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Re-entry to the Blogopshere

Tuesday, June 03, 2008
In these jetlagged days (i.e. sleeping at 5pm and waking up at 3am) before I start working, I've taken to learning how to play the piano. After all, I taught myself the guitar, and my uncle taught himself the piano. I reckon I've got some musicality gene in me that should predispose me to learning instruments. So I've taken to learning how to play certain songs off youtube.

I've got Apologize more or less down after about 2 hours of continuous practice that has my right wrist aching every time I arch it away from me. Hey, guitarists don't face the risk of getting carpel tunnel.

Speaking of musical genes, I met up with the principal investigator of a lab I could be working in for the next year. He took me out to lunch and showed me around his 4-month-young lab. It's really interesting stuff - he's looking for a genetic basis of monozygotic twins, something I obviously have a vested interest in, despite my lack of experience in embryology and genetics. In between talking about armadillo quadruplets, double-headed tigers and consanguineous couples, the best piece of advice he gave me was to keep shopping for a lab, even though he correctly sensed that I was ready to jump on board.

I wonder how many times I've settled for something less simply because I didn't look further and longer and elsewhere.