Well, it was, anyway. A while ago. I’m late, I know. I told Edmond I’d have this post done by January and, well, it’s February 12th now. Sorry, Edmond.
That line is pretty much the only one I know from whatever song those lyrics are from.
It’s past the end of the holiday season, which is very sad because now it’s time to go back to real life, but it was nice while it lasted. Lots of time off, seeing friends and family…
Aaand free food, presents, and parties!
So many events, so little time. I’ll post the last episode of the World Cup series at some point, I promise.
Here is the first post of 2017 (which was supposed to be the last post of 2016, but we all know by now how slow I am at posting).
And so we continue the story of the Gordon conference shenanigans, where we were all very much hard at work conferencing and doing conference things and being all conferencey. Just so you know, going to conferences includes going to the beach.
Last week, I went to a conference with three of my labmates (Adam, Peter, and Wenhan) and we had a blast. It was a Gordon Conference called Bioanalytical Sensors and lasted 6 days. It was held at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island so not exactly an extremely exotic location but I had never been there (or even heard of Salve Regina) before, so it was a new experience.
^The above picture was taken by Andy at MIT, which I realize isn’t at our conference site, but I don’t have any other pictures of all four of us together.
We have a little game group going on in our lab among the grad and co-op students during lunchtimes. The most common game we play is Coup, since it can have up to six players. Today, however, Carine was in the cleanroom and Adam was nowhere to be found. Vivian was in the weekly Monday CTC meeting and Dhilan, if he were here, would also have been in the meeting, but had a doctor’s appointment so wasn’t in at all.
Thus, Wenhan and I were alone, forming the Wen club. We happen to both have the same “wen” in our names (文), so it works out. As Coup isn’t as fun with only two players, we decided to play cards. We played a few rounds of Speed and then switched to Slapjack, because Wenhan thought he had a good chance of winning at that.
I have been defeated by hydrophobicity.
For my first science-related post, I will explain the difference between something that is hydrophobic and something that is hydrophilic.
These words share the first half, “hydro,” which is a combining form that relates a word to water (e.g. hydrodynamic, Hydro-Québec). The second half of the word indicates whether a substance dislikes water (-phobic) or likes water (-philic).