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Escherichia coli: Gram negative rod off a cult...


-A system is a combination of components that function together.
-Systems biology constructs models for the dynamic behavior of whole biological systems.
-The systems approach poses questions such as:
How does a drug for blood pressure effect other organs?
How does increasing CO2 alter the biosphere?

I’ve been copying notes since 1 pm with a few short breaking in between. It is now 2:17 am. My fingernail has a permanent resting spot on the inside of my other finger. I’m pretty sure I should stop writing now, before my fingers fall off. But, this is what I have to do in order to study my class materials. I don’t know any other studying techniques and I can’t find any type of information online, so I do what works, and unfortunately what works is long and tedious. I’d love to have another method for memorization and learning, but, oh well. I guess this is what works for me, at the price of possible carpal tunnel during my college career.

I was perusing my online class’s discussion board which we are required to post on at least 16 times during the semester. I’m pretty sure I’m over 16 posts already seeing as the people who inhabit the board are idiots! Today there was a battle of the brains about how vaccines are horrible and only make people sick. I posted something along the lines of “If that’s what you think, go get the real disease and then talk to me about sick, jackass. Why do you think the measles are coming back to the States? Because we stopped vaccinating for it because we thought we “immune” to it, that we had defeated its existence. WRONG. People and children are dying from it because its not “required” anymore. All vaccines are good vaccines. Period, no matter if you get a little ill from them.” That was just the general jist of it, of course I was more polite and thorough with my post as to not be accused of being demeaning by the instructor.

Also, something else that really got me revved up was one of those people who thinks being a vegetarian makes them better than us omnivores. Don’t get me wrong, I respect people who are veggies for the correct reasons, but I don’t respect the people who participate solely because they think its cool and trendy and don’t really know much about it. So anyway, we were on the E.coli outbreak topic, and this person had the audacity to say “Not to be preachy, but I’m sure glad I went vegetarian 4 years ago.” Dear, Asshole. Did you forget what happened 4 years ago? Do ya? Huh? There was GOD DAMNED E.COLI OUTBREAK in the spinach crops! No one is safe! E.coli can happen to most any food. NOT just meats and animal products, jackass.” Once again, that’s the general jist. I was more polite and thorough with my explanation. So maybe I was a little too irritated by all that, but oh well, I cant take the stupidity, that’s all!

In other news, a large photo frame fell off the wall today and landed on my ankle. Fantastic. Just what my brain dead ankles need, more concussions. I wonder if they make safety helmets for ankles… probably not.

In other-other news, the dogs are wondering why the hell I’m still awake.



So… I’ve been hearing rather horrible things about the science department at Kutztown.

“I know someone who said they came out of there knowing more from LCCC.”
“KU is only good for art and education.”
“Forget KU, go to Del Val.”

So, I suppose I’m forgetting about KU and going to Delaware valley. Delaware valley is a REALLY nice school, and its known for its fantastic science department. I guess it’s rather hard for a science school to have a bad science department.
It seems like I’m really indecisive about what/where I want to go with my life, but I’ve really got a method to my madness. I just want the best possible outcome I can get, and if my interest changes along the way that’s fine with me. Isn’t that called something like “personal growth?” No one should get irritated with me along the way since its my journey and I’ll go where ever the winding road takes me.

“Everyday is a winding road,
I get a little bit closer,
Everyday is a faded sign,
I get a little bit closer to feeling fine.”

On a plus side, Delaware valley awards money based on the GPA you transfer to their institution with. A hefty sum at that, anywhere from $5,000-10,000 on a GPA scale from 2.5-4.0. Thats a really nice chunk of free money, seeing as the semesters tuition is only around $13,000.

In other news, last night I wrote a frantic E-mail to my nutrition instructor. I had taken a quiz which I had felt very confident about. The results said I got a 0%. So, I quickly typed up a letter explaining what happened and if there was some sort of mistake. She probably thought I was insane since she said I had gotten 12/15 correct. I sent her a screen shot of it, just to prove my sanity. Ha, ha.

Also, while we are talking about college, there was an incident with switching professors the other day. So, I have the pleasure of having an retired high school teacher as a college professor. My last years lab professor and I talk on a regular basis since he is the instructor for the lab prior to my microbiology lab and is in the room until my micro professor shows up. I had told my last years lab instructor that he teaches like a high school teacher. The instructor responded “well…that’s because he was.” I responded with a solemn “Oh..” Now, usually, people would be happy to have an easy instructor, but this man drags out every single explanation… forever! “Dear Jesus I already know how to use a microscope! We don’t need to talk about the parts and instructions for  an hour and a half! You don’t need to read the details of the lab assignment! If I have a question, I will ask! I can follow directions, Sir!” Arrrgh!! So, thats not even the story. That was some back information. I go down to the administration office and request to change professors. They said “Oh, well you cant do that anymore, the last day to change was on Friday.” (This day is Wednesday of the next week mind you, and Ive only had this class once so far.) I was dumb founded. These people are seriously not going to let me change a class time because there was a DEADLINE? I know colleges have rules and such… but… ITS MY GOD DAMNED MONEY I’M PAYING YOU, AND IF I WANT TO CHANGE A CLASS IN THE FIRST TWO WEEKS OF SCHOOL I THINK I SHOULD HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY!!! Well, I’m glad I got that explosion out. Anywho…

So, the boy has been sleeping since about 4:00 PM, and it is now 8:21. I’ve tried waking him on multiple occasions and he hasn’t budged, or he’s thrown a fit like a kid not wanting to go to school. It’s a never ending cycle. He goes to sleep for hours after work because hes so tired, then wakes up so late that he can’t fall asleep at the proper time to wake up at 5 am, it’s one big ball of annoyance. Whatever. Be tired.

Back on the topic of college. I have about a year left at LCCC, then I will be transferring. If I decided to go to DelVal we will have to move closer to Doylestown, but not to close, because I don’t want the boy to have to drive forever to get to work. I google mapped everything and it seems that Quakertown is the most convenient location for both of us. It is about a 30 minute drive for us both to go where we need to be. Thats a pretty descent drive time, and I know a few people who live in Quakertown and they haven’t said too many horrible things about the place, so I’m assuming its an okay place to reside. I like Quakertown because there is “country living,” which is exactly what I want. I want a cute little house with a nice size yard. Oh, and don’t forget the chickens!

I want farm animals so badly. I want to grow/farm a lot of my own foods. (that don’t require slaughtering fuzzies) I’d grow too attached to the animals, especially if I raised them myself, to eat the poor things. I do, however, want a really big garden with many veggies and fruits. Fruit bearing trees would be fantastic also…then I could go play in my garden when the boy decides to hibernate daily, instead of sitting on my lard ass typing nonsense.
What I really want is a place for the dogs to run… maybe someday. I hope.


The title says it all.
I should be doing biology homework, yeah, the homework I fell asleep on top of yesterday at about 3:00pm. That work is all I have to do this weekend and It seems the less work I have, the more I push it off, heh.

My classes have been going well. I said it once, i’ll say it again, I love college. I have the same biology professor for Microbiology that I had for Biology 105 last semester. Yanno, the skinny Jack Black looking guy. I think he’s one of my favorites. He makes the lectures interesting, and funny, he’s also a good lab instructor as well.

Psychology class is kinda, well, psychology. I’m not too fond of psychology, but it comes easy to me, so I take the courses and get good grades. They are also a requirement for my B.S. anyway, so why the hell not. The instructor is about 25/26 years old and shes okay. She is/was however, rather ignorant to the bully breed. I put her in her place the first day of class…. shes probably going to fail me. I wasn’t nasty, but women are spiteful, heh.

My other two classes are online lecture, which is fine, because the subjects are easy. Nutrition and biology 110. There’s not much to say about nutrition. I read the book and then take a quiz and write some papers. Biology 110 is a hybrid class meaning my lecture is online but I have to go to campus for my lab. Which is also fine because biology 110 is basically biology 105, but more in depth. So its no big deal.

So about a week ago I realized that even if I do get accepted to the vet tech program, Its going to take me two more years to get this associates degree. I’m sorry, but I will not do four years of college for an associates degree. Why four years you ask? Because I’ve been waiting to be accepted for 3 semesters already, and they only offer the vet classes in the spring semester, so in the fall i’d be doing nothing productive, taking all nonsense classes. Therefor, with 4 semesters of vet classes left, it will really take me 8, since the classes are only offered one semester a year instead of two semesters a year.

So what am I going to do you ask? Instead of taking 4 years to get an associates I will take four years to get a bachelors, which is the normal amount of time it takes to get a bachelors. If I take one more semester at my current community college, I will be able to transfer to Kutztown University in fall 2011 to work on a B.S in cellular or microbiology. Either of these degrees will still somehow get me working where I want to. Optimally, I would like to be a in a lab researching companion animal disease or something along those lines. If I cant get a job in the animal field, as long as I’m in a lab somewhere I’d be rather content.

Now here comes my dilemma. After doing these four years of college for a B.S in some sort of biology, it wouldn’t be that much longer to just go for my V.M.D. I mean, if I made it that far… why would I stop? Obviously I am on a roll. I think this is how it is going to go: I graduate Kutztown with my B.S in some biology field, and I will attempt to get into Pennvet. If I don’t make it, I’ll drop it, because I know its really hard to get in. That way, I cant say I never tried and cant regret not trying.

Time will tell. Its too soon to start obsessing.
What do you think I should do?

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