Archive for January, 2009

Exams, exams.

wakin-dreamWe at Oxymoronic Oxymorons have always given voice to our strongest convictions, our deepest opinions (OK, we have not but I’m on a roll here, so live with it.)..OK, I ‘rolled’ off.Anyway, what I was getting at is this:


For a snatch of rest,

A catching of breath

My body screams protest!

Indeed, the prospect of early death

Is more welcome than many.

Objects, once looked upon with distaste

Now have my unwavering heart.

I say,” Forgive me if I judged in haste!”.

And so you see, the exams do play their part

In painting everything else in better light.

So, yeah.They are finally DONE.Done! Until the Big Bad Boards, that is..But we’ll moan about those when they get here, right? No worries.

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I opened my eyes
And looked up at the rain,
And it dripped in my head
And flowed into my brain,
And all that I hear as I lie in my bed
Is the slishity-slosh of the rain in my head.

I step very softly,
I walk very slow,
I can’t do a handstand–
I might overflow,
So pardon the wild crazy thing I just said–
I’m just not the same since there’s rain in my head.

Shel Silverstein

Yes people, there’s rain in my head. Exams can do that to you. Thank You Mr. Siverstein. Thats exactly how I feel and now I have a name for it.


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Hello, there.How you doin’? Pleasantries apart, I thought I’d write a little something about The Country seeing as yesterday was Republic Day and everything.Well, I meant to do it yesterday but just spent most of my time youtubing, so here it is, if a little belated

Why I Don’t Really Want to Live Anywhere Else Although I Love Traveling:

This is a list of things that come to mind when i think “Only in India..”

1. The variety.The colours, the languages..And the simplicity. Guess it’s just ‘homey’.

2. The insults! The joy of being  Indian, as my brother points out, extends to the use of strange-sounding Indian words that make people online tear at their hair while you rofl. Allow me to illustrate:


Original spelling and grammar courtesy the brother (‘Morzan818’).If you’re Tamilian, you’re already laughing your head off.The other user thought it was Dutch! For those who don’t know, this is a murukku:

And mandai ( or mandae as he chose to spell it) is head.Yeah, it’s just something you have to know to see the funny-ness.

3. Autos.Love ’em or hate ’em, you just can’t be indifferent to them! Auto-quirks:

a. If it’s raining, it costs more.

b.If there are four (or more) people, it costs more.

c.If there is an ‘autostand’ anywhere in sight, you can’t catch an auto off of the street.Or the autostand people will flock to where you are and beat up the other poor automan.Or something.

d.You can drive on any side of the road, honk for as long as you like,where you like..

4. Weddings go on for days, sometimes..Almost a month.And you get to eat off of a leaf, no kidding (pinky swear!).

5. You get to watch Jackie Chan in Tamil.I think that maybe this is a lower form of torture in Hell ( The Hell, not school).

‘S all for now. Later!


6.Sometimes, people smash pumpkins on the streets.For purely religious purposes though, not anger-management or anything.

7.And some people? Rub turmeric (at least I think it is turmeric) on themselves and go around looking all yellow.*Shudder.

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People I am not talking to, this week:

1. My hair.Even though it’s not a person and I don’t normally do this (Really!). ” It’s the thought that counts.”.

2.Lucidinsanity.Because, after an hour’s fighting with my brother(which I enjoyed but will moan about anyway, because that will make her more guilty.I hope.), I finally got the computer to myself to chat with her and the woman runs away! She says, ” I’ll be back in 30 min if you’re still here..”, she says! And then- Whoosh!(Or whatever the appropriate noise is for when the moron you’re waiting for disappears and doesn’t come back.) She’s gone.

And I ..?

( Dramatic ending.Blankity-blankity-blank.


Featuring never-before seen manipulation of the phrase ‘It’s the thought that counts.’.Get your very own copy right here! )

PS. : I’m curious to know just what search terms will land people here.

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pi and i

It’s time I put in a new avvie, so say hello to my new one!

I know it’s been a long time since I posted, but these exams are killing me. And this post here hasn’t got much to do with the blog, but I wanted to put it up anyway; It’s our (Mine and Amrutha’s) first ever SDS-PAGE gel, which has come out brilliantly! It is our 12th standard biotechnology project.

• So, about SDS-PAGE, it stands for Sodium Dodecyl Sulphate- Polyacrylamide Gel Electrophoresis.
• It is basically used to separate the different sub-units present in protein, and is also used in analyzing the components of a protein, the molecular weight and so on.
• We thank Santhi Ma’am (our biotech teacher, who is extremely sweet!) for telling us to do this!!
• Anyways, besides that, we electrophoresed 2 proteins-
o A standard sample of Bovine Serum Albumin
o Protein extract from mung beans.
• The proteins are denatured using SDS and boiling them. They are subject to an electric field and this causes them to move toward the anode as SDS gives the proteins a uniform negative charge.
• They are separated based on their molecular weights, the heavies moving the least, the lightest moving the fastest.
• These are your basic principles, and if you want more info, this isn’t the place to look,
but if it’s nice pics, welcome aboard! Click on them for larger images 😉


• In this picture, the first two lanes and the last two lanes show the characteristic bands of standard (5%) BSA (bovine serum albumin).
• The middle 3 lanes are that of mung bean protein extract.
• Thicker bands => greater concentration of that subunit
• We used Coomassie Brilliant Blue (yes, it does sound funny!) to stain the proteins, tracker dye used – Bromophenol Blue

• This shows the gel with the wells loaded

tracker dye

• This shows the gel after electrophoresis is complete, but it hasn’t been stained yet to view the protein bands.

Basic setup of the apparatus

Basic setup of the apparatus

The apparatus set and electrophoresis is in progress

The apparatus set and electrophoresis is in progress

L to R. The location of the tracker-dye used at different time intervals

Sequence: L to R. The location of the tracker-dye used at different time intervals

The web-like network gives an image of the polyacrylamide gel through which the protein sub-units migrate

The web-like network gives an image of the polyacrylamide gel through which the protein sub-units migrate

This is the picture of the polyacrylamide gel as een under an electron microscope

This is the picture of the polyacrylamide gel as seen under an electron microscope

This post is long due, we thought of putting it up in the December holz, but since we didn’t have any… *sigh*

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Dearest Dark Hershey,

How do I love thee!

There was a time when I didn’t believe in love.But you have opened my eyes (and set me salivating, but I’m not going to mention that.Somehow, I just don’t think it’s appropriate here, do you?).I could gaze at you for ever and ever (Only, I keep wanting to EAT you so much that I never get around to doing this, sorry!).In fact there are jut so many things that you bring to this relationship that I just can’t begin to name them! You are always there for me whenever I need you ( OK, I need you all the time! You know, maybe I should include this one.Not exactly inappropriate, is it?).

Giving is a selfless act, one that doesn’t happen often, but you made it a thing of beauty as well as a regularity.You are so special (Umm..OK, I think I feel the bile rising!)! Know that I will always be there for you.I would walk through fire ( OK,  maybe if you were the last one left..)!

Yours forever and always,


OK, I’ll admit it stinks.Then again, Hershey don’t read too well so, that’s OK.And the stuff in italics, I’m going to leave out.I did try my very best to use every cliche I could think of..

I really was overcome today, though.I just had to write that.I mean, Oh God, Dark Chocolate…*Sigh!

Do write in with suggestions/ criticism ASAP.

BWC & Hershey's 4evr

I will take your leave, now.Love beckons!(Actually? I just need to go delete that file RIGHT NOW before someone else finds it and learns just how advanced the insanity is! As a side-note:  I think I’m honest-to-goodnessly going to fail physics this time.I was supposed to study today but I just couldn’t bring myself to.HATE exams.Pray for me! ANd this time, pray really, really hard, OK? [-O<)

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Before You Read: This post was due to be posted arounnd the Second Of January (Hence the Christmas and New Year references) and was delayed because of the craziness that are the exams. So, here it is, better late than never right??


Hi hi!! I’m baaa…ck! Happy New Year to everyone. Thus ends a truly crappy year, though it will only properly end when March 24th comes around, which,by the way, is when my boards get done.

So, anyway I figure I had a better Christmas than the rest of the whiners and should really spread the joy!

We went to Kodaikanal which is a hill station down in the southern part of India where we live. The easiest way to get there is probably to take a train to Kodai road and then either take a bus up the hill or just drive up there. Its a beautiful place and I’ve  been going up there on weekends for as long as I can remember. A large portion of my happiest childhood memories are from when we visited and believe me we did that a lot! Those were the days,back when, I didn’t have to think of the weekends as ‘extra study time’. We would go there with my cousins and us kids would run around in the gardens  (gorgeous!), play with frisbees and beach balls (which bought every time we went there and then promptly lost), wear straw hats and get ourselves on sugar highs with all the cotton candy! There’s also a lake where you can either rent a boat and go around yourself or get a boatman guy who will row for you,which is OK , but the highlight of my brother’s trip would be the horse ride he would take around the lake. I, of course being the wimpy kid I was, did it all of once and was worried that the horse would bump me off the entire time.  A similar thing happened when I had the bright idea that taking a camel ride would be fun (In Dubai). All I did was attract weird looks with all the screaming I did and then proceeded to smell like Camel for the rest of the evening.

kodai13So, in conclusion, its a nice place to visit with little kids and lots of fun but its still in India mind you so don’t be surprised if you see the odd cow walking about on the road! Hopefully, no one thinks that Chennai  is the same, because we don’t really have cows on the road here, but a goat did get into our school once. Our PE teacher had to chase it around the ground. It was hilarious!

Here are some pictures I took from when we were there, it gets really gorgeous in the evenings, when its freezing cold.


Also, here’s a shout out to my brother’s blog over at I’m Talking , Hi Chinu! Go Check it out. He’s just as insane as we are.

So, L8r people and May The Force Be With you!

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