happychemist: (squint)
I spent all afternoon reading a very interesting paper. The paper was well-organized, the experiments clear, the data thought-provoking. To boot, the writing itself was clear and logical. I was actually quite pleased.

I nearly killed "Good Paper Buzz" by picking up the very antithesis! This second paper was not at all organized, the experiments inconclusive (not to mention irreproducible, even by the writers of the paper!), and while thought-provoking, certainly not thoughts of a good kind. It made me really wonder why the hell a prestigious scientific journal would ever accept such a communication.

A key lesson in this is that, like books, not all scientific papers are created equal. And like when you're reading books, maybe, after you read a really good paper, you should sit and be happy and bask in the post-reading high before embarking on the next paper, expecting it to be just as good ;)

Another observation that always surprises me: scientists can be terrible writers, but they can have prolific publication records. I know that *can* be true of general writing, but seriously? I'd argue the body of published poorly written scientific work is muuuuch larger than the body of published poorly written literature at large.

Whining over.

Things to be happier about:
  • Andrea Lee's Interesting Women

  • Wine tasting tomorrow night!

  • White Chocolate Mochas!

  • Minipreps! (Don't they sound like the cutest experiments ever?!)

  • They serve cookies and coffee at every seminar here!

  • Dr. J!

  • Wearing hats and scarves again! I have so many!
happychemist: (squint)
I've been unmotivated, lately. The dishes pile up in the sink, the clothes remain in the dirty laundry bin, books remain unread, and the data remains unfitted. Haven't written for a week. And I haven't worked out for 10 days. Cyclic, to be sure. Am forcing myself out of the haze now. Can't punt too long, no matter how much I want to.

Awesome news, and a resolution )
happychemist: (love)
...when, after the Great Cannula Disaster, your man cheers you up by giving you your very own new cannula. A sexy non-metal one, too, that won't ever TOUCH aqua regia.


Oct. 25th, 2006 04:47 pm
happychemist: (chemistry)
My dearest Cannula,

I am so sorry that I killed you today. I did not mean to!

I had doubted you, when I should not have. I am sorry that I subjected you to the Aqua Regia. It was a moment of stupidity and profound pain for me; after all, have you not served me well these past three years? And how it pains me to think that I reward your enduring, unending service by stripping your insides with harsh corrosives!

I will avenge you, dearest. Your death was needless, but it will not be in vain! The laser shall pay for making me distrust you!

Good night, sweet cannula, and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!

happychemist: (shitstorm)
Chemistry's really exciting, but wearing at my nerves. I haven't been able to sleep soundly. Wish I could back to this past weekend, when I was hanging out with [livejournal.com profile] jennlynnfs and [livejournal.com profile] bijoux. (We ended up staying at Jenn's and I actually slept the full 8 hours sans chem-related nightmares.)

There are jokes that if you're not having nightmares about your project, you're not working hard enough. But this is ridiculous. I'm sooo extremely nervous now, and I walk around as if I'm half asleep all day. How is this good?

But it's addictive, getting results. Must...keep...going...

To take the edge off, I try to write while waiting for things to stir, centrifuge, etc., but my mind doesn't settle well. Nevertheless, I toyed around with my (recently registered!) Writer's Cafe software. A really neat (and integral) part of Writer's Cafe is Storylines, which is a program that allows you to lay out your plotline according to plot arc, mix and match to your heart's content, etc. It's like having index cards for all your scenes, dialogues, etc. So I put in my draft of EE to see how it held up.

I got disgusted. I'm laying this out ground up again. But least I've taken inventory of what scenes I have...

EDIT: I forgot to say! I would like to thank [livejournal.com profile] heart_set_afire for this totally awesome icon. When I see it I think of Tannar. :p


Dec. 8th, 2005 01:07 pm
happychemist: (nerdhappy)
It was only a matter of time...


Some may wonder: "how is this more useful than beilstein or scifinder?"

That's when you remember that some times you're at home and you want to look something up but you're not connected to the internet through campus.

EDIT: In other news, Phase III of Great Bench Cleaning went well, with only one casualty; Maureen, one of my Shlenck cuvette systems, managed to get herself broken. She is currently in care of Rick the glassblower and is due to come back, good as new within a week or so.


Oct. 20th, 2005 05:07 pm
happychemist: (nerdhappy)
Chemistry news! Progress on two fronts this week!

One of my fronts is not yet ready to show, but I'm too proud to hold back on this one: Click for a low-resolution version of a pretty graph (H124).

What you see there is a spectrum of three things: a label, a protein, and a labeled protein. Which basically means that I've succeeded in attaching one to the other. Still need to confirm by mass spec that it's only one label per protein...but this is good news. And there aren't picogram quantities of this stuff. I think may even have enough to make measurements!

I'm now reading through papers in preparation for measurements, and determining which things I ought to measure and how to measure them...
happychemist: (Default)
Well, chemming today has been...disappointing.

On last Friday, I found a positive result and got excited. After getting worked up over it later in the afternoon and fearing that it was actually a false positive (which has happened to me more times than I can count), I managed to stay calm. I took the weekend off (no other reason than being incredibly lazy and too into baseball). Today I checked; I did make what I wanted to make. Yay, right? WRONG!

My problem: I made too little of it, and if I continue to try to make it this way, I'll be 50 years old before I get all the material I need to do my studies. For my laser experiments, I'll need 5 milligrams of stuff. My reaction turned out...er...5 picograms? Not evern sure if I got THAT much out of it.

Either way, another change in strategy is needed and has been duly outlined. The sad thing is, it'll be a week before I can even tell if it worked. And I'm afraid of what could happen if it didn't.

All I would like to do now is to go and hide somewhere.

High note of the day: listening to [livejournal.com profile] heidimo's awesomely cool podcast. She's got really fun eclectic tastes, so if you're in the mood for something neat and new, give it a shot!

Ok, other high note of the day: [livejournal.com profile] sansceo and [livejournal.com profile] the_marchioness were on line when I got to work! (Yay for some people getting holidays!)


Aug. 17th, 2005 09:44 am
happychemist: (nerdhappy)
The result I've been waiting to get for five months now...well it's here.



Jul. 31st, 2005 09:08 am
happychemist: (Default)
eeeee! Scanned from my very first chemistry article!!!!

Bounce bounce bounce...

In Michigan for the International Conference on Biological Inorganic Chemistry...and to pester my parents at the same time. Life is just too wonderful some times :)


Jul. 6th, 2005 01:50 pm
happychemist: (chemistry)
I feel like I've gone to Mars and have come back.

For a nice long weekend I was able to forget my non-working project, and non-working story and just regress.

Had a fabulous time with visiting friends and already miss them; it was a really really busy and exhausting weekend...I fell over last night at 10 and slept cleanly until 7:30 this morning...but it was just so great to see everybody again. And it was good to show them all the parts of my life here that I love and enjoy, and see them enjoying it too. I miss them a lot already, but there will be more reunions in the future (our next planned reunion is Vegas for New Years).

In other news, I'm going to be published! In a scientific journal. My work in undergrad has finally paid off; my advsior is publishing on it, and I'm one of the authors!! (third or fourth) but wow! Amazing. I can't wait to see it actually printed out. *grins*

In other great news, the lights in our office have been changed so it's nice and bright here.

Despite all this, I have had a tickle in my throat which prevented my speaking this morning (I know! It's possible!) and now it hurts to talk, swallow, etc. :( I hope this doesn't intrude with my plans of a Hot Date with J at the Hollywood Bowl tonight...


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