It has been far too long since I last posted. Had to reach a point where I felt more settled and managed to get internet access etc (incidently, it is ridiculous how long it takes to reconnect a phone land-line in the UK!).
I have been in my new job for a few weeks now, and begining to settle down. It is very interesting and i have been tinkering with a lot of equipment and procedures in the lab, so I am happy in work. Of course, whenever you move to another country by yourself it always takes a while to re-establish your social life. I miss my US friends very badly at present, but am still keeping in touch when I can and will no doubt see them in the future.
So, I aim to be up and blogging again soon. In the meantime, here are some cool pictures taken with a scanning electron microscope the other day.
No, these are not sea urchins, although they do bear more than a passing resemblence to them. These are actually Trichodina, a type of fish parasite. Usually they would be a lot more rounded. The problem is the fish I was imaging had only been put in alcohol to preserve it, which causes shrinkage and dehydration artefacts, hence the urchin-like appearence. Definately a candidate for a "what is this" competition for visitors, I think.
Skeptical kinkster musing on whatever takes my fancy!