from Lilburn, GA

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    • Dirty Birds!!

      8 months ago


      Proud to be an Atlanta native and to see the Falcons heading to the Super Bowl for the second time in my lifetime. Here's to hoping they can actually pull off a win this time around. *Fingers crossed*


    • Anyone out there?

      8 months ago

      Jenkies125's been a while....

      How awkward is it trying to reintegrate into posting journals after a year of zero contact...?


      Yeah....that awkard.

      I blame you, grad school.

    • Done!

      2 years ago


      Finally submitted my biophysics research proposal.


      Thank you, and goodnight. Too much lost sleep over this one.

    • *Head Emerges from Hole...Puzzled at World Around*

      2 years ago


      So....I'm back.


      First post on here in over a year. Where has the time gone?

      I knew joining grad school would keep me busy, but to say that I underestimated the intensity of the transition would be putting it (laughably) mildly. Not that it's been hard necessarily...just an exceedingly large volume of work to juggle. That being said, despite the constant nagging feeling like I'm always behind on something, I feel like I've learned more in the past 6 months than I learned in my last 2 years of my undergrad education. It's a pretty awesome feeling.

      On a gaming note, my fiancée was crazy awesome and bought me an Xbox One bundle pack this past Christmas as an early wedding present. Admittedly, some of that nagging "behind on something" feeling I mentioned earlier has probably been due to my lack of willpower when it comes to saying 'no' to the call of a good game when I know I should be working. Speaking of which, I suppose I do have one teeny tiny game-related confession to make...

      I only just played through all 4 of the Halo games for the first time through the Master Chief Collection.


      Frankly, I'm one of those people that could never jump into a franchise midway through. I HAVE to play the games in sequential order. So considering I never owned an original Xbox when Halo CE came out, I never picked up on the franchise. The only games in the series I had played prior to getting the X-One were ODST and Reach since they aren't directly part of the Master Chief story arc.

      All that being said, I finally appreciate just how awesome the entire Halo franchise is, and I'm super stoked for Halo 5: Guardians this Fall. 343 knocked it out of the park with Halo 4 in my book, so I can't wait to see what unfolds with the Master Chief/Spartan Locke story.

      Anywho, back to work. Hopefully I can get this research proposal for my single-molecule biophysics course wrapped up soon. Just please don't make me read anymore background literature right now...


    • 3 years ago




      That feeling when the stupid gene you've unsuccessfully been trying to clone and sequence for the past month finally comes out perfectly.

    • Shock of the Biological Variety: To Infinity and Beyond!

      3 years ago


      So...since Atlanta is in the grips of a second snowpocalypse in as many weeks (well, really more ice this time), I used my day off to finish Bioshock Infinite.


      That is all.

    • Shock of the Biological Variety: Take 2

      3 years ago


      Well, given that I unexpectedly got two days off this week after Atlanta froze over on Tuesday (thank God I decided to leave work at 12:30, i.e. about 30 minutes before the city turned into a colossal traffic fustercluck), I managed to play all the way through Bioshock 2 on Steam. Hard to say whether I liked it or the first game more. I know a number of people criticized the sequel for being too much like the first game, but I enjoyed the hell out of the gameplay regardless. And being able to take control of a Little Sister towards the end and see Rapture through her eyes made the experience entirely worth it for me. If I have one gripe, it's that I got really, REALLY tired of Dr. Lamb preaching about selflessness and "the greater good" every five minutes over the game radio.


      Now on to Bioshock Infinite!

    • Shock of the Biological Variety

      3 years ago


      Given that I consider myself to be at least a semi-dedicated "gamer," it's with a small degree of shame that I must admit to only just now having finally played all the way through Bioshock nearly seven years after its initial release date. I actually purchased the game a few years ago for my PS3 and I attempted to get into it on two separate occasions, but I inevitably gave up after only a few hours of gameplay both times due largely to the frustratingly awkward controls. Specifically, the ability to switch back and forth rapidly between plasmids and conventional weapons is crucial to the gameplay, and I felt like the console controller was never able to accomplish that task in an ergonomic or intuitive way (at least for me personally).

      I owe my recent completion of the game to the Steam holiday sale (picked up the Bioshock trio in a bundle for $20). My dedication to game consoles has been pretty solid for many years, but the strength of Bioshock's PC interface might actually have begun to sway me more toward the cause of PC gaming. As for the rest of the game, I've really got nothing but praise for it: great environment, fantastic voice acting, and a reasonably unique storyline. I guess my only criticism would be that your morality choices regarding saving or harvesting the little sisters don't really affect the story other than the final cinematic. All in all, though, it was a pretty awesome game.

      Now, I feel like I need a voice in my head to ask me if I would kindly proceed onward to Bioshock 2 and Bioshock Infinite. smiley1.gif


    • Skeptically Qualified...?

      3 years ago


      So I got an acceptance letter from my first-choice graduate program on the day of the final application deadline. Now I'm not sure if I'm over qualified, or if they're really desperate for students. Given the particular school in question, I highly doubt it's the latter, but I also really doubt that I'm THAT qualified.

      Either way, I'm definitely not complaining. Here's to starting the 4-5 year road towards a chemistry PhD!

    • Graduate School

      3 years ago


      So...not going to lie, applying for a PhD program in chemistry at the age of 26 is kinda scary (considering most of my coworkers/graduate student friends are 22-23 and most people my age in the grad program are beginning to write their theses). It's definitely a little harder to nail down letters of recommendation from old professors, what with having graduated from college nearly four years ago. That being said, there's genuine excitement mixed in with my fears. I've seen some pretty awesome stuff over the last three years working in the biochem lab. Not exactly looking forward to spending the next 4-5 years making only $25k annually, but it's enough to get by. Though as a guy raised under the "you need to work hard and get a good education so you can be the bread-winner and support your family" principle, it is rather humbling when your girlfriend makes ~3x your salary...stupid accountants smiley3.gif

  • Comments (3)

    • RichardP26

      5 years ago

      Nice profile pic.

    • Jalnor Planet Exit

      5 years ago

      Given up on the Game of Death? smiley8.gif

      • Jenkies125

        5 years ago

        Haha, for now. It looks like there's a pretty intense battle going on between some die-hard fans. I think it might be safer for me to just leave my two cents and get out ASAP. Maybe one day when I'm feeling adventurous, I'll sneak back in there again. :-P

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