Echoing PLS's post about budgetary complexities, we have to keep an eye on the expenses in our lab too as our funding has seriously tightened up. I look at experiments and see the data that it generates but I'm also thinking more and more what is the price tag for that data. And like PLS we have about 6 pots of money to draw from and its fucking confusing as to which fund to draw down on sometimes and why.
For us the budget tightening has been a big change. Mouse lines that were kept up and running if we needed them on a whim have been cryopreserved. Watching how much we are spending on antibodies. Working on which transfection appears to be the most economical in our lab (message me if you want details).
Unfortunately for us and with the looming of an even further bleak immediate future for science funding, we'll be keeping even more of an eye on the bottom line.
Is anyone watching the winter Olympics? I've been watching some of the ice skating and both men's and women's hockey. At many of the events it appears as if the stands may be less than half full, I don't know if its a measure of the events or the lack of tourism influx in these games. And for the life of me I cannot get into the events that belong more in the winter X games than the Olympics (read half-pipe).
Break out the Festivus Pole its time for the annual Airing of Grievances and Feats of Strength.
"Festivus for the rest of us!"
A little late but suck it everyone I was gloating over my victory.
1. Genomic Repairman's Keuch'n A$$
2. SugarScientist's Tumornators
3. Bashir's KillaTCells
5. Todd's Kaepernickpicks
6. Randy The Professor
7. Chall's Dreams
8. Parker's Picks by Lisa
9. PLS's Prognostications
10. Alyssa's G-Dawgs
11. Stevie "Don't Call Me Wonder" Walker's Show Me Your TDs
Its time to run down fantasy football week one. The big winner this week is Odyssey, well done sir and a strong showing by Chall, best start that you ever had I believe. PLS is proof of how the mighty have fallen. And a strong showing by the newbies, Lisa, Stephen, Todd, and PinkGirl are off to a great start.
1. Odyssey's Odyssey
2. Chall's Dreams
3. Parker's Picks by Lisa
4. Stevie "Don't Call Me Wonder" Walker's Show Me Your TDs
5. Todd's Kaepernickpicks
7. Bashir's KillaTCells
8. PLS's Prognostications
9. SugarScientist's Tumornators
10. Genomic Repairman's Keuch'n A$$
11. Alyssa's G-Dawg's Picks
I've renewed my commitment to get back into shape and am trying to run everyday, if even just for a mile or mile and a half when I can. After not running for a while, I cannot believe how weak my legs and lungs for that matter are. The legs situation is sorting itself out, the lungs may require some clinical intervention as I have exercise-induced asthma. But overall I'm feeling better and it is helping to curb the anxiety from all the stress I have at work.
I'm not a fan of hockey, but I find this study interesting that alludes to the fact that rules put in place by multiple hockey organizations to limit body checking to reduce the number of concussions has no effects. Have a go at it if you've got some free time.
And as always if you find an article that is interesting, leave a comment and let us know what's good.
Happy Father's Day to Genomic RepairDad. He has played a pivotal role over helping me get through life not to mention all the recent issues in my personal life in the past six months. Thanks for being there for me.
Enjoy some funny Father's Day videos.
A recent opinion piece at CNN about Angelina Jolie's double mastectomy (Article here) had a few errors and had some issues with it. But what was most confusing was wording that mislead the reader to believe that most of the non-familial breast cancer patients did not have BRCA1/2 genes, instead of stating that they did not have mutations in those genes. I was actually kind of surprised when both the author and the article responded to me quite quickly.
Bravo CNN for fixing the inaccuracies but boo to the clinician who wrote the paper with the errors in it.
If you're not down with Darwin, you're not down with me.
Happy birthday Chuck!