I'm a work in progress... trying to get fit and get healthy, by eating right and exercising. I have lost weight, but the biggest bonus is the energy I have now, and how I have a focus in my life. I like to blog, I'm inherently lazy, and I get paid to be fit- it's in my job description. I live in Darwin, Australia, and I'm a waddler. I run because I enjoy it. I like to be a bit faster than I was 12 months ago, but I'm not a racer. I would like to run 250K through the Gobi desert before I turn 50, but after only 100K in 1 months (as opposed to 2 days!), I realise my feet will probably snap in the process. *sigh* Facebook: hinuk shines email: hinukshines@gmail.com wordpress: hinukshines.wordpress.com (and no, it's not my name - it's two random words) Peace out.

 

  1. mrknittle said: There’s totally a penis in the upper right hand corner….just sayin….

OMG - there SO totally is!!!!

Perhaps they should change the name from mammatus clouds to wangdoodle clouds?

penicular clouds?

(lucky I wasn’t drinking when I looked, cos it would’ve gone all over my keyboard!)

Clouds at work. At least they were pretty :)

Clouds at work. At least they were pretty :)

Weekly roundup.

Not a lot to report really. Work becomes ever more depressing… and there’s nothing like being repeatedly told “Things are changing. Get on board or get out.”

So I’m getting. I have a week left to put in a job application for the local council (and I’m crossing fingers that the pay cut and the tax cut will cancel each other out!). Today was a family day at work, on a Sat. For 6 hours. I have no family to take atm, so I went and worked and was seen. Then after an hour, I left. Then I went back cos I thought I wasn’t being fair, so I’d go see if someone else needed a hand or a break or whatever. The answer was no. So, I left again after an hour. I’m SO pathetic now I wonder if I did the right thing, and maybe I should’ve stayed and oh FUCK IT. I have other shit to do. If they want to make an example of me, they can fucking wait til fucking Monday to fucking do it.

Besides,

It’s semester 2 for uni, and I have finally got my access. Not received any of my course materials yet (apparently I rate a text book for one subject even!), but I’m pretty pumped. You can tell by the way I’m telling you all instead of actually doing anything can’t you? The lush of my life is away till tomorrow afternoon, so naturally this is the perfect opportunity for me to get in and do study and housework - and I don’t want to do anything. 

I have a half marathon in four weeks that I haven’t trained for. It’s so cold here I have the heater going in the study. The sun is out, but I think it’s not for long. It’s a shame, but the plants need it. I wanted to go trail running today, but as it was raining and I was alone I didn’t. Dry and alone is fine, but broken legs, no comms and hypothermia aren’t a good combo in my book. Yes, I’m that uncoordinated. You think I’d go for a road run in the rain instead? I don’t like wet feet. And I wanted to go trail running, so pffft to anything else.

Oh - NEWS!

I do believe that I ate my last doughnut ever last night while I was at the airport. Those of you that follow may remember that my favourite killer food was a strawberry Krispy Kreme? Well, I had my first one in over a year, and it was too sweet, and not hitting the right buttons. Plus I got a gut ache and stabby headache and it probably explains why I don’t care much about anything today… so while on one hand it’s sad that I no longer have a ‘go-to’ food vice, on the other it’s kind’ve cool that I just don’t like them anymore. “Empowering” may be too dramatic. “Freeing” may be a better term. Shit. You think I ate the fucking things all day every day! (not since arriving in Afghanistan nearly two years ago buddy - and that wore thin pretty quick. Only cos I knew what it was going to do to me, not because I was sick of them though!). Which only leaves pizza. And I’ve sworn that off for an undisclosed period too. 

What the HELL am I supposed to eat on my bloody birthday that’s decadent and healthy?!?!

Green bananas?

We don’t have those larger plantain fruit in Oz, but I’d been hearing the virtues of them sung from the rafters, so I thought I’d try some before the price goes through the roof once it’s recognised as a superfood…
So I made a smoothie.
Green banana, peanut butter (yes, I did. Don’t judge me.), coconut cream and cocoa. Which was ugh so I added honey.
And the verdict? It’d make AWESOME ice cream :)

Anonymous asked
Hey Shychemist. I've been following your blog for awhile and I want to bring up something that seems dated but nonetheless holds to be accurate today. I feel like the girls who consider themselves to be on the science side of tumblr to be horribly mistaken. It's statistically proven that women applicants struggle to get into stem doctorate programs, and rightfully so, they don't belong there. examples- atomic-o-licious, brainsx , adventuresinchemistry, i can't fit anymore but you get it

notjuststrongforagirl:

currentsinbiology:

molecularlifesciences:

polymath4ever:

drkrislynn:

muchtoofullofsand:

hannahoort:

astropheminism:

nonlinearfluctuations:

chemistry-of-chaos:

dinostuck:

scientistsarepeopletoo:

adventuresinchemistry:

smilesandvials:

shychemist:

It doesn’t seem dated, your attitude is dated. This is the 21st century.

Women deserve to be in STEM programs just as much as men. I’d wager they deserve to succeed in the Sciences even more than men because of the sexism and misogyny they experience.

They struggle to get in because they’re the minority, and a lot of people who could admit them are sexist (regardless of gender) because of the society they grew up in. Its not through any intellectual weakness. These women are amazing and just as smart as the men in their fields.

You have no right to say these things to these amazing women, many of whom I consider to be friends.

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Wow. That seems like really fucking wrong. And offensive.
And I would love to take some more time out of my day to be pissed about it.
But…
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It seems that I have a lot of fucking science to do. 
So, uh, screw that.
If anybody needs me, me and my lady bits will be getting some fucking science done.

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I’m oddly excited to have been name checked by this shitty anon. Because it means that the very fact that I got into an Ivy League, top 15 science PhD program (where I fucking belong) is a giant fuck you to shitty anon. Also, shitty anons make Lewis sad. Because Lewis is a feminists science hippo.

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imageBest way for me to deal with shitty nonnies who think women can’t do science? DO MORE SCIENCE!!!! MWAHAHAHA

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Crap, I’m a woman biologist. I’d go get another career but I have a groundbreaking thesis on rapid evolution of reproductive isolation between seed beetle populations to finish. 

I’m not a well-known tumblr scientist…but I am a scientist all the same. And while I could probably obtain a more gender-appropriate occupation… I’m pretty content with the fact I’m an atmospheric chemist Additionally, I am also one of the few women who have managed to be selected to intern at NASA’s airborne research program. 

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Do I not deserve a place in the STEM fields, anon? 

Hey ladies! Mind if some physicists join in?

At the CERN visiting the CMS part of the LHC where were were working for 8 months on both computational and experimental work:

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Presenting our research at a conference on Physics of Living Systems:
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And visiting the Wind Tunnel experiment after presenting our research at Max Planck Institute at a Advances in Cardiac Dynamics Workshop

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Oh, me? What do I do? I try to understand why superbursts happen in neutron stars! This is important because: they shouldn’t happen but they do. And the implications could be astoundingly helpful for things like, oh I don’t know, nuclear fusion.

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Oh, just me, at a conference after presenting this:

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"don’t belong there"?! excuse you! 
Im not a science tumblr but i am a girl and a geologist so i kinda prove you wrong…?

In the Sorbas Basin finding fossilised bird trackways and fossilised rain drops
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Using HCl to dissolve solnhofen plattenkalk (limestones) to make plastic copies of exceptional fossils  

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On board the HMS Discovery, a state of the art scientific ship which anchors at the NOC (national oceanography centre Southampton)

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Doing some geological mapping and fieldwork in Ingleton Yorkshire

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So yeh anon, you’re wrong and very very very outdated in your opinions 

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Sorry, anon:  I’d love to stay and chat, but I’m afraid I’m too busy living in the future.

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Dang anon by the time I was 22 I had already worked for a geology department at a museum, a lab at a university, and was a lab technician for a hospital.

Oh and my girlfriend interned for a cancer research facility before graduating from high school.

^ Said girlfriend. I also interned at a bioprocessing lab in high school, and I am going study biochemistry/molecular biology at a top liberal arts college.

Way to go ladies! I love how proud everyone is to be in the sciences!

So exciting to read what all of these amazing scientists, who happen to be female, are working on! YEA!!!

Geologist here. Currently working on a research masters on the tectonics of Central Queensland, Australia. I’d add more about how anon is wrong, but I have a depositional environment to analyse and a stratigraphic column to draw up.

Today was a glorious day for a waddle, even if it did involve hills of sand- at least there was a beer at the end of it for us :)
(Carb loading counts AFTER as well, right??)

mar-kicksass:

nxgini:

wancler-lust:

mattg124:

angrynerdyblogger:

straight-up-juggahos:

kendralynora:

buginateacup:

jaydenw:

whitepajamas:

automatonic-absinthe:

isaia:

rosswoodpark:

time-for-maps:

this changes everything oh my god

do you understand why it trips me out that people can drive 45 minutes and be in aNOTHER COUNTRY?I drive for 45 minutes and im like
a city over 

I live in “Italy” and took a day trip to go to “Austria” and “Germany”

 #it is literally impossible to leave texas #you will be in texas #FOREVER

Chums, that’s sweet, and all, but Australia just ate Texas for breakfast. 


If you drive for 45 minutes in Australia you aren’t a city over, you’re just 45 minutes away from the city.

If you drive for 45 minutes in Australia you may not even leave the cattle station.


If you drive for 45 minutes in Canada you may not even leave your driveway.

If I drive 45 minutes in the us I’m just at another mcdonalds

If I drive for 45 minutes in Northern Ireland I’m 10 minutes into the sea.

I can’t drive. 

this post turned out really weird

The most important thing is that there’s Slovenia on this map.

If you drive 45 minutes in SoCal you may have only gone 50 feet.  :)

mar-kicksass:

nxgini:

wancler-lust:

mattg124:

angrynerdyblogger:

straight-up-juggahos:

kendralynora:

buginateacup:

jaydenw:

whitepajamas:

automatonic-absinthe:

isaia:

rosswoodpark:

time-for-maps:

this changes everything oh my god

do you understand why it trips me out that people can drive 45 minutes and be in aNOTHER COUNTRY?

I drive for 45 minutes and im like

a city over 

I live in “Italy” and took a day trip to go to “Austria” and “Germany”

 #it is literally impossible to leave texas #you will be in texas #FOREVER

Chums, that’s sweet, and all, but Australia just ate Texas for breakfast. 

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If you drive for 45 minutes in Australia you aren’t a city over, you’re just 45 minutes away from the city.

If you drive for 45 minutes in Australia you may not even leave the cattle station.

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If you drive for 45 minutes in Canada you may not even leave your driveway.

If I drive 45 minutes in the us I’m just at another mcdonalds

If I drive for 45 minutes in Northern Ireland I’m 10 minutes into the sea.

I can’t drive. 

this post turned out really weird

The most important thing is that there’s Slovenia on this map.

If you drive 45 minutes in SoCal you may have only gone 50 feet.  :)

Let the race begin :)

I started watching the race last year after I got home from my little trip to the sandpit, and I enjoy it.
I can’t ride, there’s a lot I don’t understand, and I have no idea who came second, but I love the colours and the speed and the edge of your seat finishes…
And I’d love to go and watch next year!

In other news…

Had guests for dinner twice this week - two one night and eight the next. 

It was fun, even if a little more than we were planning on :) - green chicken curry for dinner, followed by awesome paleo waffles with coconut cream and blueberries for dessert. I think it was a hit.

Also brought my first pair of seasonal boots today. They’re not leather, but they’re not likely to see me more than one season either - hence the seasonal label. I kinda like them, and I’m going to be keeping my eyes out on the sales for them, now that I’m living somewhere it actually gets to below one degree. I thought my eyeballs were going to freeze!

Speaking of freezing, we may be going to the snow in a few weeks. I’m a bit excited. I visited a friend who lived near the ski fields many moons ago, and my daughter went skiing while I sat huddled around my cigarette trying to keep warm (which dates it at more than 11 years? What kind of mother lets her 9 yr old hit the slopes by herself? OMG!), so I’ve never actually been skiing. Probably won’t this time either, but it’ll do good to get away and case the place for the actual skiing trip that may eventuate another year.

It’s 1742, and I’m sitting here blinking into the blackness outside looking at the last fading light from the sun. Have I told you how much I miss life in the tropics?

A word of warning.

When you haven’t had dairy products for some months, and feel like having a glass of milk ‘just for old times sake’?

just don’t.

Glorious winter morning in Sydney

Glorious winter morning in Sydney

dresslove said: Was there a recipe that you used that was better than others? These are paleo aren’t they? Paleo recipes are so hit and miss

I don’t know how to link back to the waffle post (a. Cos I’m a dork, and b. cos it requires too many brain cells ATM), so I apologise.
They def are paleo (as a descriptor. There’s maple syrup, but that can be left out. If you’re allergic to nuts though you’re screwed), and I find the only problem I have is with the moisture content - a pretty stock standard complaint when dealing with nut and coconut flour according to comments I see.
I use coconut cream not milk (cos unless im taking it out of the coconut myself, its icky) so that’s thicker as well. And I just added water to get a consistency that worked for me.

http://paleomg.com/almond-flour-coconut-waffles/
Is the recipe I am currently using and suits me (and the stuff I have available) down to a tee.

When I get my mega Belgian waffle iron though, there may be further testing involved!