tatjna (tatjna) wrote,

The usual waffling and some interview questions

Gosh. So this morning I had a rush of blood to the head and sent off two emails:

1. Preliminary questions about applying for scholarships from Victoria (cos I didn't do all my study there and that complicates things).
2. Catch-up email to the guy who's the main researcher on the BZP study to see where it's at.

It seems that being out of academia for three months was long enough for me to start churning my brainmeats again, after dragging myself over the finish line by my tongue. Good to know. Also, it'd be really nice to have that paper published and I know that if it were entirely up to me it'd be done already, but I have no control over that situation so I'm keen to get on with research I do have control over. Still having my year off though, because I know that in the long run it'll be good for me, and also, festivals! Dance parties! Brainfart! Having a bloody life. I like this freedom..

1. What song(s) are guaranteed to improve your mood? This morning I watched a Dragon Age fanvid that was set to the song "Hurricane" by Thirty Seconds to Mars. Depsite its emo-ness, doing this never fails to make me go Yay! Also, "Star Trekkin" by The Firm makes me giggle. But actually, my brain is a bit useless at this sort of question, and both of those songs got listed because I've heard them in the last 24 hours. Fact is, there are loads but I can't remember any of them without having heard them recently. Most music makes me happy but I can't listen to it and think hard about something else at the same time because it draws me into its universe, so I only really have music going when I don't have to think too much.

2. What is one thing you can't do (or aren't comfortable with your ability to do) that you wish you could? Sing. My voice is ok, and I can sort of carry a tune, but it'll never be good for anything other than singing along with other folks to easy tunes with no real range. Tunes like "What shall we do with the drunken sailor?" And not the ones I listed above and never solo.

3. It's karaoke night, you're buzzed enough to want to sing, what song do you choose? "Mercedes Benz" by Janis Joplin. Which, incidentally, they never have on karaoke because it doesn't have any background music. I know this because of a long story involving a dare that evolved into a bet, a lot of port, and me making a dick of myself in public. Oddly enough, this might be related to question 2. Nuff said.

4. what's the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning? Turn off my alarm, cuddle Dr Wheel, go to the loo, make my lunch, eat breakfast while reading about Big Ideas, make coffee for us both, get back into bed and cuddle some more. Maybe check emails. Like clockwork, every morning. You would too if you shared a bed with Dr Wheel, he's eminently cuddle-able. Cuddle is a weird word by the way. *cough* Sometimes it changes and he makes the coffee, but it's more or less the same things mashed up a different way. Also, sometimes *censored*

5. You've won the lotto and right after you've received your money aliens land and say they are blowing up the world in 24 hours, what do you do with the money? Suggest to the aliens that if they are going to blow up the world, they probably ought to get off it first. Point out that if they're destroying us because of some perceived threat, that's a bit illogical because hey look at our crap technology, WE are not the ones doing interstellar travel any time soon, yo. Remind them that if they're here to take it over then blowing it up is a bit silly because if it's gone there's not much point them having come all this way. Hope that my reasoning actually works. If it doesn't, sneak onto the last ship before it leaves (with my friends), make ourselves indispensible, and have adventures around the universe that are better than Battlestar Galactica because it's us. So where does the money come into this?

a) bribing access to the aliens
b) gathering my friends for Plan B and laying in a stock of supplies so we don't have to eat icky alien food. Expedited shipping to New Zealand is expensive!

I think I'm supposed to ask you questions now. Five of them. So if you want, say so and I'll think some up.

Speaking of expedited shipping and expensive, did you know that to get a 1 pound package shipped from the US to NZ via international post from Adafruit is $25US? And to have any kind of tracking on it is another $25? That's.. extortion, essentially. The upshot of this is that Mah LEDs haven't arrived yet and I'm getting twitchy. It could take up to 6 weeks and it's only been 2, but *gnng* because of not being able to track it. I hate that.

Meanwhile, my body seems to have settled at 57.5 kilos. It's a bit under what I was aiming for, but it's close enough that I'm not all that concerned. I've maintained that for about a month so I figure that what I'm doing is about right. And that makes handstands 5.5 kilos easier. Yes, it's noticeable. I R PLEASED.
Tags: academia is slow, question time, so this is what a functioning brain feel
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