Archive for January, 2005

Back in the Lab

Jan 25th, 2005

As I mentioned in my last but one entry this term sees the begining of my lab project. As a result I am once more involved in the same processes that occupied me over the summer.
The thing that is surprising though is not the similarities but the differences. Although I’m using similar methods, the little protocols used in the current lab are slightly different. Some of these differences are due to merely the lab layout, or personal preferences, whereas others are matters of money. Whereas my summer lab was well funded, I am currently in a university laboratory. As a result funding is tighter, and things are done in the cheapest, rather than the quickest manner.
Still, now I know how to do things and the general approach taken. I can understand where everything I am doing is going, and what I’ll be doing next.
Meanwhile, In other news, life progresses as normal. Unfortunately my life seems absent of any remarkably interesting stories. and although I could recount tales of half centimeters of snow, and laughing whilst drinking, none of them are remarkably interesting to anyone but me. Indeed, even my lab work, which I actually happen to be enjoying, is probably boring to most of you. Still, its more interesting than talking about the weather, or the fact I had a good nights sleep on Sunday. And while I could regail you with opinions on current event, I expect me ranting on will either serve to annoy or only reveal my ignorance on complex political issues.

Return to Magdalene College

Jan 18th, 2005


The holiday is over and I am once more reunited with my broadband connection at university. Once more the Internet is a super fast distraction from work. However this term other activities have conspired to keep me once more occupied with lab based activity, for this is the term of my lab project. Thus once more will I be cursing small glowing band suspended in blocks of something which vaguely resembles jelly and getting frustrated as things grow where the shouldn’t.
You may have noticed the absense of updates over the holiday, a dual result of having a slow internet connection and also having very little to say anyway. Continual descriptions of what I had for lunch, and exactly how my extended essay was progressing would have been of little interest. I may have been able to wax lyrical on the finer points of Neighbours, but the sheer lack of said finer points would have made this effort fairly futile. Thus instead I decided to keep silent, and hope that some of you decided that this was a result of me being so occupied that I couldn’t possibly find time to say anything.
Still, things have livened up since then as I am now back in college. Sunday saw the start of term ‘genetics curry,’ tonight a formal hall in aid of someones birthday, and tommorrow another brithday related celebration. Unfortunately this is all shortly followed by a return to lectures, but at least its better than sitting around the house all day trying to figure out the role of Tsix.