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Deepest Fear

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate

Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure

We asked ourselves,

Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous

Actually, who are you not to be?

                                            — Taken from the movie Akeelah and the Bee


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Live life

I came across this on the net and it is making so much sense to me right now.


A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find that after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us. – John Steinbeck


Its true you know. We can worry and plan about everything in our life for all we want. But at the end of the day, what do we get out of it? Nothing. So, why not just live life, make the best out of it and have a blast?  I would love to do that, but unfortunately I do not own my life, my commitments own it for now.

You know, after I am done with all my studying, I will definitely want to slow down and live life for awhile. There are so much things in life that I am missing out because of my commitments. It will be great if I can travel with a close buddy to some place cool, just to go for some sight-seeing, see how other people lead their lives, and hopefully make friends with the locals. I am sure that that will do me more good instead of all the usual shopping and eating routine that most of us have in mind when we chose our destination for travelling =).

Until then, I have to first survive through this 14 months and then its hello <insert some exotic place which I have yet to decide>! But first thing first, I have to get back to my studying for an exam today. Wish me luck!

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Taken from a ex-colleague through facebook. =) I am afraid that only people who has worked/ is working in a laboratory will understand this entry..



You know you’ve worked too long in a lab when

1. You wonder what absolute alcohol tastes like with orange juice

2. You can tell what cheap and expensive white coats look like

3. You can’t watch CSI without cursing at least one scientific inaccuracy

4. You use acronyms for everything and never stop to elaborate

5. Liquid nitrogen is only about a 1/3 as dangerous as you thought

6. You always seem to use the microscope after the person with the impossible close together eyes

7. Accident reports are a badge of honor

8. You’ve wondered why you can’t drink distilled water in the lab – It should be clean?

9. You give the lab equipment motivational pep talks “Work for me today or i’ll reprogram you with a fire axe” is my favorite

10. You’ve worked out that a trained chimp could probably do 90% of your job

11. When a non-scientist asks you what you do for a living you roll your eyes and talk science at them until they’ve loss the will to live (mainly for fun)

12. You have to check the web to find out what the weather is outside

13. You realize that almost anything can be classed as background reading

14. People wearing shorts under a lab coat disturb you slightly as they look as though they might be naked underneath

15. Although all cooking is a glorified chemistry experiment you just still can’t seem to get it right

16. Safety equipment is optional unless it makes you look cool

17. Warning labels invoke curiosity rather than caution

18. The Christmas nightout reveals scientists can’t dance, although a formula for the movement of hands and feet combined with beats per min is found scrawled on a napkin by a waiter the next day

19. You know which part of the lab you can chill out undisturbed on friday afternoon

20. You decide the courses and conference you want to go on by the quality of the food served

21. You are strangely proud of the collection of junk you’ve stolen from vendors at trade shows

22. You’ve used dry ice to cool beer down

23. No matter what the timings in the experiment protocol there is always time for lunch in the middle

24. As has been pointed out to me on several occasions – You can no longer spell normal words but have no trouble with spelling things like immunohistochemistry or deoxyribonucleic acid.(Cheers Lesley)

25. Burning eyes, nose and throat indicate that you haven’t actually turned on the fumehood/downdraft bench

26. Your slightly too fond of the smell of (pick one or many) Xylene/Agar/Ethanol/Undergraduates/Alcoholic handwash

27. You’ve left the lab wearing a piece of PPE (personal protective equipment) because you forgot you had it on

28. You bitch about not being able to pipette by mouth any more (Not me but i’ve worked with people who do!)

Signs from others in the group (04-07-07)

29. Security come round at 2 am wondering why the lights are still on only to find you with your arms up to your elbows in a glovebox – Cheers James

30. you have made some kind of puppet out of a nitrile glove and kept it as a pet (I know this isn’t just me!) (Putting dry ice in makes for a rapidly expanding if short lived pet – DS) – Cheers Rachel

31. When at a Fall Out Boy gig you wonder why everyone is going round with Faecal Occult Blood (FOB) written on their head!!!! -Just for you Sarah

32. You have an irresistible urge to rip your shirt off superman stylie cos it has press stud fasteners just like your lab coat…..Most often occurring as you walk through a door just like exiting the lab…. (The worlds of strippers and lab workers collide, not pretty- DS) Thanks for that Carrie

33. You still get amusement out of “freezing” things in liquid nitrogen! – Not just you Tracey

A Few more from me (12-07-07)

34. Blinking real fast has saved your eyesight on more than one occasion.

35. You’ve removed your gloves to find a small hole which has left you with either – wrinkly old person hands, a brightly coloured finger (histologists especially) or a burning sensation and dermatitis and some point.

36. You’ve bent down to pick something up off the floor only to scatter the contents of your top pocket under the largest machine in the lab – Common problem i believe

More From you guys (19-07-07)

37.When you rejoice when grabbing a handfull of eppendorfs/bijous/anything and it turns outs to be the exact number you needed (always strangly good andy)

38.You can`t wait for lab clean-up coz you get to do random pointless “experiments” to figure out whats in all the dodgy unlabeled bottels (Sniff test is a bit of a gamble Nadia)

39. You hate having to change your lab coat to a new one because ‘it just won’t fit right’ and because the wrist bits are way too tight (They never get my ‘cut’ just right either Tom)

40. You know you have worked in a lab too long when you actually threaten your cells whilst waving a bottle of virkon (All been there Becky)

41.Your nose invariably itches when you’re doing mucky stuff with your hands so you develop the habit of scratching it on your upper arm. Unfortunately you sometimes carry this habit over to real life, where it looks like you’re sniffing your armpits (Trying to find a clean bit of lab coat can be fun as well, cheers Kate)

42. When as the senior of morphology you threaten each new registrar on their first day that oil and x10 dry objectives do not mix and will result in violence (Cheers Nichola)

43. when you say goodnight to your microscope on a friday night and tearfully hug it goodbye as you won’t see it all weekend (Cheers again Nichola)

44. When you start making patterns in your pipette tip box as you take the tips out. I made a beautiful spiral today (Could have been an art student Vicky)

45. When you wonder how much it will hurt if I pour just a smidge of this phenol:chloroform/trichloroacetic acid/any random chemical on myself (Best try it out on some one else first Mike)

46. You’ve seen how far away you can hit a target with a squirty water bottle or seeing how far away from the bin i can fire pipette tips. (Pinging gloves is also fun Ed)

47. The fire alarm ceases to bug you. You only evacuate when you see the fire. (Hand on the floor to check for heat is a good indicator)

48. You know when you’ve been in a lab too long when you make 6 litres of medium, but wonder why no one makes “high” or “low”.(Cheers Tom)

49. When you organise your kitchen cupboard contents the way you would your chemicals..all labeled in alphabetical order (Cheers Anggia)

50. When you’ve got that callus on the side of your thumb from opening PCR tubes (Cheers Chani)

A few more sent to me by a colleague, dam that’s another one – you call your friends colleagues “my colleague is just getting the beers in”

51. You open the toothpaste with one hand.

52.You wash your hands before and after using to the washroom.

53.When you hear tween, you think of the surfactant not the age group.

54.For you, media is something which increases your culture.

55.You can identify organs on road kills.

56.You have a callus on your thumb.

57.You use the word “aliquot” in regular sentences.

58.Sometimes you momentarily vanish from social activities because of a time point.

59.You’ve never worn a clean lab coat.

60.You don’t fear rodents, rodents fear you.

61.You say “orders of magnitude” in regular sentences.

62.You flinch when you hear the word “significant”.

63.Showing up at 10AM and having a coffee is a productive day.

64.You can’t stand god-like physicians, while secretly wishing you had their job.

65.You’re very good at diluting things.

66.You’re also very good at transferring small amounts of liquid between containers.

67.You are fed up of people saying alcohol, when they mean ethanol.

68.You say “conjugation” instead of “sex”, and “pili” sounds dirty.

69.SOB is not an insult; it’s what you grow your bugs in.

70.You say “mills” and “megs”.

71.No-one in your family has any idea what you do.

72.You can make a short film in power point.

73.You consider a green laser pointer to be science bling.

74.When your fruits go bad and you get fruit flies, you can’t help but check their eye colour

75.You own invitrogen t-shirts and actually wear them.

76.You refer to your children as the F1.

77.You’ve suffered carpal tunnel from the pipetman.

78.You’ve used Kimwipes as Kleenex.

79.A timer clipped to the hip is not only practical, but dead sexy.

80.You’ve played Battleship using tip boxes.

81.The front page of Science is your light reading.

82.You think the following is a quality insult: “I’ve seen cells more competent than you!”.

83.The scent of latex reminds you of work, not play.

84.You’ve used, “I’d like to get into your genes” as a pickup line.

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I was reading some news when I came across this. Enjoy.

It’s a Friday afternoon in the office. You’re in the TGIF mood, looking forward to the weekend ahead. Fast-forward to Sunday. You’re feeling a little (or a lot) depressed, dreading the thought of going back to work the next day. You’ve thought about calling in sick (even though you’re not), you’ve bent the ears of friends and family about workplace issues, and you’ve re-lived hurtful comments or snubs from bosses and co-workers. What gives?

Many people aren’t in touch with why they are feeling either indifferent or dreadful when they’re at work or thinking about their work, says Steve McCann, founder of Florida-based McCann Research Corporation, an organization committed to the discovery and development of human potential.

When you recognize your negative feelings toward work, you need to identify the reasons that are causing it, McCann says.

“It’s simple cause and effect,” he says. “You’ve identified the effect, which are feelings of dread or disinterest concerning your work environment. Now it’s critical to find the cause. As you change the cause, you change the effect. It’s that simple.”

Changing the personal effects of your work is more important than you might think. The cost of negativity in the workplace is around $3 billion annually, according to an estimate by the U.S. Department of Labor. Not only are negative work environments costly for the company — they’re also taxing on your health and quality of life.

“Toxic work environments can take a real toll on your mental, emotional and physical health,” says Robin F. Bond, Esq., founder and managing partner of Philadelphia-based employment law firm, Transition Strategies, LLC. “Take care of yourself with diet, exercise, rest, life balance, massage and talk therapy. Changing your attitude and the way you look at a situation is one thing you and only you can control.”

Ready to control a work environment that’s got you down? Here are five of the most common workplace dilemmas, and how you can deal.

Dilemma: Negativity
Solution: Different personalities, cultures and work ethics can make for some tension and negativity that can affect the workplace. Follow McCann’s five-step formula to create optimism in your work environment.

  • Determine the negative norm that needs to be changed.
  • Determine what it is costing your company.
  • Conduct credible research to support these costs.
  • Determine the new positive norm to be implemented.
  • Create an implementation strategy for success.

    Dilemma: Bosses who sabotage your career
    Solution: “Document for yourself what you do,” Bond says. “Be politically savvy in not out-shining the boss and showing the boss in a professional manner how your contributions bring value to him/her, as well as to the bottom line by which you all are measured.”

    Dilemma: Office gossip
    Solution: Gossip not only contributes to hostility and pessimism in the workplace, but it also causes ‘cliques’ within the company. To better this situation, management should confront the issue, McCann says. Provide statistics on how gossip negatively affects people and take action by putting up flyers that say “No Gossip Zone” in conspicuous areas.

    “When an approach like this is used, the negative ones weed themselves out,” McCann says. “They either conform to a more positive work environment or they move on to a place where their kind of behavior is accepted.”

    Dilemma: Bullying
    Solution: More than half of American workers have been the victim of, or heard about, supervisors/employers behaving abusively by making sarcastic jokes/teasing remarks, rudely interrupting, publicly criticizing, giving dirty looks, yelling at subordinates or ignoring them as if they were invisible, according to a 2007 survey by the Employment Law Alliance. Not to mention the 44 percent who said they have worked for a supervisor or employer whom they consider abusive.

    “Document and collect evidence of bullying incidents. If workplace violence is an issue, do not delay in reporting concerns to your boss or HR,” Bond says. If it’s a personality conflict, confront the bully one-on-one in private about what was done and what’s not acceptable, Bond adds. Seek legal counsel for strategy support.

    Dilemma: Handling change
    Solution: Today’s workforce faces more changes than ever — technology, turnover, changing policies and procedures, down-sizing and right-sizing are all just a sampling of the challenges that face us all, McCann says.

    “When a company is experiencing change, it is critical to have open and honest communications throughout. It’s an ideal time for interaction to understand how each employee is dealing with the change,” McCann says. “Open communication is vital to success.”

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    I steal this from one of my friend’s blog because it is so nice… Have fun reading ok…

    The “ONE” That Got Away….

    In your life, you’ll make note of a lot of people.

    Ones with whom you shared something special, ones who will always mean something. There’s the one you first kissed, the one you first loved, the one you lost your virginity to, the one you put on a pedestal, the one you’re with…and the one that got away.

    Who is the one that got away? I guess it’s that person with who everything was great, everything was perfect, but the timing was just wrong.

    There was no fault in the person, there was no flaw in the chemistry, but the cards just didn’t fall the right way, I suppose.

    I believe in the fact that ending up with someone, finding a longtime partner that is, does not lie merely in the other person.

    I can actually argue that an equal part, or maybe even the greater part, has to do with the matter of timing. It has to do with you being ready to settle down and commit to someone in a way that goes beyond the little niceties of giddy romance.

    How often have you gone through it without even realizing it?

    When you’re not ready to commit in that mature manner, it doesn’t matter who you’re with, it just doesn’t work. Small problems become big; inconsequentials become deal breakers simply because you’re not ready and it shows. It’s not that you and the person you’re with are no good; it’s just that it’s not yet right, and little things become the flashpoint of that fact.

    Then one day you’re ready. You really are. And when this happens you’ll be ready to settle down with someone. He or she may not be the most perfect, they might not be the brightest star of romance to ever have burned in your life, but it’ll work because you’re ready. It’ll work because it’s the right time and you’ll make it work.

    And it’ll make sense, it really will.

    So that day comes when you’re finally making sense of things, and you find yourself to be a different person. Things are different, your approach is different, you finally understand who you are and what you want, and you’ve become ready because the time has truly arrived. And mind you, there’s no telling when this day will come. Hopefully you’re single but you could be in a long-term relationship, you could be married with three kids, it doesn’t matter. All you know is that you’ve changed, and for some reason, the one that got away, is the first person you think about.

    You’ll think about them because you’ll wonder, “What if they were here today?” You’ll wonder, “What if we were together now, with me as I am and not as I was?” That’s what the one that got away is. The biggest “What if?” you’ll have in your life.

    If you’re married, you’ll just have to accept the fact that the one that got away, got away. Believe me, no matter how fairy tale you think your marriage is, this can happen to the best of us.

    But hopefully you’re mature enough to realize that you’re already with the one you’re with and this is just another test of your commitment, one which will just strengthen your marriage when you get past it. Sure, you’ll think about him/her every so often, but it’s alright. It’s never nice to live with a “might have been,” but it happens.

    Maybe the one that got away is the one who’s already married. In which case it’s the same thing. You just have to accept and know that your memories of that person will probably bring a nice little smile to your lips in the future when you’re old and gray and reminiscing.

    But if neither of that is the case, then it’s different. What do you do if it’s not yet too late? Simple…find him, find her.

    Because the very existence of a “one that got away” means that you’ll always wonder, what if you got that one?

    Ask him out to coffee, ask her out to a movie, it doesn’t matter if you’ve dropped in from out of nowhere. You’d be surprised, you just might be “the one that got away” as well for the person who is your “the one that got away.”

    You might drop in from out of nowhere and it won’t make a difference. If the timing is finally right, it’ll all just fall into place somehow and you know, I’m thinking, it would be a great feeling, in the end, to be able to say to someone, “Hey you, you’re the one that almost got away.”

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    1. Being abrupt on the telephone. Men see the phone as a means of communication, nothing more. A typical male telephone conversation goes as follows: ‘Drink in the pub tonight?’ ‘What time?’ ‘Seven-thirty?’ ‘See you there.’ Men do their talking in person, when they get to the pub. (From about eight-thirty onwards the talking won’t make much sense.) But women enjoy the process of communication rather than just its result, so want to prolong the call, bonding a little more. Explain to your man that hanging up quickly can be hurtful, even though he doesn’t mean it to be.

    2. Offering solutions when you just want him to listen. If you’ve got a problem (at work, for instance) you’ll want to sit down and talk about it with your man, approaching it from different angles. But men don’t do ‘different angles’. The only angle they know is head-on, with a sledgehammer. Your man will instantly give you practical steps towards fixing the problem. He thinks he’s helping. Explain that you appreciate his desire to assist, but all you want him to do is sympathise as you talk around the problem in your own way.

    3. Being silent when he’s considering his own problems. The other side of the same coin: when your man has a worry, he keeps it to himself, trying to solve it quickly, not wanting to bother you. Men are much more comfortable with silence than women. They don’t feel the same need for reassuring communication all the time. And so it doesn’t occur to your man that you could misunderstand his quietness as a sign that you’ve done something wrong. Ask him to keep you posted on his thoughts, even if it’s just a monosyllabic grunt or two. 4. Refusing to ask for directions when you’re lost. Ever since the first caveman failed to bag a wildebeest for Mrs Caveman’s dinner, men have seen failure as a threat to their relationship. They think that if they admit to making a mistake, you’ll stop loving them. Reassure your man that this isn’t true. In fact you’ll love him even more for owning up to his errors. What will stop you loving him is that he’s still driving around at four in the morning looking for that hotel.

    5. Looking at other women. Men’s peripheral vision isn’t as good as women’s. That’s why when you’re walking down the street together and a good-looking woman passes, your man will turn his head to look at her. He simply doesn’t realise he’s doing it. When you cast an eye over a handsome guy, on the other hand, (go on, admit it, you know you do), you’re subtle about it. Ask him to at least try and be less obvious.

    6. Making arrangements in front of people. ‘Mind if I go to the football with Dave next Saturday?’ he asks, forgetting that you’ve arranged to visit your mother that day. The trouble is, he asks you when Dave’s there. He expects you to be honest. Because that’s what he would do. If you asked him in front of a girlfriend whether he’d mind you going shopping with her next Saturday, he’d be perfectly comfortable about saying, ‘But I thought we were going to my mother’s?’ Men are much more straightforward in voicing their thoughts. What they forget is that ‘straightforward’ can often translate as ‘offensive’. It doesn’t enter his head that you’ll want to avoid offending Dave. Remind him that ‘Planning Your Diary’ is a game for two people, not three.

    7. Giving vague responses about what he’s been up to. When you ask him how his day was, he replies, ‘Not bad’. And that’s precisely what he means: it wasn’t great, but it wasn’t bad. He has nothing to report, so he doesn’t report anything. Whereas you tell him everything about your office: who’s had their hair done, who’s not getting on with whom, who’s pushing for promotion. Your man doesn’t have the same need for details as you do. So he doesn’t realise that without them you can feel left out. Tell him that the odd detail from his day wouldn’t go amiss.

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