Feeling pretty small at the moment.

Still have 4 days at work until the Christmas and New years. We’re pretty much done cleaning around the lab and wrapping up the last few experiments that’s going on. During all the this free time, I was thinking on how small our world is and as a species we’re probably only beginning to scratch the surface when it comes to understanding the universe. Then I found this gem that pretty much explains what im feeling.

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Man has done an outstanding job conquering our biomes and wildlife here on Earth, but it’s just Earth…. If that makes any sense at all.

Let me back track. The only reason why I’m in deep thought about this is because of the blunders of some late scientist. Darwin got evolution right, but his ideas on how individual traits we’re inherited out to be way off. And then there’s the chemist Linus Pauling, winner of the Nobel Prize. His model for DNA had almost everything that you can think of wrong with it. It had three stands instead of two, it was built inside out and it basically violated some basic rules of chemistry. Also, physicists around the world was in disbelief when news from Geneva, Switzerland that Einstein might be wrong after recent experiments, but a lot say that the physicists goofed and made mistakes when conducting that experiment. The debate still continues. Remember, along with the Quantum theory, relativity is the foundation of modern physics.

With all that being said, all of the men I talked about are brilliant. Humans are far from perfect. To them, I’m just a humble researcher assistant nerd that conducts cancer research for a university. I doubt that either you or me could achieve as much as they did during their lifetime, but that don’t mean we should not try. I personally think we have so much more to acheieve. Stuff like this makes me want to go back to grad school.

Well…. I hope I made some sense. My thoughts may seem to be everywhere, but that what happens when I have a nerdgasm.

-JiNX
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Get JiNXED #9: Reenlistment Decision

If you didn’t know, I’m a soldier in the Texas Army National Guard, current rank E5/SGT. I have a little more than a year left on my current contract. Overall, I love the guard, but I’m still leaning towards of not reenlisting. I joined the guard to be apart of something bigger than myself and the education. My educational goals have been met, but I still love being apart of the guard. Let’s look at my current options.

Reenlist: When this contract is all said and done I will have served 6yrs. If I do decide do reenlist, most likely it will be on another 6×2 contract. Basically, I’m looking at it as if I do reenlist I might as well make it a career. I think it would be kind of crazy for me to have 12yrs in and not to do 8 more years to so I can retire. Also, I would switch to the officer side. I was tested again and I achieved the 110 GT score needed to become an officer. My leadership say I have the tools to become an excellent officer, but of course they’re not going to tell you otherwise if they think you would be a horrible one. What it all comes down to is: ETS or 14yrs as a officer.

ETS: Also known as getting the fuck out. Doing medical research, I feel like that I am contributing to something bigger than myself. While serving you will sacrifice a lot to serve this great country. You can miss important dates like birthdays, the birth of your own child, family members weddings and many more. Deployments can put a lot of strain on your family. I can live comfortable with this job I have. I can even afford grad school by myself if I choose to go back. With that in mind, I’m leaning more to getting out. I don’t want my family to be worried sick about me going off to fight a war anymore. I want to be there for those important events like my child first word, steps, seeing them off to elementary school and everything that comes with being a parent one day.

Bonus option? Air Guard Pilot: I’ve flirted with this idea many of times. I have a science degree, good medical standing and the asvab score and it was something I fantasized about when I was a kid. That dream has kind of faded as I grew older, but now that I know that’s its a realistic goal the itch has returned. I would have to go to a recruiter and get all the details.

Three options. Not an easy choice to make at the moment, but I have a year to sit down and think what I want out of life when it comes to this issue. At the end of the day, I’m sure I will be happy with my decision.

-JiNX
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Chinese Chang’e Craft Loops the Moon

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It’s no secret that China’s main focus of its space program revolves around the moon. On November 1st they did just that. China has successfully launch a capsule into space, swing around the moon and made it back safely with a touchdown speed of 7mph.

The capsule, Chang’e 5-Ti began its journey on October 23rd. Four days later it swung by the moon at a altitude around 8,000 miles, while taking pictures and sending it back home. In the capsule, Chang’e exposed several plants and bacteria not only for themselves, but also for German and Spanish research teams.

One major thing to point out is this is the first round trip Lunar voyage since the Soviet Union did so in 1976! Congrats China.

-JiNX
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