March 19th, 2011


Spring Cleaning

Been crazy busy for the last two weeks: finishing the second to last edit pass for Hearts Under Fire before handing it off to the editor to look over for a July release, dealing with the garden, helping Jet with Odyssey of the Mind and his science project, working out a trip to Florida for a friend, managing my eye, dealing with the anniversary of the death of Tasha, drinking a box of PG Tips teabags to figure out several puzzles, and working out what has to happen for the Biloxy trip we're leaving on in two weeks.

Trying to paint, get some Winter War done and dreaming about Twin Souls, and then John decided he was tired of how many of our books are doubled up in our library.

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An Intriguing Alternative to Mafia Wars and Bejeweled Blitz

I've been playing too many on-line games recently, and have been a little frustrated at myself for wasting so much time. But through Scientific American and other sources I found this: FoldIt -- The Protein Folding Game.

It has a nice explanation of why folding proteins is important, including creating or finding proteins for medications, biofuels, or why certain things work in certain ways. The cures for AIDs and cancer might depend on it, so it's kind of fun to see it in a form where anyone can jump in and start pulling hydrophobic and hydrophilic amino acids and other structures around. Mutating links is fun, too. *laughs*

Anyway, I found the tutorials to be a lot of fun.

Aaaand I'm jumping into getting Jet's class to build electromagnets in their next lab... so I'm in the Mood for Science! (bwaahahahaha! *zzzzzt*)