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This blog will now be all about my life being a stranger in a strange land and the science I do.

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Nov
26th
Thu
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Thanksgiving

Surprise surprise: they don’t celebrate it in the UK. Go figure.  On the menu tonight might be considered an anathema: chicken curry.  It’s my version of Thanksgiving this year.

In other news I’ll be back in NYC in 2 weeks.  Psyched for: pizza, Momafuku, mexican food, pizza, sandwiches, delis in general, pizza, perogies, buddies, college basketball, and bbq.

Oct
3rd
Sat
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My Bro's New Band & The Benefits of Having Springsteen VIP passes.

  • smm: hung out with henrick lundquist (new york ranger's goalie) on wednesday
  • me: hahaha
  • smm: he wants to start a foo fighters cover band with me and jay
  • me: haha, you're fucking kidding
  • smm: met springsteen last night
  • smm: no i'm not
  • me: that's awesome
  • smm: and hung out with jeremy piven after the show with jay for about 30 minutes
  • me: was piven eating any fish?
  • smm: no but he mentioned he was feeling better
  • me: that's good to hear
Oct
2nd
Fri
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Sep
28th
Mon
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Nice hiking on Saturday.  Panorama of Edinburgh from Arthur’s Seat.
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Nice hiking on Saturday.  Panorama of Edinburgh from Arthur’s Seat.

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Sep
18th
Fri
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View during Grad Student BBQ at the Royal Observatory, past Thursday night.

View during Grad Student BBQ at the Royal Observatory, past Thursday night.

Aug
22nd
Sat
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My 3 gfs.
amandalynferri:
Everything is normal

My 3 gfs.

amandalynferri:

Everything is normal
Jun
2nd
Tue
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David Lynch’s Interview Project

I think this looks pretty awesome: InterviewProject.com

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Apr
27th
Mon
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Vinyl sales grew 15 percent in 2007 and 89 percent in ‘08

HUH? This bump has prompted Best Buy to start carrying vinyl in about 100 stores across the country. Right, so since people don’t buy CD’s anymore they are instead buying vinyl? I don’t even know any DJ’s that still spin records in the days of Serato. (Link) (via deleteyourself)

I’ve been buying vinyl over cd since I was 17.  In the last 10 years I have seen an increase of retailers carrying the product (you no longer have to buy it only at shows or hunt it down), an increase in titles (most top 40 now gets pressed), and a retarded raise in price (6 years ago if something was 14.00, not pressed on 180 gram I would think it was bullshit and now that is on the cheaper end.  I saw a copy of Frampton Comes Alive selling for $26.00 last week, BULLSHIT!  Best selling live album, 16 million copies pressed in 1976 there is no reason you can’t find a copy for under $2.00 or free.  This really drove me crazy because I can’t imagine every wanting to hear Baby I Love Your Way for $26 bonerz.)

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Indeed, one tour with my band people ALWAYS wanted vinyl-never cds.  They would get slightly miffed if you didn’t have vinyl.  Also, when I lived in London I worked at this place called Juno Records.  It almost exclusively deals in vinyl. You wouldn’t BELIEVE the volume of orders they would do in a day.  And I would venture a guess that many of those orders were destined for aspiring DJs.

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My Big Life Decision

Sooo…I haven’t written here in a while because I’ve tried keeping, in general, a lid on what I’ve been doing.  As some may know I parted ways with BustedTees/CV several months ago.  That was a sad time but in the depths of my depressive state I made a decision that it was time to go back to what I really loved: science.

I also decided I wasn’t going to return to the kind of physics I was doing before-high energy theory-but something that might be more ‘practical’ and prescient (I still love HET and it’s a wonderful and fascinating subject so don’t get me wrong).  So over the past few months I’ve been applying to a few places for a PhD. placement in biophysics/soft condensed matter groups.  I’ve got a few offers and still waiting on one (which is making me drag my feet a little bit), but I think I’ve made my decision (plus I have to make a decision by Wednesday for some funding issues).

The place I’ve chosen is offering me a project in studying the physical mechanisms and processes of protein aggregation.  This has to do with how proteins stick together.  More importantly it is the mechanism by which many neurodegenerative diseases are created, such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), and eye cataracts.  On a personal note, my grandfather was ravaged by and died of Alzheimer’s so it’s additional impetus to take this project.  The people at this place have also been extremely helpful in funding issues and a general sense of wanting me to join their group.  Where am I going? I’m moving here in September:

Yes, that’s right…Edinburgh fucking Scotland.

Apr
12th
Sun
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GO BU!

So yeah, my alma mater, BU, won the NCAA men’s hockey title tonight.  BU is not a sport’s school by any means, except for hockey and I enjoyed going to a few BU/BC hockey games back in the day.  This is nice to see at least.  Go Terriers!