Tuesday Meme

Nothing cures a blogging slump like a good meme…. The rules of the game get posted at the beginning. Each player answers the questions about themselves. At the end of the post, the player then tags 5 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know…

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Degrees of Separation

(Wow – work’s been way too busy – so much it’s impeding my blog-life, which is pretty much unacceptable) Anyway, I’m sure you all felt it.  That air of anticipation that comes around the beginning of October.  People opining on who they think the real contenders are – and of course who are unworthy pretenders.…

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Mag-neato

So, I spent a good portion of my bench-life as a scientist doing NMR spectroscopy.  I’ve posted about it a few times.  It’s a great technique where you put a sample in a high magnetic field, expose it to high frequency radio pulses, and listen for the “echoes” that your sample produces.  From that data…

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QotD: Pants on Fire — Science Edition

Tell us two truths and a lie about yourself. While I have never set my pants on fire in the lab (though I know people that have), there have been some interesting "safety" incidents: 1. While fermenting 150 liters of yeast culture, the steam generator that heated the vessel blew a gasket – spewing scalding…

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Dissonance and The Sunshine State

Okay – so my piano teacher for this semester looks like Philip Seymour Hoffman.  He’s pretty much the antithesis of my teacher from last semester, which sort of worried me at first, because I enjoyed that first class so much.  Now, I’m actually looking forward to being taught from a different perspective. School of Bach?…

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Of Music and Magnets

Piano Steinway D-600 I’m finishing a book called “Piano” by James Barron that’s pretty interesting.  The book was a Christmas gift this year because of my recent foray into learning how to play one.  In the book, the construction of a Steinway concert grand piano is followed – from the harvest of the trees that…

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