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First time reading about python

Here is an update about what I have found out…
Python is supposed to be an easier programing language than most. It can be extending to include C or C++. Errors in these programs can be found easier than most and easier to fix. So far I am just using websites and youtube to figure things out. I have downloaded Python 2.7.1 and hope everything will be smooth sailing. Figures crossed.


Tech Task #3

This weeks tech task is to find 5 blogs you want to follow and 10 people to follow on twitter. These can be educators or anyone else you want pay attention to. Write a blog post about your choices linking to each source.


  1. I am not sure if this counts as a blog but I like it anyways… EdChat —> just a great place to enjoy the teaching community.
  2. I found this great you tube site for my programming and I want to follow this really close so I can understand what it is that I am doing.
  3. Another great blog is one that will help you with virtually ANYTHING! 🙂 Khanacademy is the best (besides my old high school tecaher) helper I could find. I go to this site when I need some help in math or science because he explains really well.
  4. I love blogs because most of them are funny or helpful. If you need another good laugh or want to kill some time go to failblog. If you think that you did something stupid then look at these things.
  5. I like to stay updated on some random topics around the city. What is the point of knowing everything but not knowing what is happening in you own backyard? Well Z99 likes to post everyday questions and keeps a good convo happening all the time.


  1. Teachers.Net —> I wanted to follow this twitter because it is a teacher page, but it also has so very helpful points like “5 ways to bounce back after a bad day”.  I suggest you check this tweet because it is worth it.!/TeachersNet
  2. The Dark Lord —> This Twitter account is just some random account that can be funny and it can put a smile on your face… come on it’s the dark side, what’s not to like :p.!/Lord_Voldemort7
  3. Amanda Keopanya —> This is just one of my friends that I like to follow just because she is always on twitter and constantly re posts tweets.!/amandakeo
  4. My brother loves to follow NASA and I am going to as well because they have cool pictures and fun updates about their news.!/NASA
  5. SASKATCHEWAN ROUGH RIDERS. enough said.!/sskroughriders
  6. I don’t know:p this is just a random one that I just started to follow. I think this will help me stay updated in some news. CNN.!/cnnbrk
  7. This is another one that can help with educational things, like ideas and news:p just like the title. This is not the best of one but good either way.!/TeachingIdeas
  8. Why I have not subscribed to this one is beyond me. Pauley Perrette. This is one of my favorite actors on NCIS. She is really fascinating and keeping up with her tweets is going to be fun.!/PauleyP
  9. This is the actual show that I follow very well. I have watched every episode from 9 seasons. Great show and very interesting. NCIS.!/NCIS_CBS
  10. Weston Dressler from the CFL Rough Riders! Great guy:) Even better football player. He’ll give veteran players a run for there money.!/WestonDressler7

If anyone has any ideas what I should make for a program (even if it’s something to just say hi) leave a post and let me know. Please and Thank you 🙂

So I have FINALLY figured what I am going to do for my Learning Project :). I have decided to learn how to program. The question now is which language do I want to learn? My friend recommended that I learn Python. The good thing with learning a programing language is that I should still get the 25 hour mark. Now it is time to start.

The issues that I fear about trying this is the fact I have tried learning C++ before and did not understand so key concepts but now I am hoping that I will understand this one a bit more.

Tech Task #2

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Please note I did not make these. I found them a long time ago.

1.You wonder what absolute alcohol tastes like with orange juice
2. You can tell what cheap and expensive white coats look like
3. You can’t watch CSI without cursing at least one scientific inaccuracy
4. You use acronyms for everything and never stop to elaborate
5. Liquid nitrogen is only about a 1/3 as dangerous as you thought
6. You always seem to use the microscope after the person with the impossible close together eyes
7. Accident reports are a badge of honor
8. You’ve wondered why you can’t drink distilled water in the lab – It should be clean?
9. You give the lab equipment motivational pep talks “Work for me today or i’ll reprogram you with a fire axe” is my favorite
10. You’ve worked out that a trained chimp could probably do 90% of your job
11. When a non-scientist asks you what you do for a living you roll your eyes and talk science at them until they’ve loss the will to live (mainly for fun)
12. You have to check the web to find out what the weather is outside
13. You realize that almost anything can be classed as background reading
14. People wearing shorts under a lab coat disturb you slightly as they look as though they might be naked underneath
15. Although all cooking is a glorified chemistry experiment you just still can’t seem to get it right
16. Safety equipment is optional unless it makes you look cool
17. Warning labels invoke curiosity rather than caution
18. The Christmas nightout reveals scientists can’t dance, although a formula for the movement of hands and feet combined with beats per min is found scrawled on a napkin by a waiter the next day
19. You know which part of the lab you can chill out undisturbed on friday afternoon
20. You decide the courses and conference you want to go on by the quality of the food served
21. You are strangely proud of the collection of junk you’ve stolen from vendors at trade shows
22. You’ve used dry ice to cool beer down
23. No matter what the timings in the experiment protocol there is always time for lunch in the middle
24. As has been pointed out to me on several occasions – You can no longer spell normal words but have no trouble with spelling things like immunohistochemistry or deoxyribonucleic acid.
25. Burning eyes, nose and throat indicate that you haven’t actually turned on the fumehood/downdraft bench
26. Your slightly too fond of the smell of (pick one or many) Xylene/Agar/Ethanol/Undergraduates/Alcoholic handwash
27. You’ve left the lab wearing a piece of PPE (personal protective equipment) because you forgot you had it on
28. You bitch about not being able to pipette by mouth any more (Not me but i’ve worked with people who do!)
29. Security come round at 2 am wondering why the lights are still on only to find you with your arms up to your elbows in a glovebox
30. you have made some kind of puppet out of a nitrile glove and kept it as a pet
31. When at a Fall Out Boy gig you wonder why everyone is going round with Faecal Occult Blood (FOB) written on their head!!!! -Just for you Sarah
32. You have an irresistible urge to rip your shirt off superman stylie cos it has press stud fasteners just like your lab coat…..Most often occurring as you walk through a door just like exiting the lab.
33. You still get amusement out of “freezing” things in liquid nitrogen!
34. Blinking real fast has saved your eyesight on more than one occasion.
35. You’ve removed your gloves to find a small hole which has left you with either – wrinkly old person hands, a brightly coloured finger (histologists especially) or a burning sensation and dermatitis and some point.
36. You’ve bent down to pick something up off the floor only to scatter the contents of your top pocket under the largest machine in the lab
37.When you rejoice when grabbing a handfull of eppendorfs/bijous/anything and it turns outs to be the exact number you needed (always strangly good andy)
38.You can`t wait for lab clean-up coz you get to do random pointless “experiments” to figure out whats in all the dodgy unlabeled bottels (Sniff test is a bit of a gamble)
39. You hate having to change your lab coat to a new one because ‘it just won’t fit right’ and because the wrist bits are way too tight
40. You know you have worked in a lab too long when you actually threaten your cells whilst waving a bottle of virkon
41.Your nose invariably itches when you’re doing mucky stuff with your hands so you develop the habit of scratching it on your upper arm. Unfortunately you sometimes carry this habit over to real life, where it looks like you’re sniffing your armpits
42. When as the senior of morphology you threaten each new registrar on their first day that oil and x10 dry objectives do not mix and will result in violence
43. when you say goodnight to your microscope on a friday night and tearfully hug it goodbye as you won’t see it all weekend
44. When you start making patterns in your pipette tip box as you take the tips out. I made a beautiful spiral today
45. When you wonder how much it will hurt if I pour just a smidge of this phenol:chloroform/trichloroacetic acid/any random chemical on myself
46. You’ve seen how far away you can hit a target with a squirty water bottle or seeing how far away from the bin i can fire pipette tips.
47. The fire alarm ceases to bug you. You only evacuate when you see the fire. (Hand on the floor to check for heat is a good indicator)
48. You know when you’ve been in a lab too long when you make 6 litres of medium, but wonder why no one makes “high” or “low”.
49. When you organise your kitchen cupboard contents the way you would your chemicals..all labeled in alphabetical order
50. When you’ve got that callus on the side of your thumb from opening PCR tubes
51. You open the toothpaste with one hand.
52.You wash your hands before and after using to the washroom.
53.When you hear tween, you think of the surfactant not the age group.
54.For you, media is something which increases your culture.
55.You can identify organs on road kills.
56.You have a callus on your thumb.
57.You use the word “aliquot” in regular sentences.
58.Sometimes you momentarily vanish from social activities because of a time point.
59.You’ve never worn a clean lab coat.
60.You don’t fear rodents, rodents fear you.
61.You say “orders of magnitude” in regular sentences.
62.You flinch when you hear the word “significant”.
63.Showing up at 10AM and having a coffee is a productive day.
64.You can’t stand god-like physicians, while secretly wishing you had their job.
65.You’re very good at diluting things.
66.You’re also very good at transferring small amounts of liquid between containers.
67.You are fed up of people saying alcohol, when they mean ethanol.
68.You say “conjugation” instead of “sex”, and “pili” sounds dirty.
69.SOB is not an insult; it’s what you grow your bugs in.
70.You say “mills” and “megs”.
71.No-one in your family has any idea what you do.
72.You can make a short film in power point.
73.You consider a green laser pointer to be science bling.
74.When your fruits go bad and you get fruit flies, you can’t help but check their eye colour
75.You own invitrogen t-shirts and actually wear them.
76.You refer to your children as the F1.
77.You’ve suffered carpal tunnel from the pipetman.
78.You’ve used Kimwipes as Kleenex.
79.A timer clipped to the hip is not only practical, but dead sexy.
80.You’ve played Battleship using tip boxes.
81.The front page of Science is your light reading.
82.You think the following is a quality insult: “I’ve seen cells more competent than you!”.
83.The scent of latex reminds you of work, not play.
84.You’ve used, “I’d like to get into your genes” as a pickup line.