July 23rd, 2002

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Aggresively mediocre

Why I hate being a scientist, #00027

The majority of scientists are so incredibly average, it is maddening. Sure, they study interesting things, but they can be so....... similar to everyone else. I mean, anything about a person which lies outside of the mainstream is pointed at and gawked at and given that 'this thing is different from me and thus makes be uncomfortable and full of judgement' look.

I pride myself on being not the same as everyone else. Lack of identity, like specailisation, is for insects. Nature abhors order - it is only through chaos and difference (albeit minor difference in most cases) that life can propegate. Why is it then that things which vary are treated with such maladjusted disdain?

For people who are observers of change and difference, for those who test the bounds of what we know, for those who seek new knowledge, I cannot understand why they do not treat difference with as much respect as their conservative natures. I will not go to the pub on fridays to drink beer or wine. I will not enter into footy tipping competitions. I will not stop wearing lace and velvet and spandex, or anime t-shirts with wide eyed girls with their hands places their hands should not be. I will NOT give up my army boots. I will wear fishnets on my unshaven legs, and dammit, I will not regret it.

Yes, pretentious I may be, but I am who I am - not who others believe that I should be.
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Other lab news

I have to make up some HBA plates today - these have always amused and disturbed me. HBA is basically agar, a type of jelly, mixed with blood and allowed to set. Our labs are full of these little dishes of blood jelly...

... ah, a goth's dream...
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more quirky facts

One of the wierdest side effects of insomnia is cravings. It is true what is said in 'Fight Club' - if you are an insomniac, your house tends to be full of condiments, but no food.

Last night was one of the wierdest for a while - Kraft mac'n'cheese with bacon and banana, with a side of oreos and a glass of passiona. At the moment, it's lumpfish roe and sour cream on pancakes. Odd.
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slooooooooooow lab day

Why I hate being a scientist, #00137

Long waiting periods which meld into working after hours.

...wait for autoclave to be free, wait 10 min until pressure rises in autoclave, autoclave for 60 mins, turn off autoclave, wait 15 mins for autoclave pressure to drop, wait 30 mins for agar to cool, mix supplements into agar, pour agar plates, wait 30 mins for agar to set, wrap plates, go home at ~ 6.00 pm...

One of the good things about microbiology is that there is almost no urgency. Anything that you do usually takes at least 24 hrs to have any measurable effect. In the case of anaerobic bacteria, then 48hrs to one week. One of the bad things about microbiology is that there us almost no sense of urgency, any almost everything takes a long, long wait. Sigh.

I hate slow lab days. Who are you, Dr Grenier, and why should I care about the characterization of the trypsin-like activity of Bacteroides forsythus?! Stupid reading of journal articles.
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