Aargh! Stupid IUPUI library! So many online journals, but never the ones I am looking for. How can this be? Tonight, as a humble student of science, I am trying to access Annual Review of Biochemistry, Annual Review of Cell Biology or even Annual Review of Physiology. You’d think every university would to the series it’s important stuff. but nooooo….what do they subscribe to? The Annual Review of Biophysics and Molecular Structure, the Annual Review of Ecology and Systematics, the Annual Review of Fluid Mechanics, the Annual Review of Plant Biology…and ones that are even more arcane than fluid mechanics. Fluid frickin mechanics? Come on…like IUPUI is some type of engineering school.
“Architectural Lighting” by M. David Egan, Victor W. Olgyay
Damn, interior design classes can be a LOT of work and absorb a LOT of time. I have spent the past two days on and off trying to render a portrait, in pen and colored pencil, of what our proposed design would look like for a dining area-slash-kitchen area for our case study. I am trying to use the real snapshots I took to make the place look as real as possible. My days of artistry are long gone, I am afraid to say. It’s passable. After Thursday night, I’ll be able to return to a semi-normal schedule I guess.
The book is my textbook for this portion of the class. It cost a small fortune. Still, it is probably a great book for people going into the field of lighting, since it has tons of technical details, case studies, how-tos, and charts. I am sure during the course of my home improvements I will find myself referring to it time and again.
I guess it’s time to have a quick shave, shower up, and take a visit to the IUPUI library. I think my Ralph Lauren biography is due today, but I haven’t yet finished it. And I am sad to have to return my slime molds book, but I just might renew it. Why in the hell does the IUPUI close at 7 PM on Saturday nights? Come on. I remember that Founders Library at good old NIU closed way past midnight on weeknights. IUPUI library closes at 11 PM on weeknights! How are students expected to study in Indiana? If it’s about money, sure dim the lights and keep the desks unstaffed during those hours. But for God’s sake, keep the doors open.
One parting thought. I think Celebrity Mole is a pretty stupid show. I just watched most of one episode; I don’t know what season it is, but come on. These people act like eating hot (and still hotter) peppers is a huge deal. Who the hell wouldn’t eat hot peppers (in ANY quantity) if it meant an additional $25,000? Jesus. Some people have it so rough.
Hey great, yesterday was Valentine’s Day. Was I out celebrating love in the company of a young vixen? Damn it, no. I woke up early, found nothing in the refrigerator, and ate two slices of pizza that had been sitting out for (I think) two days. Hey, I nuked it in the microwave, and I’m still alive. Then I took a shower and went in to work. My head was rumbling with a dull headache, either I was coming down with something or I had a mild hangover from Friday night. Probably the latter.
After work, I tried to go into Sawasdee, my favorite restaurant in the vicinity of my home. Unfortunately for me, they wouldn’t be opening for another hour. I told the owner I’d be back later. To kill the time, I decided to take my short stack of proteomics books back to the IUPUI library…they were about due anyway. To be honest, there were more students in the library than I thought there would be on a Saturday. Everytime I visit the library I see scores of unused iMacs and I berate myself for not sitting down and figuring out how to use one.
Anyway, I took another look at the stacks. I love wandering around in unfamiliar academic libraries. The fourth floor at the IUPUI library has all the science books and journals, similar to my college days back at NIU. But the quantities of books in all subjects are drastically different. Very poor in the kingdoms of life…with the exception of the plant kingdom. Lots of plant stuff in this library. Almost nothing at all on fish. Little on ecology in general, honestly. But NIU was lacking in books about bioinformatics, about genomics, about proteomics…and in this field IUPUI was loaded. These are the tradeoffs. I wanted to know what else was on the floor…geology, engineering, management, hordes of chemistry journals. In one corner I found books about fashion and clothing and weaving. I picked up a copy of an unauthorized biography of Ralph Lauren. This one I’m reading right now; I’ll probably put up a post about it later. Let’s see, what else did I check out for my bout of “pleasure reading”…a book called “Myxomycetes, a handbook of slime molds” and one called “From the forest to the sea, the ecology of wood in streams, rivers, estuaries, and oceans.” I’ve been dying to brush up on my slime molds. I guess I’ve been aware of their existence ever since Mr. Winn made us memorize their phylum in high school biology…but I’ve never had a real chance to study them. Garry mentioned them back at Friday Harbor Labs…but only in passing, saying that anyone who studied them would be funded for life. From what I remember, it’s difficult to classify them, since they share characteristics of both fungi and animals. I’ve been trying to persuade my good old buddy DePauw that we should make a trip the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and try to make an expedition out of finding these slime molds. I think we’ll make it.