May 21, 2009

Cool rider

As part of my new job, I go and look at interesting and innovative new technologies, and see where possible collaborations lie. This is something my new boss is very keen on, and it’s great to be in such a forward thinking area. This is however, slightly beside the point. On Wednesday, such a collaboration led to my boss, another colleague, and I driving to Leicester to attend several meetings over two days. Such a trip necessitated a hire car. And since boss is rather senior member of organisation, he qualifies for rather good things. Having blithely asked his lovely secretary if I could be put on the insurance for the (at that point unknown) car, just in case. I went on with life, expecting not much. However, boss was not in mood to drive, and so I was to split the journey with colleague.

And so it was, that in the course of my work, I got to drive one of these:

Yes, a Jaguar X-type (automatic). Whizzy.

I normally drive a 1.1l Fiat Panda (love love love my little car) and was rather scared at prospect of driving car significantly larger, faster, more expensive and less manual than my little Panda. And having driven it, I still love my Panda. I can’t afford a Jaguar so there’s no point in repining. However, I did appreciate the following benefits:

  • No tailgaters. Clearly if you are driving such a car you have the capacity to go whizzily. You get respect from Audis. (I know!!!!)
  • Responsive acceleration. Normally if I put my foot down, Panda makes a noise and then about 10 seconds later gets up to something resembling the speed of everyone else. In the Jaguar, I put my foot down and whiiiiiiizzzzzy. Hello A34. Who’s the Daddy.
  • Automatic gears make traffic jams much easier. Yes I know, that is partly the point, but I didn’t realise just how much easier. I didn’t stall-because I couldn’t!
  • It’s actually possible to have a conversation at whizzy speeds. Because there is no engine noise. None. It feels like you’re gliding.
  • It’s surprisingly easy to drive. I was expecting it to be fiddly/cumbersome/easily reversed into a)other cars, b)miscellaneous walls, or c) people, but the little beepy things help and it doesn’t feel that much bigger.

Upshot is, I want one please. I would like to keep it, polish it and take it out on weekends to meet my mother. And father. I think my paternalengineer would particularly appreciate it. And maternalworrier might realise that I am to be trusted with her BMW…. gooooaaarn.

[N.B. I am a little naive car wise.Since the demise of ALF (RIP) 2.7 years ago, I have only had the panda. So I get very excited about these things.]

September 11, 2006

Good things

Good things that have been happening in the life of micriobean:

1. Presented results on Wed. People smiled and looked happy, even though they did ask me to try and explain RFLP. In portuguese. Wooh yay, supervisor happy.

2. Sun finally came out and Colin and I made it up to Pão de Açucar-raaather beautiful.

3. Happiness.

4. Mother arrived, bringing six months worth of maternal hugs, gossip and desire to go shopping :D

5. Mother checked into hotel. Hotel has poool, which I shall be sneaking into.

6. Supervisor has asked me to do more work, which a) sounds interesting, and b) sound relatively straightforward.

Bad things:

1. Colin departed, leaving apartment feeling wierdly empty :(

2. Flowers have died, so had to throw away the only decorative feature of my flat.

So this makes me +4 on happiness. Go happiness!!!!

September 04, 2006

And with a little bit of 'clever' editing…

Voila! We have some results…
Oooh results

Ooooh yay!!!

dances around lab in excitable manner

Problem is I have only two days to get more results and present them in a meeting on Wednesday…..

They are rather pretty though aren´t they :)

May 27, 2005


This has been the topic of some debate recently (for whatever reason..). For those who don't know what I'm talking about, I feel this rather useful diagram might help:

Yes. Beards. I, being a girl, obviously don't have one myself. But I know many men that do. And I don't get it. Ok, there's laziness, which I can understand. And I admit, that in some cases, a guy might look better with a beard. But if you unless you have the softest beard hair known to man, any time you get within, shall we say 'facial contact' (hugs etc..) of someone without a beard, you are likely to inflict pain. Trust me, I know. Am I the only female that finds this a problem? Do I have particularly sensitive skin? And of females that do have regular contact with a beard-how on earth do you cope?

In defence of beards, however, I guess.. there's always something to stroke whilst pondering deep philosophical quesions.

May 26, 2005

sniff.. the failure of a microbiologist (sort of)

Have got sequences back.Judgement has been passed. Most of them are good, but one of them failed(sob), and quite a few of them were messy and have been sent back for further analysis.

Sniff. After all the love, care and attention I have spent on them. It's all been a waste. Ultimately they didn't make the grade. I guess I should show love and support, but I can't help feeling a little disappointed. I've tried, so hard to be there with them and hold their little flagellae and extract their DNA and amplifiy it and give it a clean up. I did everything the manual told me too. I guess there's just no controlling some bacteria. They will rebel.

Damnit. Also means will have to redo lots. Shite.

May 23, 2005

What is the point..

..of an indelible marker pen, when it rubs off in the freezer, thereby rendering majority of stock cultures unidentifiable. Grr.

Any one with great eyesight able to determine numbers from black splodges? Anyone?

May 21, 2005

Happiness is..

..Finding two ice creams left in the box when you thought there was only one.

May 20, 2005

Jumping on another bandwagon

Your English Skills:

Vocabulary: 100%

Grammar: 80%

Punctuation: 80%

Spelling: 80%

Not bad eh?! I knew my mother had her uses..

May 19, 2005


cute but psycho
you are the cute but psycho happy bunny. You
adorable, but a little out there. It's alright,
you might not have it all, but there are worse

which happy bunny are you?
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May 18, 2005

It's come to this..

Last film I saw at the cinema
Chick flick "Wedding Date" with the biology girlies (fab day that was!)
Was OK, except men aren't like that in real life, and Jack Davenport gets married in it (grrr)

Last film I watched on DVD/on computer/TV etc

Ferris Buellers Day off. It's a classic–forgotten how good it was!
(sadly no more, since my DVD drive snapped and haven't had time to replace it :( )

Films I'm looking forward to seeing
Urmm. Absolutely no idea–will get back to this one.

Total number of films I own
Lots–but most of them are shite.

Five films that mean something to me


1. La vita e bella. Saw this when I was 15 and it's one of the most amazing films I have ever seen–talk about cathartic!!

2. When Harry met Sally. Only saw this relatively recently. I know it's soppy and romantic, but I just think it tells an amazing story, and Billy Crystal rocks.

3. Amelie. It just makes me smile. (but not dubbed)

4. The Italian Job (the original version)–I love the way the cars take on personalities of their own

5. Goodbye Lenin. Parents saw this in Berlin when it first came out (undubbed, obviously) in a tiny east german cinema–said it was amazing. Saw it at the local arts, but saw exactly what they meant.

By no means definitive list–since it really depends on my mood.

Have already had baton passed on by people who would send it to, so I shall just cross the finish line here..

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