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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

More ups, less downs

This has been an interesting week, and it's only Tuesday. While last week dragged on - mainly because I was stuck at home sick - this week is flying by in a hurry. I have several topics to blog about (ABI SOLiD, Arrays vs Chip-Seq, Excellent organizational tools, etc) but now find myself with enough work that I don't really have much time to blog on all of them today. Hopefully I can get around to it in the next couple days.

Last week, I blogged about my frustration with the GSC environment, but then found a few things to act as a counter-point. Whereas last week, I was stuck at home and could only watch things as they unfolded from a distance, this week I'm back in the office and able to talk with my co-workers, and realized how valuable a tool that can be. Even if I'm frustrated with jostling for position that goes on, there are fantastic people at the GSC who work hard and are happy to lend a hand. The GSC isn't perfect, but there are definitely fantastic people here.

That said, on a more personal note, I've had quite a few "perks" appear this week:
  • For the first time in my life, I've been asked to review a paper for a journal,
  • I've also become involved in several really cool projects,
  • I've had the opportunity to review some ABI SOLiD files for inclusion in FindPeaks,
  • I was even offered a chance to apply for a post-doc with a lab that I've been following closely. Talk about a flattering offer! (Unfortunately, I'm not close to graduating yet, so it's a bit premature. DRATS!)
Anyhow, its stuff like that keeps me writing the software and working hard. I guess that solves the question of why I try to do good work all of the time - A little bit of recognition goes a long way to keep me motivated. (=

Happy Tuesday, everyone.



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