motetus: (art / mosaic wolf)
1. Got my MPhil thesis passed last week with minor corrections! After freaking out about them for a little while (what do you mean, an extra half page of future plans for the project? How's about "NEVER THINK ABOUT IT AGAIN, EVER"?), I realised that the majority of them won't take any time at all.
2. The email from my previous supervisor that I was dreading (we uh, had a bit of an awkward relationship) turned out to be how my thesis examiners were impressed with the range and amount of work I'd done, and that he'll be in touch soon about getting some publications out of it. Lovely publications! \o/
3. Cake bake sale this morning. I have cake!
4. My Uncle Aquila backstory art is looking fucking awesome. Shush, I'm allowed to be full of myself from time to time.
5. I'm halfway through an utterly amazing Arthur/Eames Blade Runner AU and I think this is the most brilliant and gripping story I've read in a long time. I even woke up early this morning to read another chapter and while it put me in such a good mood, I have to keep reminding myself NO ZOE, SCIENCE TIME NOW. FANFIC LATER.
6. These photos on my Tumblr dashboard this morning. IS IT BATMAN DAY YET?


Dear Tom Hardy, that is a magnificent beard. Small rodents could nest and raise their young in it without ever being spotted. Please don't ever buy a razor.


I'm realising that I've taken a crazy number of things on this month. Here are all the things I've got to do, all of which have deadlines at the end of July:

1. Thesis corrections. Augh.
2. PhD literature review. Only supposed to be 3K, but I think it'll be over that. TOO MANY THINGS TO TALK ABOUT.
3. 2x Eagle Reverse Bang entries. Finished line art for one which I think will do until after it's been claimed, the other is still at the rough draft stage. Hope to have the line art done by the end of this week, and then it can also be set aside until after claims.
5. Sutcliff Swap. Have made a (very) rough draft and getting pleased with how the faces are looking. Uh... is there anyone out there willing to look over it and give me feedback on historical clothing accuracy/make sure I'm not veering dangerously close to MAKE IT ALL UP territory?
5. Finish Inception Reverse Bang piece. Shouldn't take more than a few hours, but I really want to draw a few more pieces for my two authors. Um... maybe when I have a few of the above crossed out, because that would be the sensible thing to do. But then, I am not sensible.
6. Entertain [livejournal.com profile] ninja_orange and [livejournal.com profile] demon_rum when they stop by!

Ack. Will resurface next month, I guess!
motetus: (animals / cat)
...one very small and soft and sharp bundle of fluff and claws. Everyone, meet Nimue, [livejournal.com profile] goblin_dae's little kitten mistress (she is so whipped). God, she is the most adorable thing ever, and it's very lucky for her that she is because I wouldn't have tolerated her using my hands and feet as claw-and-teeth-sharpening material if she wasn't. I would have smuggled her home with me and let her trash my apartment and make me incapable of ever doing anything productive for the next 18 or so years, but Goblin's bag checks are very thorough.

Look at that face!



Here be lots and lots of kitten photos. You have been warned. )

Oh yeah, you guys remember that post I made about a month ago where I rambled for a bit about the mphil and the experiment I needed to work in order to confirm the interaction between my two proteins? IT WORKED. I HAVE AWESOME DATA OR SO POST-DOC TELLS ME. You have no idea how excited I am about this - one postive result can get ripped apart in the viva, but two makes me so much more confident about things (and hey, could possibly mean a publication eventually). Oh hell, now I have to write it all up for the thesis. Next week's post: "Oh god, god, god, I don't understand anything HELP ME, WHAT DO ALL THESE NUMBERS MEAN?"
motetus: (inception / arthur)
I am uncharacteristically enthusiastic about my masters project after this week. The stuff I was doing in Liverpool did not work (idiot protein, bind to the target protein fixed on the chip, not the chip itself!) but a lot of what we were trying to do worked better than I thought it would, and I'm hoping that with a few changes it'll behave and give me nice data. Also, a set of crystallography trials I set up two months ago and gave up on suddenly produced crystals - and not just any crystals but literally hundreds of nicely-shaped fat little things. I have to wait another month before they are taken to the synchrotron to find out if they diffract to the resolution I need, but it sure beats weeping over my inability to get any crystals at all. I should not jinx everything by being too optimistic, but should either of these two give good positive results I'm looking at my second publication. I CAN BE REAL SCIENTIST.

Hey, want to see what my proteins look like? No? Tough. I am in a WITTER ABOUT WORK BECAUSE I'M GOING THROUGH A BRIEF MOMENT OF NOT HATING IT mood. Also, I'm really chuffed about managing to load them into this scary-looking docking software (the actual docking is going to be a complete nightmare, but - baby steps).


Human one on left, bacterial on right. No, I have no idea how they fit together.

Ha, to think that a few weeks ago I was fretting that I would have too few results for my thesis. Now I have too many! From about now on I will be easing off the painting (BOO) and get down to writing in the evenings if I want to have a chance at submitting by March. 159 words written today using 750 words that [livejournal.com profile] seascribe mentioned (I like it, but the lack of sub- and superscript makes it a pain if you're writing out a lot of chemical formulas), which would be excellent (for me) if they weren't mostly buffer recipes pilfered from a PhD thesis. WHATEVER, THEY STILL COUNT.

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Oh, Passion & Profession. It makes Fridays the BEST DAY EVER, and leaves me completely unable to focus on anything else. One of the PhD students just asked me why writing up my lab book was making me grin so much. Bold sinning, dear PhD student.

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Hooray, holiday on Sunday! I am all prepared for it - and by prepared I mean my camera is cleaned and packed and I've got a whole load of books/fanfic loaded onto the Kindle. All that other stuff like clothes and guidebooks and passports can be scooped up 10 minutes before the taxi to the airport is due. PRIORITIES.

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