January 27th, 2009


we're here and we're queer and we're not going away

Richard thinks I'm weird because I like seeing obituaries that mention someone's same-sex partner. It's not that I'm excited by "ooh, another dead gay person", just that I like the idea that we queerfolk matter enough to get an obituary when we die. I like the euphemisms that get used for their partners, polite ways of saying what we all know. And I am saddened by all the old people who die who were apparently only ever someone's aunt or uncle, as if the family was embarrassed by any relationships they'd had.

Today in The Times there is the obituary of a woman doctor called Dr Mary Corbett who revolutionised the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, who is survived by her "companion and former colleague", Dr Jean Colston. Apparently before her work, rheumatologists had previously been happy to believe that patients who stop coming for treatment had been made better - rather than that more likely they were at home, too ill to go to the hospital. She kept meticulous records of all the patients which eventually helped to show which of the early symptoms of RA were likely to lead to serious illness.

She sounds like she made a very worthy contribution to her field of medicine, and I'm glad the paper let us know of her existence. And glad that the world is changed enough that her partner can be acknowledged openly.
baratron again

lab report from hell is done, done, done

I'm just printing out my magnum opus. 9600 words exactly, and 29 pages. If I don't get a nice 80%+ A for this, I am going to be SO ANNOYED. I've answered all of the questions and points she asked for, with all of the statistical equations typeset properly, and all of the calculations included so you can see where I got my numbers from. And I've used 13 references to make sure all the background information about the method is correct. If you want to know anything about flame atomic absorption spectroscopy, ask me now before I forget.

You know your life is messed up when you're EXCITED about getting to bed at 3 am. And BUM - I forgot to put my name in the footer of the document, so I have to print it all again! (We're supposed to put our names on every page, in case of, er, lecturers assigning marks by throwing the coursework down the stairs, or something.)

I still have to do Prof H's carbohydrate coursework OF DOOM, and Howard and Philip's stuff that isn't even late yet. Eurgh.