Hi! I'm Geeka. I've been a scientist for, I don't know, it seems like forever, I guess since I started college, so, like 15 years? Anyhow, this is where I'm going to give my take on a bunch of stuff. I'm usually a little bit out there (that is, I don't see the obvious at the outset), which means that you are probably going to have to deal with reading such topics as: Interpersonal relationship training for scientists, my lab pet peeves, how to get along in business when you just came straight out of academia, trying to deal with having a life and being a scientist, really odd topics for a paper, random stuff I found on the internet that made me shoot coffee out of my nose, you know, (ab)normal Geeka. Why the title? Because at the very heart of me, I'm a virologist, and while I don't necessarily do that now, it's how I view the scientific world.
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What would I be doing if I weren’t a scientist? Well, there’s kind of 2 answers to that question.
First, if I weren’t doing the type of science I’m doing now, I’d be a meteorologist (and not one of those stupid weather chicks that are just glorified newscasters). I’d love to go chase storms. I’m one of those silly people that love standing on the porch with the rain coming down all around me. I live on a hill so generally I can see the weather roll in. As soon as there are warnings or watches the weather channel comes on. I also watch the weather channel as I’m getting ready in the morning.
If I had to do something that had nothing to do with science whatsoever, I’d be a radio DJ. I love music. I can’t stand quiet.
When I was little, there were radio shows that I was allowed to listen to. One was a Rabbi that would play kid’s music on a local station. The other was Dr. Demento. Dr. Demento was on at 10PM on a Sunday. I could only get the station if I was tuned in just right, and the wire antenna was wrapped around the left bottom part of my footboard on my bed. When I was 10-11, I really loved Weird Al. But Dr. Demento played all sorts of other humorous music: things like “Star Trekkin’” and “Dead Puppies”. The rule was that I could listen, but only if I could get up for school the next day. I did, every year for 2 years, until the station cancelled the show. This was my first foray into music that not everyone listened to.
A few years later, when I got to high school, I was able to work on the local University’s radio station. I wasn’t allowed to have my own show, but I was on commercials, and I learned some production things, and got some cool swag (I think I have my Wayne’s World drumsticks still). That was an awesome experience. I managed to develop a radio voice. I got to have my musical tastes expanded. I had so much fun.
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"I’m one of those silly people that love standing on the porch with the rain coming down all around me"
Its not silly, its lovely.
I think it would be fun to be a DJ, but I'd have to be on a talk radio station or something so I could interact with people. I don't like to talk to myself!
Oh man. I haven't heard taht Tom Lehrer song in AGES. Used to listen to that kind of stuff all the time as a kid.
I haven't heard Star Trekkin' in forever. Thanks!
And I get the meteorologist and DJ things.
I want to hear your radio voice! Maybe we can have a contest where the winner gets you to do their voicemail message :P
Brian: I also have phone sex operator voice which I have frequently used w/ tech support from several companies. I'm not nice. :)
There's clingons on the starboard bow, starboard bow, starboard bow...All together now! Man, I loved this song when I was a kid, my brother and I used to listen to it in the car on long journeys again and again and again, drove my poor parents insane! Thanks for the trip down memory lane!
I remember the day when, at around 14 years of age, my best friend and I discovered that BOTH our dads had played us Poisioning Pigeons. It was a strangely bonding experience.
OMG! I almost snorted coffee out my nose!!