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Me Me Me

// March 3rd, 2008 // 1 Comment » // Life, Study

I’ve had a crazy few days – the sadness of losing Nana last Wed, then the joy of the Mardi Gras Parade on Saturday night, the nerves of starting uni today, and now heading off to NZ tomorrow for three days for Nana’s funeral.

Mardi Gras was wonderful. We had tickets to the BGF Glamstand so there was seating, a bar and most importantly, toilets! Worth every penny of the $120. It was so heartwarming being back amongst the gays after four years away. And we got to catch up with our dear Melbourne friends Julie & Georgia – also realising it was 10 years since we met them when we were all Marching Xenas together in the 1998 Mardi Gras (and you too Lynne!). I think we will have to go in it again next year – I can ride my Honda Spacy in the Dykes on Bikes. Then we met up with ACP & Den for late night Japanese and a ride home.

The first day of university went pretty well. I did seem to be the only mature aged student in my physics lecture however! Uh oh. Physics seems pretty dry, I was having flashbacks to sixth form when I was bored out of my mind with forces and masses and velocities. Oh well, gotta try and ace it this time! And I got the credit I was after for my VUW courses, all except one paper I will now have to do in the second semester. I’m pretty happy though.

Then tomorrow at 5am I have to be at Sydney Airport ready to fly to Auckland with my brother Jake. We’re driving down to Hamilton for Nana’s funeral on Wednesday. Hopefully I will get a morning in Auckland on Thursday and then back to Sydders. I’ll try my hand at some mobile blogging while I’m away!

Cunning Plans Falling Into Place

// January 18th, 2008 // 1 Comment » // Science, Study

After the good news about the house, now I have been offered a place at the University of Sydney in the Bachelor of Medical Science. They take 200 people per year so it is pretty good going. Now I have to find someone to go and enrol for me on Tuesday afternoon otherwise the offer will lapse! Any volunteers?

Here are the papers I’m going to be doing this year in my part-time studies. I’m hoping I can cross credit what I’ve done so that I only need to do maths and physics. The maths ones sound crazy, in fact I can’t understand the descriptions at all!

MATH1001 – Differential Calculus
This unit of study looks at complex numbers, functions of a single variable, limits and continuity, vector functions and functions of two variables. Differential calculus is extended to functions of two variables. Taylor’s theorem as a higher order mean value theorem.

MATH1002 – Linear Algebra
This unit of study introduces vectors and vector algebra, linear algebra including solutions of linear systems, matrices, determinants, eigenvalues and eigenvectors.

MATH1003 – Integral Calculus and Modelling
This unit of study first develops the idea of the definite integral from Riemann sums, leading to the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. Various forms of integration are considered, such as integration by parts.The second part is an introduction to the use of first and second order differential equations to model a variety of scientific phenomena.

PHYS1002 – Physics 1 (Fundamentals)
This unit of study is designed for students who have not studied Physics previously or scored below 65 in HSC Physics. The lecture series contains modules on the language of physics, mechanics, and oscillations and waves.

PHYS1004 – Physics 1 (Environmental & Life Science)
This unit of study has been designed specifically for students interested in further study in environmental and life sciences. The lecture series contains modules on the topics of properties of matter, electromagnetism, and radiation and its interactions with matter.

Semester Two

// June 20th, 2007 // No Comments » // Science, Study

I have just enrolled in the following two papers for next semester:

BMSC 241 – Heredity and Gene Expression
An introduction to the structure and behaviour of chromosomes, genes, DNA; and to the processes of heredity and the mechanisms by which genetic information is transmitted and expressed in humans and other animals. Some discussion of the genetics of plants and micro-organisms is included. Introduction to DNA technologies.

BMSC 243 – Physiology and Pharmacology
Included in this course will be the study of the functioning and roles of the central and peripheral nervous and hormonal systems in control of cardiovascular and respiratory activity, digestion and absorption, metabolic responses to different environmental and energy demands; sensory systems; muscle physiology, etc. The emphasis is on mammalian physiology with particular reference to human functions. The elements of pharmacology are introduced in the context of modulation of normal function.

My dream of becoming Dana Scully is moving closer… pass me the red hair dye….

One Down…

// October 27th, 2006 // 5 Comments » // Culture, Study

Had the exam this morning for Human Biology; it didn’t go too badly, though the essay questions were not at all what I was expecting – grrr. Now just my chemistry one in two weeks and then – freedom for the summer!!

To celebrate, here is possibly the best 80′s music video of them all. Not only are there doves, billowing red curtains and large hair; but also ninjas, loincloths and flying choirboys… yes folks, it’s Bonnie Tyler!!

Monday Recap

// September 18th, 2006 // 1 Comment » // Culture, Life, Study

The Phoenix Foundation gig at the San Fran Bathhouse on Friday was so freakin’ cool! There were some great new songs and they played my fave unreleased track 40 Years. I really love me a TPF gig and it was a huge crowd! In fact a bit too huge and I couldn’t squeeze into my usual prime photo position at the front corner no matter how hard I shoved. Cassette were fab too, I had never seen them live before believe it or not. Nice for me & Jan to get out to a gig, drink beer and get in touch with the “youf” eh. Also this weekend, took boys to Seatoun and played on the beach, and went to effortlessly cool birthday party of Wanda offspring – well it seemed effortless to us the attendees, I’m sure there was at least a modicum of effort.

Today at school we learned about chicken embryos. Fascinating stuff about how the cells differentiate into different layers that then become other parts and so on. Now back in my cupboard slaving over a hot keyboard.

The First Day of the Rest of Your Trimester

// July 10th, 2006 // 3 Comments » // Kids, Study

First day back at university today. As is typical, biology was interesting but kind of waffly, and chemistry was a full-on barrage of incredibly complicated formulae which one’s brain struggled to comprehend. But having said that, I have got my results from Trimester 1 back and I can’t really complain. Say no more! Nice to be back on my scooter and the weather even cooperated with a perfect winter’s scooter-ridin’ day.

We took Archie back to have his dressing removed from his thumb today, and the good news is that it has all healed very well! He now just has to have a little bit of tape over it to give it stability, but he can have baths again and most importantly has his hand back. I think he was getting sick of being Stumpy.

I went to see Over the Hedge with the boys yesterday and thought it was excellent. That Steve Carell really is a comic genius.

Not Pleasant If You Are A Hippy

// July 6th, 2006 // 1 Comment » // Kids, Study

We foolishly thought that the tummy bug was behind us, but Archie was leaking things all over the floor this morning again, and then of course Harry started vomiting. So much for the planned visit to the dental clinic this morning. Ah the joys of family life! Still the boys are happy as it means they get to watch DVDs (whereas normally they are only allowed one DVD after lunch).

It will almost be a blessed relief to get back to university and cut up rats! Speaking of the rats, got this info from a former student of the course.

The rats are frozen and contain a preservative, and they don’t smell like rats. They smell like formalin – ie, not pleasant, but not disgusting either.

The thing that some people DID find a little challenging was looking at 72 hour eggs – you break an egg and fish out the embryo to have a look at it under a microscope. At this stage, it is little more than a brain and notochord, but it also has a heart which you can see beating.

Not pleasant if you are a hippy…

The other thing that was a bit annoying was the heart lung dissection (sheep) – because these DO smell a bit, and they are obviously a lot larger than a rat. The heart and lungs come from the meatworks, so they are pretty clean, but it is a time to wear your lab coat…

Guess I should buy that lab coat after all… but now I am actually LOOKING FORWARD to the rat autopsy.

Moment of Truth

// June 30th, 2006 // 4 Comments » // Study

I bought my study guide for BMSC114, Human Biology, which I am doing this coming trimester, and it looks like what I dreaded has finally come to pass.

Make a small hole in the hind leg of your rat, use this to tie the numbered label firmly to your rat, then note the number in your book. This is your rat; you will be expected to identify it in later laboratories…

Pick up your rat and open its mouth. How many teeth does the rat have of each of the above types? …

Using scissors, carefully cut through the skin and body wall in the midline from rib cage to public symphysis. Do NOT cut forwards into the thoracic cavity, i.e., where the ribs are…

To secure your rat use only two dissecting hooks and stick them through the body wall flaps, attaching the strings to the dissecting tray as demonstrated. DO NOT MOVE THE INTESTINE AT THIS STAGE.

And so it goes on, for three x two hour labs.

I guess I will finally discover if my Agent Scully-like medical career fantasies are reality or fantasy.


// June 27th, 2006 // 1 Comment » // Kids, Study

Archie has his general anesthetic tomorrow morning so we’re a little nervy around here. I’m sure it will be fine. Just hoping that he doesn’t get a cold as then they will not be able to put him under. I am also anxiously awaiting my exam results; even though I know they won’t be out for at least another week, probably much longer. I am such a nerd! Have been reading my biology textbook for fun! I can’t wait for term to start again, probably because I’m not getting a real holiday – all that this break means to me is more time to do real work – and I would much prefer to be doing study than work!

Freedom Isn’t Free

// June 21st, 2006 // 4 Comments » // Kids, Study

Yay! I am a free woman! No reading to do, no assignments, no study – at least for two weeks until Semester 2 starts. I was fairly happy with the exams – chemistry could have been better but I am feeling very positive about biology – and am certain I passed both at the very least.

Now of course I have heaps of work on that I’ve been putting off due to study commitments. Also I’m heading up to Hamilton with my Dad this weekend to see my grandmother and help with the sorting out of her house (she has gone into a rest home). Also next week Archie is having a scan done of his thyroid, and they are going to knock him out for it (chances of him lying there perfectly still for an hour – zero). Still I’m certain to get some World of Warcraft played and maybe even update this blog! Hurrah.