all can get a feel for ERV, but in the mean time, Pandas Thumb hosted one of my best posts, so you can still enjoy it there. That post started a domino effect that has culminated in some of the EXPELLED hilarity we are all enjoying today π