Archive for January, 2013

Just a regular Thursday

Brought my gymbag to work but should have known better. It’s like when you bring an umbrella and the sun keeps on shining – only the opposite.

Started laser capture microdissection today and as fun as it may sound, shooting a laser at tissue sections, it kind of looses its appeal after six hours. This is a before and after picture, just took me something like 15min…

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Can you guess the tissue 🙂


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New frames

This is the feeling I get from my new glasses.





Iris-Apfel III

That I’m somewhere in between Amy from Big Bang Theory and Iris Apfel.

It can translate to a eccentric nerd – but isn’t that just another term for scientist?

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Things I like January

I have been laughing a lot lately

At this blog sanasta sanaan which could possibly be written by my twin.

At these series:

and this of course

And this twitter feed, #overlyhonestmethods, revealing the truth behind scientific experiments

Some of my favorites:

“Incubation lasted three days because this is how long the undergrad forgot the experiment in the fridge.”

“We used this method because the buffers don’t need to be pH-ed.”

“A Northern blot was run instead of realtime QPCR because the PI is old and does not trust results unless he sees a band.”

“Buffers were prepared with the stock solutions inherited from the PhD student who left the lab a couple of years ago.”

“Reactions were preformed at lab room temperature i.e. TOO DAMN COLD.”

I see myself in so many of these and it is truly scary.


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The very first Christmas dinner was with a selected few of my mother’s family. We were at my aunt Eivor’s place, which was decorated according to the season + a large number of kissing items.

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Olle had made a Christmas quiz for those who didn’t want to watch Donald Duck (or Sarah Dawn Finer).

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One question was: who coined the expression “jul jul förkrossande jul” that my aunt had embroidered on a tablecloth. Feel free to guess!

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The most exiting gift of the year (although my dad always finds his presents exiting) was the guitar my mother had bought him. My brother had managed to wrap it so that he had no idea what it was.

I didn’t have that much of a problem figuring out what Santa brought me.


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Kon Tiki

The best movie I saw during Christmas was Kon Tiki. Based on the true story of Thor Heyerdahl’s travels from Peru to Polynesia. In the late 40’s he came up with the theory that the Polynesians originated from South-America, and to prove it he decided to sail from Peru on a raft made of balsa wood. The thing was that only one of the 6 crew members was a sailor and Thor himself could not even swim. Despite this, and without testing the ship’s durability, he set sails for a 100 day long journey on the Pacific.

Crazy, crazy scary movie and so well made.

Some main characters in the movie were the sharks circling around the raft. When I told my colleague Milena about it she showed me this film:

Well, I would still prefer to swim with dolphins.

I was so inspired by the movie that I had to go to the library and borrow a book on another one of Heyerdahl’s little trips – Tigris. Here he tries to see how the Sumerians could sail to Africa. I’ve only read a few pages so far but the story seems just as crazy as Kon Tiki. For one, the boat is made of a form of reed (vass) that absorbs water…

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For once I took more pictures of my father’s side of the family, so I thought we’d take a look at the Christmas dinner we had at my aunt’s place.

Even before you go inside, their house looks like a winter fairy tale.

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My aunt had such lovely Christmas decorations all around the house.


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My cousin Camilla with family.


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My dad and grand-dad.


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Cousin Jonas with wife Hanna.


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Linnea, Joy and Joel.


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My uncle Dan and his wife Annevi.


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Until next year!

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