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A Real Horror Story

I hate scary stories.  They annoy me. Its the same reason I dont fall back on pop-culture ‘viruses’ to explain real virology– I dont need to make up fake scary viruses. There are REAL scary viruses. Likewise, you dont need to make up scary stories about ‘mad scientists’. There are very real humans who were…

Good News/Bad News

GOOD NEWS!  There are lots of different ways to do science. I like to tinker with/build stuff. After over two years of banging my head against a wall, another of my inventions, one I really wanted, is finally working!!!!! BAD NEWS!  Its only working at ~33% of capacity. I want 100%. GOOD NEWS!  I know…

Integralmath, our Justicar, recently reposted my ‘debate’ with Steve Kern on his YouTube channel, and its gotten some fun comments. One was from someone making fun of Kern: I CAN’T INTO SCIENCE, I HAVE THE DUMB. I love it and literally loled*. While the commentor was making fun of Kern, I also had to laugh…

Shit grad students say

Im more than usually swamped for time right now, and dont have time to get more deeply into the conversation, but I wanted to post this glimpse into what I am doing in the lab right now: I am infamous for several of those, plus I would have added “I am going to die here.…

Realistic depiction of the scientific process

My favorite ‘artistic rendition’ of the scientific process, the only realistic depiction of what science is/how it is done on TV, is this montage from Big Bang Theory. This flow-chart is pretty damn accurate too: See more on Know Your Meme This is what you are getting into if you want to be a scientist–…

Nef

Nef. The bane of my existence for some time now. I dont talk much about my research here, but its safe to say I consider myself an inventor who works in virology. People say “Damn. Its so hard to do ___. I wish there was an easier way…” and Im like “… I can do…

An deeeeen?

This summer, Ive got three undergrads in the lab. While some might view this as babysitting, I love it. Love it!! … which is probably why I have three this summer… but it is easy to love when youve had the fantastic students we have had in the lab in the past, and the three…

Are you kidding me? Are you freaking kidding me?? Remember several months ago, the story about the PIs leaving their laptop in their car while they ate some Panera? And while they were NOMing someone broke into their car, stealing the laptop, and all their un-backed-up data? And we are all like “OMFGWTF?” “Who the…

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…

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…