[chemical|anisotropy] the clueless chemist chronicles

…jottings about working, writing and living as a Clueless Chemist in Manila

[pic] The dreaming leaf

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The dreaming leaf

Originally uploaded by oui_buenafe

From an old roll of Kodak Elitechrome. Took this with my Vivitar last April.

Makes me think of old remembrances…


Actually, I got the film rolls developed (finally!) and I just got the CD by courier today. A bulk of them are uploaded in my Multiply account–I will take my time with Flickr tomorrow.

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July 4, 2008 at 10:35 pm

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[pic] The SCM and I

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The SCM and I

Originally uploaded by oui_buenafe

SCM = Super-conducting magnet.

The heart of the NMR spectrometer, in other words. The spectrometer box may be the brains, with the programmed pulse sequences, pulsed RF radiation and sophisticated electronics, BUT without the SCM, we can’t analyze anything at all–it’s nuclear magnetism that is the heart of all the theories behind NMR, after all.

Just a belated upload from the department camera, taken last month (on my birthday).

[As of now, RL eats my life, with the upcoming liquid helium refill and the continuation of the VCO project. ^^; Oh, and preparing to apply for grad school for next year.]

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June 23, 2008 at 4:31 pm

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Tee-hee! A Birthday outtake…

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Tee-hee!

Originally uploaded by oui_buenafe

Hamming it up with Ian Ken in the NCIC office yesterday!

Here’s how I managed to celebrate my birthday with my other family–the ADMU Chem Department:

1) Set aside enough money for the lunch treat.
2) Wear black x red casual-lolita (without the petticoat) for school.
3) After arriving at school, wear the petticoat.
4) Borrow the Pizza Hut PALM Card from the stockroom.
5) Order pizzas from Pizza Hut.
6) Fool around the department in casu-loli with the department camera. *points at photo*
7) Drag people to the lunch when pizza arrived.

Well, now I can say that I look young for my advanced age of 25, hehe. 😀

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May 27, 2008 at 7:36 pm

Posted in odds&ends, real life

Happy Birthday to me!

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Hatless casual-lolita, with piano bag

Originally uploaded by oui_buenafe

OK, it’s been a long time since I’ve updated. XD Work ate my life and free time…as well as summer-sicknesses like colds AND the flu.

So, to celebrate my silver year here on Earth, I finally made a discreet debut as a lolita (er, a popular Japanese street-fashion, not to be confused with the Nabokov novel….go look it up in Wikipedia)–a casual-lolita, to be exact. ^_^; I haven’t uploaded my photo with the JEOL NMR (haha, science-loli!).

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May 27, 2008 at 7:30 pm

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[jottings] after a while

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Apologies for not updating for quite some time. 🙂  Been caught up with a lot of things at home and work, more so last week (Finals Week).

For starters, we just had another Nobel forum awhile ago; Prof. Ciechanover was the speaker.  😀  He entertained the audience with his anecdotes about his personal and academic life before talking about his award-winning study on ubiquitin and protein degradation.  Compared to his technical Nobel lecture last January (the Eurasia Chem conference), today’s seminar was light.

And I got an autograph from him.  Cool! ^___^*

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April 3, 2008 at 9:32 pm

[jottings] life in the Pinoy academe

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At least the scientific side of the community. 😀

Let’s face it–the academic culture in the Philippines isn’t popular.  Ask any college student on where they want to work after graduation, they’ll pick a top-tier corporation where they can become glorified pen-pushers with 5-digit salaries (nothing’s really wrong with it, but if >> 90% of our youth pick management-related degrees, what would they manage–themselves?).  Work from Monday to Friday, get Friday and Saturday nights off to party harder.  Only a handful pick the academe…this can be seen more in the Humanities and the sciences.

(God bless the short-sightedness of countless parents and children… >_>;)

Now, academic life isn’t financially better than working in industry or corporation, but it has its perks (and pitfalls).  Ditch that thought of “teaching (and geekery) is square”!  Want to learn management skills?  Try handling lecture classes 2-3 times a week.  Need money?  Write research proposals.  Teachers aren’t just teachers–they are managers, financial analysts, diplomats rolled in one package.  And for scientist-teachers, they can even make things go “boom!” in the lab, too.

Why the above (semi-)rant?  Well, the week I had was…interesting at best.

Personal facts about me:  I am a college instructor (read: college teacher).  I am a chemist.  And I also do research.  But wait–there’s more!  I work in NCIC, too…as the resident NMR analyst (or manager), so I deal with clients for their NMR needs.

It’s just that since last week, I got dragged into joining the SoSE Research Awards as a faculty judge. >_> So, I had to wade through thesis papers (undergrad and grad) of different departments–Physics, Math, Biology, Engineering–and try to made sense of them.  Aside from being a teacher and researcher (which both eat my life), I had to do this tedious job, too. :-O But, there were compensations. 🙂

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March 8, 2008 at 2:47 pm

Posted in meanderings, real life

[photo] Schmitt Hall

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Schmitt Hall

This photo was taken using my Holga 120CFN, loaded with expired Fuji Superia ISO100.

I studied here. And I’m working here as well. That’s a total of eight years–4 undergrad, 2 grad and I’m finishing up my 2nd year of work here. This coming schoolyear’s my third. By this time, I should be fed up of the place…but I’m not. This is my second home.

But with another exodus of people I knew, the people I grew up with from college, my wings are restless. This time, I promise, things will change, things will be different.

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February 21, 2008 at 4:11 pm