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Mad Scientess Jane Expat

I've been tagged several times for this meme, so here goes. Since I didn't want it to be dull, it took forever, so if I were to tag as many people as minutes I spent on it, I'd be tagging my entire friends list. Yeah, I know, sad.

Twenty random things about me

  1. I pierced the helix of my right ear using a safety pin when I was twenty. This is the third stupidest thing I have ever done. (The lobes of my ears are not pierced.)

  2. My cat's name is Molly, after Molly Millions in William Gibson's Johnny Mnemonic, Neuromancer, etc. I don't think I could have come up with a less appropriate name. She's very pretty, flees at the first sign of danger, has enormous, frightened eyes and instinctively distrusts all men. (She's not especially fond of women, either. Eventually she'll come to accept a person, if s/he speaks softly and moves slowly and carefully.) Isn't there a saying about pets and their owners?

  3. I don't like killing spiders. Any spider I find in my house, no matter how large, furry or potentially poisonous, gets captured in an inverted glass, carried outside and released.

  4. My father was born in Manila and emigrated from the Philippines as a teenager. My mother was born in New Jersey. Depending on which way you look at me, I'm either a second or a ninth generation American.

  5. My grandmother used to cut off the end of a cucumber and rub the cut piece over the exposed end. This, she claimed, drew the bitterness out of the cucumber. I have no idea if this is scientifically valid. I suspect it isn't. I am, however, incapable of chopping up a cucumber without performing this ritual.

  6. I don't have any tattoos. I'm not opposed to the idea of tattoos. I've just never had an idea for anything that I would commit to having permanently engraved on my body. I think this is pretty telling about other aspects of my life as well.

  7. I adore(d) trip-hop. I identify strongly with Dissolved Girl, by Massive Attack (lyrics), Image of You by Red Snapper and Glory Box by Portishead.

  8. Although I find women sexy and will happily make out with them, I've got too much love for the cock to be anything but straight. As much as I wish I could have the same amount of attraction to people no matter what equipment they were born with, I can't do it. Sometimes I find that depressing.

  9. Apparently I'm cute when I'm angry, which makes people having an argument with me want to laugh. Unfortunately, this only makes me more furious.

  10. I once electrocuted myself with 1 kV of static charge while attempting to change the filament on an electron gun. It was 1 AM and I was alone in lab. This is the second stupidest thing I have ever done.

  11. My favorite pickup line ever came from a damn fine guy with beautiful green eyes who walked up, handed me his number on a slip of paper and said, "If you never call me, that's okay. I want you to know I think you're gorgeous and I'd like to spend some time getting to know you." This happened just as I was beginning to realize I fancied Marco. Otherwise I would have called him.

  12. I let a boyfriend take topless photos of me when I was nineteen. For years, I was ashamed of them. It's funny how perspective changes as you age. I look at them now and I'm a little sad that I was so insecure then. But I'm also glad I have them because damn, I was hot.

  13. I don't believe in a fixed-term "grace period" between relationships. I like having someone in my life with whom I'm being physically intimate. This doesn't necessarily mean I'll commit to anyone I'm sleeping with.

  14. However, I also have to fight the tendency to be a jealous, possessive bitch with anyone I'm sleeping with. This, I believe, makes me what could politely be termed "a pain in the ass."

  15. I started out as a physics major at university, but switched to chemistry at the end of my freshman year. Though I could blame a very bad physics professor for the move, it really had more to do with my poker-faced chemistry professor, who used the last fifteen minutes of every Friday to do "demonstration experiments." Happily, this turned out to be a euphemism for "blowing shit up with the aid of the students." Those of us who attended class regularly learned not to sit in the front three rows. Those unwise or dilettante enough to do so usually ended up with the blast shield in their laps.

  16. I graduated from USC with a Bachelor of Science degree before I could drink alcohol legally. Or drive a car.

  17. As soon as I was big enough to hold a gun, I was taught to load and fire one. Until I went to uni, I always lived in a house containing at least one gun. (I don't currently own a gun and I don't particularly like them.)

  18. September 17th was my one-year anniversary of (official) unemployment. October 9th marks my one-year anniversary of living in London.

  19. The part of my body I hate the most is the bit of tissue connecting the deltoids to the pectorals at the front of my shoulders. The part that looks bad when I wear tank tops and spaghetti-strap dresses, which is why you'll rarely see me in either. No matter how much I work out or slim I am, this bit never goes away. The parts I like the most are my hands. I have long slender fingers and strong, shapely fingernails. I'm rather vain about them, although I can rarely be bothered to paint my nails.

  20. My biggest fear about quitting scientific research was that I wouldn't want to go back. This fear has been borne out. I'm profoundly grateful for this, and to date, it ranks as both the stupidest and the wisest thing I have ever done.

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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-09-28 13:22 (UTC)
Heh. I guess we're hand fetishists, then? Marco has great hands.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-09-28 13:23 (UTC)
Thanks! It was fun to write. I'm still a little embarrassed that it took so long, though.
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[User Picture]From: mysti77
2005-09-26 12:27 (UTC)
Very interesting. Oh, and I can relate to no. 14.

I would try to do one of these, but I'd probably find it hard to start, and then come up with so many, that I won't be able to keep it under 20!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-09-28 13:25 (UTC)
Yeah, it wasn't so much that I had trouble thinking of things, it was just that I didn't want to include stuff like, "I like flan" or "My back is strong." :-P
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[User Picture]From: kreie
2005-09-26 13:34 (UTC)
I enjoyed reading this as well. As for #19, I think they're called "inner tubes" and people tend to think of them as much worse than they are.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-09-28 13:26 (UTC)
Inner tubes?! What an awful name. And yeah, I've always gotten the impression that most people other than me either didn't notice them or didn't care. Oh well.
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[User Picture]From: sadira42
2005-09-26 13:55 (UTC)
Funny, I graduated college before I could drink legally as well! Young'uns unite!

P.S. Hands are my favorite part of a body to look at.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-09-28 13:28 (UTC)
Woo! I'm happy to have that experience in common with you. Probably explains a lot, eh?

P.S. I love that icon. POOP!
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[User Picture]From: elleclectic
2005-09-26 15:55 (UTC)
I do #5 religiously, and feel the same way as you about it.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-09-28 13:30 (UTC)
Maybe it's some kind of east-coast thing? Marco always gives me a fishy look when I perform #5, but man, I can't stop.
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[User Picture]From: scanner_darkly
2005-09-26 16:15 (UTC)
Nice random meme thing. :)

I tend to feel the same way about boys that you apparently feel about girls. Not so much these days now that I'm pretty happily committed.

Also relate to 13. and 14. -- though my jealousies these days are mostly internal. And when they're not, I want them to be. Sigh. Also don't have any tattoos, though have often been in situations where I could have got one. Also love the lyrics to Dissolved Girl - and actually put that in the first mix tape I sent seismic. Such goodness. Mmm.
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[User Picture]From: seismic
2005-09-27 02:27 (UTC)
- and actually put that in the first mix tape I sent seismic. Such goodness. Mmm.

You beat me to this comment.
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[User Picture]From: danaid_luv
2005-09-26 16:33 (UTC)
I've read a handful of these that are worthless & dull; yours should/could be a template for the random, interesting things we ought to consider sharing.

I have un-pierced lobes, too. Few of us left, it seems. And as for the "...because damn, I was hot" comment, I officially roll my eyes at you. While I've not had a chance to see you topless, I've seen general photos of the all of you, and you're hot RIGHT NOW. TOMORROW. 10 YEARS FROM NOW. No. Really. ;)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-09-28 13:41 (UTC)
Aw, thank you. Glad to know it entertained you.

You know, even my boyfriend has his ears pierced. There really aren't many of us.

And finally, yes'm. *looks down, scuffs feet* And thank you again.
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[User Picture]From: kittenhotep
2005-09-26 17:52 (UTC)
I like this meme. I will do it as soon as I've finished the "100 things I like" one which has taken my time vs friendlist quota into the hours rather than minutes. And I don't think you could be dull if you tried.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-09-28 13:42 (UTC)
A hundred things you like? Wow. Man, if I tried to do that, everything on it would probably be FOOD. :-P
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[User Picture]From: seismic
2005-09-27 02:37 (UTC)
Ooooooooooooooooh. I had profs who blew shit up too! And one week's OChem lab saw the students blowing things up, though not intentionally. Oops. I worked in the OChem prep room then too. The whole experiment was a mess. Lots of clean up--which I had to do--and one trip to the ER from someone who was fortunate to be wearing eye protection. He would've lost his right eye.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-09-28 13:49 (UTC)
My first lab partner in G-Chem could never remember to put boiling chips in anything. After the first three weeks, I forbade her to run any more experiments and did them all myself.

I worked in the O-Chem prep room too! (Insert obligatory hive mind comment here.) Once, I was foolish enough to go in to do prep in a skirt. I was wearing tights, though, and I thought I'd be quick enough for it not to matter. I forgot I had to use concentrated sulfuric acid for the prep. I spilled some without realizing it, and it dribbled out off the edge of the fume hood. My leg started to itch. I looked down to find a three-inch hole melted in my tights. Stuck my leg under the tap and prayed nobody would come along and see me. Luckily, I caught it fast enough that I wasn't scarred. Never had to take anyone to the ER, though, yikes. What did he do?
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From: tdj
2005-09-27 06:42 (UTC)
I share your heterosexual lament. I am such a waste of gay.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-09-28 13:52 (UTC)

No, seriously. I'm in awe of the interesting word usements you structure.
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[User Picture]From: omniana
2005-09-27 13:04 (UTC)
Very interesting, and I don't mean that in the euphemistic way. I think #20 is called brave and self-aware. I smiled when you talked about cucumbers and explosive-happy chem profs (though I was turned off from chemistry by a boring prof, so sad that the people can have that much of an effect on you, rather than the subject matter). I like how your list exudes your self awareness and and self acceptance, very sexy traits.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-09-28 14:24 (UTC)
It is a shame, although in the end I found I was happiest doing chemical physics, a major that my university didn't offer. I also ended up wishing I'd taken more computer courses, as I felt that my lack of programming experience hurt me a lot once I started grad school. Actually, I think the whole system of teaching the hard sciences (especially chem) could use a major overhaul, but that's another story. Briefly, I think the ordering should be Gen Chem => Physical => Organic. Yes, organic should be last, because otherwise all the electron-pushing crap makes no physical sense and the whole subject gets reduced to a lot of boring rote memorization. And I think anyone planning to attend grad school in chemistry and physics should be required to take comp sci courses, perhaps one or two of the basics for comp sci majors and then a couple of tailor-made comp chem classes.

Whoa, tangent. I think you should do the meme too! I'd like to see what you come up with.
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