My Ruined WeekPosted on February 24th, 2012 @ 3:04 am
So I’ve been coming in everyday to gauge how much food my mice have been eating. I do this by providing them about 14g of food and weighing it each day to determine how much has been eaten. If I have to refill I must be careful to write down the new quantity so I still know how much has been eaten the next day.
Today was my last day of doing this.
I come in to find that the room with the mice in it is being used, I ask how long it will be occupied and I’m told a few hours. That was disappointing enough but after I reply that I just needed to come in and weigh the food one of the lab techs turns around and says “Oh, are those your mice over there?” I reply in the affirmative and she goes on to inform me that she’s refilled all of their food and then curtly tells me I should have written on the card that they weren’t to be feed and that I should have put the food in the cage and not in the feeding grill anyway because the quantity was small enough that the mice would have trouble being able to access it without it moving around to much.
I talk to my supervisor and all he has to say is that it’s an important lesson in labelling the cards but dammit I asked him if there was anything else I needed to write on the card D<
*Sigh* Well I guess I’ll just have to make do with the data I have but now I’m worried that the mice really did have trouble accessing the food and if I calorie restrict them to 70% of what they *did* eat in that period they might not be getting enough food :(
And I don’t want to calorie restrict them anyway
Who knows how this is going to turn out. At least I can put it aside for now and not worry about it until Monday, knowing that they at least have plenty of food for now.
HonoursPosted on February 23rd, 2012 @ 12:20 am
So I’m just getting started on my honours project. I started on Friday the 17th and my project is to look at genes from the NPY regions of mouse hypothalamuses under different metabolic statuses (i.e. different diets).
So far I have 5 mice and they have green florescent stained NPY neurons (so that I can easily see the region I want to look at later), I weighed them initially and now I am gauging how much food they are eating by weighing the remaining pellets each day.
The problem is after looking after them for nearly a week I’ve decided that I really like mice and I’d love to keep one as a pet. This is not a good thing when you realise I have to perfuse them at some stage and examine their brains –________-
I always loved the movie The Secret of NIMH, now I feel a little bit like one of the scientists from that movie, keeping the mice in captivity and they just want to be free.
Star/Rainbow ThemePosted on February 1st, 2012 @ 10:53 am
Ok so I started work on the new theme, I decided to go for a grey background so that I could add lots of colour and rainbows in the foreground
Stars + rainbows = win XDDDD
What do you guys think?
I’d love to get some feed back ^__^
Back From My Study ComaPosted on February 1st, 2012 @ 3:48 am
So I was pretty dead after my last semester of my degree, especially after summer school @_@
But I’m back from the study coma now and struck with inspiration~
I miss the cute rainbow theme I made last year but unfortunately I destroyed it beyond repair and so I’m working on a new one now Maybe I’ll finally get around to making one that suits the name of the site ><
I also made some cute new pixels. The Q*bee is having a cakes activity at the moment but after I made one I couldn’t stop so I’ve made extras as well XD I’ll add them to the pixel section but for now. Here they are:
I’m planning on making heaps more pixels and maybe working some more in Illustrator! I’d love to be able to make some nice stuff.
Also found some cool .bat files that emulate the matrix and they’ve inspired me to make a Command Prompt Fun section ^__^
So stay tuned~~~~