click me: She Drives Me Crazy
Hey everyone! As you read this, I’m sitting in the Mpala Research Centre’s extensive library, i.e. one of the hotspots for Wifi on-site. Interestingly, in addition to its numerous books on Kenyan ecology and critters, it houses an impressive collection of CDs from the past 30 years or so. I’m currently eyeballing a lone copy of Fine Young Cannibals’ 1988 album, “The Raw and The Cooked”. Next to it is Tracy Chapman’s “New Beginning”.
Conclusion: the MRC is basically summer camp, only with more science and fewer waterfront sports.
I’m writing a blog post currently, 10pm on a Wednesday with a 7:30am meeting waiting for me, because we watched a scary movie on base this evening after dinner. I know. I know. Let’s play good-idea-bad-idea. YOU GOT IT: bad idea. It was actually a terrible movie and most people wouldn’t be scared of it. But anyone who’s ever attempted watching a horror film with me knows that EVEN IF my logical brain can recognize a genuinely bad scary movie premise, I will sit there and think, “yes, yes; now is when I die going to the bathroom from my room to get a drink of water.” Add to that a 200m walk outside back to the cabins from the library, and you might as well just sneak up behind me and yell “BOO” because I’m honestly expecting it. Anyway. Here I am, trying to distract myself from my creeping terror by talking about science and nature. In terms of my project: things are still moving slowly, but I think I’m making headway. I’m hoping to get the litter decomposition bags out in the field by the end of this week, if not the very beginning of next week. I’m also hoping to get more soil sampled soon, so I can test out different kinds in our carbon analyzer; my goal with that is to compare soil respiration rates between plots that allow herbivores, and those that exclude all herbivores (except the rodents and the insects, which of course aren’t excludable…even if you really wanted them to be, or so I hear from grumbling grad students).
In the meantime, here’s a photo update. I’ve put in some portraits that I’ve taken; I love portrait-taking, and I have a bunch more, but I’m realizing that I haven’t asked permission to put a lot of them online. So I won’t. But just…imagine a lot more! Of different people! Yeah, that’s the ticket.
I’ll be back with an update on what I’m doing, science-wise, tomorrow!