Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Soundtrack to My Science

As I mentioned previously, this week and the end of last week are largely defined by a significant increase in work. Unfortunately, most of this work is a bit on the monotonous side, due to the insane amount of time spent standing in front of the FPLC. Normally when a machine is working for me, like say a thermocycler, I find other experiments to start and/or finish. However, unlike a thermocycler, the FPLC needs a babysitter, providing few opportunities longer than five minutes to step away. (Yes, it’s an old FPLC.)
Another constructive option for filling in these small amounts of time is reading scientific literature. Like most people, I typically have a stack of papers I need to read, but frankly, I just don't want to read the papers, especially if I am going to get interrupted in five minute intervals. Not to mention, I am already reading a shit-ton of papers in an effort to catch up with the work in my new lab. So, instead of finding something constructive to fill my FPLC baby-sitting time with, I opted to listen to my iPod.
I recently watched a broadcast of the Arcade Fire performing on Austin City Limits and decided to listen to Funeral. As it turns out, it was exactly what I needed.


Fig. 1: The Arcade Fire Debut Relaease– Funeral. SOME of my favorite songs from this album are Neighborhood #3 (Power Out) , Wake Up, Arcade Fire - Neighborhood #2 (Laika) This one reminds me of the Talking Heads, and Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels).


I love this album and whenever I listen to it I remember seeing the Arcade Fire in a tiny club just before the band exploded. The club over sold the tickets and it was packed, but the show was awesome and people were going crazy. This band is a must-see in my opinion.
The Arcade Fire is made up of several members, all of whom change out instruments during the set. The instruments include, but are not limited to electric guitar, synthesizer, organ, piano, accordion, xylophone, percussion, violin, cello and horn. One guy even plays a helmet. Hell, my description can’t do them justice, so check out the videos below.







9 comments:

Rhea Miller said...

O.o

Arcade Fire = Awesome. Thanks for the vids...

Mad Hatter said...

I've never done FPLC, but I suspect FACSing 100 samples which each take 5 minutes to run is a similarly tedious experience. My solution: chat on the phone with my friends!

tig said...

Likewise, I've never used an FPLC (I do all my protein purification with a peristaltic pump, a test-tube rack, a box of ice and a stop-clock - w00t for ill-equipped labs!) but I agree - there's no sense in reading/writing when you're being interrupted every few minutes. My iPod also gets used during times like this and yes, Arcade Fire are on my playlist too!

tig

Dr. A said...

I heart The Arcade Fire!!

microbiologist xx said...

Rhea - Arcade Fire = Awesome. Hells yeah!

Mad Hatter - I've never FACSed, but it does sound equally as tedious if not more so. 100 samples...damn! :) Chatting on the phone with friends sound like an excellent option.

tig - LOL! a peristalic pump, a box of ice and a stop clock...sounds primitive. Yay for the Arcade Fire!

Dr. A - I heart them too. I hope you had a great birthday.

tig said...

It might be primitive but J. Biol. Chem. still accepted it!

tig

microbiologist xx said...

And that is all that really matters. :)

ScientistMother said...

I hated those large sample FACs. yucky

transientreporter said...

Those kinds of experiments are a real drag. I'll tell you one day about my two-hours-standing-in-the-cold-room experiment (every day, for months)...

Don't know much about Arctic Fire. Will check 'em out!