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Poster:extremophileme
Date:2008-05-11 08:57
Subject:SDS-PAGE Lily for my Mom!
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Mood: accomplished

I often run protein gels with a process known as SDS-PAGE which stands for Sodium dodecyl sulfate polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. After I am done separating my protein samples on the gel and tranfering them to a blot (which is what I use for subsequent result-getting steps) I don't need the gel anymore. So what I have done is stained the gel with Ponseau stain for a few seconds and then rinsed it with water and allowed it to dry overnight. In the morning it has curled into fun shapes and hardened. More often than not, the gel or part of it, looks like a lily. For this one I put a Q-tip in the center so it looked like a flower and added a paper-clip stem and then a glass test tube as a vase. I am giving it to my mom, who is also a scientist, for Mother's Day :)




Happy Mother's Day!

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Poster:extremophileme
Date:2008-05-07 14:19
Subject:Hot off the press!
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Proteins labeled with the new Odyssey infra-red imaging system.

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Poster:extremophileme
Date:2008-05-06 17:17
Subject:Some prettily infected cells.
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Poster:yellowpythonsub
Date:2007-11-15 02:02
Subject:Hoping you consider Film an art
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I made a film about an entomologist searching for a beetle. Although there is plenty of content, I tried to make it artful as well...

This is the trailer:


The full (13min) film is here: http://www.lifeonterra.com/episode.php?id=121

I'm getting my MFA in Science and Natural History Filmmaking at Montana State University and if you liked my film, you may also be interested in others made by people in my program (many of which can be seen at www.lifeonterra.com ).

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Poster:extremophileme
Date:2007-10-15 08:22
Subject:Coomasie gel
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Here is a protein gel I stained with coomasie stain and then I accidentally inverted the colors in Corel Draw and thought it looked cool :P

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Poster:extremophileme
Date:2007-10-10 23:01
Subject:Fluorescing cells
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Here is a lovely image of some cells. 100 x objective, the round area is the nucleus, the cytoplasm isn't well visible. The smaller circle within the larger one is the nucleolus. The blue is Hoechst stain, commonly used to visualize the nuclei of cells. The second picture is more close up nuclei.

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Poster:mrotakki
Date:2007-09-22 00:08
Subject:x-post from main LJ
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crossposting from the main blog junk:

Here's some more macro stuff.

A bunch more on the flickr account.




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Poster:mrotakki
Date:2007-09-19 21:53
Subject:photo update thingy
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Got some macro photos of a jumping spider that lives in my office!

There are even shots of the little thing eating a moth that it caught.






There are most photos up on the ol' flickr page.

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Poster:extremophileme
Date:2007-09-19 19:56
Subject:Glove Art
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Mood: accomplished

Here are some pics of my Andy fan-art. For those of you who don't know, he is the lead singer of Combichrist, the greatest band ever. I made this sophisticated glove-art yesterday and sadly enough, today he had shrunk :( When I went to comfort him... he  popped. R.I.P., GloveAndy.

(these were taken with a zero-zoom-crappy-resolution-mega-pixellated-phone-cam).

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Poster:mrotakki
Date:2007-09-04 16:29
Subject:more macro
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More macro shots.

Butterfly stuff this time!




The rest, as usual, is on flickr.

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Poster:mrotakki
Date:2007-08-30 14:14
Subject:why hello there
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Just to round out the bug photos, here are some of a wolf spider I took today at work.

As usual, the full run can be found here.




Here's a beetle I found in the lab:

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Poster:mrotakki
Date:2007-08-29 15:42
Subject:faux macro shooting
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I did some really ghetto macro photography where I was holding the lenses together by hand (lewlz) and snapping photos of some dead wasps that I found in my office.

I think there is a nest above my desk, but at any rate it is a totally awesome way to get some cool photos!

I had to set up some sheets of white paper to get the best reflection for lighting.

Here are some samples from my flickr site:



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Poster:mrotakki
Date:2007-08-08 18:35
Subject:new foto
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Some new images from work showcasing some new proprietary materials and blends are up at the flickr site. The performance isn't quite as good as I'm looking for, but I guess that is why they pay me the big bucks.

To make it work right.

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Poster:mrotakki
Date:2007-08-08 09:08
Subject:hurf durf
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Nothing worth taking pictures of at the lab recently, which is too bad, but I did happen to snap up a few pictures of the stuff in the tank at work. I think this qualifies as science!

As usual, you can check out the flickr page for more junk I've taken pictures of.

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Poster:mrotakki
Date:2007-07-22 10:53
Subject:Science! Again!
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More crazy stuff from work.

I'll have to start doing some photomanip to remove some of the sensitive information, but this is some pretty neat still-life stuff I composed in the chamber.

I've changed a couple to B&W since I liked the eeriness of black and white, and it gave the photos a kind of strange haunted feel given the nature of the luminescence of the stuff I work with. Others I left in color because I liked the almost painful saturation of some of the colors.

Yes, sometimes it feels like I work in some horrible rave lab or something of that ilk.



Vegas, baby. Vegas.

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Poster:mrotakki
Date:2007-07-18 16:53
Subject:whee
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More science-y photos at my flickr site.

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Poster:mrotakki
Date:2007-07-04 01:54
Subject:science. related.
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some old-ish photos of things that make science.

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Poster:extremophileme
Date:2007-05-05 07:36
Subject:Fluorescent Liver
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Some of you might have already seen this but it's lovely enough that I decided to post it here, too. This is a slice, 30 microns thick, from a ground squirrel liver stained for 3 different things, each fluorescing a different color.

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Poster:mrotakki
Date:2005-10-06 21:51
Subject:click click whirrrrrrrrrrrr
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I have once again updated the images portion of the album where I assault people with shitty pictures of liquid crystals. yay.









hooray.

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Poster:mrotakki
Date:2005-09-19 15:59
Subject:nuuuuuuuuuu
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Updated some photos of the liquid crystals in the PLM. If you know what I am talking about you know where to go to look for them!

Hooray!

Here is a taste????

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