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Re: Mundane life updates
« Reply #1095 on: May 19, 2020, 10:57:14 pm »
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- Get to work with an interesting data set for an assignment (microplastics in the Yarra and Maribyrnong over 3 years)
- See interesting patterns and form research questions (change in amounts of particular plastics found after high rainfall)
- Digging a little deeper, the patterns were very likely just from rainfall changing across months while human pollution changed across months too :(

Do I want to know how bad the consequences of this are? :(
OK, I'll ask because I'm curious, but it sounds like it could be quite different from your research so feel free to ignore:
1. Do you compare at all with other comparable river systems?

2. I assume plastic levels also affect biodiversity? (though so I guess might rainfall?)
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Re: Mundane life updates
« Reply #1096 on: May 20, 2020, 11:02:32 am »
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Do I want to know how bad the consequences of this are? :(
OK, I'll ask because I'm curious, but it sounds like it could be quite different from your research so feel free to ignore:
1. Do you compare at all with other comparable river systems?

2. I assume plastic levels also affect biodiversity? (though so I guess might rainfall?)

The :( wasn't really about ecological impacts of rainfall not appearing to have detectable significant effect on plastics, but more so about it not being viable for me to explore what could've been an interesting analysis. It's hard to say whether there not being a clear detectable trend here is because there isn't one or if it's because of limitations in the data (e.g. maybe if there were more trawls per month there would be a discernible pattern). I'm also unsure whether strong correlation between rainfall and plastics  would have a strong effect size on biodiversity or ecosystems services and if so how. If there had been a clear pattern this might have been able to inform understanding of how plastics are entering waterways but it also could suggest greater dispersal of plastic from sites of pollution potentially making management and regulation more difficult.

1. Haven't yet but I'll be looking up literature around this. This also brings in the question of what to search for. E.g. other waterways in Victoria, waterways which face similar pressures, well-monitored waterways...

2. Yeah absolutely. Probably the most classic example of plastic harming wildlife is a sea turtle choking on a plastic bag, but for example, microplastics can have negative impacts on sea turtle brains. From individual impacts this can then change species composition etc. thus influencing bigger scope ideas like biodiversity. Rainfall as you would expect substantially influences ecosystem system functioning but afaik for these waterways that would be trend-based rather than substantial fluctuations for individual weather events.

There's a clear "turning point" in the data when looking at number of pollutants (in the up direction sadly) which I'll be looking at to see if there's data on change in biodiversity indexes which correlate with that; I won't be able to show causation but it'll still be interesting to see how closely tied they are (if that information is available - this will be a literature search).

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Re: Mundane life updates
« Reply #1097 on: May 22, 2020, 11:19:52 am »
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I have a candle burning throughout the work day, and my black coffee right next to it. They're of similar size. The number of times I've gone to drink from the candle, I tell ya.

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Re: Mundane life updates
« Reply #1098 on: May 22, 2020, 11:53:49 am »
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I have a candle burning throughout the work day, and my black coffee right next to it. They're of similar size. The number of times I've gone to drink from the candle, I tell ya.
Does this candle smell of coffee too?
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« Reply #1099 on: May 22, 2020, 11:59:17 am »
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Does this candle smell of coffee too?
(Apparently there are places where you can buy such a candle)

Not this one (vanilla, I think), but I might have to look into that! 🕯️☕

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Re: Mundane life updates
« Reply #1100 on: May 22, 2020, 03:32:05 pm »
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I have a candle burning throughout the work day, and my black coffee right next to it. They're of similar size. The number of times I've gone to drink from the candle, I tell ya.

If you did actually drink from the candle you could probably wax lyrical about the experience. :)
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Re: Mundane life updates
« Reply #1101 on: May 22, 2020, 03:32:34 pm »
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If you did actually drink from the candle you could probably wax lyrical about the experience. :)

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Re: Mundane life updates
« Reply #1102 on: May 28, 2020, 03:06:48 pm »
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I really want to see if the cells I thawed Tuesday are okay, but I have to wait another 55mins to find out and now I can't focus at uni whilst waiting. Whoops. 😬
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Re: Mundane life updates
« Reply #1103 on: June 02, 2020, 04:47:38 pm »
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Online ensemble is so stressful :(
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« Reply #1104 on: June 02, 2020, 09:49:06 pm »
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Re: Mundane life updates
« Reply #1105 on: June 03, 2020, 03:39:36 pm »
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Needed to fix the lid of my fountain pen with super glue.

Its an odd shape lid thats not easy to glue together, but I decided it would be a great idea to try and fix it without asking for help.

I now have super glue on my fingers, the lid wasn't fixed properly and isn't sitting properly on the pen at all.

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Re: Mundane life updates
« Reply #1106 on: June 04, 2020, 10:31:15 pm »
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Surprisingly, doing candlestick rolls and reciting content for my SAC tomorrow is helping me! #this #is #odd

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Re: Mundane life updates
« Reply #1107 on: June 11, 2020, 12:09:29 pm »
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Went to the zoo and got to see the baby snow leopards. They are so cute.

Also spilt water on my laptop for the third time. It still works but I got a new one because I have an assignment due tomorrow and exams next week.

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Re: Mundane life updates
« Reply #1108 on: June 12, 2020, 07:01:23 pm »
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my nail polish has chipped off and it looks stupid. I should have repainted them 2 weeks ago.
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Re: Mundane life updates
« Reply #1109 on: June 12, 2020, 08:25:56 pm »
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