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May 8th, 2012
09:55 pm

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1.5 years.
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July 11th, 2008
12:01 pm

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There's a community called livelongnmarry that is doing a fandom-themed auction which is raising money for the fight against the California initiative to invalidate the same-sex marriages which have already taken place in that state.

Someone who I read occasionally for interesting anime commentary offered to critique a manuscript for legal plausibility, and I thought, "Hey, I can do that! What a cool idea!" A good opportunity to use my education outside of work, and a chance to do some good with the skills I have.

I'm offering a critique of fiction or a detailed answer to a scientific question from a nanotechnologist's perspective.

There are also a million other cool things there; offers of doing fanfic or fanart based on your particular intrests, jewelry, food, etc, etc.

There's a lot of nerds interested in marriage equality, apparently.

Go check it out, and bid if you see something you like. I'm going to spend a bunch more time over there this evening and seek out some goodies.

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June 25th, 2008
03:26 pm

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Knitting it up when I'm going down?
The title of this entry is singing to me to the tune of "Love in an Elevator", and is earworming me every time I scroll past it.

Go away, Aerosmith! Dangit.

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February 27th, 2008
08:49 pm

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Actual Catholic Buffalo Radio Station
Station of the Cross.

I laughed and laughed.

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January 30th, 2008
05:46 pm

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That's Dr. ChemGrrl to you.
All done! It went really well.

I think the fact that the first thing I wanted to do was get online and update everyone says something about me.

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November 20th, 2007
10:40 am

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Stem Cells
This is most of an email I just sent to my mom:

"It's not often that you hear about research before it's even come out in a journal and think to yourself "that work is going to win the Nobel Prize"

This is one of those times.

Basically what it means is that, let's say you have leukemia and need a bone marrow transplant. Rather than trying to find a suitable donor, the doctor could scrape up a bit of your skin, grow that in a lab dish, turn those back into stem cells (which can theoretically turn into anything), and turn THOSE into the cells in your bone marrow that make white blood cells etc. They can do all of those steps now.

Actually using that as a treatment is still probably a little ways off, though. They're turning cells back into stem cells by messing with their genes, and when you do that you need to make sure that you've turned the appropriate genes back to "off" before you stick them in people, or else you end up with cells replicating out of control aka cancer. But it's a huge, huge thing. Honestly, I didn't think that would be something happening *anytime* soon, maybe within my lifetime, but not less than 10 years after being able to isolate stem cells in the first place, and when we still haven't figured out tons of stuff about them.

I can't wait to read the paper when it comes out, and I'm really dorkily proud of being here at the UW during this point in its history."
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One thing I am surprised about is that I hadn't heard any whiff of this--I'm have multiple one-degrees-of-separation with the Thomson group, and although I'm not involved with any specific collaboration I'm surprised I hadn't heard what they were up to. I'm impressed that they kept it under wraps so well. This is so big.

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October 14th, 2007
09:24 pm

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RSS
Anyone on here who uses Bloglines or some other syndecation thing, I think I've finally got a very basic, functional RSS-thing for going for Nanopant Dance. If you paste the URL of this link into your thingy, it *should* work. If you have a paid account you can do a syndecation thing on LJ, but I don't, so that's that.

If you try it and have some comments, definitely let me know--I did plug this into Bloglines just to make sure it works, but I'm not a regular user so I'm not sure how what I have compares to a "normal" setup.

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September 8th, 2007
07:04 pm

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(This is pretty much verbatim from an entry at my regular blog, but I want to share and I know y'all don't go over there so much.)

ribbons
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ETA: I'm trying to remember exactly, I think there were about 30 submissions. 6 or 7 singles, about 15 wheelspun multi-plies, 5 or 6 spindle-spun multi-plies, one kid's, a few novelties.

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March 5th, 2007
03:42 pm

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Sweater spinning, lace spinning
Below the cut: some show-and-tell yarns--laceweight merino, laceweight silk, sportweight Shetland. A little lace swatch. Some fiber pictures. A lot of talking.
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January 7th, 2007
01:01 pm

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Below the cut: A hat knit from handspun, the first project where I put some thought into the yarn design before spinning. Some talk about the spinning and yarn-design process.

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