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Scheherazade in Blue Jeans
freelance alchemist
28th-Sep-2009 09:53 am
Happy birthday to sionainn!

Prednisone worked! No hives yesterday. Took the full three days, and I was perpetually exhausted, but clearly it was worth it. Phew.

My schedule for this week is made of crazy. I am telling you. When I'm looking at a week and saying "Well, I could probably squeak half an hour of writing in there," it's crazy. I have BARCC engagements every day except Tuesday. I'm baking and delivering cookies Wednesday. Lunch with a friend Thursday, dinner with another friend Friday. Next week is a cakewalk by comparison.

I did say I wanted to get out more, but I meant in a date-y way!

IAF Auctions
Did everyone get the address?

Words Needed
swashbucklr: "Is there a word for the sensation of wanting to say something but not knowing what to say? I suspect it would be German, possibly French."

cbpotts: "This isn't schadenfreude, exactly. But there must be a word for not giving people what they really want, and entirely too much of what they claim they want."

A Bit of Beauty
I love love love this. So much love.

Link Soup
* Sequel to Dr. Horrible!
* Bad Hebrew tattoos.
* Oooh, pretty.
* Post of the day.

Daily BPAL
Sachs: A sensual scent, compelling and passionate, that stays close to the skin: Roman chamomile, bourbon vanilla, and smoky vanilla bean.
In bottle: The slight weediness of chamomile. Vanilla lurks beneath.
On me: Hm. It's almost sage-y. Oh, wait, no, there's the bourbon vanilla. We got a morpher...

Violens: Rugged and understated: five sandalwoods, dusty leather, and light musk.
In bottle: More sandalwood/musk than leather.
On me: Just a *hint* of leather. Grr. I want leather!

Daily Science
A brief guide to DNA sequencing.

Seeing as this is one of only two days I have the bulk of the day at home - and Adam's home, too, so writing's out - today is all about the house stuff! Tonight's a BARCC meeting.
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28th-Sep-2009 09:56 pm (UTC)
Tattoos: Yeah. And yet, I could possibly see myself getting one... but if I did, it would be with full knowledge of why it was problematic, and taking that into account in some way.* (And I'd do my own translation.)

That said, I don't currently plan to get any tattoos beyond the one I have.

*However, as a non-Jew the only reason I know is because I minored in Jewish Studies. I bet a lot of people would care but just don't know.
29th-Sep-2009 04:51 am (UTC)
There's a guy at my local coffee shop, and he has GOD'S NAME tattooed on his arm. You know, the one you're ... REALLY not supposed to mess around with.

I ... feel seriously uncomfortable around this guy because I want to SAY something and I know it can only end in Awkward Drama.
28th-Sep-2009 03:44 pm (UTC)
Daily Science: a small plastic plate that could hold about 100 individual samples

Well, yes, if you're only using 96-well plates. The lab I worked with mostly used 384-well plates, which can be treated as 4 superimposed 96-well plates (and with plate transfers, may well have been 4 separate 96-well plates earlier in the process).

However, that's my only nitpick; it's a good intro to how these things worked when I started doing support for a sequencing lab.
28th-Sep-2009 04:10 pm (UTC)
If you decide Sachs and Violens are going in the swap pile, I am hereby making grabby hands and holding out shiny things with which to tempt you. :)
28th-Sep-2009 04:11 pm (UTC)
*moves them from Swap Pile to Kyth Pile*
28th-Sep-2009 06:53 pm (UTC)
Ping me if it turns out you need extra Sachs. That, uh, that didn't go so well.
28th-Sep-2009 07:03 pm (UTC)

I'll see how it is on me -- but I have been lusting ever since it was announced.
28th-Sep-2009 07:05 pm (UTC)
You might do well with Detestable Putrescence as well if Sachs works for you. They seem to be using similar components.

Which make me smell like putty-based toys for children, alas, but nothing for it.
28th-Sep-2009 05:30 pm (UTC)
That video is so amazing and well done. And the chorus is so perfect. I've been singing it for the past four days.

I miss Carl Sagan. I grew up watching and listening to how he viewed the universe and made it seem so simple and so complex. I can credit my interest in astronomy entirely to him.
28th-Sep-2009 05:51 pm (UTC)
re Words Needed: I wish I knew the word that cbpotts is looking for, because it sounds like such a useful word. Just thinking about it reminds of H.G. Wells's story "The Truth About Pyecroft," which I strongly recommend to everyone who hasn't read it.
28th-Sep-2009 06:05 pm (UTC)
For tonguetied:

Esprit d'escalier is the closest I can think of for the second one. It means thinking of a clever comeback when it is too late.
28th-Sep-2009 06:53 pm (UTC)
Inarticulate refers to an inability to communicate correctly, whereas I'm looking for a word that means an inability to know what to say, but wanting to say something. Being at a loss for words in a good phrase for it, but speechless is a pretty good one. I'll have to remember that.

Also, shadesong, the Sagan video remains awesome, even days later. I can't stop listening to it. :)
28th-Sep-2009 07:23 pm (UTC)
Am pimping this video. I'm completely astounded by its beauty and complexity. It's a real treat for the ears as well as soul.
28th-Sep-2009 10:05 pm (UTC)
For cbpotts' word, I've been thinking about it and can't come up with a better term than "passive aggression."
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