Will and Beyond

Year of Brains





[Igor Morski via Illusion]

Time to reduce, Mr. Bond

Dr. Ångstrom: You see Bond, I figured it out. Figure out why you are called double 0 7.

Bond: What do you mean?

Dr. Ångstrom: The room is slowly filling with hydrogen.

Bond: You mean to blow me up?

Dr. Ångstrom: Not at all! You see, the floor is nickel and very soon-

Bond: Damn you! You know my weakness.

Dr. Ångstrom: Yes Mr. Bond! As the temperature increase hydrogenation will weaken you!

Bond: Too bad you didn’t try an ozonolysis Dr. Ångstrom!

Dr. Ångstrom: What? How did you get free?!

Bond: Simple Dr. Ångstrom, by reducing me to be a single bond I was capable of rotating and-

Dr. Ångstrom: Why, of course! How could I have been so foolish?


Bond: Still.. so.. weak..

Bond Girl (Asstitine): Bond! Why not let me help you return to your double bond status.

Bond: But how?

Asstitine: Well I was thinking that perhaps a halogenation might help?

BondRaises brow suggestively

[Reddit via Reddit]

Vacation Finally Ends

As of this morning, my 2.5 month vacation finally comes to an end. In about 90 minutes, I report for orientation; my first day of work is finally here.

After defending in November, working through most of December, I took a long needed break. Never took off any time after high school or undergrad, so I realized this is my last chance for a long time to have a real extended vacation like this. It required taking out a loan, but so worth it.

Started with a trip down to Florida, to see my Grandpa, who so kindly gave me his old car, which for the first time makes me a car-owner, about 9 years after most people. Took a short road trip back up to DC, crossing a few states off my list (Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina), a trend which continues throughout this vacation.

Went to the Philippines for Chelie’s wedding, had an amazing time being guided around by all the Filipinos in the chemistry program, and got engaged myself. Just taking this “becoming a real person” thing full force.

After my 24 hour flight, and being back in DC for about 3 days to adjust to the 13 hour time difference, I set out on Dr. Will’s Transcontinental Victory Tour (which I still haven’t finished writing about here), spending 99 hours on trains, and seeing tons of new places. (Again crossing more new states off my list: Ohio, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas.)

The final part of my vacation ended with a road trip down to New Mexico, taking two doped cats along with us. I’m still not a huge fan of being in the car for long periods, so I agreed to this as long as we could stop along the way, crossing more states off the list (Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma).

At some point I’ll put up a few more posts from vacation, but I’ll actually resume writing about science again (like we just cured HIV? holy shit), since I’ll be back in the lab, seeing how government compares to academia.


I’ve previously mentioned TOCROFL, back when I was periodically posting about ridiculous table of contents (TOC) images.

I made a vow that when the time came for my next paper, I would try my best to convince my boss to let me aim for TOCROFL. I went so far as to make a Powerpoint, given in group meeting, explaining the urgent need to do this. Thankfully, she gave in to my whims and quest for glory.

Although I tweeted in back in November when it happened, I somehow forgot to post my achievement here:


Doped Cats

Taking two cats on a 2k+ mile road trip doesn’t seem ideal. Yowling from a cat carrier in the back seat for that long would be murder inducing.


What solves that problem? Drugs! Feed the cats some tranqs, throw in some calming pheromones and it’s pretty tolerable; the meows are muted (but more pathetic sounding). As you can see, their eyes look creepy as hell.

Know Your Elements

Not memorize, but know them personally.

Tm Pd Co S F

You can look through the whole list of them easily from the post on BuzzFeed, and here’s the artist, Kaycie D.’s tumblr.



On the box they packed the TV into. Neat!

ChuChu Rocket!

After seeing the image below on Lamebook, I was overcome with the urge to buy a Dreamcast and play ChuChu Rocket.


Nostalgia brings me back to going to Nick’s house during lunch in high school, making grilled cheese sandwiches with the Foreman grill, and deep frying things. Them sitting down for a nice (read: stress inducing, awesome) session of


As I headed to eBay, I took pause: maybe by chance they have this on Android? What a wonderful world that would be…
Yes, yes they do.

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