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December 01, 2006

Continuning the pigeon theme…

Follow-up to Pigeons… sort of from not a scientist

A while a go a pigeon came into the centre. He didn’t pay.

I saw the pigeon walking around the entrance to work, occasionally looking in… I think he wanted to learn things… so we shouldn’t have been surprised when it walked through the door and flew up to the top of the building. For several reasons it was decided that the pigeon couldn’t stay, so ideas were proposed the best way to get it.

Ideas suggested were the original Crewe catching method (not actually sure if it has ever been sucessful), talking to the pigeon in the same “coo coo” way (I think they were from different parts of the country), tempting it with bread on a plate (pigeon was a fussy eater), throwing bread towards it, throwing plastic starfish to try and scare it away (he was fearless), or hiring a falcon(bit difficult at short notice).

Eventually they called rentokill… who magically solved the problem…

June 20, 2006


Follow-up to The end is nigh… or possibly has already gone from not a scientist

Gah! It's nine o'clock tomorrow morning. I thought mine would be today, but they are doing all the special people first.

Damn you biological sciences! DAMN YOU!

June 19, 2006

The end is nigh… or possibly has already gone

I find out tomorrow if I get VIVA–ed or not. If I do then my degree will be over tomorrow. No more work at Warwick. If not then I finished almost two weeks ago. Woot!

…either way I didn't bother my arse enough to care for the past three years. So…yes.

From 3 years I can say:
I like the environmental side of biology.
I like the health–related topics of biology.
Ilike big biology. Big systems.
I don't like genes… which has sort of been fundamental to the past three years, and is essential to almost all biological systems. Oh well.
I like learning.
I like finding out things and passing on that information to other people.
I like outdoor biology.

I think I should have done a different course. An environmental–health course perhaps…

June 02, 2006

The history behind cosmetics

The history of cosmetics is part of my project, so here are some highlights… none of it science!

The first eye colouring cosmetics recorded were also the first to have preservatives (thogh it was coincidental). Yes, really!

Soap was outlawed by the Catholic church in the middle ages because bearing skin to bath was considered evil… isn't that interesting?

Oooo also, you know those beauty patches that the big–wigs wore? Well, where it was on the face indicated if the individual was a flirty Gerty, a Mrs or smouldering with passion! A bit more subtle than getting your boobs out for a night out!

I'm not enjoying the write up, but every now and again I read something that makes me go ooo!

All together now… "Ooo

May 24, 2006

Bugs, germs and microbes

Streptococcus, Staphylococcus and Micrococcus are little bastards.


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.

May 04, 2006

Ethanol and agar

Back from labs. Flammable and smelling of dog biscuits.

boyfriend's birthday and beer

Lovely Boyfriend's birthday.
Drank peach beer.
Was Good.

Stupid labs tomorrow. Booo.

May 02, 2006

smelly, smelly agar.

Was in the lab today making smelly bottles of agar, and breathing in the nutrient agar powder by mistake. Do you know what it smells like? You should take a trip to Gibbet Hill for the experiance before being sick on your shoes.

Oh well. Only 13ish days left till I am outa there… if it goes to plan I manage to get some stuff done, grown and identified.

On the plus side, I saw some little duckies today. Sooooo cute! I wish I'd taken a picture.

April 28, 2006

The lab project cometh

You know that charachter from the fast show? The scientist? This guy
Crazy scientist

Well in one sketch he said something like:

"We took 10ml of rain water and put it in this beaker. Then, we took 10ml of tap water and put it in this beaker... I dunno why. We just did."

That will be me in the lab. Except with less hair.

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