Posts Tagged ‘biology’

The First Day of the Rest of Your Trimester

// July 10th, 2006 // 676 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 // 409 Comments » // 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.


// June 27th, 2006 // 797 Comments » // 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 // 898 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.

Will Someone Shut Her Up?

// April 7th, 2006 // 541 Comments » // Culture, Obsessions, Study

Gosh I am blogging a lot today! And you know why, don’t you, loyal reader(s)? It’s because I have AN EXAM THIS AFTERNOON. Yes, in less than two hours, I shall be sitting in a large room with hundreds of people, 90% of whom are at least 19 years younger than me, trying desperately to dredge out of my aging brain everything I can remember about the endoplasmic reticulum or the phosphate backbone of DNA or phospholipid bilayer plasma membranes.

So naturally right now I am spending my time reading Go Fug Yourself and Pink Is The New Blog.

Here is a great Fug post about Lindsay Lohan that I could really relate to.

By the way, everyone should go and buy this album, right now, like TODAY.


The Bunnies Are Safe

// February 17th, 2006 // 646 Comments » // Science, Study

Just received my course notes for Cell Biology which includes instructions for all the lab work. Looks like the most living thing I’ll be cutting up is a rhubarb plant! And a bit of fiddling with human blood and mouse intestinal cells – but the main thing is, no cutting up of actual corpses.

I’m sure I could cut up a corpse if necessary, but happy to delay it as much as possible.

First Contact – Bad Impression

// September 29th, 2005 // 1,718 Comments » // Science

Giant SquidIsn’t it cool that someone finally got some photos of a live giant squid? But typical that in so doing, they felt the need to get the poor thing stuck on a large hook so that it could only escape by tearing off its own tentacle. Hey, way to make first contact, guys!

Apparently this one was quite small – only about 8 metres long. The largest ever found was 18 metres. Turns out that they grab their prey with their arms and then squish it in a python-like manner. I can imagine one of those puppies crushing a wooden sailing ship just like the sea monsters of legend.