18 March 2005

The Practice Trip to England (IV)

I'm updating before Friday's over, but you'll have to forgive me as my access to the network from here out will be limited. The conference wrapped up this morning (from whence I posted episode 3 of this tale) and we had our final luncheon. After that I headed to the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, where I am currently posting from the Bioinformatics Library.

Lon's assistant, Melissa, has been showing me around a bit and now we're waiting for him to call in from France to finally settle all the financial details which have been hovering over my head. I'm just hoping it doesn't turn out that he "kind of" has money available to pay me or something of that nature. So far everyone has been quite nice and the building is cool. It's fairly new (5 years old) so the fixtures and stuff still have a fairly new feel to it. The exterior is a fairly bland concrete/steel/glass affair that Scott would probably find reprehensible. Maybe I'll take a picture on my way out. Speaking of photos, I've got quite a few, but not my data cable, so they'll have to wait until I get back to be posted here.

Coming here today has slightly alleviated my sensation of dread at showing up and not know what to do. On the other hand, one guy asked, "So what's your project?" to which I replied, "I don't know yet." Which isn't really a good thing. Hopefully it won't take too long to find something useful to do. Also, Melissa kept introducing me and mentioning that I'll be splitting time between here and Stats. Now I'm technically in the Stats department (for reasons mostly financial) but I wasn't sure until now whether it would be entirely pro forma. I have mixed feelings about the prospect, because it will be cool to be involved in some of the projects at Stats, but the guys there are crazy math geniuses and they intimidate the crap out of me.

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