February 15th, 2012


A Lesson in Bisexual Invisibility.

I had an interesting lesson in bisexual invisibility earlier today. I discovered that Jim Parsons, the actor who plays Sheldon on the Big Bang Theory, is in a same-sex relationship in real life. His partner's name is Todd Spiewak and they've been together about four years. Now, I always thought that Sheldon pinged my gaydar - although the character's asexual, he "sounds gay"; and it turns out that Jim talks exactly the same way in interviews. (Although not quite as socially awkward).

But there I am, a proud bisexual since I was 11 years old, assuming he's gay - when he's not out as anything! It's not a secret that he's in a same-sex relationship (he thanked his partner in his Emmy acceptance speech in 2010), but he's not explicitly said what his sexual orientation is. All we know is that he lives with and loves a man. But there I was assuming he's gay!

One relationship is not enough data to assume someone's sexual orientation. As a scientist, and a bisexual, I should know better.


Also, if you're wondering what I'm doing up at 8.30 in the morning, I'm having "fun" with Powerpoint. Usually I'd use OpenOffice, but for the presentation I'm giving on Thursday, I'm "not allowed" to plug my laptop in to their projector as it will take too long for each student's laptop to be connected and disconnected. So I have to transfer my presentation to their computer using a memory stick, which means I have to use fucking Powerpoint.

Since Office 2007, the Mac versions are substantially more usable than the PC versions since Apple "banned" the stupid "ribbon", but Powerpoint in particular is still in "burn it with fire" territory. You're regimentedly forced to use THEIR themes (I suppose geniuses can make their own, but it seemed like it would take far more effort than it's worth), and it's a ridiculous pain in the arse just to do something simple like have 3 frames on the screen instead of 2. I've worked out how to do it, but... ugh.

20 minutes ago, I was cursing because I deleted a row to make some more space, and it randomly resized my slide from my choice of 24 pt to *26 pt* to use up the "wasted" space! I NEEDED that space to type another sentence in! I guess if I'd ignored it, it would have resized the text back again - but really, it shouldn't do that automatically! There should be an option somewhere... but I did look, and couldn't see anything obvious.

It's weird that I love my Xbox 360 so much when I generally loathe everything else that Microsoft have ever done. Well, that's not true - Office 95 and Windows XP were both pretty good. It just all went to pot after that. In my opinion. Obviously.
rainbow chemistry geek

Presentation practice.

I am at college practising my talk in a huge empty room. It's scary.

As I don't have keys to this room, I'm going to have to take my laptop and phone to the loo with me. And will probably lose my connection in the process and have to go through the hassle of closing all my Firefox windows and waiting until I can log in again. Ah well. Water's okay - the water fountain is immediately outside one of the doors to this room, and although someone could theoretically run in one of the other doors, run to the front, grab my laptop and run out again, I think I'd hear them.

I did my talk in front of my supervisor earlier and it was 12 minutes long instead of 10, but with panic and witter. Now I need to practice until I can do it without the panic and witter.

Note to self: Aspartic acid.