Saturday, September 17, 2022

Apres Nous...


Why the long drought?


I can't really explain it except that when we took a short holiday at the end of July I discovered that I enjoyed being unplugged. And then, as soon as we got home, the deluge began that finally culminated last week with two massive grant submissions.

When I told my Dad, when we visited him Labour Day weekend, that the next ten days were going to be hellish and filled with late night data crunching and keyboard banging he looked up from his paper and said, 'Don't you have somebody to do that for you by now?' 

I didn't have an answer for him right away but when I mentioned it to a younger colleague, who is both a sharper scientist and a much better musician than me, he noted that the fact that I'm still coming up with grant ideas means just that. Which, I realized, when I thought about it a little, is a good thing.

Of course, we'll see if anybody thinks the ideas are good ones in a few months - early January to be exact.


When I'm spending a lot of time sitting in front of the keyboard I listen to a lot of stuff. Here are a few auditory notes from the last couple of weeks...

'Dead Eyes' - a podcast from a working actor about the time he lost a small part in a big production because Tom Hanks, allegedly, said he had 'dead eyes'

Bob Mackin seems to the be only local media guy who is really digging into the upcoming civic election so far.

Friend of the Blog Glen Clark was on for a full hour with Mo Amir and noted that big money, no matter where it comes from, is a very bad thing for the health of the body politic.

Lastly, I cannot believe that I entirely missed the Replacements back when they, not mention me, were young and bastardly...I blame it on gradual school and microscopes and the excitement of figuring out how to culture subpopulations of adrenocortical cells and all that.

As for that very sudden cheap 'holiday' on Monday that is resulting in so many people's last minute schedule juggling misery?....This!  (because, as we all know, the rain is coming)....