Have I ever tell you how wonderful my supervisors are? They are, they are the best supervisors that one could ever wish for. And I couldn’t help but felt anxious that I’m going to let them down.

Especially of late when everything is moving at a snail pace.

Ironic isn’t it? The more I want something to work, the lower the likelihood of it succeeding. If I am a superstitious person, I would have thought I have been jinxed or had a curse placed on me. No matter how much time and effort I am putting in, I am just not getting everything right as I want it to be.

As a result I may have been putting in considerable amount of time in the lab, and I think my PI is starting to be worried. Yesterday, prior to him leaving the lab, as usual he would say goodbye in general to everyone, but he came to me and told me not to stay in too late.

I nearly cried at his concern.

So I am in search of new motivation today and try to pull myself together and start to be logical at everything again. There’s nothing like knowing that you have good support behind you to get you going again.

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To continue blogging?

31 March 2008

I have been literally up to my eyes with work in the last fortnight, and this looks set to continue for the foreseeable future. And for most part it’s not even anything wonderful to report. Just a whole lot of frustration in trying to get everything analysed correctly and most appropriately.

A lot of my source of exasperation comes from the dataset that had been made available to us, and because this is a collaborative project that several groups are working on, I am obliged to use this set of data.

Unfortunately, for the analyses that I am carrying out, it requires several steps of formatting, which is hampered by the un-uniformity of the data source. It is not easy trying to automated processes when the data comes in several forms, all collectively put together. There isn’t even a pattern of the different forms, and such randomness is really quite a curse.

As a result, I had to put in more hours of manual checks, and this is tiring me out when I have some 13K genes to go through. Urggggh…

I don’t even know if I’ll ever have time to keep up this blog properly, with some quality posts. I also dislike posting too much things just randomly without an ounce of interest to anyone. So should I continue blogging here, or let the blog die?

A new week, a new task list to tackle, although not all items are new of course. A week in research can really seem repetitive week after week, but that’s the nature of things until it’s submitted as a paper for publication and be accepted into a journal.

  • Analysis of possel for BGP genes
  • Reading : 8 SNP papers and 2 genome papers
  • Preparing research presentation for next week
  • Preparing journal club presentation in a fortnight

Personal life wise, things are going to look a bit dead beat for this week, since I’ve taken it very easy last weekend, what with visitor and all. This week would be to make up for the time lost. But I’m also going to check out this dance class on Thursday evening with my friends. I hope that’ll be good!