Among the Fungi

| January 28, 2010

.: Harvard has a nifty website for the Computational Biology and Functional Genomics Laboratory where one can find valuable tools used in studies of computational biology and functional genomics. One subset of the site is the Gene Index Project, which separates the available gene indices into four broad categories: Animals, Plants, Protist, and Fungi. .: […]

Safety Video

| January 27, 2010

.: Today my professor had to show the class a tape on pesticide safety, and by tape I mean an actual VHS cassette tape — possibly older than I was. The tracking was terrible, and the narrator sounded like he was speaking through a box fan. When she announced that she didn’t know how to […]


| January 26, 2010

Still Relevant, Sadly

| January 24, 2010

.: From page 238 of my current leisure read: Though to the commonplace and unspeculative eye Mrs. Evans Riddle was but a female blacksmith, yet Mrs. Riddle and her followers knew, in a bland smirking way, that she was instituting an era in which sickness, poverty, and folly would be ended forever. She was the […]

Nouns and Verbs

| January 23, 2010

.: Over at Evangelical Realism, Deacon Duncan has a post up on The New Materialists, which you’ll be surprised to learn are actually the people in the pro-life/anti-abortion contingent. It’s a good read overall, but there’s one passage that I want especially to emphasize because it’s a topic I’ve been thinking about recently: The material […]

Everyday Mysteries

| January 22, 2010

.: The other day the thermal cycler in my lab did something unusual: it finished its run in just over 10 minutes. This is unusual because runs on thermal cyclers generally last 1 to 2 hours. Normally after I press “Start” I’m out the door and headed for lunch, but this day I stayed for […]

Bathroom Greeter

| January 20, 2010

.: This is what visitors see when they use my restroom:

Advice, Protips, and Rules of Thumb

| January 19, 2010

Apartments .: Some apartments do not come with dishwashers, but they do allow pets. Undergraduate Research .: If possible, join a lab as an undergraduate researcher. You’ll learn practical knowledge in your field, and the printers there generally don’t charge per page. Driving .: 10 miles at 65 mph = 9.2 minutes. .: 10 miles […]

Flash Fiction

| January 10, 2010

Or “Oh Crap, I Forgot!” .: The door shattered into a thousand pieces after getting in the way of Cody’s boot. You have to be quick, he thought to himself quickly. The dogs were sure to bark if they weren’t let out, a certain distraction. The jerky. Five pounds of beef, elk, and buffalo rendered […]


| January 5, 2010

.: Before heading back to New Jersey, I stopped by my aunt and uncle’s house in Louisiana to see my eight year old cousin. The following words were exchanged: Me: So, what classes do you have? Cousin: Just one. Me: That’s right, you don’t do the multiple teachers yet. What subjects do you study, then? […]