Typically, I spend a good chunk of every day thinking about and/or writing a new post. This weekend I have a high school reunion for the superannuated versions of some geographically-grouped once-adolescents. We will spend parts of two evenings trying to imagine how the person we’re engaging in conversation once appeared, whether we had any shared experiences “back in the day,” and how it could possibly be true that so many of us, once young idiots, have now ceased to walk among us and join us in our increasingly confused reminiscences. While I was a mere proto-nerd in high school, many years before becoming the uber-nerd I continue to become with great enthusiasm, I find these reunions sort of fascinating. 

On another front, I go from this to a regional American Chemical Society conference focused partially on topics related to my graduate research – bioinorganic chemistry (spectroscopy of metals in metabolic proteins such as as cytochromes P450, cytochrome C, horseradish peroxidase, xanthine oxidase, superoxide dismutase, etc.). Harry Gray from CalTech will deliver the plenary lecture and I expect other exciting ultra-specialized nerd-bait, plus a couple of delicious dinners and various good conversations. 

As such, I may not be posting at the usual rate. If not, I’ll try to make up for this sometime after October 25th.

With respect to my usual visitors. 

Author: makingsenseofcomplications

I have an academic background in literature and, separately, science. My career has been in industry in positions of increasing responsibility assisting in the drug development process - one of the most amazing intellectual pursuits of the human mind, among many other amazing intellectual pursuits. I am interested in films, philosophy, history, art, music, science (obviously), literature (also obviously), some video gaming, human behavior, and many other topics. I wish there was more time in every day because we have a world that is full of amazing phenomena that are considered too superficially by too many. Although my first and last names are fictional, I think I believe in all of the stuff you read here, although I retain the right in perpetuity of changing my thoughts about anything written herein.

3 thoughts on “Man-o-pause”

  1. I once had a baseball coach who used to roar, “Horse hockey!” at the umpire when he strongly disagreed with a call. This gave him the ability to express displeasure – not a little – without being thrown out of the game for swearing; although everyone knew that *horse hockey* was code for a disqualifying phrase (taurus excretum).

    OR PERHAPS he was a proto-nerd and was actually screaming ” horseradish peroxidase” in order to watch for a reaction in the stands and spot other nerds, nascent and otherwise.

    Nah, I think it was “horse hockey”.

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