serious

Wind and breakage.

The monochromator's back off to Germany - again - and it's starting to get a bit breezy outside. Maybe this time the forecasts are right? Watch this space.

It was interesting getting the mail from the makers yesterday. Even through the language barrier and the transcription to electrons and back, you could hear the scraping of fingernails as they fretted over what the problem could be.

It's very quiet here.

Looks like I've got the Genetics Society membership sorted. That's the 28th nailed, then.
It's a light switch.

I've talked about this before. It takes the light from a xenon discharge bulb and uses the obvious mechanism of a diffraction grating and a movable slit to produce a beam of light with a frequency spread of roughly 20nm. We use it, when it's working, for widefield fluorescence microscopy. When it isn't working - and it has a nasty habit of blowing its power supply while being turned off - we use it as ballast for a series of experiments in intra-EU couriered transportation.
Very wise, chief. As a bouncer at the Astoria said when he searched my bag and found not drugs or booze, but bogroll.
I know the food in there's expensive, but not enough to make the roaches seem palatable. Anyway, i'm vegetaran.