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"A writer is an introvert: someone who wants to tell you a story but doesn't want to have to make eye contact while doing it." - Adapted from John Green

Ticket to Write – 79

Gravel-Road Living There is a road in the town where I live that has been re-chip-sealed so many times the surface of the road is a solid three centimeters above the surface of the manhole covers. All the manhole covers … Continue reading

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Ticket to Write – 78

Before the Sun Rises Because catching buses in the dark is a hobby I in no way recommend. But the scenery can be fantastic. The other lovely Sarah made some nice pictures of this one.

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On George

I have between four and eight spiders living in my room at any given time. They are all called George. This is a notice I have often fantasized about putting up in my future home. Oh yeah, arachnophobes wanna click … Continue reading

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Ticket to Write – 77

Exit Summer, Stage Left, Slowly Where I am it’s beginning to be noticeably spring. This one’s for the northern readers.

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Random update

Su’cuy gar, vode an (or should that be su’cuy ni… both, I guess) – just realized how long it’s been since I did a non-scheduled post, and thought I’d quickly let y’all know why and that I’m not actually dead … Continue reading

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Ticket to Write – 76

This Tiger is Tame; Its Brother is Not I’ll tell you a secret – the ‘other’ mentioned here does exist. I still have it. I ended up using all the parts that were good for another poem, though.

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Ticket to Write – 75

Complex Here is a poem that is not really about chemistry.

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Ticket to Write – 74

Default Reaction So I got one of my poems published on the bus company’s Facebook, that was fun. I know this one’s later than usual, I had a presentation to prepare for.

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Ticket to Write – 73

The Persistence of Memory Title is a Salvador Dalí painting I really like (I have socks of it). Substance is something rather childish that I wanted to have said, but didn’t want to waste a lot of time saying. Slight Mando’a. … Continue reading

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Ticket to Write – 72

Missed Opportunity When I was cleaning out the rocketry section of the university library, in between Rocket Propulsion Elements and Ignition, there was this random cloth-bound book with no title on the cover. So I opened it up, and wouldjalookatthat, it’s a … Continue reading

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Ticket to Write – 71

Self-Portrait in a Museum Bathroom Out of chronological order for a change… it’s uni break, I’m on holiday, I bought a postcard and wrote a poem on it. Happy Independence Day, y’all crazy Americans.

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Ticket to Write – 70

Keeping Up Apparitions I quite like this one. Today construction of the Crater got pushed forward… quite a lot. These facts are largely unrelated.

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Some more chemistry – NMR basics

Hallo lovely people, I’m on break! I had an exam yesterday and it was revolting – combined two of my absolute least favorite things: literally anything involving circular motion of things, and ‘see this molecule? visualize what it would look … Continue reading

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Ticket to Write – 69

The White Pith is Bitter My parents, bless them, took me to snow-capped mountains every winter from before I could walk. A favorite family anecdote is ‘the time Rosalie was teething and making a nuisance of herself halfway up a … Continue reading

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Ticket to Write – 68

Title is a Doors song. Poem, I think, is fairly self-explanatory. Reference to Young’s double-slit experiment toward the end – please don’t Wikipedia this, whoever wrote the Wiki article was doubtless a magnificent physicist, but a horrific explainer. I recommend … Continue reading

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Cheaty xenon compounds: Part 2

And here we are again – sorry about the holdup, I was arguing with some exciting spectra that had too many protons in them, and, due to a slight hiccup with a Russian scientist inexplicably leaving out a vital detail … Continue reading

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Ticket to Write – 67

The Squeamishness of ‘One’ Short one today.

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Ticket to Write – 66

I was watching The Big Chill the other night – cool movie, great soundtrack, laid-back plot, Glenn Close and Meg Tilly. And it seems to be largely about growing up and accepting that all the dreams you had when you … Continue reading

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Ticket to Write – 65

Password for the Gatekeeper When I wrote this one, I had been into the staff-and-postgrad tearoom exactly once. With a friend. Who was, at the time, university staff. In summer. When all the summer research assistants were being counted as … Continue reading

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Ticket to Write – 64

This one will not appear in Volume 2, just sayin’. Cause I wrote it and then I was like ‘oh yeah, the Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows actually is pretty obscure.’ And it ends with an Incredibles reference, which is kinda unforgivable. And I had the … Continue reading

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Ticket to Write – 63

Dreams Are Free A dream with a date is a goal, they say a goal with steps is a plan following the steps is where you come to grief there is always something you hadn’t thought of then boom plan … Continue reading

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More cheaty revision – actual xenon compounds!

So remember last time when I said noble gases don’t react? Well, the crash-course version is that everything you have ever been taught in science classes was to some degree a lie. As you get older and move up and … Continue reading

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Star Wars Day and some cheaty revision

As I write this, it is half-past nine on the Fourth of May. Most of the world either hasn’t woken up on the 4th yet, or is still somewhere lost in the 3rd. And tbh it kinda sucks, because ‘Revenge … Continue reading

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Ticket to Write – 62

Writer’s Block As some of you may know, gnocchi are little pastas made out of potato, egg, and flour. They are delicious and a real pain to make. As comparatively few of you may know, I had two crickets – Fred … Continue reading

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Ticket to Write – 61

Earworm (or, if you prefer it, Seagulls) Apologies to my mother for failing to paraphrase Janis (well, could you?) and accidentally catching her on a song. Sometimes the cassettes that drop themselves unbidden into some hidden ever-rolling tape deck of … Continue reading

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