Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Progress update and The Un-Concert

First, the graph:
That right there is 21 days of work (since August 21st). That's a LOT of stuff. I have one more assay to count for #3, ten more western blots, and that dumb promoter assay (#4) that I don't even know where I'm going to be able to read yet.


"Hey Honey, remember that time we paid $90 to not see the Allman Brothers Band?"

We went to Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia tonight to see the Allman Brothers Band. The concert started at 6pm. The "opening" band was Phil Lesh, who apparently was one of the founding members of The Grateful Dead. Phil Lesh apparently has only five songs, each of them approximately 25 minutes in length. Phil Lesh played for TWO HOURS AND TEN MINUTES, by which time the 30% chance of scattered thunderstorms had turned into a monsoon. We waited in the rain for nearly 45 minutes, until my pants were soaked from hem to thigh, we were in real danger of being struck by lightening, and there was still no Allman Brothers Band. We left just before 9pm cold, soaking wet, hungry (did I mention that we hadn't eaten yet?) and livid. I don't think I had actually ever felt livid before in my life, until tonight. $90 down the drain. I won't even go into the horrible service at dinner afterwards, except to say that by the time they brought out salmon instead of my barbequed shrimp, I didn't know whether to laugh or cry.

I guess we should have gone to see the BSO Superpops instead :-(

That's a lot of red

No, I'm not telling you how much is in the accounts :-P Ever the eternal optimist: we're getting a great sale on the 401k and IRA transactions that are going through this afternoon! Seriously though...there's a lot of punditfuss about the biggest point drop in the history of the Dow, but in terms of percentages it doesn't even make the top 10. Silly pundits.

We were actually leading FFB by 1.5 points during the game tonight, but then the defense went to pot and we went from 12 points D/ST down to 5 and lost by 13.5 points in the end. I don't have any optimism left for today.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Week Four

It was our first bye week, so our player choices were a bit limited. Still, we were projected for 118.5 points. Ashley was projected for 132.5 points. Both of us have attempted to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory at various points, and now we're currently sitting at 72.5-78. The crazy thing is that we have the Ravens D/ST playing this week, and she's got the Steelers D/ST - and they're playing each other tomorrow night! Unless the Ravens manage to do something spectacular on the field, I think we're looking at going to 1-3. Of course, we benched Chris Johnson thinking he wouldn't be able to get anything done on the ground against the Minnesota defense, and he put up as many points as all our other running backs COMBINED. Come ON!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Apologies to John Mayer

Why, Georgia? Why?

(Wisconsin and Purdue too)

Why is everything at such lousy times?

I want to go to the GSA-sponsored Monday Night Football event (free pizza, drinks and snacks!) for the Ravens-Steelers game, but the game doesn't start until 8:30 so I wouldn't get home until like 12:45am.

I want to go to the RFBD dinner at Maggiano's at the end of October, but dinner's at 6:30pm. If I'm still at work I'd have to leave at like 3:30 to make sure I got there on time, and either way there's no way Matt would be able to make it.

I want to see the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Superpops playing the music of Billy Joel (w/ vocalist Michael Cavanaugh, who did all the music for "Movin' Out") but it's next weekend and we're a) already doing stuff with family and b) already spending $90 to see the Allman Brothers Band on Tuesday.

Time sucks.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Freaking Long Week

How come the funnest weeks never seem as long as the busiest ones? :-(

Should be starting experiment #4 next week, I think...

We're going to see Lewis Black in October! It's gonna be a busy month - besides working and getting everything ready to send to my committee at some point that month, I have to give two presentations (one to my training grant group and one at lab meeting); we have a group birthday dinner, the MD renaissance faire, the aforementioned Lewis Black show, and dinner at C&E's. And that's just the first half of the month! Who knows what the second half holds...

Monday, September 22, 2008

Not so fantasy

Once again we were projected to win this week, and once again 6 of our players put up single-digit points values for us. Our bench actually put up 10 more points than our starters. Sigh. Still, we managed to only lose by 8.5 points. Eric sucks just slightly less than us, haha. I hope next week will be better.

Done for today

#2 and #3 are neck and neck! As of right now though, I'm going to finish #2 a week earlier than #3. Hope I didn't spoil the ending. Also, I tried to make the graph a little easier to read by adjusting the...well, I guess it's the y-axis, except rotated. Not that I don't go to 110, because I do :-P But #1 is still definitely 100% done.

Old Navy is no longer accepting gift cards online. WTF??

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Better or worse than starving children in Africa?

Mike left two bottles of wine in the house fridge when we went to the beach back in July. The Nusbaums took one and we took one, a Riesling. We asked Mike last weekend if he wanted it back but he said no. We opened it up tonight and tried it.

Me: I don't think I like it.
Matt: It tastes like wine for like, two seconds, and then nothing.
Me: It doesn't has a flavor.
Matt: Finish your glass.
Me: Do I have to?
Matt: There are alcoholics out on the street that would be happy to have it!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

I lof these shoes so moishe!

Yep, that's Max taking a snooze pretty much IN my shoes. And that's Roxie guarding the new scratcher that the cats *actually use* OMG.

Not quite a week later

I *have* done work on experiment #3; it's just not reflected in the graph yet because I haven't collected the data and it's too hard to figure out the % otherwise. I have not done any work on experiment #1 #4. Experiment #2 has been flowing nicely. Does anyone want to do experiment #1 #4 for me? :-P

I'll update the graph again on Monday.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Science, food, football

Jorge Cham visited CERN and did a nice 5-part comic series on the LHC. I especially liked the second-to-the-last panel on part 4.

Dinner last night (and the lasagna) was fabulous!

We're projected to win FFB this round!

Friday, September 12, 2008


In the theme of GraphJam, except not really funny. There are basically four sets of experiments I needed to get done after my last thesis committee meeting. I'll start updating this on some sort of semi-regular basis. Stay tuned.

900th post!

I've been listening to Ingrid Michaelson's "The Way I Am" and Jason Mraz's "I'm Yours" on repeat for two days. Lovely!

Three minutes of marmalade goodness


(I was going to embed the video on this page but for some reason I couldn't copy the embed code off of that page. Bah)

Tuesday, September 09, 2008


I got a letter from RFBD on their fiscal year statistics. While I was only with them for half the year, I'm pleased to be able to contribute to their success. I've volunteered about 50 hours so far!

From the letter:
Our volunteers recorded more finished product than ever before: 8,646 hours. To achieve this, 425 volunteers gave 22,280.38 hours of their time in the recording studio - and this skilled work is valued at $58 per hour, equaling $1,292,262 in donated services - a record.
$58 per hour? Clearly I'm in the wrong line of work, seeing as how I'm currently paid about $14 per hour. Now if I could only deduct that $2900 from my taxes!

So much for the rally

The DJIA closed Friday at 11,221. Over the weekend, the announcement came that the government was assuming control of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The DJIA opened Monday at 11,556. Today, it closed at 11,250. Nice job, Lehman Brothers. Are you going to be the next Bear Sterns? I don't know who said it first, but this whole "privatize the profits, socialize the losses" approach is really starting to suck. I'd fire them all.

Monday, September 08, 2008

Fantasy Football

Well, we had the worst week 1 out of any team in our league. Half of our team put up a combined total of 10 points: Brady - 3, Ocho Cinco - 2.5, Holmes - 2, Cooley - 0.5, Seahawks D/ST - 2. Bleh.

Ch-ch-ch-changes! We're obviously dropping Tom Brady (guh, what a disappointment) but we don't know for whom yet. We'll play Delhomme next week and see how some of the current free agents do, since we don't actually have to pick up a second QB until mid-season. We'll switch out Chris Cooley for Jeremy Shockey since Jason Campbell doesn't seem to have it together yet. Ahmad Bradshaw was complete deadweight for us. We've dropped him and will have Matt Forte by the end of the week. We'll pull Ocho Cinco and put him in, and possibly switch out Santonio Holmes for Calvin Johnson. We'll have to see. But I don't think we could do worse than this week (69 points!)


According to my Facebook Countdowns, I have 56 days left to get my research done before Rhoda wants me to update my committee. Sigh. So far so good though, although it's only been 13 work days since my meeting. I'm just trying to get through each day and cross off everything on my to-do list for that day. I obviously have a master calendar, but if I try to go hard-core more than about 2 days into the future it's too overwhelming.

Friday, September 05, 2008

Those are good odds

On the odds that the universe will suddenly cease to exist next Wednesday when the Large Hadron Collider is switched on: "Look, it's a 10^-19 chance, and you've got a 10^-11 chance of suddenly evaporating while shaving." (link)

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Hyperbole at its best

Courtesy of fark.com, natch. (I have trouble typing the word "courtesy" because it's only one letter off from Courtney).
"If you elect Obama, he will go over to your home and rip your still-living fetus from your lovely white wife's womb and give it to a gay married couple, who will then eat it and immediately go out and apply for welfare. And then he'll pay some Mexicans to go break into your house and steal your guns and your Bible."

I didn't get home until 10:30pm tonight :-/

How in the world is this year already 2/3 over? I demand a recount.