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Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

In which I am made aware of the old saying “Never say never”, but I’m still quite tempted to say “I’ve moved away from Plants”.

Since last I wrote, many things have happened. OK, not many. Some things, but they are pretty major. I have finished my PhD, yay! Still awaiting the viva, but I’d like to see it as progress. I also got a job, which marked the end of my time as an Arabidopsist* and I am now a Drosophilogist*. The biggest change is that I’ve said goodbye to Warwick, my “home” for the last 7 and a half years.

And what a journey I have had. When I started at Warwick back in 2003 studying Biochemistry I don’t know where I thought I’d end up, but I don’t think I ever imagined that I would end up doing bioinformatic analysis of plant gene regulation. I’ve travelled thousands of miles (around 3500 west, and 6000 east) to tell people about what I’ve spent 3 and a smidge years of my life doing, and hopefully I’ve made some useful contributions along the way. It’s all summed up here.

*I think you will find that these are valid scientific terms.

Ho hum…

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Hello again blogosphere. I wonder how many times i’ll say i’m going to start blogging and then fail to continue?

Its been a slow week…Mike is in London for a course, so i’ve been getting the bus to uni. I’ve managed to pick up a cold, which is quite annoying, but no way near as annoying as last night where I stood at the bus stop for an hour while nothing turned up. According to the paper timetable at the stop there should have been three buses, according to the online timetable only two. Either way it was rather frustrating! I decided to work from home today to save myself a bit of annoyance, and I hope things are better tomorrow.

Comment Spam and other things

Friday, November 30th, 2007

Every day now i’ve been getting comment spam (although it doesn’t get through as I have set everything to need approval). Always on the quail post…I wonder if quail is a popular term among spam bots, or whether they’re just set up to go for an older post.

Tomorrow is the MHC Christmas Show, which should be good. It was a pretty big show last year, I got to poke my first tiny baby dwarfs and they put on a nice buffet. We’re also buying an extra hen to try and settle the quail fighting, although I put all the birds in the playpen together last night and they didn’t seem too bothered about each other.

Something to do…

Wednesday, October 24th, 2007

Today in the office, Marc asked if anyone had a website…so I said yes. He asked about what could be put on it, so I said pretty much anything. That lead me to realise that i’ve had “proper” hosting for about 7 years now and the only fancy-pants thing i’ve done with it is install wordpress. I decided that i’d have a go at installing media wiki (despite the fact I don’t really have anything to write a wiki about). I’m taking bets on how long it takes me to get fed up with the idea…it’ll either be when I have to tinkle with the database, or if I survive that it’ll be when I realise I have to write content…

Stupid Americans

Monday, May 15th, 2006

Apparently, .com is for American sites only. If you have a .com domain, that implies you’re from the US. That means you!

All us little British Chaps and Chapesses should settle for the lowly .co.uk, and keep our grubby mitts off the shiny, golden .com. If we use it, we’ll only confuse people, despite America having .us (try www.grouphug.us if you’d like an example). Although from what I was aware of, .co.uk was originally a business suffix (.org.uk being an organisation, ac.uk a British Educational institute, .gov.uk UK government et cetera). There is a .uk but that seems to be rarer than the .us.

Clearly, .com is an abbreviation for .communist, so for all you Americans who pledge allegiance, I urge you, avoid .commies!

Yet another first post

Monday, May 1st, 2006

Well, I didn’t get on too well with the last blog, it looked like i’d need to learn something in order to customise it better/change the themes, and generally get it to look like it matched the rest of my site. So here we go again!

 So far, so good. I’ve manually moved the posts from my old Blogger blog (yes…not much happening there. I got annoyed after I wrote a long post and it was eaten).

Blogging is tricky…

Sunday, March 12th, 2006

And rather self-indulgent. Maybe that’s why I start and give up, I just don’t care enough. My mid-March resolution will be to start blogging more. The less of interest, the better. Thats how it is. People also like to complain on blogs, so i’ll start there.  

Today we went to look for some coal, and as we were at the supermarket near B&Q, I thought we’d check in there in case it was cheaper than the garage. Apparantly coal is off season, someone should tell B&Q that its bloody cold and snowy out. Not as snowy as the North West though…Oh to be back there.