Monday, May 21, 2007

Pulling my hair out.

I'm literally stressed to the point of pulling on my hair, as if free time and all the frustration will come out if I just pull hard enough.

In the great words of Snoopy, and I can only say AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGGGH!!!!


Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Yes, I love it.

I've noticed that my blog continues to attract votes for this category of "Are you a postdoc?"

In light of this, I'm going to post another poll here.

If you like being a postdoc, how many years have you been one?
less than 1 year
1-2 years
more than 2 years
my how the time flies when you're having fun! (way more than 2 years) free polls

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A day in the life of a good citizen.

Early morning: Spent over and hour troubleshooting someone else's project. Someone who has never given me any help with mine... yet?

Mid-morning: Attempted to execute experiment, only to find that samples had gone bad since yesterday. f--k!

Lunchtime: Advised a friend on lab management issue, while we were both eating. That counts as multi-tasking, right?

Early afternoon: Hunted for a reagent for someone in lab next door.

Set up new samples for myself to try again on failed experiment.

Mid-Afternoon: Advised a friend on a job talk for industry.

Late afternoon: Started attempting to do actual work. Interrupted by panicked friends in search of special equipment.

Dinnertime: Any minute now. Not getting anything (of my own) done anyway.

Can't figure out how I could have said no to any of this, and most of it was fun, but what do I have to show for myself at the end of the day? Good karma?

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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

sorry not writing much.

Lots to say, just trying to figure out how to say it anonymously.

Some very interesting stuff, in fact, and could use some advice. But, leaving out specifics to protect identity in this case would mean I can't say anything at all, and I really want advice on the specifics.

To be vague... well... what would you do if you found out that at least one of the reasons you didn't get any job interviews was in fact outright discrimination and had nothing to do with your scientific qualifications?

I'm wondering if this was an isolated incident, but thinking that it probably was not.