Um, yes please.
David Attenborough, a man who lives and breathes nature.
Lovely illustration by Elda The (Thousand Skies).
Here, in a video from BBC Earth, Sir David is hanging out with an amazing tool-using orangutan, paddling a canoe (the orangutan is paddling, that is) and washing some socks (again, the orangutan, not Dave):
Gorgeous picture of a man who has narrated much of the macrobiology that I’ve learned in my life.
I will never not reblog Rosie.
Another busy one added to the books.
On Monday, I had to proctor an 8 am exam for a class of 120. I turned up at 7:30 and there were no scantrons or blue books, which meant that we had to have 120 students fill out their exams like non-robots. Which meant that the professor had to grade all the exams by hand, because I certainly was not about to do it. I have to go in to the office tomorrow and make sure he actually did it.
I had another interview which went pretty well, but I’m not interested in the site. It’s good that I went for the interview because I was a little blinded by the name…I wanted to get accepted just because the name is so good. But I don’t think the experience there would provide me with anything valuable. It would actually be a step backwards. Lots of hand-holding, not enough independence.
I taught my first undergrad class on Wednesday. It was pretty fun, actually. The students asked some good questions and didn’t give me a hard time.
I had a new case at the hospital this week. A really really really interesting one! I am excited to do some research on her condition and find out exactly what’s going on with her. I think her report will be a fun one to write up. Unfortunately though, I got food poisoning the night after I saw her, so I spent all day yesterday in bed trying to recuperate. So I have to catch up over the weekend.
On Monday, we start getting calls about offers. I’m excited!
A Great Big World [agreatbigworld] - Shorty Don’t Wait
I must have posted this song at least a half dozen times, but it is so goddamn uplifting that I can’t stop myself.
I’m pretty sure that the USPS customer service hotline puts everyone on hold for at least 45 minutes, despite no other customers being helped, in the hopes that you will hang up and never give them any business ever again.
Whewwww what a week.
I have so much on my plate it’s disgusting.
I met with a ton of students this week because they have an exam and a paper due next week. There’s one student who I had last semester, and now she’s in the class I TA for again this semester. I really like her…she’s bright and funny, but it seems like she’s a little scattered. I want to be her mentor. That’s weird, right?
I also had my first participant in the lab in quite some time. It’s kind of a pain in the ass because it takes up so much of my time and it’s not even for my project, but I know that I’ll appreciate it more when other people are running my participants for me.
I saw one of my academic crushes this week too. I went to a colloquium on successful psychopathy, given by Dr. Scott Lilienfeld. He is amazing. I asked a question at the end, too, and he said it was a very good question and an area for lots of research. And that pretty much made my life. I was like “HA!!! I DO KNOW WHAT THE FUCK I’M TALKING ABOUT!”
I also got back to the hospital this week. Had an adooorrabble little 3.5 year old, and it was made even better because we were able to fairly confidently rule out Autism Spectrum Disorder. It’s so nice when you get to give a family good news.
Had an interview with an epilepsy clinic. I think the interview went really well, and my supervisor at the hospital agreed after I told her about it. I’m super excited about the thought of working with such advanced equipment and techniques, and with such an excellent team. I hope I get it.
I’m stirring the pot quite a bit at school. I think that politics has never really been my game. I don’t care enough about protecting people’s feelings, and I certainly don’t care enough about what other people think of me. So when people tell me that I “shouldn’t rock the boat” or I should put my head down and just do the work, I tend to not listen. Don’t get me wrong…I don’t needlessly stir up shit. If there’s some policy or procedure that’s just mildly annoying, I’m more likely to just go with it and get it out of the way. It’s not worth the waste of time and energy. But when it’s something big…something that affects my life…I want it fixed, and I want it fixed now. I did this last year too, when the workload was getting to be unbearable. And I’m doing it again, because the way that the TAs are treated in my program is ridiculous. I brought it up last semester and no one listened to me, so now I am really causing a shit storm. Get ready.
Amy Poehler, my spirit animal, with two of my favorite musicians.