Everyday Teratogens – Another Video Project

Remember this Nitric Oxide video I made for Toxicology I class in Fall term? I made another one for my Toxicology II class! This time it covers “Everyday Teratogens,” a topic about chemicals in products normal  folks like us come into contact with on a daily basis, but may not realize have the potential to cause birth defects in future generations. Please enjoy!


Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs Sequel

If you are unfamiliar with the title “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,” it was actually originally a children’s book, which is where I found out about it first. You would imagine my delight when I found it became a movie. Luckily, the animation did not disappoint.


According to IMDB, “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” follow inventor Flint Lockwood who tries to cure the economic crisis of his town, Chew and Swallows, with his newest piece of technology: FLDSMDFR, a machine that can turn food into water! Unfortunately, the machine goes on a fritz and shoots up into the atmosphere, creating weather that produces giant food.


Not to spoil the premise of the first movie by trying to explain the sequel, but essentially Flint and friends return to Chew and Swallows to find the town as evolved food species through out! You just have to see the trailer to really get a good glimpse at this fantastic looking sequel. I can’t wait!


Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays 2012

A lovely comic from XKCD that Kirsten posted on my wall.


I absolutely love it! And if you don’t get it, here’s the joke. The girl got a microbiology lab kit that classifies bacteria into two broad classes of bacteria: gram negative and gram positive. According to protocol, you are suppose to stain with purple first (Crystal Violet), wash, then stain with pink (Safarin). Based on characteristics, like cell structure, the bacteria will retain either one of the colors. Purple would be gram positive, while pink would be gram negative (ie – E. coli)

Have a Merry Christmas, all!!!!! Show your love to friends & family and be kind to everyone you are lucky to have in your life 🙂

The Chipotle Burrito Dating Rule

Just my two cents on this issue. I have a Chipotle near me on campus, and I absolutely love it. The chicken burrito is one of my favorites, especially on days where I only get to squeeze in one giant meal.


(image from Wikipedia Chipotle page)

A Christal Classic Chicken Burrito Order? White tortilla, white rice, black beans, grilled chicken, tomato, lettuce, sour cream, cheese, hot sauce, topped with tons of smoked Tabasco chipotle sauce.

However whenever I go there, I feel like everyone is judging me while I eat! Most normal people forgo the messy burrito and instead squeeze out the contents into a bowl so it can be consumed with a fork. BLASPHEMY I SAY! But let’s look at the pros of each meal to be fair.

Good stuff about the Burrito Bowl: Less messy, easy to clean up, can easily take to go if can’t finish in one sitting, more food given actually, and tortilla still included!


(image from Chipotle website)

Good stuff about the Original Burrito: Some how it just tastes so much better to me when everything is piled together and squished into a steamy tortilla wrapping!


(image from Chipotle website)

I always joke with my friends that a guy must be able to handle me eating a burrito if they want to continue dating me. Who the hell looks sexy stuffing their face with burrito goodness oozing out at the seams??? I am not saying I am caveman when I eat, but burritos are difficult meals to conquer gracefully.


Now, I just used the Chipotle Nutrition Calculator, and it says that my typical  burrito order is 1000+ calories.


This makes me feel a bit guilty for being a fat kid, but I still stand by my Chipotle Dating Rule. I love Chipotle burritos and any potential love interest of mine has to at least tolerate that.

End rant.

P.S. Happy supposedly end of the world day! 🙂

Finals Week Destressers – Fall Term ’12 Edition

So this post is very belated, but as I tried to type before, I spilled a bit of coffee on my laptop and now its on the fritz. Luckily, my sister, bro-in-law, and I bought mom and dad a new laptop (they have never had one before), and thank goodness I can use it. I’m on break now, but busy as a bee. More on that in later updates though.

I’d like to write about some of the things that have kept me sane during finals and interviews while at school this term. Since blogging wasn’t an option, here’s what satisfied my need for break time.

  1. My Guilty Pleasure Music

    I have no idea if Jazz dance class has soften my ears to mainstream pop, but I am sorta embarrassed to say I have been blasting Ke$ha’s “Die Young” and T. Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble.” Shoot me, they are catchy as hell.

  2. This Chem-E Student’s Crazy Dancing
    To the T. Swift song I just mentioned! I can partially blame this dude with my weird music cravings, too, I suppose.

    Not convinced of how hilarious this guy is? Watch his moves to Cher Lloyd’s “Want U Back” (which was one of the songs we used in Jazz coincidentally).

    I have a strange sense of humor, but at least I know Naomi shares it with me. We were studying in the Science Building, DYING with laughter behind textbooks.
  3. Flash Game: Sushi Cat

    Let me preface this with I don’t really play video games as much anymore. It’s a sad fact. But I wanted something mindless to do in between studying. What better way than a flash game! I haven’t been to AddictingGames.com since Sophomore year, but BEHOLD they never fail me!


    This game is about a cat and his “wife” (which happens to be a stuffed animal). During this edition of the game, you are trying to eat as much sushi as  you can to get bigger and overcome obstacles to reunite with your lovely pink wifey.


    As Aniket kept making fun of me, I realized you can’t call this a “game” per say because all you do is control where to drop the cat. I could argue that there is some strategic physics involved, but really that’s stretching it. However, the unlockable cute outfits made me want to finish the game in its entirety. I can’t help my love for fat kittens!


    There are also 2 or 3  previous games of Sushi Cat, one of which you fight Bacon Dog to win you wife back. Yea, I got a little crazy.

    Link to game: http://www.addictinggames.com/puzzle-games/sushi-cat-2-the-great-purrade-game.jsp

Alright that’s it from me for now 🙂 Now that I’m break with a keyboard that works, hopefully I can get back to writing more.

All About Nitric Oxide – Video Project

Comp broken. Spilled coffee on it during early morning interview. UGH. Typing painful. Takes forever. Meanwhile, here’s my final Toxicology class project if you are interested.