Hello again all. I have to tell you from the get go that there are no travel stories or travel-based pictures on this post. But there are musings.
One of the things I try to make sure I do is immerse myself in culture. I think it is very important for individuals to experience different things, including culture, and to continue bettering themselves for the pure purpose of being a better person. I'm 100% convinced that the more you explore and learn and listen to others, the more open-minded you are and the better perspective you have on ideas that really matter. Because of this, I really enjoy listening to podcasts. They are a great gateway for a layman to get interesting information in any field. I particularly like podcasts like This American Life and RadioLab which tell anecdotes of peoples lives. The different perspectives of the storytellers is important for understanding societal differences. Recently, RadioLab won a Peabody award for their episode 60 words. It is about the wording used to declare war/ change criminal trialing after the 9/11 attacks. It is definitely worth a listen and I believe it will change your life (yes, YOU) for the better.
(if you are interested in podcasts but have no idea where to start, may I suggest This American Life and RadioLab and Everything is Stories for amazing anecdotes, Science Friday for laymans science from the scientist themselves, and Stuff You Missed in History about off-the-radar events in history)
Speaking of culture, Brighton in May is FANTASTIC for it. All month long you have exposure to everything art-related. The Festival, the Fringe Festival, Artist Open Houses, and The Great Escape Music Festival all occur in May. So far, we have been to a Fringe Festival party at a pub that included canvas and human painting competitions between amateur and professional artists. Our group wore sombreros and mustaches, because why not. We also went to a concert, part of Great Escape, and listened to the AMAZING Alabama Shakes. I can't even begin to explain how amazing they are, so I'll just leave a link to their music. We also enjoyed some of the free outdoor venue events of Great Escapes, as well as local artwork from Brighton during the Artist Open House. Bonus, I got a free Dark and Stormy and Salted Caramel Banoffee Pie for visiting one of the open houses! I love Brighton.
For some more me-related news, my first first-author paper has been published in Scientific Reports!!!!! It is Open Access, so feel free to read it if you are interested. Some may be wondering why this is important- In academia-based scientific careers, your publication record basically tells future employers and funders how "good" you are as a scientist. The more high-impact publications, the better for the scientist. So this is a very exciting step in the right directions for me! I've also finished my thesis and submitted it.
Why this is important- my thesis is the cumulative work of my PhD. I will have to verbally defend this work in front of examiners during my Viva. Depending on how well I do during my Viva determines if I receive my PhD or not. So this is very exciting as well!!
I've received many thanks on social media for posting tried and tested recipes, so I will continue with that tradition! The ones the made the cut during this month were:
Bar Ama's Super Nachos
Pumpkin thyme macaroni and cheese
So bomb. So so bomb. I love pumpkin. I also love mac and cheese. And since Ben makes a mean bechamel, my macaroni and cheese dreams can come true.