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Spring Semester 2010:

* Teaching: Fundamentals of Microbiology - MW 12:00-2:40p
Medical Microbiology - TR 2:00-3:15p
Colloquium in Cell and Molecular Biology - R 3:30-4:30p
Thesis Research - Identification of T Cell Subsets and Immune Response in Colon Cancer Using Immunofluorescence - FOREVER AND EVER
Old Journal Entries
Or rather, entries from the old journal, as it were...

- An open letter to the College. (August 27, 2006)
- Untitled. (July 16, 2006)
- Haunted (Part One) (May 29, 2006)
- Are we growing up, or just going down? (May 3, 2006)
- I had a dream... (March 19, 2006)
- ... (March 14, 2006)
- Enjoy it while it lasts. (September 12, 2005)
- Scene: 3:27 AM. (September 3, 2005)
- Untitled. (July 26, 2005)

Psst... if you're looking for the academic writings I used to have here, head to my Reading Room.
Rented DVDs

- The Rage in Placid Lake (2003)
- Son of Rambow (2007)
- 大紅燈籠高高掛 / Dà Hóng Dēnglóng Gāogāo Guà [Raise the Red Lantern] (1991)
- Au revoir, les enfants (1987)
- Chalk (2006)
- Le Samouraï (1967)
- Empire Records (1995)
- The Bank Job (2008)
- Le Quatre cents coups [The 400 Blows] (1959)
- Love and Other Disasters (2006)
- Friends and Family (2001)
- Sugar [unrated] (2004)
- The Curiosity of Chance (2006)
- Blade Runner: The Final Cut (1982)
- Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006)
- Death Note [anime] (2006)
- Battle Royale (2000)
- Le scaphandre et le papillon [The Diving Bell and the Butterfly] (2007)
- Extras, Series 2 (2005)
- Extras, Series 1 (2005)
- Shelter (2007)
- Metropolis (1927)
- Cashback (2006)
- Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay [Unrated] (2008)
- The Catherine Tate Show, Series 2 (2005)
- The Catherine Tate Show, Series 1 (2004)


- Tokyo monogatari [Tokyo Story] (1953)
- Akira (1988)
- Habuah [The Bubble] (2006)
- Prime Suspect 4, including:
    - The Lost Child (1995)
    - Inner Circles (1995)
    - Scent of Darkness (1995)
- Like Minds [USA: Murderous Intent] (2006)
- La Strada (1954)
- Black Orpheus (1959)
- Le Notti di Cabiria [Nights of Cabiria] (1957)
- Cleo de cinq a sept [Cleo from 5 to 7] (1962)
- Det Sjunde Inseglet [The Seventh Seal] (1957)
- Prime Suspect 3 (1994)
- Funny Face (1957)
- Lalechet Al Ha'mayim [Walk on Water] (2004)
- Charade (1963)
- Yossi & Jagger (2002)
- Mists of Avalon (2001)
- Blow Up (1966)
The *New* Reading List
Since June 2006...

- A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
- High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
- Travesties by Tom Stoppard
- The Way of the Shaman by Michael Harner
- The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff
- Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga
- The History Boys by Alan Bennett
- The Dark Child by Camara Laye
- Movie-Made America by Robert Sklar
- Diary by Chuck Palahniuk
- Rant: An Oral Biography of Buster Casey by Chuck Palahniuk
- Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut
- The Dead Emcee Scrolls by Saul Williams [61.3%]
- Atonement by Ian McEwan
- Junk Science: An Overdue Indictment of Government, Industry, and Faith Groups that Twist Science for Their Own Gain by Dan Agin, Ph.D. [64.4%]
- So Yesterday by Scott Westerfield
- Lucky Wander Boy by D.B. Weiss
- The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
- Doctor Who: The Key to Time: A Year-by-Year Record by Peter Haining
- Why Buffy Matters: The Art of Buffy the Vampire Slayer by Rhonda Wilcox
- When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris
- The Road by Cormac McCarthy
- 1984 by George Orwell [18.8%]
- Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
- Intuition by Allegra Goodman
- V for Vendetta by Alan Moore and David Lloyd (Yes, I realize it's a graphic novel but it still fucking counts!)
So THAT'S where all the people reading this come from...
Rough draft for the dedication to my thesis.
Thursday, August 25, 2011 @ 7:47 pm
I never thought the day would come that I was going to write another thesis dedication. Sometimes life can give you lemons, and you just have to man up and make lemonade. And here it is: my “lemonade” made from fresh squeezed lemons (never from concentrate). Now that the thesis has been written, I am faced with a potentially-difficult question: whom am I going to thank?

First and foremost, I would like to thank my family: my parents, Raul and Norma, without whom I would not exist; and my little sister Alyssa. If you let me tell you all of the things that they have ever done for me, I would talk forever and never quiet down: their continued love and support (both emotional and financial) have allowed me to pursue a career in science, and I am never going to forget all that they have done for me. I can always count on them to run around in circles and bend over backwards to help me succeed, and you can always count on family to never desert you in your time of need.

I would also never be remiss to thank my wonderful thesis advisor, Dr. Kathie McGuire, for going to great lengths to make my Master’s degree experience a positive one. Sometimes, in science, the work can make you cry—but Kathie (and the McGuire lab, really) kept the painful parts of science to a minimum. I will never forget the good times I have had in the lab. It is going to be hard to say goodbye, but all good things never last forever, and must come to an end.

Finally, I am going to thank the real unsung heroes of this study: the colon cancer patients whose samples we have used to complete the study. I will not tell a lie: I cannot ever imagine the pain and hurt these people have gone through during the course of their disease. But I firmly believe that when you die, a piece of you lives on—and in this case, this is literally true.
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R:C it's amazing how the presence of one random member of the human species out of billions can send your emotions into such a blitzkrieg of fuckery.
» Zanzibar on 2011-08-26 02:10:22

ps: I was in LA from 10:30 pm yesterday til 7 pm today. I thought of you constantly naturellemente, but it wasn't a long enough period to come and see you. I did manage to convince them to give me a visa [hopefully], so I'll be moving to France in less than a week. [Back in two years.] Visite-moi?
» Zanzibar on 2011-08-26 02:12:23

I think you forgot to thank rick astley
» The-Muffin-Man on 2011-08-26 07:24:11

That's so exciting!

RC: You too!?
» jinyu on 2011-08-27 07:39:03

I just saw your fb page and you are a Xmas baby! My roomie is also one. =D
» littleflower on 2011-11-01 06:34:20

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