I am scared. Scared of a software package. I do not mind doing statistics and when you are in biology you really have no choice, but complicated stats software that requires you to write things in code makes me cry. Why can't everything be as simple and user-friendly as Excel? *Sigh* Maybe I will just come up with a simple research project that won't involve any complex stats... : Are oxygen levels upstream different from oxygen levels downstream? Yes/No
It's getting colder, but I am still living in the 24oC
tropical rainforest that is my room. I love heaters, and heated towel rails. There's nothing like a toasty towel after a shower or a pair of toasty socks to keep you warm and in denial.
Last week I discovered that surviving at sea if your ship sinks in cold waters is really difficult. We had sea survival training since we will be going on 10 day research cruises some time in May/June. I know the word "cruise" automatically invokes images of cocktails and elderly people dancing to calypso, but I think this "cruise" in the North Sea for hydrographic and biogeochemical surveying will be a little different..
Anyway, surviving at sea is hard. First of all, as it said on one of the slides, you have to have THE WILL TO SURVIVE. I don't think I have that. Second, climbing onto rafts is not as easy as it looks (but firing flare guns is as fun as it looks). Apparently if you constantly swim and shower in cold water you can develop some amount of tolerance that will increase your chances of survival. I could start doing that...or I could continue toasting my pyjamas.
Oh, and for everyone who has had some First Aid training in the past, things have changed now. When someone is unconscious we are no longer supposed to "waste time" checking for a pulse. If casualty is not breathing, commence CPR right away. Although, CPR can sometimes kill, so totally up to you to decide MURDERER.. or hero.. whichever works out.
Oh, here is dubaiwalla
's meme :
Awakenings: No, not the movie. Although it sounds interesting
. Moments of realization where everything becomes clearer, where you wake up and somehow have the solution to your problem. Different from an epiphany in that the "truth" or "insight" you discover has been there all along, while you were purposefully ignoring it. You "awaken" when you finally make a conscious decision not to ignore it anymore.
Homs: Location 34° 44' N, 36° 43'E. Elevation 508 m
Place of birth and loved ones. Not the cleanest, or most interesting, or most modern city, but part of me lives there. An old, dirty refinery welcomes you as you enter; it has been spewing out cancer since the day it opened because of its idiotic design and location. I want to shut it down forever.
Mysteries: Medical mysteries, murder mysteries, historical mysteries, culinary mysteries... I love them all, especially the ones that remain unexplained. I don't like fictional mysteries though (e.g., Agatha Christie books).
Playing cards: If I didn't know how to play cards I would have very boring summers and a very limited social life. Tricks, Kent, Tarneeb (is there an english name??), Harb(War), Fawakeh (fruits) Hmar (donkey), Aboul foul(father of the bean) and Ghamzeh (wink) are some fo the ones I have played. I still need to learn poker and others that don't solely exist in Syria.
Subtility (subtlety?): Heh. Did this one get chosen just because of the spelling mistake? Sometimes my French acts out. Well, subtlety is something I really value in some people, in some books, in music, in art in general, in politics even. When something doesn't hit you in the face you tend to appreciate it more, it has more of an effect. Ok, maybe I have created my own meaning of subtlety .
Syrian Social Nationalist Party: Ahh. I am not sure that this should remain part of my interests.The initial idea of what it was supposed to be was interesting, but what it is now is not. The fact that it has been legalised and joined with another party now makes it much less interesting and if you ask me a little useless in Syria. In Lebanon however, true SSNPs were (and in some cases continue to be) some of the less corrupt and most intelligent leaders ( not that hard really when you know what you're comparing them to).
Torture prisons: We should all be interested in current and past torture prisons. Where they are, what goes on, why some people want to destroy them
. In some places, all prisons are torture prisons. A lot of these places are in my part of the world.