Thursday, October 23, 2003
The guest artist lecture today was given by a guy who is a biomedical illustrator, so I was pretty excited for it in the first place.
It turns out that all of his research and artwork is centered around imaging the FETUS! It was freaking incredible. He does all these MRI images of embryos and fetuses for his research. Then for his artwork he makes these animations of the fetuses rotating and going through the various MRI layers, all played to lullabies from around the world. He showed us a bunch of them. They gave me shivers.
We only had to write three papers for the guest artist lecture series, so after we got the three done, we just have to attend all the following lectures. I, of course, didn't bother picking and choosing, I just did the first three artists we had speak, so I got all of the papers out of the way really quickly. This means that I no longer need to take anything even remotely resembling notes at the lectures.
So I had this whole pageful of really just horrid fetus doodles. One of a fetus wearing a tie and bowler hat and holding a suitcase seemed to particularly terrify the person sitting next to me (it was Heather). I also had someone juggling fetuses, someone playing fetal soccer, and a person being attacked by multitudinous fetuses. And, of course, the caped Super Fetus, with his incredible power of Stem Cells.
The website with all this lecturer's fetus photographness on it is the Multidimensional Human Embryo. Good stuff. I could swear that we used this site last year in AP Biology. You should visit it, it's sort of a big deal in the scientific world.
It is things like this animation by Weebl which make me happy that the Internet exists. It sort of helps if you know who Patrick Moore is, but I suppose it's not entirely mandatory.
I might be going to see the Rocky Horror Picture Show for the midnight showing either Friday or Saturday! If Caroline can get tickets, that is. If she can, off we go. It will be good times. I haven't seen it in ages.
Parents and Eli coming tomorrow night! Assuming that the plane is not randomly delayed or anysuchathing. We know how those go.
I cleaned up my desk and the area immediately surrounding it in anticipation of their arrival. It all looks so nice now. I also washed my quilt thing, but that's not immediately noticeable. Very nice for sleeping in, though. Pity I can't do anything about the bits of the room not directly inhabited by me, and as the room's so small half a clean side is completely overwhelmed, impression-wise, by the messy half. Siiiiiiiiiiiiiiigh.
I think I must have punched Joe at least 8 times today. The poor guy. But he was sitting next to me in Digital (which started today and is boring) and the bus back from North Campus, and then he was in the row in front of me at the lecture, so every time I greeted him or got overexcited by fetal joys... well, that's how I express such things. He is very goodnatured about it.
Oh, it was funny being on the bus with him. He's usually not because he usually brings his car, but I guess he didn't today, or else he had left it parked somewhere on Central Campus, so he had to take the bus. He's very tall so he didn't really fit into any of the seats... his knees were all smashed against the seat in front of him. He was very grumpy. I was amused.
Tomorrow the woman who does our regular art lecture has something better to do, so we're having discussion groups. This is not good. The last time we had one I ended up getting into a huge, Mock Trial-like battle with some other kids about whether color field painting was art or not (I say it ain't). But, on the plus side, my GSI (graduate student instructor) is widely regarded as something of a Hot Fellow, so that makes things more agreeable to me and every other female in the class (and probably some of the males as well).
I should really go do some work. Yes. Should.