Saturday, October 25, 2003

It has been quite some time since I last took some time to write in the ol’ blog. Let’s update in the academic world first. Got the scores back from the Biochemistry exam, I got 89%. I don’t know how the rest of the class did, but I was not disappointed with the result. I still apparently don’t understand radioimmunoassay (I thought I did :-) ). I also have my neuropharmacology exam. That went OK as well. I was a bit above the class mean on that one (one the first exam in the class I was a bit below), so I’m in about the middle of the class I guess. I’d like to do a lot better on the next exam, which is also the biggest. I’ve learned a great deal from the class, so it’s definitely been an informative class.

I’ve also scheduled my oral exams for the determination of whether I am qualified for an MS or not. November 18th at 9AM. Less than a month away. I’ll be glad to take it and have that resolved, especially before Thanksgiving and exams.

On the personal side I went to Grand Rapids yesterday to spend a little time with AJ Cook, one of my friends from high school. I only stayed for dinner and then turned around and drove back the East Lansing, but I was glad to see him. His birthday is 2 days before mine, so we’ve always had that connection. I saw a lot of the former Grand Haven wrestlers there too. I guess I shouldn’t say a lot, but I saw the usual suspects (Scott, Vince, and Eric). No Mike Winter though. I was somewhat surprised by that, but I guess AJ didn’t hang out with Mike as much as I did.

Rob got a knee injury a while back (I believe it was a torn medial cruciate ligament (MCL), the one in the knee that helps prevent lateral instability of the joint; I could be wrong though, it’s been a while since I had my human anatomy class). I was disappointed for him, after all he returned to Hillsdale this past fall for the sole purpose of playing football. I think it will be unlikely he’ll be able to get All-American too since he’ll probably miss ~5 games. Really disappointing. The even worse thing is, a similar thing happened to him his senior year of high school (missed a few games with an injury), which kept him from breaking a few records for tackles.

Professionally things are going ok as well. I’m starting to get comfortable in the Roth/Ganey lab and getting back into the research mindset. There is a much better structure in this lab than the last one I was in (where I had to do almost all the maintenance and ordering duties). I’m thankful to have the opportunity to work there. I hope it turns into a full-time job after I graduate.

Thursday, October 09, 2003

Hmm. I'm in one of the computer labs on campus, using one of the super-new PCs in the computer lab. It's from Gateway and has all the goodies. Except it doesn't.... no Firewire port. What the heck? There is, I kid you not, 8 USB ports on it, but not a single Firewire port.

You're probably wondering "Why does Colin care about Firewire ports?" Well that is what the Ipod uses to transfer files. I had wanted to come to campus and test out one of the new music services. But it won't do me any good to buy music if I can't transfer it to the ol Ipod. Plus the Ipod is good for carrying around lots of documents (thing is smaller than a CD-RW jewel case and almost as light). Guess if I want to use the Ipod on campus I'll have to go over to the Mac lab. That's not so bad though.

Tuesday, October 07, 2003

Finished my Biochemistry exam tonight. It was of medium-easy difficult. I totally blanked on one question though. We were given the amino acid sequence of a protein and had to figure out how many fragments chymotrypsin would make of it. Easy question... if one can remember at which amino acids chymotrypsin cleaves. I guessed, and I don't think I guess right. I'll probably look it up later.

I may sound like a pariah when I saw this, but the more I see Mac computers the more I like them. I don't play all the many games, and the good ones get ported over to Mac anyway. Blistering performance is just not necessary anymore. I think a good, integrated tool set is what most of us need, and I think Apple does a great job of that. So expensive though! Oh well. Guess I'll probably stick with PCs. :-)

Monday, October 06, 2003

I redid the photo gallery AGAIN. Used Dreamweaver this time. I swear it looks right from campus :-)

Just wanted to throw up a quick post. Ellie and I decided to buy MSU Hockey tickets, and we received them this morning. I went over to Jenison Fieldhouse and got in line at about 7:20AM. We got a package that was all games on Friday nights, and I picked up tickets to go with one of our couples friends (Janette & Neal). Should be a lot of fun. Although I'm not a huge hockey fan I think it will be very entertaining, plus we like spending time with Janette and Neal.

Anyway, we got positioned pretty well. The students with first choice on seats ("group 1") were those enrolled before 2000. Since I think Ellie and I were the last two of our little group to enroll, and we were in 1998! Guess that means we're starting to be significantly past the age of your average college student.

The guy next to me was a civil engineering student. He was complaining about group project meetings at 10:00AM (what about 8:30AM meetings when you actually have to work buddy?). All I could do was smile and nod. The guy "took some time off school," and that was why he was also enrolled in 1998 but still working on a BS. Next he told me he needed 34 repeat credits (limit is 20, I don't know how he pulled that one off), but he was a senior now. I don't know about everyone else, but I don't want the people who are going to build our bridges to need to have 34 repeat credits! Doesn't give me a lot of confidence in the engineering profession when those people are still slipping in. Of course it's rather presumptious of me to assume that he is not qualified. Perhaps he is more mature now (but all he talked about was how classes were easier after the junior year). I'll cross my fingers.

Sunday, October 05, 2003

OK. I now see I was wrong. Photo gallery is not working. Agghh. I swear it worked fine when I was on campus the other day and making up the page. Back to the drawing board I guess. :-(

I finally finished all the application materials for my reapplication to grad school. Took about a week longer than I planned, but I’m still way ahead of the deadline. Next step is to get all the professors to remember to write in their letters. I think when I give them the recommendation for that will be an effective reminder.

I have one test per week for the next three weeks. I think the Pharmacology one will be the toughest. Homework for Biochemistry is due tomorrow too, but I’ve already got it 95% finished, so it’s not a big worry. That is the test Tuesday night. Biochemistry methods.

MSU beat Indiana this weekend. That was fun to watch. I saw a lot of the old Alpha Sigma Phi alumni too. I always forget I miss those guys until I get to hang around with them. Most of the guys are doing pretty well for themselves. They have careers and girlfriends and things like that. Quite a few of the guys are still around town, so I think I’ll need to make a greater effort to see them. Good guys, they are.

I talked to Randy this weekend. It has been too long since I’ve seen him. We got to reminisce about our bachelorhood and being wild 19yr olds. He said he’d be coming back up this way soon, looking for work. I was glad to hear that.

One other thing to add tonight I think. I reregistered to be a wrestling official again. I think it will be a good way to make some money for the holidays, though I doubt it will be any dates before mid-December with school finishing out and my orals. It’ll be fun though. Maybe I’ll even get a varsity contract or two this coming year. We’ll have to see.