Thursday, January 25, 2007

“death is but the next great adventure”


… so says Albus Dumbledore, the headmaster in the Harry Potter series.

This message was the first thing that popped into my head as I read Ate Maddie’s message when I woke up yesterday morning. Tito Nani, her dad, passed on to the next life at around 3:20am with his family surrounding him.

He battled cancer.

Though I am sad at his passing, I am also content that he is no longer in pain and is now at peace. He may even have resumed playing golf in heaven.

Tuesday, January 9, 2007

eureka!

it’s one of those moments when i felt both happiness and relief. and it happened last week…

the background of the story is, i have been doing an experiment for a few weeks already, but i could not understand why i kept on getting wrong results on a standard (whose description is known: molecular weight, etc.). i tried varying the conditions, and combining different conditions together to no avail. i suspected that the raw data was correct, but i wasn’t plugging in the correct constants and coefficients… or at least i wasn’t filling in the blanks properly.

2006 ended with me still puzzling over why my experiment was not working.
then, last week, help came from the tech people from the instrument’s manufacturer. the techies showed how to use the coefficients properly. i was right in suspecting that i was doing something wrong.

with knowing how to use the numerous values, i was finally able to get the correct results, and they were replicable too!

what a relief! i’m now off to the level two!

i don’t have enough bragging rights to put QED after the solution though.

*sigh*