Archives for March, 2011

Green our vaccines! Part IV

Every Spring, you can count on a handful of posts here at ERV on allergies. Ive got em. I hate em. But I recognize that in many ways, Im ‘lucky’ as far as allergies go. I only have to deal with them for a few months of the year, I can move somewhere else and…

As ERV goes, so go the virophages

Me: HAHAHAHA GUIS! FORTERRE IS MAH VIRUS BOYFRIEND! The virophage as a unique parasite of the giant mimivirus. La Scola B, Desnues C, Pagnier I, Robert C, Barrassi L, Fournous G, Merchat M, Suzan-Monti M, Forterre P, Koonin E, Raoult D. Me: HAHAHAHA GUIS! I IZ GOIN TO ANTARCTICA! Virophage control of Antarctic algal host-virus…

Classic moment in ERV history: Me: *ranting to my mother about my interactions with a big-box-store veterinarian not understanding what ‘platelets’ are and letting smaller dogs attack him while he was waking up from anesthesia when he was getting neutered and my inability to get across to the ‘vet’ how FUCKING STUPID her actions were*…

Suddenly, cuckoo bananas!

Because I am having so much fun at mah conference, I missed my chance to plug a Q&A ninja/journalist Trine Tsouderos hosted with Paul Offit, vaccine inventor. Im sorry you all missed the chance to participate (Im hoping most ERV readers are Respectful Insolence readers, so you all got the info that way). I mean,…

Conferences.

I like going to research conferences. Well, I dont like ‘going’ to them– I inevitably get migraines from traveling, and this conference, I got the bonus of extreme motion sickness on the drive from Vancouver to Whistler… But I like going to them! Bunch of smart folks talking about their research, brainstorming new ideas, its…

Im not really a ‘charity’ kind of person. I feel I do my part to help society with my time and knowledge, and I quite frankly dont trust most organizations with cash. Even the ones run by us can have problems. There is a way to ‘get me’, though. The charity wanting funds must meet…

SPRING BREAK! YEAHRG!

Laboratory is silent. Me: *staring at lines and lines and lines of sequences on several monitors, surrounded by coffee cups, energy drink cans, and boxes of Sudafed* Labmate: *working on a really important experiment so she can finish a paper and fucking graduate* Labmate: … SPRING BREAAAAAAAAAAAAAAK!!! Me: SPRING BREAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAK YEEEEEEEEEEEEAHRG!!! Labmate: YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAHRG!!! Laboratory is…

lol, brb

Youll have to excuse me for a couple more days. Im participating in the time-honored tradition of “getting 90% of your data the week before you have to give three big presentations”.

Fun with anthropomorphization

Another student, me, and Bossman discussing some cool data: Another student: Thats so crazy! How could HIV do that?? Me: LOL! Its sentient. Another student: LOL! Its a conscious being with self awareness! Me: LOL! It can recognize itself in a mirror! Another student: LOL! It has critical thinking capabilities! Me: LOL! It can beat…