Saturday, November 7, 2009

of gunpowder and fireworks

5th of November is Guy Fawkes' night, to celebrate the downfall of the gunpowder plot to bring down the Parliament Houses in London.

5th of November is also a night of extravagant fireworks display all around UK.

And we joined in the fun at Glasgow Green!

I didn't actually understand the significance of the celebration at first, I just went along for the fireworks. And boy, was it amazing indeed!
No pictures, videos or words can describe the feeling of watching fireworks burst into golden rings and stars right above your head.

It's like a miracle unfolding right in front of your eyes.

I loved every second of it.


I thought my research project was going to be a breeze, but I guess I was wrong.

Since I'm not a chemistry major, doing a research in advanced pure chemistry is no laughing matter.
My chemistry background is, unfortunately, limited to daddy's home tuition and bits and pieces of whatever little we learnt back in physical pharmacy. Or was it?...

It is like throwing a primary school kid into university and asking him to graduate with flying colours.

More than half the time, I'm actually trying to figure out what's going on above my head.
The other half, I'm furiously learning up on co-crystals and related information, trying to cram everything into my little brain in the least time possible.

I really want to produce at least one co-crystal from this project.
Initially (when I didn't know ANYTHING) I thought I would be able to make 3 co-crystals out of my materials.
Then when we actually started doing stuff, I realised how extremely difficult it is to make even ONE measly co-crystal.

Le sigh. Why does science have to be so elusive (and times).

Adding to my pressure is the fact that my lecturer in charge is one specialised in co-crystals, and I really don't want to disappoint him (and myself!)