Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Sometimes being a science dad...

means leaving your experiments early because your son has been having lots of pee pee accidents, so they're worried about UTIs, and your daughter is coughing up a lung, so might have a pneumonia.


At least the cells weren't great, cause it's easier to leave them. Anyways, the kids need their daddy!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Falling to Autumn

Not too much blogging going on obviously. Things aren't bad, just kinda meh. Why? Let us count the ways:

1) Return of illin'. No, I don't mean harkening back to early hip hop, I'm talking viruses. Day care center strength viruses. Day cares where the vast majority of parents are health care workers, shipping their gunk into school, letting it percolate among the young'uns, whereupon it descends upon fresh victims. I've already had one GI bug (seriously, WTF is that? They never tell you that before you have kids), and we're all getting over a head cold. Luckily though, the little girl fought it off well, didn't progress to an ear infection. *knocks on wood*

*knocks on formica*

*knocks on cinderblocks*

2) Watching young scientists get chewed up and spit out by their so called mentors. I've been in this business long enough to see some ugly stuff, and I realize that's the way of the world. But why does it seem to happen to women more than men? Maybe I shouldn't let it drag on me. What's the phrase? "Not a fucking Care Bears tea party?" There, now I feel better.

3) I have to sit through 8 one hour ethics training sessions, to fulfill some new NIH requirement. This is a total waste. No one in their right mind believes this will really change behavior, do they? It's just window dressing. I have a feeling I'm gonna be a pain in the rear in this class.

4) The filament in the pipette puller just broke, so now I get to make a new program. *sigh*