gdgrana: (enemy birds)
Bad News: Payroll won't be able to get me a check advance until tomorrow at the earliest, Monday the latest.

Good News: I won ~$115 worth of groceries from Whole Foods for guessing the price of goods in a shopping cart. Yeah~

Also Good News: Fuck Yes.

That is all :D


Jun. 30th, 2008 03:49 pm
gdgrana: (angry)
The person who was supposed to put you in the payroll system didn't as an oversight. It is being done right now and we will try to get you a check cut tomorrow or Wednesday.

gdgrana: (hat)
No snow day for me.

Baw ; ;

EDIT @ 6:47 PM: Yes snow day! School closed at 2:00 PM due to the crazy-assed blizzard we had :D
gdgrana: (contemplative Starscream)
In lieu (is that right?) of an 'actual' update, I'll just post about some thoughts going through my head right now. Some are related to what I've been up to since my drunken post, others discuss missives about the future, and some may be philosophical ramblings about the, present. Yes.

- It's amazing how much you realize you missed music-on-the-go when you have access to a PMP (portable music/media player) again. Too much love for ThousandSunny.

- Linux is rather neat. I really want to learn how to work it so that I can do everything - from LiveJournal to Illustrator - in Terminal*

- Pokemon Diamond in 32 days. I'll preorder (just for the stylus :P) after I get paid at the end of the month.

- LITTLE KNOWN FACT! I typoed (typo'd?) "paid" above as "payed" before fixing it. Ugh -_-

- Currently writing a paper, something I haven't done in...well, ever, as it's rather different from the steps I took for my senior thesis. It's coming along alright, but I also have about 3 other duties waiting for me in the lab, one of which I need to attend to early tomorrow (8:45-ish early z_z)

- Wii Sports rawks. I was still sore last night from boxing training for about 25 minutes Saturday morning (I also played with Tennis, Baseball, and Bowling; I'll get to Golf one day >_>)

- Is it July yet? Fie and foo.

- Nintendo, please to be giving us a date for SSBB and MP:Corruption. Oh, and announce Mario Kart Wii already.

- Shelving the moving-to-Cambridgeport idea, since it seems the very notion of a nicely-sized 1 BR costing under 1300/month is laughable. Never fear! We're going to use some money that we've saved up in the coming months to get some goodies from iKea and make our current place a lot more liveable, i.e., not squatted by college kids.

- I ♥ my wife very much :D

- OTHER LITTLE KNOWN FACT! I can't find ♥ in OpenOffice Writer (I had to "steal" the one "above" "from" Wikipedia). If anyone can show me how to make ♥s in OO, I'll give you a graham cracker (crust?) next time we meet.

In the Lab

Jan. 18th, 2007 05:39 pm
gdgrana: (Default)
Got code running in the background, so I figure now is a decent time to update things that have been going on as of late. NOTE: This is primarily focused on stuff that either I or Jen and I have done that she has not chronicled in her own journal.

The return to Boston after the nice Christmas break was bleah, to say the least; I'm sure everyone feels that way after a nice and relaxing time away from the hectic life of professionalism, or at least what passes for that as we get on in our years. I've officially been back in the lab since after the New Year, as this place was a veritable ghost town during the last few days of December. Upon getting back into the swing of things, I was prodded into getting to work on a paper that would consist of only two authors: myself and my advisor. I was giddy to say the least, but I still have a bit of work ahead, including writing most of the content myself (with Kamal's help in writing up the discussion section, as well as with proof-reading), performing a few more experiments to round out my numbers, and the hefty goal of getting a whole bunch of data analysis performed. This involves using data that a colleague has collected, so I'll need to coordinate with him in regards to that aspect of the story. I figure I can get things finished in a few months if I push all the coding and analysis hard; needless to say, I'm entirely psyched about finally having a paper with my name as the first author :)

Home life is going well. Jen and I were going to look for a new crib last weekend, but lack of planning on where/what/when we were exactly looking for, as well as how we were going to go about viewing different units, somewhat stymied that idea. I'd like to do another search perhaps next weekend, as it's expected to snow tomorrow night and I'd rather not needlessly trudge through snow if it can be avoided ^^ Currently we're looking for something in the Cambridge/Porter/Davis area, though if we could find something nice and cheap in the Brookline area, that would be cool, too. However, I'd honestly only move if the place we found was cheaper than what we're paying now, as the hassle of getting things together just to pay $1225 again just wouldn't be worth it. A summer/fall move-in date would be fine; we've already gotten word about renewing our lease, which suggests that landlords are going to start seeking tenants for September shortly.

I've really gotten into my Nintendo DS of late; my last purchase was Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin, which I picked up as a gift to myself for passing my prospectus :) Today I used some Best Buy gift cards to get Final Fantasy III, and am going to play it as soon as I get home. We're looking into hopefully getting a Wii sometime this year, but we'll have to see how finances play out for us in the coming months. There still seems to be a shortage of units, but I feel confident that there will be enough in stock come summertime. And no, I don't care about the Microsoft/Nintendo/Sony 'war', so if you're going to orgasm over one particular company, keep it to yourself :P

And that's about all for now.


Keep 7.4.7 free. I'm going to watch the "Transformers" movie when it comes out, and you should, too. Even if you're not a fan, you should watch it; looks like a huge chunk of the fanboys are going to skip out on it because it doesn't look exactly like the show they watched as kids, so it'll be up to the less-militant fans and non-fans to make sure the movie does well. If you're in the Boston area, maybe we can all go together if you're interested.

Oh yeah, and Spiderman 3 and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer look good, too. Watch them :P
gdgrana: (Chicken Lawyer)
This looks to be somewhat long and rambly, so if I get enough complaints, I'll make appropriate cuts.


Things have "cooled off" a bit over the last two weeks. The boss and I have decided that it's time for me to work on my prospectus, which means less time doing experiments and much more time working on the actual paper. The current time-frame is to have a draft by mid-October, another draft ready for my Prospectus Committee (4 professors + my advisor who will comment/critique my plan) in early-mid-November, and the actual Prospectus presentation 'round the beginning of December. Right now, I'm hitting a bit of a lull as I try to come up with wording for certain sections that won't come off as too repetitive; after that, I need to dig into some research, and get my data organized to be able to present that properly in the paper, too. Not too worried, though; I'll pull this off, no problems.


I'm still playing FFXI, and I'll probably just do so until I can beat the first storyline of the game; Ideally, I'd like to beat the second and third expansions (the fourth one doesn't have a conclusion yet, as far as I know), but if I can't get them done, no skin off my back. Gone are my desires to be ultimately equipped by the time I reach the maximum level, if I ever manage to make it that far. Honestly, with 3 people I knew really well gone from the game, a few others I've met through it taking a long hiatus and/or quitting entirely, and only 2, maybe 4 people still around that I know well, there's not much incentive for me to continue beyond clearing the stories; leveling up and farming for money and/or equipment takes far too much time right now, time that is going to be an increasingly precious commodity in the next few months. I'll probably cancel my account by the end of the year, if not sooner.

On the new games front, I'm most excited right now for Pokemon Diamond and Pearl, rumored to be released in the States sometime Q1 2007. I'm currently going through Pokemon Emerald for the GBA, trying to get as much of its Pokedex filled as possible; I'd like to go to a Toys 'R Us this Saturday, as some of the stores around the nation are giving away "Mew" for the first (and possibly only) time for this generation of games1. Of course, I've also got the Wii to look forward too, but I'll probably rave a bit more about that as its release date approaches.

Real Life:

Not much to report on this front, unfortunately. Most of RL issues have been dealt with appropriately in Jen's journal, so you can read that for the updates on that front. I did realize, however, that I need to get back to exercising and eating better. Today is no good for that, as I need to stay at work a little while and thus won't be able to make it to the gym. I'll go Wednesday, and hopefully I can sneak in a workout Friday night, too.

Reminder to self: Scan in the bill for the wedding photos and send it over to mom and dad. I apologize to everyone (especially Jen) who's had to wait on the albums as a result of this :/

1Random Pokemon Babble: In the US, Mew, as well as Celebi, Jirachi, and Deoxys, can only be obtained "legitimately" by receiving them through special means; Mew is thusly obtainable by a download offered through this TRU event.  However, Mew is also "hard-coded" in the game, catchable in an area that can only be accessed through an event thus-far unavailable in the US.
gdgrana: (Mafioso)
- So we finally got our Walmart games. Yay! I played a bit of "Brain Age" this morning, and my brain's age is 25. Not bad, but I still want to try and get it even lower. Have already beaten a few Sudoku levels during some dead time.

- I want it to rain again. There's something about the way the sky looks when it's all overcast that really brightens my mood, ironicaly; maybe it's the electricity in the air or something, but I've always loved overcast skies.

- Work's work. My advisor and I hammered out my aims for my prospectus in a bit more detail, and now I have a decent idea about how to manage my time before December, when I have to present the prospectus to my committee.

- I hope I can get to the gym tonight. It's been far too long since I last went, and I know my body's suffering because of it. I also want to try and get into the habit of eating better; I totally fuX0red my resolution to pieces, but it may yet be recoverable to a certain extent.
gdgrana: (mischievous Starscream)
At long last, my first article is out in print (read: physical) form! The official journal link should work for everyone: If not, just comment and I'll fix it. The article is essentially the same as what I posted about before, only now you can pick up the magazine where it appears.

Glee =D

EDIT: Bah, the link is for subscribers only. But there are ways around that >_>

gdgrana: (accomplished Starscream)
Well, after about 3.5 years in grad school, I finally have an article out :) Granted, I'm only second author, but for me, this has been quite an exhilirating and breathtaking time. This morning, I learned that the Journal of Neurophysiology has released the article to the web under their special "Articles in PresS" section; the article is in manuscript form, meaning it's not formatted for the journal yet, but is readable and includes all the figures. Normally, you'd need to go through a school or academic proxy to be able to read it, but I was sneaky and saved the manuscript to my website:

To read this, you'll need Adobe Acrobat Reader, which can be downloaded free-of-charge from

WARNING ABOUT THE ARTICLE: The work described herein contains descriptions of EXPERIMENTS and SURGERY performed on LIVING ANIMALS. Depending on how you feel about this, you may not want to download the paper at all, or if you do, you may want to skip over the METHODS section.

Thanks for taking the time to read this; I'm normally not one to toot his own horn, so to speak, but again, I'm very excited about this. Enjoy :D

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