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Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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The theme for this week is nuns. I've seen nuns getting their glasses fitted at the optician's. Nuns having passport photographs taken. The crowning sighting occurred yesterday evening: a nun on a bicycle. (I relate to Father Jack's reaction to nuns.)

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I discovered whilst googling myself (as one does on occasion - admit it) that I've appeared on Oxfam Great Britain's "run a race for charity" page because of my participation in the adventure 5k The Spartan Race dressed as Princess Leia. Gosh! I didn't think the £245 I raised would attract their attention, given that the other people on the page (a) ran marathons and (b) raised thousands of pounds.

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I received my information pack for The Big Bang fair taking place in London on 10-12 March. I'll be judging the Senior level (age 17-19) Physics projects with one of the Cassini scientists from MSSL, Chris Arridge, who is also the project lead on the proposed Uranus Pathfinder mission. (I typed that with a straight face. No really, I did. And if you believe that, I have some lovely property linking Manhattan to another island that you might be interested in purchasing.) I'm looking forward to the fair, which is a UK-wide competition, and always leaves me feeling hopeful about the enthusiasm and talent exhibited by the budding scientists in attendance. It nicely counteracts the feeling I sometimes get after demonstrating in undergraduate laboratories.

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One of my favourite postgrads departed for greener pastures at the end of last month. We had been firm friends since the start of my time at Imperial, which neatly coincided with the start of his PhD. Last week I was having a dull, trying day. I dragged myself to the admin office to peer dispiritedly into my pigeonhole. A square brown envelope lay inside it. Out fell a card covered with dense neat handwriting and this binary pendant by scultor Bathsheba. From the doldrums, I rose to the dizzying heights of geek merch paradise that are attained only by first sightings of such wonders as XKCD t-shirts and mathsy pocket watches or the prospect of dining on fish fingers and custard. OK, maybe not that last one.
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[User Picture]From: trendyprof
2011-02-23 12:36 (UTC)
I pronounce Uranus with the accent on the 'u' instead of the 'a' (which is how it's supposed to be, I am told... and it's what Prof Laurence Krauss says, so I'll go with that), so there's less of an avenue for the sniggering :)
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From: pbristow
2011-02-23 18:38 (UTC)
To those of us with the right kind of mind (i.e. the WRONG kind!) this just slightly modifies the joke...

"Eurgh, this planet smells of wee!"
"Yes, it's definitely Uranus."

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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-02-24 13:44 (UTC)
Whereas if it smells of parp, you're definitely on Titan.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-02-24 13:44 (UTC)
I do this as well, especially when giving talks to schoolkids about the outer planets. It's too distracting otherwise - for me as well as them!
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[User Picture]From: trendyprof
2011-02-24 20:25 (UTC)
haha!
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[User Picture]From: nimoloth
2011-02-23 14:26 (UTC)
I like the pocket watch!

I remember I was supposed to meet you at that event last year, but I was ill. I haven't heard anything about it this year, so I won't be down.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-02-24 13:43 (UTC)
Me too! I want to give it to someone as a present, but I'm not sure anyone would want it enough to wear it all the time.

Yes, I remember you had to miss the fair last year. It's a shame. Hopefully there will be other opportunities soon.
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[User Picture]From: senusert
2011-02-24 09:41 (UTC)
You may find this amusing.

http://edyong.posterous.com/snigger
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-02-24 13:41 (UTC)
"Here, we present an experimental and computational study of the physical properties of a fluid representative of the interior of Uranus..."

That's beautiful.
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[User Picture]From: painted_dreams
2011-02-28 08:28 (UTC)
This post reminds me of that Sally Field show, The Flying Nun or whatever. I kept picturing her on a bike flying in the air.

I've googled myself before but haven't had results. Apparently, I've done a damn good job at keeping myself hidden from the man lol.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-03-01 13:27 (UTC)
Well done on keeping yourself low profile. I haven't done a great job of it, mostly because I have my name on journal articles and various announcements of grants or fellowship funds that legally have to be published.
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