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15 April 2010 @ 06:51 pm
So today is an historic day. The first ever British political TV debate, and it's 90 minutes long. Fun. I feel obliged to watch it, though I really don't want to. Really don't. But I'd feel guilty if I didn't so I'm going to, or that's the plan anyway. They’re guilt-tripping the country into paying attention to them with all this historic moment talk. Or is it just me? Maybe it'll help me decide who to vote for, but I doubt it. Ugch, do I really have to?

In other supposedly unrelated news, if that isn't an invisible portent of doom in the sky I don't know what is! Now if only we knew what it was a portent for... :p
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11 April 2010 @ 10:11 pm
Wow, 10 whole months since my last entry. I must've dreamt a few postings because I had no idea it was that long.
lab frustrationsCollapse )And that brings you up to now, work-wise. There really hasn't been much else going on apart from this. Or if there was, I can't remember it now. I saw some finches playing the guitar (was amazing!), saw my first red kites really up close, um ate an Easter egg? Oh and received the following email...


Would the owner of Vauxhall Vectra - [*number plate*] please return to Car Park 1A – IMMEDIATELY. Your vehicle has rolled out of its car park space and is in danger of hitting another vehicle (sports car I believe).

Thank you.

It amused me anyway.
Current Mood: tiredtired
05 June 2009 @ 07:42 pm
This PhD thing is exhausting, I'm behind on everything and we officially have swine flu on campus, which, if it spreads, I'm bound to catch. It hasn't been a good week. However, it's ended surprisingly well as this evening some experiments I'd been trying for ages worked! I cannot emphasise the "Yay" enough for this. I may have done a little dance; I really can't remember through the haze of euphoria. Also I was today promised access to another student's vast DVD collection. Plus I've done so much work today I don't feel at all guilty about leaving working on my presentation (...on my PhD to various academics, due Friday as everyone so kindly keeps reminding me) til tomorrow. Oh and there was torrential rain on the way home, so yay for that too! (I have a severe lack of summer clothes with me ...and it was fun watching all the people who didn't have umbrellas) :)
Current Mood: bouncybouncy
16 May 2009 @ 09:23 pm
I'm watching the Eurovision Song Contest live on the iplayer. I really don't know why. I wasn't intending to, as I have other things I really want to watch, so I keep trying to break away, but it's just so hard. To make this situation worse, the picture keeps freezing due to rubbish internet connection.

I think there must be some sort of subliminal hypnotism going on to make me watch every single minute of it. That's the only sane explanation.

Although it's been a pretty weird day overall really.

*watches Germany's entry*

...hypnotism, must be. Hypnotism. The dangerous sort.
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Current Mood: pensivepensive
29 March 2009 @ 11:22 pm
Just watched the finale of Battlestar Galactica and all I can say is: that was perfect. Amazing and perfect. I just don't want to go to sleep because then I'll have to stop thinking about it. Why does no one else in my flat watch this program?! I must buy the dvds and make them. I don't care if I have to tie them all up!

*sigh* so perfect...
Current Mood: happyhappy
10 January 2009 @ 03:42 pm
I potted 135 seedlings yesterday. It took me two hours. I wanted to burn them all by the time I finished. Which, seeing as they're GM seedlings, is actually what's going to happen eventually - I just wont have the pleasure of doing it myself. It wasn't just the repetition that got to me, it was the way the roots were all tangled together so that I had to be excessively careful and patient when trying to extract individual plants from the mob. I have never been a gardening person (I had to touch dirt!!), but this is actually something I have to do for my PhD, repeatedly, so I resisted the temptation to DESTROY THEM ALL. I might have ripped up a few of the surplus seedlings in an overly aggressive manner though.

In other news: I am exhausted, and I've been seriously thinking of taking up the piano again. The trouble is all the good acoustic-piano-replacement keyboards are really expensive and I have no idea where to even start looking. The internet hasn't been that helpful so far.
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Current Mood: tiredtired
04 January 2009 @ 07:58 pm
I'm back safely installed in my room at Warwick now, mug of warm opened-a-month-ago donated French perry in hand (well they were going to pour it away and I couldn't allow such a waste in these troubled economic times. Don't you see I'm doing this for the good of my country!). It's possible I might be missing my evening bottle of cider a little too much.

It's back to the lab tomorrow, tonight however is for relaxation. My only conundrum is whether I can put up with the (not-good quality) live online broadcast of Lark Rise to Candleford, or whether I can be bothered to wait a day for the big high quality version. I miss my TV.

It's been trying to snow outside - fingers crossed for a good covering of snow when I wake up, purely so I can try out my new waterproof extra-warm boots! I am more excited about wearing the boots than getting snow... Does that mean I can join the grown-up club at long last? I promise I wont be too mischievously childish. Honest ;)
Current Mood: relaxedrelaxed
23 December 2008 @ 04:13 pm
I'm in sunny Wolverhampton now for my holidays, but here's a catch-up post about the last 2 weeks of term, which were a bit crazy. They involved a 4.30am start and a flight to Edinburgh and back, a new addiction discovered, two symposiums, my long-feared and anticipated 7week report meeting, a breakthrough in my work so far, a close encounter with multiple foxes and the lab Christmas dinner. I also did my washing. A summary lies below.

Edinburgh + a few picsCollapse )

A New Addiction or Yet Another Drink to Add to the ListCollapse )

Committee Meeting & my Lab Mini-BreakthroughCollapse )

A Close Encounter of the Foxy KindCollapse )

Lab Christmas DinnerCollapse )

Now for 2 weeks of much-needed relaxation! Well there's not much else I can do here anyway... I am counting down the days til I can open my presents and have some way of entertaining myself! Too much day-time TV is bad for my sanity.
Current Mood: awakeawake
28 November 2008 @ 10:46 pm
Here comes your once yearly drunk-Siân post. It may not be very long, because I am extremely sleepy. I've just got back from the Warwick uni real ale festival thingy, of which I am a new member. It was fun. Alcohol was drunk. I tasted a wide variety of 'real' ales, most of which I despised but then I've never really tried beer before and I understand it's an aquired taste. The cider was nice.

Alas, now I am drunk. I fear I will have a terrible hangover tomorrow. I honestly have no idea how much I've drunk because of all the free tasting of ales/ciders going on. I have, however, made an important discovery: my alcohol tolerance is lower than it was a year ago. A year away from Nottingham has spoiled me clearly. I didn't know ale tents had bands, they were cool, even if one of them was inexplicably a moose.

Anyways, I ate pork scratchings for the first time and enjoyed them thus enforcing my Black Country credentials. I also found that the only cider I liked was the Welsh variety, thus enforcing my Welsh credentials. After a week of hopeless defence against the Northerner majority in the lab, (who make fun of my London accent, the bastards) this has done much to boost my self-esteem.

Yeaah, I'm going to bed before I embarrass myself. I have a feeling it might be too late. It's ok, I already insulted said Northerners to their faces when sober, in self-defence I might add.

Night all.
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Current Mood: drunksozzled
20 November 2008 @ 06:15 pm
I learnt how to do some new lab things today:
(1) how to plant seedlings (my first venture into the greenhouse!)
(2) how to grind seedlings up with liquid nitrogen for later protein extractions
(3) a new, and spectacular, way to accidentally blow things up.

Sadly... for them... all the other people in the lab were off having cake while I finished off the seedling grinding process, so there were no witnesses. I was sure something would go wrong as soon as they left. They were joking about explosions when time had passed and I still hadn't joined them for cake. They were, however, completely unprepared for the possibility that they were right. There was much hilarity when they found out. Also much giving of tips on how best to use this new knowledge of mine to play pranks on people. I really like the lab community here :)

Anyway, how did I blow up freshly ground plant? Well, it was quite simple. I was using liquid nitrogen to keep the plant material frozen enough for grinding up (with mortar and pestle), and there was still some left when I put the now paste-like plant in the tube and closed the lid... A minute later: HUGE BANG! and the world went green, and a little wet.

Once I'd taken off my glasses with their lovely coating of splattered green stuff, I realised the wetness was more plant paste all over my face, hands.. lab coat... bench.. I didn't look at the floor.

I still (hours later) have specks of green on my glasses. However, my face is no longer green.

This seems to have cemented my reputation there.
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