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    (Original post by Athena)
    Free laptop from work :coma:
    :eek:

    They really do like you people over there... who knows why :tongue:

    Gah... I have to do a talk the week after next
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    (Original post by wendizzle22)
    Rubbishy? I find it very interesting.. sad to hear there is not enough of the labs you are into tho!

    Have you not met many other PhD people at Bristol of your age? Most of the people on PhDs in pharm, phys and neuro seem to be quite young. I am 22 I really like it here although my project hasn't properly started yet, so I am yet to find out how much of a 'lab monkey' I will have to be!
    Sadly, when BBSRC told Bristol that they needed to implement a development programme if they wanted to retain their quota of studentships they... didn't. So the next time BBSRC came knocking they took them away. So I am the only person with real funding (because I'm doing something quite specific, and there's a specific pot of money to fund one student each year) - and let's face it, who can afford to self-fund a PhD at 22? Besides which, my group is the "antisocial" group. It wasn't originally part of the university proper - it was a field station they owned. So when they moved 4 years ago there was nowhere to put them, so our building is a little temporary one in the middle of the horse-shoe that is Biology. We have our own tea room, and it's very sweet.... but that, and the fact that doing molecular work makes it hard to just decide to stop at 11, means that I haven't even met many of the PhDs who have been here a little longer (from before the studentships were taken away) who are my age.

    Fire alarm this morning.
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    Oh that sucks Do you think the work will be interesting enough for you to continue despite the working environment not being perfect? Do you come to many of the seminars in the medical building? They seem a good way to meet other PhD people as there is often free food and drink after!

    There seem to be lots of houseparties going on and there are loads of varied club nights in Bristol so hopefully at least you can get to socialise at the weekend. I have quite a bit of free time at the moment which I am trying to savour as soon I will have to be doing long days and have to come in at weekends... not sure how badly this will impact my long distance relationship, arrgh!
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    (Original post by wendizzle22)
    Oh that sucks Do you think the work will be interesting enough for you to continue despite the working environment not being perfect?
    Yeah I'll get through... my group actually aren't antisocial. I really like my supervisor, and there are some good people in it - it's just that they never go up to tea in the main building so I never see anyone outside of the group.

    Do you come to many of the seminars in the medical building? They seem a good way to meet other PhD people as there is often free food and drink after!
    Those exist?? *googles*
    There seem to be lots of houseparties going on and there are loads of varied club nights in Bristol so hopefully at least you can get to socialise at the weekend. I have quite a bit of free time at the moment which I am trying to savour as soon I will have to be doing long days and have to come in at weekends... not sure how badly this will impact my long distance relationship, arrgh!
    See this is part of the problem. I'm not living with students (or even people my own age) and while to begin with I thought it would be nice, I'm rapidly realising that this means until I make friends I can't ever go to the pub, or houseparties, or student nights because I have nobody to go with. And so the cycle continues.

    I sympathise with the LDR thing. My other half has just applied for a job in Bristol (not because of me - we'd already agreed that it was 4 years, make or break, neither of us is caving - just because it's such a great job) and I'm trying so hard not to get my hopes up. I really REALLY wanted to row again, but if I did I'd lose my entire weekend and never see D during term time and I just couldn't commit to that. It does make it harder to make friends though. I'm doing a couple of orchestras, but people don't talk as much as they do with sports socs.
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    Today was total fail, couldn't get the programme I need to run because the system Linux shell is too old :dry: So now I have to hope the software developer will send me the source code to compile myself (which I don't even know how to do).

    But I DID join the campus gym - £4/month for unlimited use
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    (Original post by Athena)
    Today was total fail, couldn't get the programme I need to run because the system Linux shell is too old :dry: So now I have to hope the software developer will send me the source code to compile myself (which I don't even know how to do).

    But I DID join the campus gym - £4/month for unlimited use
    Yes there are some people running really old libraries (like 5 years old).
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    Today I have discovered that Bristol librarians, despite having stacks, don't understand the concept of why you would want to stack request. (Maybe it's just coming from Oxford where loads of books are in stacks.... They were just like.... but it's in stacks.... why would you want it???)
    I have also discovered though that it's a good thing to go to the gym every day at the same time. Totally forgot my card today and the guy on the desk was like 'I know you, it's fine, just go...'

    I am still literature reviewing (should I invade the library monkey thread?) and trying to avoid silly postdoc giving me MORE work.
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    I'm a bit upset that all of the other LHS (life and health sciences) PhDs at Aston are all in a big chummy room together but I'm off on my own. It means I get my own psychophysics lab, and I can hide when I need to work, but I'm not making friends with any other PhD students

    The Birmingham social scene isn't too great for people who aren't into clubbing or cheesy/death-metal either.

    (Original post by Bekaboo)
    He also won't let up about me buying some new Gilsons. How many different ways do I need to say "My entire budget for my 4 months in this lab is £1000. The price of 4 Gilsons is £1000. If I buy them, I can then stare at them for the next 4 months because I'll have no money left for anything else!!" before he gets the message?
    I remember the precious, precious Gilsons from my undergraduate research project at Keele. (recently published btw, woo!) One of them got broken once and the supervisor was livid.

    (Original post by TheQueenOfComputerScience)
    Opened Matlab today for the first time in 6 months, went to write a function and realised I have completely forgotten how to.
    I'm having to learn Matlab from scratch for the modelling in my project, it looks pretty interesting.

    (Original post by ChemistBoy)
    I remember the day journal club was stopped in my old PhD group. Someone, unwisely, put in one of their own preprints for the club and almost started a fight!
    Our journal club encourages that sort of thing :confused:

    We had a really interesting paper in for last week's. It was on an alternative theory of why we have binocular vision. Basically saying it's for "X-ray vision" (seeing around small obstructing objects like foliage) rather than for depth perception. Caused a lot of discussion as the idea was very interesting but the methods weren't very good at all.
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    Somehow... I am still at home... hmmm
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    (Original post by Bekaboo)
    Somehow... I am still at home... hmmm
    I came in at 830 :confused:
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    (Original post by RadioElectric)
    I'm having to learn Matlab from scratch for the modelling in my project, it looks pretty interesting.
    It is really handy, I did my image processing MEng project in it. Will be modeling in it myself soon enough.
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    Seminars about pathogens should come with health warnings for the horrible slides they show :dry:
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    (Original post by Athena)
    Seminars about pathogens should come with health warnings for the horrible slides they show :dry:
    Tapeworms huh?

    Today I spent THIRTY MINUTES trying to find the ENTRANCE for the MedSci department, encountered medic-only gates, got past the medic gates, got into the library housing the one copy of the journal I've been hunting for TWO DAYS... and within 5 minutes the fire alarm went and I was outside for 40 minutes. Insane.

    I've also just found one of those lovely series of papers where you have Igor Kolvachuk and Olga whatshername for about 10 years and then suddenly Igor Kolvachuk and Olga Kolvachuk makes me smile...
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    Aww that's really sweet

    Yeah, tapeworms/helminths do fairly bad things to the livers of mice :pinch:
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    I just set up this whole massive PCR on my own, and was all excited about flying solo, and then went shiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii iiit was I supposed to use last week's PCR products (these primers differentiate and are nested within the original ones)??? So put the PCR on anyway and checked with supervisor who went 'Definitely the DNA. DEFINITELY not the PCR products' YES SCORE!!! 'But... you're using cDNA' Yeeeeees? *worried face* 'Are you sure these primers work on cDNA?' **** **** **** - one of my primers is in an intron. DAMN! Hopefully I have enough genomic DNA contamination for it to work!!
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    How embarassing... The reason I have no enzyme is because I didn't ACTUALLY order it :eek:
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    (Original post by Bekaboo)
    How embarassing... The reason I have no enzyme is because I didn't ACTUALLY order it :eek:
    Nice one :p:
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    At least you have something to do. Not sure I'll manage to accomplish ANYTHING this week until my supervisor returns and makes IT do her bidding (ie find me a Mac to play on).
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    (Original post by Athena)
    At least you have something to do. Not sure I'll manage to accomplish ANYTHING this week until my supervisor returns and makes IT do her bidding (ie find me a Mac to play on).
    I am contemplating whether I want to sell my soul to the Apple empire :woo:
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    (Original post by hobnob)
    So what am I, then? A desk monkey?:huff:
    are you getting paid peanuts?
 
 
 

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