As we come down off the past few days of eating ourselves into food comas, vaguely slurring ‘yeah gimme another slice of cake’ while unbuckling the belt buckle, I thought I’d pop up with a little more science for y’all! I wrote in a previous post about gut bacteria – one of my scientific obsessions. They’re … More A creamy whipped path to obesity?
And lets not forget… arrivederci! Today I’m letting go of the last fragments of my Padova life and heading off on a grand Aussie adventure. And soon after that, BOOYAH, AFRICA. Being an expat is weird. The world feels like home, but simultaneously, also nowhere truly feels like home. I’ll miss Padova. For four completely insane years … More So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen good night
And a whole lot of dust. Short post from me today, because I’m living in a pile of boxes and bubble wrap. It’s doing my head in. Not to mention every five seconds I remember something that should be done before I mosey off to the land of meat pies, kangaroos, and spiders. Utilities companies, immigration … More Boxes, boxes, everywhere
It’s official. It’s today. It’s my last day in the lab. My last day as a run-of-the-mill postdoc just trying to make a difference and do some cool science. It feels so weird to not have a ‘proper’ lab job awaiting me as I leave this one. In this harsh world of ‘publish or perish’, even a … More The end of the working world as I know it
Disclaimer: I’m not an artist. I’m pretty sure I can’t even spell pencil anymore. Chalk is for crime-scene investigation. Paint is for walls. Sculptures are just messed-up furniture.* I’m not even sure I want to publish this post… It’s easy writing about the things you love and you spend ages of your time honing to a … More Insane doodlings from a bored nerd on a train
Sometimes I learn things in science that just sound so damn cool that I track down the original papers and get obsessed. And I mean obsessed to the level that I spend a week neglecting human interaction and personal hygiene, hunched over my computer devouring information at the speed of the all-powerful interwebs. One such obsession-inducing … More Dancing to the tune of your gut bacteria
Oh yeahhhh *happy dance* it finally happened, we got contact from the University in Mekelle! ACTUAL DETAILS, holy frijoles and golly gosh, it’s like Christmas came early. They were soooo silent for so long, and then, BAM, details! Well, kinda details, sorta details… really what we have are more like vague shadows of an idea of possible details. Okay, … More You’ve got mail!
Today is the official start of my last month at work… SIMULTANEOUS “YAHOO” AND “EEEEEERMAGHERD”! One month left of academic insanity, oddball scientists, brain-twisting theories, and mysterious substances found in unlabelled bottles. The impending end is starting to make me reminisce about the reasons I love (and sometimes hate) this career. Science isn’t a place … More Can obesity be infectious? … Nerdy musings as the countdown to (relative) unemployment begins!
This week I’m trying to learn patience. It’s a virtue and all that. Mum told me all those years ago. And mums are the bomb, so it’s gotta be true. Both Italy and Africa are currently giving me some patience lessons lately (translation: driving me absolutely bonkers). Basically, the Vikster and I have been trying … More Ask and ye shall receive … possibly.
In my last blog post I had a whine about the possibility absolute certainty of my contracting malaria while in Ethiopia. My blood is a delicious fine wine, anti-mosquito spray doesn’t work well, wah wah wah. You know what, dear readers? I’m gonna tell myself to STFU. I’m gonna take my first-world problems, and go sit in the naughty … More Bite me, mosquitoes: It’s time to end your reign of terror