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Monkeys in the lab

I had an entire biochemistry lab to myself for about 3.5 months, there, but that has changed as of this week. It's always a funny transition to experience. A similar thing would happen with our ant behavior lab in Arizona - largely inactive for a 9-month stretch, then an insane flurry of activity. It's important to be able to manage the rubbing elbows with humor and grace.

Yesterday I had an excuse to poke at the various microscope light sources that were strewn around the lab, because a second person will be needing regular scope access and the one functional light source that I've been using is suddenly a hot commodity. I continue to derive great pleasure from fixing such things. One light simply had a loose wire, plus a worn-out switch knob. Another old-school light needs a new bulb. I didn't finish dealing with the third one because I am simultaneously running an experiment, teaching two undergrads to do two separate sets of procedures, and monitoring our cricket-rearing operations. Aquariums are a bottleneck on that front, especially with having to haul everything up to the third floor to wash it.

I finally finished an overdue manuscript review last night, and then started in on presentation materials for my "Introduction to Randonneuring" workshop that I'll be leading next Tuesday. Apparently my projector options are limited to using Chromecast somehow, so I haven't resolved exactly how I am going to do that just yet. I guess it's possible to point Chromecast at a website? If so, maybe I'll just write everything out on one long HTML page and call it good enough. I'm inclined to agree with this guy about the current state of major internet venues (note that the link is not light on profanity, in case you are sensitive to such matters).

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randomdreams
May. 20th, 2015 02:34 pm (UTC)
I spend so much time fixing microscope illuminators. Mostly bulbs, but also switches and power supplies. Gah.

You need an undergrad just to wash aquariums, it sounds like. (What a lousy job...)
rebeccmeister
May. 20th, 2015 10:15 pm (UTC)
Heh, we have 2 undergraduates who are currently doing most of the aquarium-washing, interspersed with other, more interesting/rewarding projects. It's somewhat tedious, but really, not all that bad. But maybe I just feel that way because it's easier than having to write manuscripts.
jamesfduncan
May. 21st, 2015 02:18 am (UTC)
Randonneuring Workshop
Would like to hear more of this and how it came about! Sounds like it'll be fun even though more work. Jim
rebeccmeister
May. 21st, 2015 05:37 pm (UTC)
Re: Randonneuring Workshop
I am going to try to do two things: (1) put the presentation online in some form, and (2) blog about how it goes. Next week should be less crazy at work, so I might even manage to get to it in a timely fashion.
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