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HOw does Spike beat up the doctors in the Initiative base at the beginning of the episode: The Initiative (Season 4, Episode 7), but...not be able to bite Willow? I mean, I thought it kicked in when he tried to hurt least it did in later episodes (because isn't that how he proved that Tara wasn't a demon to her family?). Blergh. This is a total turn-off.

ETA: and how wrong is "Pangs". Honestly.
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Merlin Spoilers )

I feel like I should add something so this actually looks like an entry and not...a seven word question. episode looks interesting?

There we go. A pretend entry for you all.
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Pumpkin for '09

And I actually got compliments on it, unlike Jack (from Nightmare before Christmas) and Boo (from Mario, I guess?) the last couple of years.
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So. Update. Not much is new here. I figured I ought to write something, since I haven't for a while. is work. Not terribly exciting or anything. I miss listening to CBC everyday, since now I get the pleasure of listening to adult contemporary/easy rock/whatever, (and some christian station, though that's only happened once so far) 3 days a week. Although, the last couple of times I've been listening to CBC, I've gotten annoyed, so I dunno. But ergh, the music is crap. I'm pretty indifferent to my job right now. Don't hate it, don't love it. It's work, and experience.

The whole apartment thing is going well. Although, I still miss having a pet and I'm not a huge fan of cooking every night, mostly because I'm lazy. However, I'm working on the pet thing (since I'm allowed to have one. Bonus!), but that's not likely to happen until after the new year, I think. I have friends that live nearby, so we go out/hang out, but not terribly often. Again, we all can be a bit lazy about organizing that kind of thing. Still though, it's nice to have people about.

I guess all in all, life has been fairly dull for me. My sister was home for Thanksgiving, so it was nice to see her. I believe she and her boyfriend are with us this Christmas (they alternate our family and his family for holidays, which seems fair. His family is in Manitoba, so it's not really convenient for them to try to visit both during the holidays).

Anyway, I'll try and update more often, and hopefully with things a little more interesting.
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WTF, man, WTF

Interracial Couple Denied Marriage License By Louisiana Justice Of The Peace

"I'm not a racist. I just don't believe in mixing the races that way, I have piles and piles of black friends. They come to my home, I marry them, they use my bathroom. I treat them just like everyone else."

Justice of the Peace Keith Bardwell

Uh, newsflash. Yes, you are racist. And having (token) black friends doesn't change that fact.


Oct. 1st, 2009 08:28 pm
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Hey all! I (finally) have the internet at home...after a month. *cough*

The move went ok, took a long time, as uh, expected, and it took a bit to get settled, as always, I guess after move, and was dirt poor for a bit, but I think I have things under control now, which is fabulous.

So coming up next is cable. Tres exciting, non? what's new with all of you?
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Does anyone want to do my packing for me? I kind of suck at it, apparently.
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I've just finished reading this guest blog entry called From Margin to Center: Writing Characters of Color by author Neesha Meminger at Justine Larbalestier's blog. It is fabulous, and an interesting read. I think I find it interesting because it draws comparisons in it that, if needed, could make explaining how I feel sometimes easier to do. It really is an excellent read.
sciencegeek: (Default) guys are smart and stuff. What questions do you think are absolutely necessary to ask when looking for an apartment? Or, what questions do you wish you asked when you were renting?
And is there a kind of tactful way to ask about smoking? I don't smoke, and the smell sort of bugs me. It's not, like, a deal breaker, but one of those 'given the choice, I would prefer not to be near it' sort of things.
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I feel a bit bad, because I've been really quiet and not posting much lately, and not reading a lot of posts lately. Hopefully, I'll get back into the swing of things soon. Work is going well, on Thursday there was a party to welcome the new folks and say bye to the people that were leaving the group. The food was really tasty. For dessert we had one of the best cheesecakes I've had in quite a while. It was sort of mocha-y, and had loose raspberries. It was quite delicious.

I ran my first 5 km race in at least 5 years tonight (well, technically 'last' night I suppose), which was fairly painless. Finished in under a half-hour which was all I really wanted, since I just started running again about a month ago. It's difficult to find the time to run right now, since I'm pretty tired after work. Or rather, my feet are since I spend a lot of the day standing, but I'm not so great at going to bed a bit earlier and waking up earlier to run in the morning (plus, the last time I did that I got kind of tired part-way through the day). So we'll see. I just bought a new pair of shoes, so I'm committed now.

Anyway, I'm off to Grand Bend this weekend, so I best be getting to bed soon. Hope you all are doing well!

P.S. Is there a way to read a filtered f-list in Dreamwidth? *is lazy and tired, and doesn't feel like looking it up right now*


Jun. 11th, 2009 01:17 pm
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Some of you may already know, but after my emo spat on the weekend...I have a job!

It's the MS research position I applied to. It's a contract for a year right now (which is when their funding is up, if it isn't renewed, although it looks likely that they will have their funding extended, but who knows), and after that we'll see. But yay for employment! It's not super exciting, but it's a start, and I'm excited about it. Mostly it will be running agarose gels, some PCR and a little analysis. Nothing too crazy. I'll have to figure out Christmas, and make sure I save enough for medical appointments and stuff, but I'll live, lol.
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So, one of the jobs I applied to was filled by a friend of mine. So, I'm kind of disappointed I didn't get it (but kind of not...more on this later), and happy for her.
The reason I am not too upset. Uh...squick alert? involves, uh, dead animals )

Other than that, not much is new. I'm still looking for a job, which is not that much fun at all. I have applied to some companies in private industry, but I'm not sure how well that will go because a lot of places here have a hiring freeze at the moment, so I'm finding a lot of my applications are going to the university or grant/funding based jobs. We'll see though. I'm not keen on Toronto, but it looks like I'll have to start applying there, unless something comes up in the places I do want to work. We'll see I guess.

Oh. I've also become addicted to watching documentaries on YouTube. Uh, mostly serial killers/evil cult leaders and, uh, stuff like that. I don't know. I think I was in a weird mood when I started.
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I have a job interview tomorrow morning (at 9 am), and I'm starting to get nervous. If it keeps up, I'm going to be a wreck by tomorrow morning. I think I'm nervous because it's for my first 'real' job (as in not a student or summer job). Plus, I go through all these scenarios in my brain, mostly of how I'll fail the interview/not be prepared. I don't remember being this nervous for previous interviews, or rather quite this nervous, since I'm always nervous for them.

In other news I'm working at the stupid restaurant on Sunday. You know, the place that I wanted to leave because it was chronically understaffed and a constant stress in my life? Yeah. That one.
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I haven't decided what to do with this account to be honest. It's lovely to have but I'm not super keen on cross-posting to another journal, particularly if I'm already being followed elsewhere.
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Some things are going ok, some things not so much.

The term is almost over, so barring me completely bombing a course (which with the percentage of my grade already completed, is really unlikely - unless I got like...10% on a final, there's no way I failed anything), I'm done school as soon as I'm done my exam tomorrow. So that's exciting. The term had its ups and downs - the group project with the useless partner was a definite down but one of my lab courses was really fun, and I did really well in at least 2 (probably at least 3) courses. Immunology was a struggle mostly because my instructor was kind of crappy. One of my professors took us out for drinks for our final class (we had nothing scheduled for it - it was a presentation course, and we had finished the week before), which was kind of cool. He paid for everything, which we didn't expect at all! It was really nice of him - we were all like "HOLY CRAP" after we found out. There's only 10 of us in the class, but still, it was really nice. Although I don't think we would have had quite so much if we knew he was paying for it. Anyway, I'm almost done school, which is rather exciting.

I have a couple of interviews coming up, which is sort of exciting. One is way on the other side of the city (it's for a company that purifies surfactant for premature babies), which is a bit of a pain, and it's early-ish (9:00 am), so hopefully it goes well. The other one is at LHSC in a lab. It would be for 4 months, with the possibility of an extension, if the other person (who has been away on sick leave for almost a year) isn't back, or can't be back full time. Hopefully those go well. I have this dillemma of not knowing which one to hope for - the first job is sort of out of the way for me, at least right now, and isn't 100% what I want to do (but who's first job is?), but it's pretty much guaranteed to be a longer contract, if I don't screw up. The one at the LHSC is more what I love to do (which is lab work), but will likely be shorter contract, and the length of it is sort of up in the air. So...yeah. I'm trying not to worry about it though, since I haven't even interviewed yet.
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Lawmaker defends comment on Asians- Call for voters to simplify their names not racially motivated, Terrell Republican says

What. The. Fuck. So...saying only people of Asian decent, with Asian names should 'simplify' (aka make it sound more white) their name isn't racially motivated?

Brown later told Ko: “Can’t you see that this is something that would make it a lot easier for you and the people who are poll workers if you could adopt a name just for identification purposes that’s easier for Americans to deal with?”

I have no words. No. Actually. I do - people of Asain decent are not American? Everything is about making it easier for White people? FUCK YOU. The stupid thing is, the reason why many Asian people have an "english name" is to avoid being made fun of it and the racism that comes from having a non-anglo name.


Mar. 21st, 2009 09:06 pm
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Not dead. Shocker, I'm sure.

So. I have this ridiculous project for school, in which I am to put together a business plan for a pretend product, and take it from a lab scale to a pilot size project. It doesn't sound bad on the surface, but right now we are putting together a budget for our equipment, and I can't find what I'm looking for on the internet, which means I will probably have to call all these places and say "ok, I have this stupid school project and I need to you tell me the cost of your bioreactor/feed system/whatever" My partner has done jack all for part of her section, and I'm tempted just to email my professor and say "look. This is my section. This is her section. I am not doing her work, because I do not have time, and quite frankly, do not care" Right now I'm pissed off, and I'm tired, we aren't doing my idea for this stupid project (it's my partner's idea) so I don't care much about the subject. I'm just so frustrated, and our professor isn't much help.

If anyone knows how much it would cost for a 500 L bioreactor for mammalian cells (fed batch, suspension culture, quite frankly I don't even care just get me a quote), and a pilot size ultrafiltration unit I would be grateful if you told me. Right now I am sort of looking at this and this one. I have no idea when I'm going to have time to call, unless they have someone available on weekends.

This is so stupid.
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I do not get Canadian taxes.
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This fucking project is a fucking pain in the ass because my fucking partner is currently MIA. I sort of understand - she has a major presentation due tomorrow in another one of our classes, but on the other ERGH, I feel like I'm doing all the work here. I'm tired, my brain is tired, I want to work on my major presentation due next week, but instead I'm stuck working on this stupid thing that's not even worth marks. AND SINCE IN THIS COURSE FOR THIS STUPID PROJECT WE DO HAVE A PRESENTATION FOR MARKS NEXT WEEK, I'M FUCKED BECAUSE OH, THAT'S WHEN I HAVE MY MAJOR PRESENTATION AND MY FUCKING PARTNER NEEDS SOMEONE TO HOLD HER HAND AND TELL HER WHAT TO DO.
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I think what I love about this video si that it sort of says a lot about what I'm thinking - I'm happy about Obama being president, but it does not satisfy me. It does not mean the US (or any country) is post-racial when they have a minority president. The work isn't done, racism still exists, a huge step toward Martin Luther King's dream, but it has not been realized.

Um, yes. The video is about 3 minutes long.
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