All entries for April 2005
April 30, 2005
Out of all the mad quizzes I've tried (largely thanks to fellow bloggers) this seems to be the most thoroughly accurate…
You Are a Warrior Soul
You're a strong person and sometimes seen as intimidating.
You don't give up. You're committed and brave.
Truly adventuresome, you are not afraid of going to battle.
Extremely protective of loved ones, you root for the underdog.
You are picky about details and rigorous in your methods.
April 20, 2005
I have recently been watching Stephen Hawking's series 'Universe', and found the following concept rather confusing.
One of the scientists said that 'we have more mastery of the rules that govern the universe' than of those that govern the mechanisms and changes of life on this earth. Others said that the universe is easier to understand because it is SIMPLER than living systems. Now, as a biochemist I am vividly aware of the complexity of life (particularly when I have to cram lots of it into my blonde brain in order to pass exams), but isn't the idea paradoxical? How can the universe be intrinsically less complex than the living organisms that form a part of it? How can you define things as being more or less complex when they are made up of the same fundamental building blocks?
April 15, 2005
Ok, so having been completely put off by the thought of careers and jobs and other evil things, I feel the need to lose myself in the world of blogs!
One thing that has struck me as a complete shame recently is how we wish away our time on this earth with stopping to savour it as we go by.
Is it not ironic, and really quite sad, that we spend most of our childhood and teenage years wanting to be older so that we can do the next exciting thing, and then as soon as our mid twenties hit we get worried about getting old and wish we were younger again? Why don't we spend more time enjoying the here and now.
I do it all the time: at the moment I'm wishing away the next 9 weeks as I want to have the exams out of the way and be immediately enjoying WSAF and looking forward to music tours. But according to several of my friends, 21 is the best age to be, and in precisely 10 weeks and 6 days I will turn 22, probably having not even noticed that I was wasting some of the most precious times of my life.
It's so hard to take your nose off the grindstone and step back and enjoy life.
According to prospects.ac.uk I am best suited to being a GP, a secondary school teacher or … a CHARTERED ACCOUNTANT!!! I have lost the will to live.
Ooooh… or a TV presenter. Not quite so bad!
Have just spent the last hour watching an election question time on BBC 1, and I have to say it's not helped clarify my decision as to who to vote for at all, in fact in has just reduced my brain to mush (which may have been exacerbated by the wine, but we'll ignore that)!
Now, I have to admit that I've not taken a huge interest in politics in the past, but I believe that as a citizen of this country I should at least make an attempt at an informed vote. But it's all so bloody complicated, and as every elected PM and party seem to fail to live up to their promises, it all seems somewhat futile!
This is not helped by the fact that on many of the issues I can't even figure out what my view is, let alone identify the party that is most in line with this view. Take the immigration debate, for example. Now, on the one hand, I don't see that there's a problem in admitting people of other nationalities into our country if they are living in substandard conditions in other countries, providing that it does not adversely affect our economy. We are a wealthy nation, and why shouldn't we help some of the needy in the world in this way? But where do you draw the line? How do they actually decide who gets in and who doesn't? On the other hand, I can also see that immigration must be having an effect on many individuals in our society. After all, if I was rejected for a job in favour of an immigrant I'd probably feel a little peeved. There aren't enough jobs in the country to employ the crazy numbers of graduates our own universities are currently spewing out, let along adding graduates from elsewhere!
On quite a different, but related, point, I think that maybe one of the reasons we get so riled up about immigrants bringing their own religions and customs to our country is because we as a nation are embarrased that we have so little pride in our own customs. In India, more than 10 official languages are spoken and several religions exist side-by-side. How? Because each group of people is confident enough in its beliefs to not feel threatened by others. What do we have left to be proud of? People discount the Christian faith because a relatively small proportion of the population actually goes to church. But we are still fundamentally a Christian country – our morals and laws are based on Christian laws, and who in this country would deny the value of the 10 commandments as a good principal for living? But we are not proud of it! We go to such lengths to be politically correct about the religions of ethnic minorities but we do not give the same respect to our own belief system.
Anyway, I have somewhat digressed from what I was originally talking about: it just shows that my mind is confused. Bed calls…
April 12, 2005
I thought, as everyone keeps referring me to their blogs and getting very excited about the contents thereof, it was about time I got one of my own (though I chose this particular moment to sign up for one mainly due to the long and intensely tedious lab report I'm trying to finish)!
Anyway, I hope everyone is enjoying the last precious scraps of Easter holiday we have left!