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Mar. 29th, 2011

colbert

I WROTE A PAPER

Chlorophyll and Carotenoid Spectra: The Work of the Devil's Consorts

A brief explanation: I did an experiment that did not go at all as planned -- apparently, the chlorophylls in my spinach sample do NOT absorb blue light, which makes them (1) spinach mutants, and (2) unique in the plant kingdom. Something had gone terribly wrong with my experiment, I was frustrated, I had already turned in my report. So I rewrote my paper.

Mar. 14th, 2011

colbert

IN WHICH FACETHING PREEMPTS MY HIGH SCHOOL REUNION

I was looking at the very large list of people whom Facething suggests I be friends with, which was composed almost entirely of people I had gone to high school with. Looking only at this matrix of too-close and/or off-center photos of faces attached to names with some phrase almost always stuck in the middle in place of whatever, likely perfectly reasonable, middle name their parents gave them, filled me with a sort of embarrassment, not for them and the fact that they apparently go by names like "Deep Sleprivation" now, but for me. I had forgotten how awkward I was in high school, which I imagine is a result of my present awkwardness clouding my memory (how could I possibly have been more awkward than I am now?), but while outwardly I looked exactly the same as I do now, inside I was gangly and covered in acne, with glasses an inch thick. Or, that's my memory of it, anyway. The point is that I felt the same heart-racing, nervous embarrassment that I would feel if I actually encountered any of these people in real life, which will probably be six years from now when I'm standing uncomfortably against the wall in some hotel ballroom explaining what an exoplanet is and why they're useful to find, and of course why I'm still in school. I wouldn't be embarrassed about any of those things in particular, but I know for a fact that anyone I talk to would be thinking, and may very well say, "Ahh, well, that's typical Laura." And I don't want them to think that, because it will have been ten years since I'd graduated high school. I'd be twenty-seven. I'd be twenty-seven and they'd still think of me as a seventeen-year-old.

Why do people ever go to these things? Are there people who don't have these anxieties?

Feb. 7th, 2011

colbert

YOU GET TO DECIDE WHAT WORDS MEAN NOW

Jan. 23rd, 2011

colbert

Writer's Block: Timeless tales

What were your favorite books as a child, and why?

A LOT.

Harry Fucking Potter
Swamp Angel
Smoky Night
Where the Wild Things Are
In the Night Kitchen
Math Curse
Shel Silverstein books (all)
The Little Prince

These are all books that I still really love. Especially The Little Prince. It was the first time I'd ever cried because of a book.

In this vein, I really loved (still love) Really Rosie, which was a collection of animated versions of Maurice Sendak books. I actually hadn't read Chicken Soup with Rice or Pierre until a couple of years ago; I'd only known it from Really Rosie. So hooray for Carole King! 

Jan. 13th, 2011

colbert

SCHOOL: I GO THERE

I don't know if you knew this, but I go to school! I do, and when I do, I take classes! Yesterday and today were the first days of classes let me tell you about them.

YESTERDAY

Microbiology
While the professor was late because she was trying to run off an asston of syllabi, the class was good. There was as much getting-to-know-you as a large class can manage (I think there are about 80 or 85 people in there). It's going to be focused on pathogenic microbes but from the initial course description it sounds like we'll be spending some time on archaea, where most of the extremophiles live, and this is super exciting for me. The people sitting in my immediate vicinity seemed friendly. I realized that as shy as I tend to be, in the classroom I tend to be pretty outgoing, which was a nice realization to have, especially w/r/t planetary astronomy (I will explain further down).

The lab for micro was later in the afternoon, and we did some very basic stuff, largely to familiarize ourselves with lab techniques. We drew slides of staph, B. subtilis, yeast (presumably baker's yeast but it was never specified on the slide), and some spirillum bacteria but they were never specified either. The point is, I got to draw.

Planetary
This class was super fun as it was interrupted by a fire alarm, which was set off because of a gas leak. The building still smells faintly of rotting eggs. We relocated to the student center, where food and drink were purchased and we discussed the text (too expensive) and some of the class (making a web page may be involved, which I look forward to). The important things about this class are (1) I fucking love planets, and (2) the professor I desperately want to do research with is teaching it. SO. Since I tend to not be shy in classes, hopefully I will make a good impression in this class and get to image exoplanets this summer, which is basically what I want to do for the rest of my life. I've begun reading the text and apart from some terrible typos in which Jupiter lies halfway between the sun and Earth and the Galilean moons being Ganymede, Callisto, Europa, and To, it's a pretty nice book. But too expensive.

TODAY

Experimental
Dr. Wragg is teaching Experimental and I'm super excited. He is a pretty awesome professor, and I'm looking forward to a lot of learning and doing science. That is the major takeaway from the first class, really. Lots of excitement. And 24 hour access to the lab, so science can happen whenever I want.

Differential Equations
Well. Math is happening. So far the material is very introductory: what diffeqs are, the types that exist, where we find them, why we use them. But let me tell you about my professor. He is French Canadian. He is from French Canadia. He has a French Canadian accent. I am really excited about this class. He's also significantly less terrifying than my calc III professor, who says he fought a polar bear with a knife (he fought using the knife against the polar bear) and won't say where he's from, and is super paranoid and wears the same clothes to class every day and has to go to the other side of the room when you sneeze and we (the physics majors) speculate that he may have worked for the CIA. So math looks promising. And, also, certainly, I'm excited about the math itself, because you encounter diffeqs everywhere in physics and biology so I'll understand so much more about why things work and I'm pretty thrilled about learning and doing some math.
 
SO that's what's going on. Tomorrow will be more micro and planetary, with full-length lectures in both classes. AND tomorrow Ben and I are going to check out an apartment for next August and I really hope it all works out, because it looks like a great place to live and it's much less expensive than where we are now.

Off to bed.
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Dec. 2nd, 2010

colbert

LISTS

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Nov. 22nd, 2010

colbert

WHAT HO

Finally updated.

http://bamcrunchbolt.blogspot.com

It's about Titan.

Nov. 17th, 2010

colbert

PIE

Crust
Rye Pecan
Nutmeg-Maple Cream
Frozen Maple Mousse with Chocolate-Maple Sauce
Brandied Pumpkin and Chestnut
Pear-Pomegranate
Honey Apple with Thyme
Butter
Apple Green Chili


And some almost pie.

Lemon-Almond
Lemon Confit
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Nov. 14th, 2010

colbert

WOAH WOAH WOAH

TIME FOR A MEME from forevernew !

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Nov. 1st, 2010

colbert

DEAR GOD WHY

Aaaaand I just learned about Dragon-Wolfe Dolphinn.

There is no God.

Oct. 21st, 2010

colbert

SOME LISTS

Lists sometimes make me feel like everything I have to do is more manageable.

TOMORROW:

Coffee.
edit Hodgkin-Huxley file
do HW 4 goddammit
email dr. lafortune about math next semester
eat or something and listen about science
quiz 5 or 6, whichever number it is
modern
session
more modern
supper
update session site
math and/or sleep

FRIDAY:

excitable cells
modern
intro bio
programming
math
lunch
possibly rashomon, possibly math
astro night (bring supper)
sleep. do not go to anna's apartment. not even if there is cake.

SATURDAY:

register for classes (get up early)
work
some kind of food
math
I think some modern
resume
supper or something goddamn
sleep.

SUNDAY:

work
food
any other homework
remember to eat a little something because it's probably been a while since the post-work food
resume

OTHER THINGS THAT WILL HAPPEN DURING THESE NEXT FEW DAYS:

hanging out with the cat
hanging out with ben
freaking out with ben
calming ben down because no one stresses like ben stresses
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Sep. 15th, 2010

colbert

TRIPPING ALL THE BALLS


I'm taking Modern Physics right now. This is like EVERY CLASS.

Sep. 1st, 2010

colbert

IN CASE YOU WERE WONDERING.

As if you didn't already know.

Academic Recluse

Science is best practiced in long cold hallways, insulated from teeming undergraduates by a barricade of beakers and test tubes. Your discoveries won't just stay within those hallowed halls, however- they will circulate to dozens of other people in dusty libraries, as well as your lecture students when they accidentally look up from their crossword puzzles.

Take the quiz on BuzzFeed.com


Aug. 1st, 2010

colbert

IMPORTANT

How many Justin Biebers could you take in a fight?

Created by Oatmeal

 It occurs to me that I shouldn't publicize this information, since, when the Biebers take over, they will force me to fight at the very least 26 of them at once.

Jul. 13th, 2010

colbert

(no subject)

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Jul. 7th, 2010

colbert

THIS



I OWN IT.

THAT IS ALL.

Jun. 6th, 2010

colbert

HEROES CON ADVENTURES

I went to Heroes Con! I went there twice, on Friday and Saturday. Friday I went with Wesley, and Saturday I went with Wesley, Mitch, Glynis, and Glynis' boyfriend Jasper whom I had only heard of on the Interwebs. I later met my friends Christie, Ali, Matt, and Ali's boyfriend James and ate lunch and did things that did not involve comics or nerds, apart from me. And, let's face it, Wes and Mitch.

So APART from having wicked sweet friendtimes, I did some other things as well!

I met people and bought things from them! Let me tell you who they were:
YOU GUYS. I NOW OWN A NICELY BOUND, SIGNED, AND DRAWN-IN COPY OF RICE BOY WHICH I CAN CARRY AROUND WITH ME EVERYWHERE. THIS IS FANTASTIC. THIS IS FANTASTIC.

In addition to meeting all those people,

I MET MIKE MIGNOLA.

Let me repeat that.
I. MET. MIKE. MIGNOLA.

You guys I will never stop being excited about this. Ever. I SHOOK HIS HAND and SAID HI and HE SAID HI BACK and WAS FRIENDLY AND UNDERSTANDING OF MY BEING NERVOUS AS ALL HELL. I call this a GREAT SUCCESS!

Other news
  • I got a new phone because my old phone kept deciding that dying was a good idea. Dying in the middle of calls. Dying when I flipped it open. Dying while I was asleep. Dying dying dying. Now I have a phone that won't die for a long time. You should give me your phone numbers so I can put them into my phone. Some of you have done this already. Some of you have not. Some of you should.
  • I gave Wesley a picture of Darkseid with all kinds of bunnies and smiling things and happiness in the background. I gave him this, a piece of fudge, and a chocolate covered twinkie for his birthday.
  • I gave my mother the same chocolate-y items and a CD called Yeats is Greats by the Speakers for her birthday. These birthdays are the SAME DAY! They were a week ago as of this post but I wasn't able to go home then.
  • Organic chemistry is happening and I have to study like mad for a test tomorrow and finish a dry lab that was just doing some math but I don't really remember what math I have to do. So. There is also that.
the end.

May. 27th, 2010

colbert

SOME SHIT

No important shit.
  1. I made calendars today! Now, instead of having to get on the Internet and go to the webpage for my work schedule to remind myself when I work, I can write it down the first time and be able just to look up the next time I forget!
  2. I've been watching a lot of Blackadder recently. I made it through two seasons in two days. Because I'm not scheduled to work until Friday and the alternative is to study for chemistry. Eeesh.
  3. I have actually been studying for chemistry, though. I went over ICE tables today because I had forgotten even what ICE stood for. (Initial, Change, Equilibrium. It's a table to track the concentration changes of an acid, its conjugate base, and hydronium ions in a dissolving reaction for a weak acid. This is why I have been putting off studying for chemistry: it is not as exciting as studying for most any other science.)
  4. THIS. I happen to find it HILARIOUS. I hope other people do as well.

May. 25th, 2010

colbert

SECOND CITY VERSUS BP

May. 18th, 2010

colbert

MEMEMEMEMEMEMEME

MEME

1. Reply to this post, and I will pick six of your icons.
2. Make a post (including the meme info) and talk about the icons I chose.
3. Other people can then comment to you and make their own posts.
4. This will create a never-ending cycle of icon squee. Whoo!

forevernew  picked

So. Andre the Giant has a posse. That said, someone made a parody of that image featuring Charles Darwin, who also has a posse, full of people who understand that evolution is in fact a thing that happens. If you ever want to talk about evolution and how it is a thing that happens, you should let me know! I like talking about that!

Answer: NO. the_alliterator  made this and I took it from her because it is fantastic. The Hamlet is from RAGAD and the quote is from MST3K.


Rahm Emanuel does not give a shit. He does not give a shit about you or your problems or your sense of propriety. Rahm Emanuel demands that you take your fucking tampon out and tell him what you have to say.



OH David Tennant YOU ARE THE MOST ADORABLE TIME LORD. Also, the most adorable Arthur Eddington. That is pretty much the point of this icon. It is for David Tennant to be adorable.


This is Phobos transiting the sun. This was taken by Opportunity (i.e., the one that is not stuck). I really like space a lot, you guys.


This is from the gag reel for Serenity. AND. Serenity and Firefly are on the ISS! Because astronauts are nerds.


Also, this, because it's BEAUTIFUL.


And finally, this, in which Teal'c will not put up with your badmouthing Firefly.

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