one day at work a nurse was irritating me and i thought "CREAZY.  CREAZY FRUG."
no, i didn't make it up, i know i read it some where before.  and the people who speak weirdly that i would randomly recall... someone from the dark tower.  probably a slow mutie.  maybe even from 11/22/63 (jimla, remember?).  so i scoured the books for all the sections that mentioned slow muties.  i even went to the forest people section in Wind through the Keyhole.  and i skimmed over 11/22/63 but didn't see anything.  Was it in Lunch at the Gotham Cafe?  i reread that short story (eeeeeeeeeeeeeee...) but didn't see anything.  i was sure Stephen King was the one who put those words in my mind.  but i couldn't find it so i set it on the back burner.
yesterday, i wrapped up my spring break with a Young Justice marathon.  i watched all of season 1 and half of season 2.  and then i found it~!  it was Lobo (you know, the space bounty hunter) in episode 1 of season 2.  calling wondergirl and batgirl "KEEZY FEM" when they tried to stop him from apprehending a KROLO (krolotean).  hahahaaaaa...

and that's your trivia for today.
stay whelmed!


a lousy ending to spring break.
just one of those days when you get bad news.  and then have to make hard decisions.
and then i had to say farewell to two friends- fun #pyhiflygirls one returning to russia and one starting a family on the mainland. i have a feeling it's not a farewell forever but still, we've had many good times together and i will miss them.  ended up wrapping up aerial practice by myself; it was relaxing (sooooooo relaxing! and nice to practice hard stuff as many times as i want) but different since we are usually a noisy, fun bunch.
and then i came home and settled into a book and my itunes shuffle is picking songs like Transatlanticism

and Shelter

and Breathturn

so i think i will hide under the covers until i have to go to work tonight.  tomorrow is another day...


1. Chobani
thick.  not too sweet, not too sour.  just right.  i've been eating this every day, so addicting!

2. Vales
formerly Veils.  currently awesome.
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3. Esperanza
so this palette.  i bought it as an indulgence a while back and i've finally used it enough to give it a review.  the number 1 best top awesome thing about this is the color called DAYGLO.  it looks white in the palette.  i thought it might be a pearly white when i put it on.
it's iridescent green!  looks so awesome.  especially with blue eyeliner!  and not a crazy neon green just... lightly iridescent.  love!  also you can layer it with the other colors but i'm not talented enough to figure out how to make it nice.
the other colors in the palette: selena (glitter is a little chunky for my taste but a nice shade.  i love purples.), galore and placebo (brightens me up when i'm looking particularly sleep deprived), santeria (i love this smokey green), archangel (not my favorite seafoam green- i actually like the NYX drug store brand the best!- but still nice), south (still figuring this out), and dog roses (i have a hard time with browns and orangey-bronze but this is ok.  in a few days it will start to look funky on me tho, because i am halfway through drinking one litre of carrot juice and am starting to turn orangey-yellow again.)
my favorite palette is still beethoven but this palette has a lot of lighter, happier colors.  next time, i would have picked up DAYGLO by itself if it was available instead of a whole set.  but because it's in this palette, it makes the thing worth it!

4. UGene:
do you ever have to look at sequence data?  my research has recently required this of me.  most people i know use 4peaks or DNAstar.  someone recommended UGene to me instead and i am in love!  it is free, open source, and can be used on mac, pc, or linux.  it has the works- sequence, chromatogram, annotator, circular view, restriction site finder, find tandems, digital digests... even does in-app screen shots to make your data all organized and pretty.  there is a way to do a blast within the app too but i haven't figured it out yet (make a path to the database?  i am unsure...); i just do it the old fashion way copy and paste the sequence into NCBI BLAST.  this program is so amazing, i can't believe it's free! 

5. Powerpoint 2011 object arrange/reorder
i can't get over how cool the layers are displayed!
i wish photoshop would make a layer view like this too!


Friday5 time!  an old one, i forgot to schedule this to be published last week. :/  i figured, why let these good questions go to waste?  publish 'em late anyway!  see others' answers or answer for yourself here: or the current questions here: 

1. When did you most recently feel like a salmon swimming upstream?  
Earlier this week at work we were so slammed, it felt like we would never catch up!  Took about five hours to completely clear the pending logs. I am embarrassed to be so inefficient but sometimes your best is all you can do.

2. When did you most recently feel like a sheep following the herd?
In my food micro lab (cool, right? Take Fshn 406 at UH! You make yogurt in class!) the prof was saying we had phage contamination.  I agreed because he was telling the whole class and didn't want to embarrass him.  My opinion: it was not phage.  The colonies were already, umbonate colonies to begin with and they began to look even weirder after spending a few days in the fridge drying out. 

3. When did you most recently feel like a dog whose bark is worse than its bite?
I have horrible phone etiquette.  I think it's from my lack of expression in my voice. :6

4. When did you most recently feel like cat whom curiosity killed?
i've been hearing about Bee 216 repro decks- A.K.A. Erdnase decks- and decided today is a lovely day to look into this... and now half my day is gone, browsing cards and sleights.  i'm trying not to waste time doing useless stuff, i never should have started looking.
and yeah, the decks are real.  they are produced by CARC, as i guessed.  and they are nice.  and they have an intriguing new "thin" finish!  i want a few decks to mess around with... but... i have so much cards already.  must. restrain...   /(* 3 *)/ 

5. When did you last keep the hours of a night owl?
being a night owl is my job.  but i prefer to think of myself as a bat. ;)


  1. I find Jimmy Fallon to be more fun, but less funny than Jay Leno.  Jay Leno was funnier and less fun.  He was great with the street walking and improv sections but the staged acts were not as exciting.  Jimmy Fallon, not so good at improv and i don't get some of his bits.  (are thank you notes supposed to be funny?  i just don't get it.)  but he is more creative with some of the stunts.  As for interviews, I'm leaning toward Jay Leno but need to see more to decide.
    And overall?  I dislike the tonight show in general.  Craig Ferguson's show is waaaaaay better.
  2. Tom Hiddleston is a great dancer!

  3. All this time I thought Salmonella had so many species but in fact there are only 2 species S. enterica & S. bongori!  This is so messed up- S. enterica has 6 subspecies and over 2000 serovars ahhhhhh... I originally thought there was a Salmonella typhimurium but apparently it's actually Salmonella enterica subsp. enterica serovar Typhimurium.  wow.  all these years i've had it wrong...
    more on this:
    also, Shigella sp. is actually E. coli but they just retain the traditional names for ease of use.
    * MIND BLOWN *
  4. found these on sale at nordstrom rack!  only $24 !

    Melissa Fresh

    Melissa Fresh
  5. i upgraded my OS from 10.6.8 to mavericks!  (no, not these mavericks : ) so far so good.  mostly liking the new features, some take getting used to, and some... sorry apple, i changed it back to the old style (track pad is reversed WTF) almost instantly.  i also used [hot tub] time machine for the first time.  seems pretty useful.  before i was manually backing up my hard drives.  this is easier but in case i want to load on to a PC, i guess i'm screwed.  otherwise, time machine is the ultimate lazyman back up.  just plug it and let it do its thing.  how does file recovery work?  i don't know.  this scares me.  i want to go to a folder and see all my mp3 files etc.  i don't really know how the time machine is storing all this shit.  i'm particularly worried about the music because my itunes library is on an external hard drive and not my laptop.  how can i tell if the time machine is backing up my external too?  and does it save my ipod settings via itunes?  i only have two USB ports so my ipod is never plugged into my computer at the same time as the time machine... all of this is quite worrysome, but right now i got bigger fish to fry (midterms, ahhhhhhh...) instead of worrying about backups of my backups so i'll figure it out later.


i watched Thor 2 last weekend.
my thoughts on it:

  • avengers is still my favorite of the current marvel movies, i like the team dynamics
  • like the first thor, thor 2 was surprisingly, delightfully comedic!  
  • that abandoned building with the portals... have you seen the episode BEYOND in the Animatrix?!

    watch BEYOND (and all the other episodes!) here for a dollar:
  • the bridge/time/space gaurd, the guy who was in pacific rim ("we are canceling the apocalypse!"), his job is like pluto from sailor moon!

    if you haven't seen sailor moon, some background on pluto:
  • just when i thought loki redeemed himself... something obviously happened when everyone else was on earth. so where did odin go?!
  • the atmosphere of asgard is beautiful.  a little reminiscent of naboo with the space gondolas.  i appreciate they had a mixture of science and magic.
  • one of the most beautiful funerals i have EVER SEEN.  i want a funeral like that!  i love the flaming boats! 
  • overall, enjoyable.  i want to watch it again! 
  • talking about the convergence, reminded me of CONVERGE.  particularly the song, Aimless Arrow. 


Saturday after work I spent all morning doing yoga and acrobatics with the #pyhiflygirls.  they really loved my pink polkadot leggings.
then I spent all evening with the dudes playing battlefield and eating pizza. We watched Thor 2 after that.
On Sunday I had burgers with le boyfriend and watched a Twin Peaks homage episode of Psych.  Now we are playing minecraft.



I found an article about something called Uberman sleep schedule,
where one takes several 20-30 minute naps throughout the day instead of one block of sleep.  You supposedly go into REM sleep immediately so you aren't tired but gave only a total sleep time of 2-3 hours per 24 hrs.
Since spring break is coming up and I don't have to break my day up with school, I thought it would be a good time to convert (train) myself to this schedule.

In doing further research, I found there are many kinds if polyphasic sleep.
And in fact, I'm already on the Everyman sleep schedule, just by the nature of my available time- 2 or 3 hours before work and 2x 50 min nap on my bus commute to and from school (if I catch the bus that is, and not bicycle).
I looked at the numbers- the percent time spent awake and asleep- and well, they look pretty efficient enough already.  I guess I'll stick to Everyman sleep schedule.  And I guess I have no plans for spring break.

But how do I get more REM sleep? I want to remember my dreams again...


work 11p-7a
yoga 930a-11a
aerial yoga 1130a-1p
*nap 2p-5p*
AFI concert 7p-11p
midnite snack with friends 11p-1am
deepest sleep i've had in a week 2am...

Love Like Winter

Davey Havok is cool. as. fuck.
all four of the guys still rocking hard after a decade. :_)
most unexpected moment- they covered Just like heaven by the Cure!!  * u *
best song?  affliction? love like winter?  leaving song? miss murder? i can't decide, everything was soooo good!  T uT


In the words of the great sage, L. Hasuko,
“Early is on time, on time is late, late is dead.”

But on Friday I had two instances where late was ok.

Recall, I just finished reading Doctor Sleep and saw NOS4A2 and decided to start it.  I had to put it down for a bit, had to study for some microbial pathogen exams.  (They went ok, by the way.  You can get rheumatic fever from a previous pharyngitis/throat Streptococci sp. infection but if you had a cutaneous/skin Strep infection you develop glomerulonephritis instead.  Take that, giant textbook!  I remember your tricks!) When I picked up NOS4A2 again, I was determined to push through to the end- only had ~800 pages on my ipod left. 
This is where I made an amazing discovery, around the 2080th page! 
Mr. Manx directly mentions the True Knot!

My mind exploded!

What are the chances that I pick up a book, without knowing anything about the plot or author (really, I saw it on the new arrivals shelf at the library, liked the cover, and took it home), and it references something from the book I just finished reading?!  I think I even mentioned in previous blargs and tweets how much of a good progression the stories made and they had some similar ideas.

Also, this story takes place in the same universe as all the shining which in turn binds it to the dark tower…

Dude.  There are other worlds than these. 
i wonder now who the "walking backwards man" is... someone else from the shining?  i'll have to finish that book soon, too. 

I was at work at the time and my expression was 8O
I wanted to shout to the world my amazing discovery!
Alas, no one in my immediate vicinity would have cared. 8|

I am so glad I read this book later than I hadoriginally intended!  I finished Doctor sleep first and wow!  I would not have made this connection, I wouldn’t have known about the True Knot!  even farther back in the blarg archives, I originally picked up this book around Christmas time (ha!) but was too swamped to read it.  When I finally did have time for pleasure reading, I picked Doctor Sleep first and well… the rest is history.

Anyway, I did push through to the end… had to finish it up on the bus and I don’t usually read on the bus, but I just had to get to the endingggggggggg…
It was just right.  Not too much (like harry potter, ugh, what a terrible ending.) and not a cliff hanger. And it wasn’t too sweet but it wasn’t a complete tragedy- the right hero gets to have their day. :_)
And then I read the author acknowledgments- because I always do (Mary Roach’s acknowledgments are particularly delightful)- and for the second time in less than 24 hours…

My brain exploded again!!

The author, Joe Hill has a Stephen King connection.

I had no idea. NO IDEA.  I was sitting on the bus with my jaw on the floor from the wonderful and amazing revelation. 8’D

Pick this read!  I highly recommend!

My second encounter with lateness was at the research lab.  This one is a bit more practical advice. 

As you prob know, I do work on campy growth curves and we have this BOSS machine with all the bells and whistles that I owe much of my research to and it has very specific software that goes with it.  Maybe… 2 years ago we had a demo on how to use the software.  And all is well.  No real problems with the thing.  Usually grab all the raw data, feed it to excel and then crank out some graphs. 

Sound about right?  New machine, new software = start with a tutorial

I have discovered today’s meeting, maybe our initial software tutorial was premature.  I met with the same service rep (awesome guy!  Very knowledgeable and has a personality- not like some of those dry people that walk you through tech support over the phone.), plus Dr. B- who was also present at our original mtg 2 years ago, and Alan, Thomas, and Dan who never had the original tutorial.  We got to see the slightly upgraded software and learned how to REALLY make use of some of the plate set up abilities.

I think before, we didn’t know what we really doing or how to even do growth curves.  But now that we know what we want to do and what we NEED in formatting the data, this meeting made a lot more sense.  The first meeting was too early- we didn’t know what questions to ask.  Now that we are a bit seasoned, we can ask how to get what we want. :)

so now, I’m finally handing off the bulk of the campy work to Dan and Dr. B (My workload is ridiculous, I can barely handle the sequencing/RFLP project on top of full time student and full time work.  No way in hell I can do 6hr invasion experiments every week plus data crunching too! @___@  I’m so lucky to have minions! ).

in other news... 

My next read is nonfiction, Dreamland (finally getting to this one, very excited).  After that I will peruse Fishbones by Jisuk Cho.  I’ve been a long time Jisuk fan- I have a bunch of signed prints and even commissioned a sketch from him before!  I am excited to finally delve into the world of demos in this novel.  There is still time to back this on kickstarter if you want some extras like a signed print copy, a shirt, some post cards, book marker… get out there and support indie artists!

New to my music library,
  • All the Linkin Park CDs
    • I realized I was missing some songs from Meteora so I looked to see if it was at the public library- yes- and they also had ALL the other CDs so I thought, what the heck, I’ll borrow them all…
  • Jem- Finally Woken
    • Same deal, saw I was missing some songs so I borrowed the album to get the rest
  • Oblivion soundtrack
    • Great music for studying!  And susan sundfør is kind of amazing.  I want to get the collab song she did with royksopp
  • Phantogram- Voices
    • Because I suddenly noticed they were getting popular… found out they are in hunger game sound track?  It reminded me I meant to get the new album.  DOES NOT DISAPPOINT.  Just like Eyelid Movies, I can listen to it top to bottom, even back to back with Eyelid Movies and it sounds great.  Sounds like a singular narrative with their first album, I like that.
  • AFI- sing the sorrow
    • In preparation for next weekend’s concert, I went to dig up my AFI CDs and realized I didn’t have this one in my itunes…

Ok, that’s it for now,

Have a pleasant week.




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