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(no subject) [Dec. 27th, 2011|06:54 pm]
Just spent Christmas vacation with my family and my fiancee. She was in pain for a couple of months, but felt enough better to go with me on a five day family bonanza. I'd say it went well, which is good all around.
Now to finish cleaning the apartment, getting a professorship, publishing some papers, getting some experimental work done...
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(no subject) [Aug. 24th, 2011|04:28 pm]
[mood |exhaustedexhausted]

Hello, world!

Yes, I just said it. Are you ashamed to know me?

Anyway, I've decided it's time to actually post something again. I'm in the middle of an awful lot of stuff going on in my life. #1: M has moved in with me, almost officially. (She still has a place where she gets official mail and stores her stuff, but she lives with me.)
#2: We're trying to save money, since neither of us has gotten a raise in some time and prices of important things have been going up.
#3: My article was rejected from the second journal we submitted to, but it was a soft rejection - a "do these things to it and we might reconsider" - so said things were done, and M and I are going over it one last time to make sure the edits didn't kill the flow of language. (Yes, my live-in girlfriend is helping me with my English, mostly because I have an unfortunate tendency to make sentence edits that make the science better but ignore the rules of grammar.)
#4: I've started looking for my next job. Universities have begun posting openings, so soon enough I should actually be submitting my CV and related pieces of electronic paper to them...
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(no subject) [Feb. 5th, 2011|06:48 pm]
My life has recently taken a turn for the better. Mostly, anyway.

To start with the bad news, the girl I'd seen a couple of times stopped responding to me. There was no explanation; she'd said a couple of times that she wanted to hang out again, but after Christmas I didn't get a single word from her, even after mentioning I'd be happy hanging out platonically. I was a little upset about this for a while - I appreciate and respect a "no," but an eternal "maybe" or a non-answer just sours things. That said, it's hard to remain irritated about that sort of thing when somebody else decided she was interested and we started actually dating.

M is a lot of fun. She's into geeky stuff, which is helpful, and is quite intelligent, which is also helpful. Plus, she looks good in a skirt.

Other stuff: I'm co-teaching a class. My primary duties to this point have been grading and holding office hours, but Monday I'm lecturing on random number generation. It's a bit of a surprise to me, since Monte Carlo methods are so important to what we're doing, but nobody seems to have covered them in sufficient detail. I hope to fix that, and avoid losing too many people along the way.

Research might be going somewhere, but for the most part it sort of feels like it's in limbo at the moment. At least, until other stuff gets out of the way...
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(no subject) [Dec. 14th, 2010|11:18 pm]

In other news, I have attempted to use the atomic force microscope. By "attempted," I mean that I did the things that are supposed to work, but in spite of going through a good half-dozen spare cantilevers that other people had left me, none seemed to work correctly. (If you can see the sample better using light without magnification than with your microscope, something's off.) Attempt #2 will follow a purchase of appropriate cantilevers...
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(no subject) [Nov. 28th, 2010|10:51 pm]
[mood |happyhappy]

Date #2 went pretty well. We watched a terrible movie, The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra, and then a goofy Mel Brooks, To Be Or Not To Be. (It's hard to do a comedy set in Nazi-occupied Poland, but he pulled it off.) And enjoyed each other's company. I tend to suspect I move slowly in these things, but she doesn't seem to mind too much.
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(no subject) [Nov. 22nd, 2010|02:38 pm]
It's recently been pointed out to me that I've been failing to post anything. Having a little down time in my office, I figure I can fix that.

Update the first: my article has been accepted for publication in December. Woohoo! I got some good comments from reviewers, some of which involved a lot of revision but all of which improved the article. This will be the best one I've written thus far, and in the best journal I've been published in so far, so I'm happy.

Update the second: I'm learning experimental methodology, in fits and starts. Sooner or later I'll actually get access to the atomic force microscope here, which is all kinds of exciting. The cell line that my undergrad and I were keeping alive got infected, but since we hadn't started the real experimental phase yet and have backup samples, and we didn't infect anybody else's stuff, it wasn't an enormous deal.

Update the third: Online dating has mostly been a dud. That said, I did meet somebody last week who seems interesting, and possibly interested. She's only 22, but she seems a hell of a lot more mature than my last girlfriend. (Not that N is really much of a gold standard or anything.) If she were any younger, I'd feel too weird about it... but, well, she's not undergrad-age, and she's actually working to support herself. And she's intelligent, funny, and good-looking, which may not have anything to do with maturity but helps with other things. As usual with girls I'm truly interested in, I would also be happy to be Just Friends. Too many people I know around the Boston area aren't actually in the Boston area any more, and some of them are thinking of moving away soon. I'm never sure how to approach that issue, but I don't seem to have screwed up all that badly in general yet.
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(no subject) [May. 1st, 2010|07:25 pm]

In other news, I may possibly be getting my first bit of work with my postdoc advisor done soon-ish (as in, another month) to head off to publication-submission land. It won't be an astounding paper, but my advisor thinks it'll be useful to get our foot in the door, as it were, on the subject matter. It should hopefully also help get a grant, which I'd be happy for.

In other other news, I'm thinking about dating sites. I figure it's a good way to get around one of the major problems I tend to have in this area, reading the intent of the other person before I get to know her extremely well. (I do feel like it's a bit of a cheat, as in theory I probably ought to work on the problem, not work around it - but I'd hope I won't be doing this sort of thing too many more times, so workaround it is.) I've gotten terrible advice on it - not hard to find - but does anybody have any good advice?

Also, random curious question: does anybody else have $40 prescription copayments? I remember them being $10 a few years ago, so I'm not sure if they've jumped up across the board or if my plan is just like that.
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random post [Mar. 22nd, 2010|11:43 pm]
It's been months since I moved to Boston. I have to say, I'm enjoying it... there's a lot to do, and much of it makes me very, very thankful to be back here. Biking in snow and rain may not be a brilliant idea, but I've done it repeatedly now, just because of the novelty of being able to bike to and from work. (For that matter, I'd be able to walk it if I didn't mind taking 40 minutes or so instead of 10.) I've hung out with various people (but not everybody - poke me if you're around and want to hang out), had my parents over (slightly awkward, since they stayed at my studio apartment), and generally had a pretty good start on Stuff.

On work: my brain currently hurts from all the literature review. Soon, hopefully, I start the actual project instead of looking for numbers that other people have come up with. In a month or two, I'll have an undergrad working for me, doing some of the experimental work associated with the ideas I've had - which is pretty exciting, since that means I'm essentially getting a small lab of my own, with fewer funding issues than normal, and some people to rely on for expertise. It's... well, a little nerve-wracking, but mainly just exciting.
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Boston, T minus two days [Jan. 3rd, 2010|03:25 pm]
[mood |optimisticoptimistic]

Still more packing and cleaning to do, but soon my stuff will be in Brookline. Moving will definitely be good, and in spite of the fact that I'll be carrying a lot of heavy stuff soon, I'm happy.

BTW, anybody who is likely to have some of Tuesday free in the area is welcome to come by and help, and will be bribed with food. I'm going to be right off the green B line... let me know if you're interested.
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(no subject) [Nov. 20th, 2009|03:53 pm]
Success! I have the signatures. Now just a little more work and some filling out of forms to go...
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