The Thoughts of a Frumpy Professor

............................................ ............................................ A blog devoted to the ramblings of a small town, middle aged college professor as he experiences life and all its strange variances.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Yard Work



Yesterday, I did a helluva lot of yard work. It was a good feeling, actually, for it gave me a chance to spend more time out doors, which is a rare commodity this time of year at the U. I cut the lawn, raked leaves, sketched out and planned for what I will need to paint later this spring/summer (it is unfortunately too cold to paint outside here still), and picked up all sorts of yard debris.

For the last few weeks, I have been tremendously busy... sometimes with b*llsh*t work that is dull and aggravating here at the U (political and administrative crap that is not work writing about), but sometimes with some interesting things as well. I will get to the one especially interesting thing in a moment.

But first, I want to say how I am beginning to see some personal payoff in regards to my purposefully working to extract myself from administrative b*llsh*t and being everyone's "go-to" person to try to solve their problems.  I am seeing a bit of a reshaping of my day and even more important, a reshaping of my time for the things I *DO* relish and appreciate about work.... teaching and research.  I have to keep reminding myself of these benefits so I do not slide back into the old habits of trying to help and fix all the crap.

I am in the beginning stage of what I think *may be*  a truly "revolutionary" undertaking in endocrinology research.  The work I am developing at the moment is not using rats or rodents of any kind, but this time I am working with fruit flies.  The work is highly speculative and a bit out of the normal realm of thoughts on this type of research, but that is part of why it is actually feeling very invigorating to me.  I shall try to develop a post about it with more details in the next few days.

The new Blogger interface is still feeling rather clumsy and uncomfortable for me, but I am slowly making progress in getting used to their new "improvements".

PipeTobacco

5 Comments:

Blogger BBC said...

Why in the hell are you in a college when you should be in a research lab somewhere?

Tuesday, 24 April, 2012  
Blogger austere said...

great!
waiting to hear more.

btw my comment from yesterday vanished.

Wednesday, 25 April, 2012  
Blogger BBC said...

I've been seeing a lot of bitching about Blogger and it's new look but mucking around in it helps you sort it out. Fucking geeks just can't leave things alone, they have to keep improving our experience, fucking geeks.

There’s one thing that Blogger could give us that I would love them for, the ability to block selected cunt bitches from commenting while still allowing everyone else easy access. There’s a few blogs I would get kicked off of but that’s fair enough.

Wednesday, 25 April, 2012  
Blogger BBC said...

At your Blogger dashboard up near the right corner is a little gear icon, hover your mouse over it and in the popup menu you can select Old Interface.

Wednesday, 25 April, 2012  
Anonymous Leonard said...

Great article which developing at the moment is not using rats or rodents of any kind, but this time I am working with fruit flies. The work is highly speculative and a bit out of the normal realm of thoughts on this type of research, but that is part of why it is actually feeling very invigorating to me.Thanks a lot for posting.

Tuesday, 17 July, 2012  

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