Sorry for the low update rate again. As usual, the algae has had me busier than a bee. I don’t know what happened, but my boss thinks I’ve been taking a good care of the algae and therefore they have grown ridiculously fast. Normally, I only need to transfer the little guys to new medium once every 2-3 months. Last time I did it was precisely one month ago, and they all look ready for a new transfer. I have to transfer them if they’re ready or else they will die. All 700 (with backups) of them. Most of them are from Antarctica and to get there and sample, you need to go through an array of tests, one of which includes a psychological one. So, in short, these cultures/strains are really important.
Because of that, my thesis has kind of taken a blow. I haven’t worked with it as much as I like to, but I figure if I work like crazy during weekdays, I can reboot on weekends. So far so good, except when all the Antarctic, native, and Baikal (yes, lake Baikal) cultures need some loving, I really have my hands full of algae. Literally. Initially, I thought of getting 4h of algae and 8h of thesis going on every day, but that kind of doesn’t work with the algae when they get some proper loving. Some days, the algae take about 11 hours of attention. I still love it, so there’s that.
My thesis is still in its analysis phase and I have to gather all the data. Currently, it looks like this when I work:
There’s also a bunch of papers next to the macbook… I feel like my thesis need a lot more attention now. Especially when there’s a post-doc arriving tomorrow. My supervisor will probably hang out with her before setting up a meeting with me and a former student of his. We’re doing a collaboration where she will look into our data and see if there is any biases in the results depending on where the scientists received their funding (I look at the potential biases from the political events of IPCC’s fourth assessment report and Climategate).
That is what it looks like when you search ‘global warming’ with above mentioned criteria. Good thing I’ve already gone through about 9700 of those articles. Only this is for articles up until 2007, between 2007 and today, there’s 50 000 more articles to look through… But I think I impressed my supervisor and my boss for getting 70+ analyses done and managed 75h of algae work. So I got that going for me, which is super-nice.
I’m off to plan the Dutchman’s birthday, the thirtieth one. My god, why is it so hyped? It’s just a number, and he’s just a boy ;)
//c_Cae; so many things to do