April 28, 2014
Day…9 months in: MINIONS!

I got a minion undergrad student to help me this summer! This week is all about lab safety and equipment training, but now from the other side for me.

Basically boils down to:

  • don’t look into the laser beam
  • avoid putting your eyes or anyone else’s eyes at the beam level
  • wear laser goggles (for the appropriate wavelength) when aligning optics that can redirect the beam
  • try to align the beam away from you
  • adjust the beam path at lowest laser power
  • don’t leave flammable things in the beam path eg. cardboard, your hand
  • think things through before doing anything (eg. trace the laser beam path before turning laser on, let the laser cool down before turning off cooling water)
  • exercise chem lab safety with chemicals
  • keep a clean and organized lab space

I couldn’t think of a menial task today though, so I guess she’ll miss out on that rite of passage.

April 28, 2014

rosethi:

photo ops with the amazing Matt and Karen! Karen makes the best unamused face.

Still weirded out that we went to London to see Matt Smith and Karen Gillan at the 50th…and these photos were taken in Calgary. CALGARY.

I wonder if they’d even heard of Calgary before being invited.

(also look look SECOND DOCTOR. No one else was dressed as Second. Missing from photo: the Middle Earth map leggings.)

April 16, 2014
Dear younger self: Modelling pro-tip

If you’re fitting exponential functions, take the logarithm of everything before starting. Linear fitting > Polynomial fitting » exponential fitting. It will save…months.

(err. I may need to read more on stretched exponentials.)

March 16, 2014

fuckyeahgreatplays:

When I was a freshman in high school, on March 15 we were studying Julius Caesar in English class, and we spent our first period writing quotes on paper daggers. At an agreeed time, our entire class stormed the Latin classroom, yelling “THE IDES OF MARCH HAVE COME!” And taped daggers on everything and everyone.

Basically proving my theory that Shakespeare is only boring if it’s made boring.

(via professorfangirl)

March 16, 2014
icwutudidthardotcom:

Happy Ides Of March, Romans and countrymen(and everyone else)

icwutudidthardotcom:

Happy Ides Of March, Romans and countrymen(and everyone else)

(via hedwig-dordt)

February 25, 2014

also, that cautiously jittery feeling when you’ve been cleaving fiber optic all day without an apron and get paranoid at every little bit of itchiness

oh god I think I have a glass splinter

oh, wait, that cut’s just from the -25C cold outside

February 24, 2014
Exactly our lab’s hours.

(I tried reverse google image searching this sign, which I saw in one of dduane's recent posts, but apparently this sign is like an old joke…everyone knows it but no one knows who first told it…)

Exactly our lab’s hours.

(I tried reverse google image searching this sign, which I saw in one of dduane's recent posts, but apparently this sign is like an old joke…everyone knows it but no one knows who first told it…)

February 23, 2014
grantaires-bottle:

coffee-teach-wine:

hisnamewasbeanni:

Oh my god, that last one. I’m in love.

Woah - this has almost 100 notes.

Yes. Good. 

grantaires-bottle:

coffee-teach-wine:

hisnamewasbeanni:

Oh my god, that last one. I’m in love.

Woah - this has almost 100 notes.

Yes. Good. 

(via emmagrant01)

February 23, 2014

mycardboardbalcony:

ihititwithmyaxe:

Science simplified.

IT’S IN ENGLISH! I GET IT NOW!

maybe this will help?

(via dduane)

February 21, 2014
TRYING TO TAKE A SHORTCUT BY SKIPPING TROUBLESHOOTING STEPS

whatshouldwecallgradschool:

image

us and our prof today

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