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September 17, 2005

Image this!

Strictly timed experiments. Everything must be imaged (roughly, put sample under microscope, then take pictures) within a 2-day span. "Everything" is enough to make 12-hour workdays. The imaging itself is tedious and must be done in as much darkness as possible. After the sample is prepared and placed under the microscope,

1. set camera
2. camera takes image for 30 seconds
3. look at image and adjust camera for the next take, which must start exactly 30 seconds after the end of the first
4. repeat from (1) 15 times per experiment
5. repeat as many times as necessary to image "everything" within a 2-day span.

Enter Ms. Yarn Harlot, and her new book. Inability to put book down results in crazy behavior.

1. set camera
2. camera takes image for 30 seconds while crazy-ass Grumperina reads Yarn Harlot's book with only the glow of the monitor to guide her tired eyes (it's amazing how much one can read in 30 seconds)
3. put book down, look at image and adjust camera for the next take, which must start exactly 30 seconds after the end of the first
4. repeat from (1) 15 times per experiment
5. repeat as many times as necessary to image "everything" within a 2-day span.

I read the majority of that book in 30-second intervals. In nearly total darkness. Did I mention, inability to put book down?!?

Stephanie, you've outdone yourself in this one. Spectacular. Dare I say, I like the format of this one much better than the first?

Note to self: experiment #24, which was done while reading "What Her Hands Won't Do," may not have precisely followed the imaging protocol since I was sobbing uncontrollably. Uhm, some of the other experiments may not have precisely followed the imaging protocol since I was cracking up. It's all good ;).

Posted by Kathy on September 17, 2005 01:27 AM

Comments

Wow, if the book is 'un-put-downable' under those circimstances it must be terrific. I can't wait to read it myself.

I'm already hooked. I'm trying to figure out a more efficient way to knit Rogue while reading this book.

Really, ALL knitting books -- even essay collecyions -- should be spiral bound! Hehehe. I'm kidding of course...sort of.

But yes, you are a little nuts Miss. But, in a "good way." :-)

You're reminding me of many many days spent embedding teeny samples of tissue in araldite, and many many days spent in the dark with a TEM, followed by happy hours in the dark developing film, with a few more hours in the dark making prints....

You are so funny! =) This post cracked me up.

Oh sweetpea! I've decided (despite your clearly deranged behaviour) to be flattered (rather than frightened) by your behaviour. I'm so glad you like it.

I had the same reaction to that essay, though I wasn't trying to do anything more strenuous than cry and pet my cat.

Ah crap - it's that good! Why oh why didn't mine arrive on Friday as promised? Stupid mail. Stupid Amazon. Stupid, stupid, stupid. I can hardly wait to read it.

I need to check this book out.

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