In each of the bathrooms in my dorm, there is a sheet of paper with a different question on it, like “If you could be a super hero, what would your super power be?” or “Write a spell and explain what it does” (that’s not a question, but you get the gist). Anyway, our bathroom tends to lack inspiration, but the bathroom upstairs has an interesting challenge: “Write a story in 3 words”. As far as I’m concerned, that’s pretty much impossible, but some of the responses were amusing:
In honor of Valentine’s Day, I thought I would write this post to my only recently discovered true love: Protists*. Specifically, an unassuming protist called Physarum polycephalum.
Dear Physarum polycephalum,
When I first heard about you two days ago, on that fateful day in my crazy evening biology lab, I was unimpressed. You seemed so small and, well, boring. To be honest, you were kind of cute, with that bright yellow color, but really? Hanging out on tree trunks by yourself? That’s just weird, and a little gross. Not a good way to impress anyone.
But then I watched this video, and my life was forever changed. A small protist that could solve intricate mazes? A small BRAINLESS protist? That can figure out a city’s whole railroad system?
I was overwhelmed by your sheer intellect.
So even though I know you don’t have a brain, and your name is hard to pronounce, will you be my Valentine?
*Yes, I know, I’m a nerd. And occasionally, I’m even a science nerd. But nerds are awesome. So deal with it.
I was obsessed with the movie The Parent Trap when I was little (the newer one, for those of you who are die-hard fans). During that opening sequence with the boat and the photographer, when the parents were all happy and lovey-dovey, a song is playing in the background. It went a little like this:
L is for the way you look at me/O is for the only one I see/V is very very extraordinary/E is even more than anyone that you adore can/Love is all that I can give to you…
Which, of course, was sung by a sultry Nat King Cole.
I love alliteration. It just makes titles flow so much better.
Last night, I was in biology lab. We have this crazy weird biology lab that meets from 7:30PM-10:30PM, which must have been created specifically for mad scientist night owls. I, unfortunately, am not a night owl (though the “mad scientist” part is debatable). So by the time it hits 10PM I’m usually ready to sleep, and end up yawning my way through making histograms and graphs of worm lengths (yes, we did measure earth worms one time).
Last night was different. It was 10:30PM and I was PUMPED. Last night’s lab was so cool that some part of my brain still thinks that I dreamt it or something. We had the opportunity to look at plant cells and uni-cellular protists with a really powerful microscope. It was so cool that I just have to put some pictures of it in here, because there’s no way I can tell you how cool it was, you just have to see it for yourself.
The coolest part for me was the plant cells, because we could see a process called “cytoplasmic streaming”. That might seem really complicated, but it’s actually just like a highway for chloroplasts. We could see the chloroplasts zooming around each plant cell, and then were able to watch as the chloroplasts entered the stream and whizzed around to other cells. Pretty cool, right? It was like looking at a big city highway, except it was in an aquatic plant called Elodea.
Maybe I’m becoming more of a “science”-y person after all. But I honestly think that anyone can see the beauty in those plant cells. There are some things in life that are worth marveling about.
Writing blog posts while doing the whole college thing is hard. For some reason, I had this deluded idea that it would be just as easy as thinking of something, and then BAM, write blog post and be finished! Alas, I have found it to be more difficult than I thought to keep this up while still actually doing my homework. However, I will try my best to write at least once a day from now on, even if it is only a few meager lines (because something is better than nothing, right?).
The big reason why I have not written a post in two days: THE SUPER BOWL. Also homework. But that is not as exciting as THE SUPER BOWL. Continue reading →