[I'm still rather enamored with David Perry's Mason Jar Master Class - and so a few days ago collected roses from the garden and placed them on the bottom of a large glass jar. I'm taking photos everyday of the roses as they age, and I'm moving the jar around some - and taking the photos with the jar on different surfaces. Some have worked (flagstone), some have definitely not worked (bottom of a bright yellow kayak) and some are interesting though odd (on a bit of ground littered with yellow-orange-red chinese tallow leaves). And for those of you who are curious, we have not had a frost/freeze as of yet along my little piece of the South Carolina coast.]
Yesterday I mentioned that the Airstream electricity had 'blown' and this evening an electrician made it by, and things are back 'on' - not perfect, but much improved. Last night was an interesting night: after my initial meltdown, and after my frustration subsided, I settled down and built a nice fire outdoors and sat and talked on the phone with a friend from Michigan as the dogs ran around, and then I connected an outdoor extension cord (coming from the falling-down house) to the Airstream and was able to warm the place up a bit, turn-on the computer, and heat up some leftover quiche. I ended up going to bed early, with a flashlight and a book: it was warm and quiet and really not so bad afterall.
But tonight it is almost luxurious to have several electricial appliances going at once - the dehumidifier is on, I'm typing away here, and the Vornado is blowing warm air. It's raining outside - the Airstream is a nice place to be in the rain.
I still have the refrigerator off, and I won't be able to have it running on electricity until a few things are upgraded. The electrician, who stopped by this evening, is scheduled to return early Thursday morning - and he's going to look at the fusebox and utility pole and propose a plan. I will be present when he evaluates the electrical system, and I'm hoping to learn a thing or two.
Did you happen to see the link today to a New York Post piece titled 'Cozy-crazy couple makes tight all right in the city's tiniest studio'?
First, let's do the math: They live in 175-square-foot microstudio. It's 14.9 feet long and 10 feet wide, with a 3 feet by 9 feet bathroom (okay, so that looks more like 176-square-feet). My Airstream home is 27 feet long and 8 feet wide ( 216-square-feet).
So my Airstream is larger than their $150,000 microstudio with a view of Upper Manhattan.
Oh, and they also have two cats.
From the article:
The couple wakes up every morning in their queen-size bed, which takes up one-third of the living space.
They then walk five feet toward the tiny kitchen, where they pull out their workout clothes, which are folded neatly in two cabinets above the sink. A third cabinet holds several containers of espresso for their only kitchen appliance, a cappuccino maker.
They turn off their hotplate, and use the space on the counter as a feeding area for their cats, Esmeralda and Beauregard.
"We don't cook," Zaarath said, adding that their fridge never has any food in it. "So when you don't cook, you don't need plates or pots or pans. So we use that space for our clothes."
Okay, so I don't have a queen-sized bed, or a view of Manhattan. But I do have 46-square-feet on these guys....so there.
The Microbial Lab had a manuscript published this week (you can read the abstract here) and another manuscript was officially accepted. Another is in the hand's of it's co-authors, and a draft of another manuscript was given to me today by a student. It really has been a rewarding time, with respect to publications - no doubt about that.
There was a wonderful piece on the CBS evening news last night - I didn't watch it (since I was on a strict rotating electrical appliance schedule, and the TV didn't make the cut) - but was able to watch the piece here...and here's a nice companion article.
On her view of why some men have trouble with women in science careers (from the video):
"...I'm just not so comfortable bringing her into the group..." Carol Greider, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University.
Hmmmm. I have quite a bit to say here, but this is not the place to say it. Perhaps a better place is around a fire outside of an Airstream (with something stronger than apple cider to drink).
Have you been following the 'climate change email controversy'? There's quite a bit, floating around out there, about what happened. There's much being said - like this...and this / this. (And remember this?). My general (and perhaps naive) sense is that this discussion is good - perhaps it will, in time, help people understand a bit more deeply about how science works. Now that's something I could write about here, that is, if I have electricity and if I lose interest in roses at the bottom of glass jars.