Sunday, August 2, 2015

Sometimes I hate collaborations

Dear Collaborator,

When you agreed to review my last submitted manuscript, I stupidly thought you would actually review it prior to resubmission.

This research is your specialty and something I've never worked on. Yes, you are entitled to a vacation, but I am also entitled to an email reply. Two weeks of pleading for help and still no comments is not exactly inspiring.... 

Guess I'll do what I always do and make it work , but you are on my shit list. For as much as that matters to anyone....

Thursday, July 16, 2015

When it rains, it pours....

I can't make this stuff even if I tried.

Our house got fried in an electrical storm. May have been a direct lightening strike, but I'm not sure how I'd know since there weren't any scorch marks on the house.... And yes, I checked.

All I know is that everyone woke up  in the middle of the night because the boom was so loud. I looked out the window, all looked fine, cars were still in place, no trees missing from the yard. We had power, so I went back to sleep once my heart stopped pounding.

Next morning we awoke to find most our cable was out and every circuit breaker connected to an outside wall had been tripped. Not good. Our cable boxes and router were dead, as was anything connected to them. Very not good.

 Near as we can tell,  a massive surge came into our home through the cable to fry our tvs, pc, telephones, and garage opener. Surge protectors didn't help, and we have a $500 deductible for our renter's insurance.

If anyone knows of a place to find cheap (but still good quality) electronics let me know. Once I start getting a paycheck again I think I need to do some shopping.

It's official - it's been one of those months....

Monday, July 13, 2015

Surprise - you don't have a job here anymore!

Normally, I'm a big fan of surprises. Well, at home, at least. Work surprises, at least in my limited experience, are not good. Here's my latest example:
Sitting in a meeting with my boss, I'm asked "so, does the lab know you're leaving at the end of the month?"
To which I responded "Wait what? I didn't know that yet. I was told not to worry and to wait and see because they were trying to figure something out."
"Oh. They were supposed to send you a letter..."
"I never got anything."
 At 5pm that evening I got an email telling me my services were no longer needed. I had 2 weeks to figure out what the hell I needed to do to finish my papers, coordinate my benefits, and pay my rent. Thanks guys!

Massive HR fail....

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

If it doesn't kill you....

Sooo..... Last month I came across an interesting article meant to help you figure out  how much your job/work environment sucked. Being a masochist I had no choice but to take the quiz.

While it's not necessarily surprising, it is somewhat deflating to have your a survey point out how stupid you were for choosing to work where I did. Oh well, live and learn...