Classwork

Apr. 26th, 2016 12:01 am
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For my dorky photography class, we have to write a 500 word essay. This is what the syllabus says about the assignment:

"Social Justice/Critical Theme is a broad topic which will start with this essay and end up as part of a class photography assignment. Within the broad umbrella of subjects that this topic covers, you can narrow down and choose a subject important to you. Many possible topics exist both nationally and locally, for example, the rise in student loan debt and the cost of college, global warming, among others. The goal of this essay is to clarify and consolidate your ideas which will be used in the upcoming project based on the use of words and images together to express a point of view. For your 500-word essay:

For the first paragraph, so explain your topic, why it is important and what your point of view is.
The next paragraphs should be about important ideas and information about your topic
The last paragraph should be your conclusion about the topic. "

One girl is going to say something about the fact that even though other people don't like sororities, she does. I have no idea what other students are planning. There are photos from previous years' classes up in the hall; many people seem to write about things like homelessness and anxiety. I, uh, seem to have taken a different route.

(And I just couldn't help myself. 500 words? Ooookay - I have written five paragraphs, each one hundred words exactly.)

Where Is the History Going? )

Classwork

Apr. 26th, 2016 12:01 am
songscloset: Me with the sun flare on my face. (Default)
For my dorky photography class, we have to write a 500 word essay. This is what the syllabus says about the assignment:

"Social Justice/Critical Theme is a broad topic which will start with this essay and end up as part of a class photography assignment. Within the broad umbrella of subjects that this topic covers, you can narrow down and choose a subject important to you. Many possible topics exist both nationally and locally, for example, the rise in student loan debt and the cost of college, global warming, among others. The goal of this essay is to clarify and consolidate your ideas which will be used in the upcoming project based on the use of words and images together to express a point of view. For your 500-word essay:

For the first paragraph, so explain your topic, why it is important and what your point of view is.
The next paragraphs should be about important ideas and information about your topic
The last paragraph should be your conclusion about the topic. "

One girl is going to say something about the fact that even though other people don't like sororities, she does. I have no idea what other students are planning. There are photos from previous years' classes up in the hall; many people seem to write about things like homelessness and anxiety. I, uh, seem to have taken a different route.

(And I just couldn't help myself. 500 words? Ooookay - I have written five paragraphs, each one hundred words exactly.)

Where Is the History Going? )
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I'm updating my little school laptop to Windows 10. When that goes well, which is what I expect, I'll back up my main laptop and do the same thing. Also, I've bought a 4 year 'rental' of the Office suite for $80 (it's the University set, and since I'm only eligible for that price for the next couple of months, I thought I should get on it) and have updated both laptops to that as well. That's a big change for the main laptop, as I've been using Office 2003. Yikes. I don't really like the way newer versions of the Office suite hide how to make the changes I want to documents.

Anyway, this quarter is doing pretty well. One good part is that I only have 13 units this quarter (instead of last quarter's 21), so I have what feels like almost no work. Mondays and Wednesdays I only have one class. Admittedly, it's from 9:20 - 1, but still, that's a lab and lecture and then I'm done at 1pm. Tuesdays and Thursdays I have two classes - Beginning Digital Photography (to keep me over 12 units for full-time status, and also because it's interesting.) and Physical Chemistry III. Those days end at 4, with a 3 hour break between Photography and PChem.

I've been doing really exciting things like reading for pleasure (non-fanfic reading) and soon I'm going to start cleaning the house from tip to tail. Oh, and knitting and gardening and sleeping enough to not have headaches and ... wow.

Anyway, I'm going to finish the lab report which is due Wednesday; if we think it's done enough by tomorrow, my lab partner and I will just turn it in on Monday, I think. Then I'm going to do the PChem homework. That'll be harder - it involves Actual Math. Woo.

I should make lemon bars as well. Merrie and I have been craving them for a while, now.
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Well, this is my last quarter in school. I'm delighted - finally the end of this seemingly interminable thing is in sight.

Of course, this quarter already has frustrations.

First, my graduation paperwork went slightly awry. I got in touch with the two offices which originate the paperwork, then emailed the department which processes the graduation check paperwork, then RE-emailed the people who had the papers and had them re-fax the forms ... and now the grad-check department is confirming that I've taken everything I need.

The other issue is much bigger. I have run out of financial aid. The university has capped the total number of units they'll cover with aid money - this includes the Pell Grant. For me, that total is 270. I'm at 271 as of the end of last quarter. This means they want me to pay for this quarter. That's $2200!

I can start an appeal, but the only appeals process seems to be for people who've been bumped from FA for failure to maintain Academic Standing. As I'm in good academic standing, this doesn't seem quite relevant. I will, of course, be trying the appeals process.

However, I'm also thinking of just dropping the digital photography course I signed up for in order to be over the 12 units required for full-time enrollment. That will put me at 11 units, which is still 3/4 time. I think there's a lower flat rate for 3/4 time enrollment, which would be great - I'd like to save money if I can.

There's no way I can go below the 3/4 limit, because the three required courses I'm taking this quarter total 9 units which is the lower end of the 3/4 time enrollment.

I'm going in early to talk to the FA people tomorrow morning. Wish me luck?
songscloset: Me with the sun flare on my face. (Default)
Well, this is my last quarter in school. I'm delighted - finally the end of this seemingly interminable thing is in sight.

Of course, this quarter already has frustrations.

First, my graduation paperwork went slightly awry. I got in touch with the two offices which originate the paperwork, then emailed the department which processes the graduation check paperwork, then RE-emailed the people who had the papers and had them re-fax the forms ... and now the grad-check department is confirming that I've taken everything I need.

The other issue is much bigger. I have run out of financial aid. The university has capped the total number of units they'll cover with aid money - this includes the Pell Grant. For me, that total is 270. I'm at 271 as of the end of last quarter. This means they want me to pay for this quarter. That's $2200!

I can start an appeal, but the only appeals process seems to be for people who've been bumped from FA for failure to maintain Academic Standing. As I'm in good academic standing, this doesn't seem quite relevant. I will, of course, be trying the appeals process.

However, I'm also thinking of just dropping the digital photography course I signed up for in order to be over the 12 units required for full-time enrollment. That will put me at 11 units, which is still 3/4 time. I think there's a lower flat rate for 3/4 time enrollment, which would be great - I'd like to save money if I can.

There's no way I can go below the 3/4 limit, because the three required courses I'm taking this quarter total 9 units which is the lower end of the 3/4 time enrollment.

I'm going in early to talk to the FA people tomorrow morning. Wish me luck?
songscloset: Me with the sun flare on my face. (Default)
OH, right, I forgot something.

So, I've had these two stupid criminal justice courses this quarter. They both have take-home finals (I finished them and turned them in over the weekend - they're "due" today).

I've gotten emails from a couple of people from both classes, asking for help. Two of the people are people I know and have talked to in class. One was from someone fucking random who just emailed me saying they didn't understand the questions and could I help?

I said that the questions were asking us to analyze the physical evidence and that the teacher was in his office all day to help.

FFS, I'm not going to take your fucking test for you.

And what's worse is that the classes aren't hard, they're not complicated, they're not asking for anything at all difficult to do. Read a story, list the points of conflict between the two people telling their versions of the story, look at the physical evidence available and determine which bit of evidence supports which bit of story and why it does/doesn't.

These are people who are going to be our new cops. They can't - and aren't really being taught how to - do logic.

UGH.
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My first Big Final of the quarter was yesterday. I'd been studying (cramming) for it for a little while, and then I spent the whole of Monday studying and then was on campus studying in a group for it from about 9:15 am. The test was at 2.

Somehow, it seemed like all the studying I did was still for the wrong stuff, but the test is over, and it's time to concentrate on other things. Like the tests I have tomorrow.

One of them is at 8am - that's Instrumental Methods of Analysis. I need to finish writing out the homework that'll be due for it and then study the old test, because his new tests are just like the old ones, but with slightly different numbers (and occasionally different names). He's letting us have two pages of cheat notes for things like equations, but he says we're not supposed to have "words" on the sheets, and that he'll be checking. So, we can write out equations, but not whole problems.

Except, who the hell can fill two sheets of 8.5x11" paper with just equations? Many people are planning on putting equations and stuff on one sheet and worked problems as examples on a second sheet. If he does check, then they'll just put away the "wordy" sheet and use the equation one. That sounds like a reasonable response, to me.

The second test is at 4pm, and it's the one I'm annoyed at. That teacher has been mostly vague and hand-wavy all quarter about things - and she's shown us LOTS of videos expecting us to learn things from them that the videos don't really teach (no, a video from youtube about spelunking - no matter how professionally and scientifically done - won't actually teach us about biogeochemical cycling. No.).

She's assigned a 100 point take-home test as well as an in-class all multiple-choice test. I resent having two finals.

Anyway, I got home from the test yesterday, we went out to Costco to get stuff we needed/wanted in bulk and had polish dogs while there, as a treat/light dinner. When we got home at about 7:30, I lay down in bed for a minute or two and ... woke up at 10:45pm with Geordie asleep next to me in his robe (both of us on top of the covers). So I took out my contacts and we crawled into, as I put it whilst half asleep, "actual bed".

I slept this morning until 9:30.

Um, apparently I was tired.

Anyway, it's time to write out homework. See you later!!

So tired...

Feb. 3rd, 2016 11:17 pm
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Okay, so I took two midterms today. In one of them, the teacher asked four questions about something he hadn't mentioned at all. At first, I thought it was my imagination, but two other students said the same thing. We're all going to email him about it. It's 8 points off the test at the bare minimum. Also, he included several scenarios for us to analyze as part of the test, but none of the scenarios held together - there was wildly contradictory information in all of them. When asked about the contradictions, he gave weird, confusing (and confused) answers. He's never wrong, of course not.

*sigh*

Anyway, it looks like I'm making a new friend, a girl who was in my PCR class last quarter and is in two of my Criminal Justice courses this quarter. I've accidentally managed to convince her to add a second major, so she'll be biochem as well as biology with forensics. She's a couple of years behind me, graduation-wise, I think.

Anyway, she's funny and bright and we'll see if we end up friends.
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Let's see, where did I leave off?

I'm deeply unhappy with my teacher for the three Criminal Justice courses this quarter. I mean, he's a total asshole. He's said several awful things and he's anti-science, which is sort of weird from a guy who insists (INSISTS) that we use the term "Forensic SCIENTIST" rather than just say "Forensics".

It's hard to articulate what exactly makes me think he's anti-science, but it's in his tone and subtle things he says. He keeps saying things like "you can't trust lab reports. They don't say what you think they do." And as an example, he discusses (repeatedly) a situation in which a gun is sent for DNA analysis. The gun shows three people's DNA, including from your suspect. However, he says, this doesn't mean what you think it does - it doesn't mean that your guy did the shooting.

Of course it doesn't and no one from the lab would think of saying so. All that anyone from the lab would say is that this shows that your suspect probably handled the gun at some point.

Don't blame the lab for your own conclusion jumping.

Also, he says things like, "This is what you'll want to get from your lab geek." *sigh*

Also, he said that people with a 'normal' psychological makeup can feel and do respond do guilt. Other people, such as psychopaths, and the mentally ill, don't feel guilt. He said it once, very non-explicitly, but then he repeated it a few times later in more than one lecture and in more than one course.

I just ... It makes me so angry that he'd say something like that to a class of proto-cops. No wonder we're having such problems with asshole cops if this is what they're being taught.

Admittedly, I'm only taking the courses required for the Forensic Science Option add on for the Bio BS, so I'm not taking the full courseload for an actual CrimJustice degree, but ... well, if these courses are representative of how they're taught, then I think we're in for a long haul of continued civil rights problems.
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Well. I've survived both the midterm and the job fair and I'm here to tell you: it's nicer on this side of both of them!

The test was hard, but I spent literally 5 hours before the test studying with several other students in the class. I think we all learned stuff - I know I did. I don't know yet how I did on the test, but I'm pretty sure I passed it.

The job fair was much better than I expected. I wore a new skirt and top with a bright red lightweight cardigan and Merrie did eye make up for me. (She was very pleased to be able to help!)

Anyway, I got there early and spent some time before the "Plenary Session" (FFS, why would they call it that? It was a presentation in which people who work in the company told us what it's like to work there and how to apply for jobs. I mean, sure, it was a meeting in which everyone who could attend, did so, but it's a pretty pretentious way to say general meeting, no?)

... right. So, before my Plenary Session started, I spent some time talking to employees manning the tables with information about the different departments. I learned stuff about the types of jobs available (LOTS of plumbing jobs, as would be expected, and lab jobs). I saw a couple of people from my school - which reminds me.

The reason I knew about this was because students and recent grads from my school were allowed to register early for the job fair. I immediately signed up - even if I'm not interested in working there, it's a possible job and honestly, it's practice for the whole Job Search process.

Anyway, I only saw two people from my school. I expected to see more - there are a LOT of kids in the biochem program and I know a lot of them. I was surprised that so few were there.

Then, the Plenary Session ... um, sessioned. We were told several times (more than once by each person who discussed specifics) that it is important to check one's grammar and spelling, and to answer the question asked, rather than wandering off on tangents.

The six Sample Employees talked about What They Like About Working At EBMUD and How They Got Hired and What They Do For/At EBMUD ... it was amusing and interesting and I did learn things about my water company.

One woman is a Wastewater Operations Supervisor; she discussed wastewater treatment, recycled water programs, and mentioned that they're dealing with more food waste than they had been before. During the Q&A bit, a couple of people asked questions about benefits and stuff, but I asked if 'recycled water' is 'grey water' and if so, how they connect the systems and what sort of uses they have for the water ...

The woman who'd mentioned it looked at me and I could see the moment she shifted from General Polite Interest to Focused Attention - her whole *self* sharpened suddenly and she answered half the question and handed the other half off to someone who had more complete information. I thanked them and considered my question answered.

After the Plenary Session, the group separated into three groups - Veterans, The Trades, and Admin/Professional, for more job-type specific information about the application process.

You'll note the divisions, yes? Now, I'm not a Veteran (they're a separate group because they have different application specifics), and I'm not a Trade (plumbing, machinist stuff, vehicular stuff). However, what does Administration/Professional mean to you?

It includes Laboratory and Engineering - in the 'Professional' heading - but it's not obvious (to me) that it does. If the heading had been Admin/Engineering, that would have been clearer, but 'Professional' is ... less clear.

Anyway, I trotted off to my group meeting. I seemed to be the only one who was there NOT for admin work. The whole meeting - an HOUR or more - was about exactly what sort of admin stuff they could expect to be doing and what sorts of admin jobs there are in the company and then, oh god, a series of screen shots of the application process.

After that was all done, I mentioned to the HR woman that the Admin/Professional pairing is a bit odd and confusing (it's the first time they've done this and she specifically said she wanted feedback about the process and set up, so I gave it to her. There were other things I could have mentioned, but I stopped there.)

While I was talking to her, I noticed that the woman I'd asked the question of in the Plenary Session had come into the room and was standing nearby. I assumed she wanted to talk to her co-worker, so I stepped away from them and ... the Wastewater Operations Supervisor squared up to me, grinned broadly and said, "So, what job are YOU here for?"

I goggled for a heartbeat, then introduced myself and said that I'm here for a job in a lab. She lit up, declared that Wastewater Processing has a lab, gave me her *personal* work number and her hours and told me to call and she'd get me a tour of the lab and the plant.

I, uh. I seem to have become visible. I'm going to update my LinkedIn Profile and call her. I'm kind of excited about it. I mean, what fun, right?

Then I came home, changed my clothes, and Geordie and I went out for a nice salad dinner.

Today we've been out looking at cats at the local pounds - Geordie calls them Kitty Prison.

I've finished a couple of pairs of knitted mitts, I have two sweaters I'm working on, and honestly, all I want to do is just knit, draw, and write.

I have to write a lab report for one of my classes and find something I wrote in another class so I can type it up to post online for that class.
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So, Buttercat's been increasingly ill. She lost a lot of weight a year or so ago, suddenly and drastically, and was always STARVING, but I took her to the vet and they said there was nothing wrong. However, she's been declining - eating less and generally just not as happy as she'd been.

Merrie set up an appointment for her today. Turns out she had catastrophic renal failure - one of her kidneys was HUGE and the other one was just teeny. Her blood numbers were all way off as well - her phosophorus was more than twice what it should be, for example. One thing was so high that it wasn't even measurable.

Anyway, we had her put to sleep, poor little thing. She was purring, right before the whole thing, which she hasn't done in days. Poor Merrie just cried and hugged Butter's little body. It was NOT nice. (Not that it should be, but, well. There you go.)

The vet has a cremation service, so we'll get Butter's ashes back in a couple of weeks, in a nice engraved cedar box with a "slot for a picture". It was a nice thing, when we thought we'd have to bring Butter's body home and try to figure out where to take her for cremation on our own. The price wasn't bad at all, especially since it means we don't have to worry about anything.

So, after bringing Merrie home, I went out clothes shopping. I'm going to a job fair for EBMUD this coming Saturday and I need a wardrobe for professional stuff. All I have - all I've had for more than ten years - is casual stuff. Jeans and tee shirts, with 'dressy' being a nicer shirt and my fancy cowboy boots.

That's not going to cut it, so I have to procure "nice" clothes, and sort of in a hurry. I hate clothes shopping. I'm short, I have a "difficult" figure, I have a limited budget for this, the clothes have to be "appropriate" for biotech (NOT quite the same thing as Business Professional), and I just can't ever make that damned Venn diagram work.

Figure-wise, I do go in at the middle, but I'm so small that nothing is cut right, and since I also have a bit of a tummy, some things which 'should' fit, don't. My cross-shoulder is 12" (shirts can go up to 14" on me, and jackets about 16", but even at that, the shoulder seams are starting to drip down my arms), my back-waist is about 12" as well, but my bust is 40" if my bra is basic. (If my bra is doing a good job, my bust is 41" or 42".) My waist is about 36", and my ass is 42" on a narrow day. My inseam is 24". Pants should be hemmed at about 27" for daily wear in flats, or just a bit longer if I'm going to wear heels (I usually hem my jeans about 28" inseams.)

What this means is NOTHING FITS ME. And, it means that after hours of hopeless searching, I can find a couple of shirts, at most, and maybe a skirt? Skirts are better than pants - they're easier to fit (they don't need to go round my crotch, which eliminates the snug-front action that my large butt makes common in dress pants), and they're easier to hem, hence easier for me to quickly tailor.

It's incredibly demoralizing to look at so many things and just be *wrong* for all of them. Everyone always suggests I shop in the Petites section. Unfortunately, "petites" often assumes not as much shape as I have, so I'm stuck there, as well.

After one thrift store run and two stores today, I have three skirts, two pairs of pants, three shirts, and two light buttonless cardigan thingies, all of which mostly go together. I have black tights as well, but no appropriate shoes.

Anyway, I came home and we went out to sushi dinner. Merrie loves sushi and she deserves a treat. We stopped off for flea shampoo for the other two cats - they've been itchy and we've found a few fleas which the back-of-neck treatment didn't seem to be dealing with.

After an exciting time bathing both cats, I had to do schoolwork. I've finished both homework sets for Instrumentation, but I haven't looked at the lab work I need to finish. There's just so much to do and I'm so tired.

Bed soon, I think.
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The first week of school has been interesting. My schedule is self-selecting, oddly. Mondays and Wednesdays are all Criminal Justice, and Tuesdays and Thursdays are all Science. M/W my classes actually run from 10:40 - 2, but I get there at about 9:30 to make sure I get parking. On Wednesday, I have a 4 - 5 pm class. Super light day.

Tuesdays and Thursdays, I'm in class from 8:20am until 6pm. There's a gap of about an hour and a half in there, in which I eat lunch and absorb as much coffee as I can. It's pretty tiring, honestly.

I did manage to add the Independent Study to my schedule, I think, so that'll add another unit to the quarter total, and a bunch of studying to my actual course load. I'll be mostly learning the real ins and outs of reading FT IR spectra and analyzation of HPLC readouts. The project itself is studying the possibility of bioremediation of the waterways downstream of an old mine near Sacramento, which has been spilling horrors into the waters for years.

I'm hoping I can stay with the project long enough to see it really work out - it'll involve things like fishing and then dissecting the fish and analyzing their tissues (liver and brains and stuff) for heavy metals.

This coming week is very light - all my CRJA courses are taught by one teacher. They're finally hiring new teaching staff, so most of Monday he'll be doing an interview. He asked one of the classes if they liked the idea of an All Day Interview and I refrained from saying, "So, like most Software Engineer interviews?" (I've already been deliberately obstructive enough in his classes, I think.)

Anyway, so the first class on Monday is cancelled entirely, then most of the second one is cancelled, except for the last hour, in which the interviewee will be giving a guest lecture. Woo.

If I remember correctly, on Wednesday, the same teacher's out of town being an expert witness in a trial in Maryland. So, this week is exceptionally low-work. I'll be using the extra time to do my homework for Instrumentation (both that due this week and that due next week) and make sure I'm Very Ready for Instrumentation lab.

On Wednesday, Geordie and I are going to a showing of Blade Runner on the Big Screen. I'm looking forward to it.

We've finally seen the new Star Wars and, while it was fun and I really enjoyed seeing it on the big screen, it's very much a re-telling of the first movie, isn't it? I have other thoughts about it, but I'm not sure everyone's seen it yet. I'll write them out, maybe, and put them under a cut in a separate post.

I'm still writing the Hobbit fanfic, over on AO3. It's been more than a year of regular Saturday updates without any gaps or skips. Go me!

Lastly, dammit, David Bowie died. Well, fuck.
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It's been forever since I posted, which is frustrating, as I WANT to post more, but keep getting tired and not wanting to bother. Ugh.

Finals are over, thank goodness. This quarter was hard and it looks like next quarter will be harder. I've signed up for six (6) classes, plus I'll be in a research internship thing (where I help a grad student with his research into bioremediation) with an interesting teacher. I desperately need the "experience", so I've got something to put on a CV other than, 'Hey, I've taken lots of classes, I've got these three-ish degrees, and I have a good work history, so you can be sure I know how to get to work on time every day."

I know I've got a B in programming, and if I had more time and more free brain-space, I'd sort of like to continue. I wasn't practicing enough on it; it needs daily practice with writing and thinking things through and I just didn't have time for that. Maybe if I get a job, I can try to spend some time during the week improving my C++. (Or maybe I should look at Ruby or something?)

I think I've got a B in PChem, which is great. The final exam was hard, but not impossible, and I think I understood most of what's going on there. I'm worried about next quarter, though, as I'm not sure that teacher will give us the equations for tests. Not having to remember all the equations, just how to use them, is really good for me, because I often get the equations upside down, but usually remember how to use them (and modify them) perfectly well.

I've no idea what grade exactly I'm getting in Microbiology. Either an A or a B. Numerically, I appear to have a B, but I don't know how the points are weighted and if he does any curving or anything after that. We'll see. I didn't find the final hard at all, but I like microbiology and it makes simple sense to me, so I didn't expect it to be particulary taxing. I mean, yes, it's a lot of information to know and learn, but it's not hard, the way PChem was.

If I don't get an A in the seminar course, I'll be very surprised. It entailed sitting and listening to people try to do public speaking, whilst not having any experience, training, or guidance in it - and also giving a short presentation on an assigned topic. I'm good at public speaking, I can rattle through information quickly and carefully, making it both interesting and clear, so I'm not at all worried there.

PCR is more of a muddle. I think I did okay, but the teacher doesn't post anything like marks early, so I have absolutely no idea how I've done. I can't have done all that poorly; I got good results in all my experiments, I made a cute little poster about my independent project, I learned a lot ... Eh.

***

Next quarter I'm in the second third of PChem, Instrumental Methods of Analysis (the only lab class next quarter), the final Seminar course, Advanced Criminal Investigation, and Survey of Forensic Science. AND Environmental Microbiology, the new, extra course. And the research lab, of course.

That's ... that's doable, right? I can totally handle it. I think the two Forensic Science courses will be doddles, and I'm hoping to get some knitting done, actually. I can't do work for other classes in those lectures, but I don't expect trouble from them.

***

I'm still steadily working on the fanfic and I think it's time I started moving on original fiction. I've read a bunch of gay romances recently and I know my writing's just as good. I'm just procrastinating and not finishing stories, so, time to start finishing. So to speak.

The frustrating part is that some of the writing is just bad. It's not just that it's not to my taste, but it's ... not good. Ugh.

Anyway, it's super late and even though there's more to say, I'm for bed. G'night.
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Hey are there any people on my list who know how to use the NCBI blast search to find information about the size in basepairs of a target amplicon? I'm supposed to be doing some independent study into migraine genetic susceptibility, and I can't find the size of amplicon I need (I have the primers, but didn't design them), so I can't design the PCR process.

Help?

Thank you SO MUCH!

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