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...in no particular order.  As it's miserable outside, and starting to crochet before I've finished eating my slice of ginger cake would be silly.

1. A friend and colleague of mine got interviewed by Kryten from Red Dwarf (albeit not in costume) on the subject of fuel cells.

2. My (+ [livejournal.com profile] fhtagn's) patent application is probably going to be abandoned due to a lack of commercial interest.  Not surprising, but it still smells.

3. This coming week I'll be flying Birmingham->Hamburg [Meeting] Hamburg-> Manchester, Manchester-> Beziers [Holiday] Beziers->Manchester.  Talk about bad timing. On the plus side, nice to make the most of a bank holiday coinciding with my 25th birthday to have a long weekend in France!

4.  I'm nearly a quarter of a century old.   How did that happen?!

5. Two good friends of mine, one of whom I've known since school days, got married last weekend.  Many wishes of happiness to them both!

6.  This is a nice ginger cake recipe, although I didn't bother with the icing (it really doesn't need it).

Date: 2012-04-30 06:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] omniscient-fool.livejournal.com
My early morning brain viewed this post visually and holistically first rather than in a more linear reading kinda way and the first phrase that emerged out of the haze was '...got married last weekend' - I thought you meant you & fhtagn for half a second and almost pooped myself!

Have a wonderful birthday/holiday. Sorry to hear about the patent, but still, even having something get that close while you're still doing your PhD is pretty amazing! Hope life is treating you well. :)

Date: 2012-04-30 07:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] weebleflip.livejournal.com
*grins* I imagine you'd've heard about it before the event, were we getting married! (Probably a confused call from fhtagn along the lines of, "Ermm...I think I must've agreed whilst drunk....")

And, thankies! I hope things are going well with you :)

Date: 2012-04-30 08:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] 1st-law.livejournal.com
I hope you have a happy birthday!

Congrats on the patent idea, even if it isn't going forward.

Date: 2012-04-30 08:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] weebleflip.livejournal.com
Thanks! And, it was more a case of talking to a chemist and luck than anything, but still....

Date: 2012-04-30 08:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] 1st-law.livejournal.com
Talking to people from other fields is always very useful. Fthagn doubly so!

I have 8 months left produce a patent and a publication to meet my end of year performance review goals. Unfortunately none of my normal work is patentable or publishable for various reasons, not least of all secrecy. So I'm having to try and think outside my own area.

Date: 2012-04-30 08:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] weebleflip.livejournal.com
Eeek, that's steep!

I'd've thought that the whole secrecy issue would lead to the powers that be re-jigging those goals somewhat! That might be applying too much common sense to management, though...

Date: 2012-05-01 08:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] 1st-law.livejournal.com
They were added after I asked my boss if he could please fix a typo (which mistated the goal of a project in a fairly serious way). He just said good researchers should just produce these publications as bonus spillover.

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