Good week

by Eva Amsen

I have no time to write. I just had rehearsal, and I have to get up early for the dentist, so here is a quick list of things, and if you want more info on anything you should ask and I will probably answer. Maybe I’ll also add some links at some point.

1. I have an article in the current issue of Spacing. It’s not about science, but it’s about Hart House. Incidentally, Hart House is the location for the next SciBarCamp, which is soon.

2. Registrations for SciBarCamp are streaming in at a surprisingly high rate. More than 50 people signed up so far (I think there are 49 on the participant list as we speak, but I also have three e-mails still sitting in my inbox.) Getting these registration e-mails is like Christmas, guys. I’m equally thrilled about introductory e-mails from new people as with e-mails from people who were there last year and liked it so much that they rushed to register again. I’m also loving that I can often tell from people’s e-mails and background who invited them, and not all people who invite others are involved in the organization! We have loyal attendees who spread the word for us. And that is really making my week this week. That, and the fact that the mayor smiled and waved at me on Monday night. It’s a pretty good week, overall. Wait, there’s more:

3. My Lab Waste video is pick of the week at the Imagine Science Film Festival website, this week, until April 27. (So I guess if you click that link after that date, there will be another video there.)

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Heather Etchevers April 22, 2009 - 7:03 AM

Great productions all, Eva! Congratulations on all these accomplishments. For next year’s version of your very welcome and professionally done Lab Waste video, my personal gripe is aluminum foil wrapping various things that have come through the autoclave, that we have no way to collect for recycling other than reusing the foil once or twice. Yet a former lab of mine was able to set up a proper collection more than ten years ago! Recycling pipette tip boxes has finally become the norm rather than the exception (and when they’re unusable, I bring them home for the municipal plastic recycling bin).
While I agree about polystyrene tube supports and (of course) bacteria streaking tools, I don’t really see how we can get around individually wrapped pipettes for cell culture. I remember when we used to wash and sterilize glass pipettes (in the late 80’s/early 90’s still). The best we can do is try to use as few as possible, but there’s no going back for me.

Richard P. Grant April 22, 2009 - 9:39 AM

\o/ x 3

Eva Amsen April 22, 2009 - 1:52 PM

Aaaand, then I went to the dentist and had a cavity. Well, I suppose I had it all along. They just told me about it now. But it always feels kind of quantum-mechanical, as if the cavity simply doesn’t exist until a dentist observes it.
Still, it hasn’t manage to ruin my week. My first cavity was a huge drama, because my perfect teeth were ruined, but now I don’t care so much if I have 3 or 4 or 5.

Cath Ennis April 22, 2009 - 1:52 PM

w00t w00t w00t!

Eva Amsen April 22, 2009 - 2:24 PM

I hope that was in response to the post, and not in response to my cavity.
Or do you British people now actively _encourage_ bad teeth?

Cath Ennis April 22, 2009 - 2:53 PM

Yes, the post 😉

Richard Wintle April 22, 2009 - 6:03 PM

That video is, as Dr. Grant might say, FTW! Absolutely excellent, nice editing, SFX choices, the whole bit. Instant mp4 download.
Also, w00t for the SciBarCamp registrations (yes, yes, even though I declined), and the article (especially since I’m rather fond of Hart House).

Richard Wintle April 22, 2009 - 6:03 PM

Oh, and unw00t for the cavity. 😛

Caryn Shechtman April 22, 2009 - 6:22 PM

Great video Eva!

Richard Wintle April 23, 2009 - 2:42 PM

I can confirm that it looks lovely on an iPod Nano, too.

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