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May 13, 2006

Project mumbles and grumbles

WARNING: Contains a lot of grumbling.

My project is being an arse. The micro organisms are not growing in the cosmetic products… which i suppose is a good thing, as it means the cosmetics anti–microbial properties are doing their job, but its bad for my project as it means all I can say is "they are dead". Well, that with a bit of elaboration.

So tomorrow the lab is only open for two hours and in that two hours I have to innoculate everything again, with increased amounts of micro–organisms. Considering this is only meant to be a part lab project I seem to be spending a fucking lot of time wearing the old labcoat. It could change to a full project, but I don't feel I have done enough or got enough results to merit that. So I spend 9–12 hours in the lab monday to friday, and then go in on the weekends, leaving me not wanting to write or research in the evenings, but I know everyone else is working hard too. And my enter–the–building–at–weekends–and–evenings card doesn't work properly so I have to wait for someone to let me through the doors, sigh.

The other thing that gets to me with the project is the complete and total variability in the project supervisiors. Some lead their students through the project, describing what they need to be doing. Others say "off you go".

Project–wise, this has been a bad and busy week. This coming week, I shall not burn myself with bunsens and autoclaves, I will not smash my experiments all over the sink, I will not set fire to bits of plastic that I need for my experiment, I will not spill Staphylococcus (all be it the safe variety) all over the workspace, and I will get out of the lab before before 7… hopefully.


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