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    • CommentAuthorZeebo
    • CommentTimeNov 4th 2009
     (7154.1)
    In the past week, I have come to two important realizations.
    1) I love how artists are using Ustream to document their work and/or stave off the boredom of long hours.
    2) I have to do a 12 hour experiment on Saturday

    So I have a crazy and terrible idea: I'm going to broadcast this experiment live. Starting around 10 am PST, I will be broadcasting live from a laptop on the corner of my lab bench. The goal, of course, is to save me from mind-numbing boredom and to give people a chance to see what Real Science Looks Like.

    As for background information, I'm a biologist. I don't do the cool Exploring Equatorial Guinea Biology, but rather the Chained To A Lab Bench For Hours biology. However, I do use a lot of fancy gear and chemicals and have no problem explaining them to others.

    So, if you're bored on Saturday, feel free to stop by and tell me what a horrible idea this is. Or ask me how it feels to commit rodenticide. I'll be here. All. Day.
    • CommentAuthorD-
    • CommentTimeNov 4th 2009
     (7154.2)
    this sounds good.
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeNov 4th 2009
     (7154.3)
    what's the experiment?
    • CommentAuthorZeebo
    • CommentTimeNov 5th 2009
     (7154.4)
    In a nutshell, this experiment is to learn what proteins control cell death over time. T cells (the things that HIV kills) in their initial development are basically primed to destroy everything in sight, including your own body. Animals have a way to control this by testing these cells in a safe environment before they're unleashed upon the rest of the body. If they attack "self," then they are killed. Defects in this "editing" lead to things like The 'Beetus and MS.

    I study how this process is controlled and Saturday's experiment will be related to that. The plan is to explain more as the experiment is ongoing.
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      CommentAuthoroutlawpoet
    • CommentTimeNov 5th 2009
     (7154.5)
    I'm down. I like interacting with folk doing interesting stuff.

    For people unfamiliar with ustream, a trick I found for following along: they create custom IRC rooms, which are what you use on the page to talk, via some flash widget, but you can just connect directly to the irc server, if you just want to hang out and talk (but can't have a videostream open at work, for example). The only downside is that you can't see or hear the video. Still, ustreamers sometimes will engage, and if there are enough kibbitzers, you can keep track on what's happening.
    • CommentAuthorZeebo
    • CommentTimeNov 7th 2009
     (7154.6)
    And we've gone live while I play with neurotoxins. I've even already been propositioned by a troll, so I must be moving up in the world.