"New" entry

Wow, I'm pushing a year since my last post here...I'm surprised that they don't shut down accounts like mine for inactivity!

Actually, I'm cheating because I don't have a real new post for you. I'm just going to tell you to read the one before this again, but replace all references to "temp" with "full-time" because they hired me full time! :D
  • sylvanhistorian

    And, yeah, you're cheating. :-P
    by sylvanhistorian at 02/20/11 8:22AM
  • meditationis
    Defnly cheating; defnly good news.
    by meditationis at 02/20/11 9:32AM
  • trevaesa
    by trevaesa at 02/20/11 11:46AM
  • tryphena
    So glad about the job! You probably have lots of new news...you just aren't in a sharing mood...
    by tryphena at 02/20/11 12:08PM
  • mayflower
    by mayflower at 02/20/11 1:20PM
  • heidiw
    Oh Ryan! That's wonderful! I'm so glad that the Lord is providing for your needs! Praise God!
    by heidiw at 02/20/11 8:15PM
  • sirtarin
    Congratulations! =)

    ... Cheater.
    by sirtarin at 02/21/11 2:13PM
  • liseybug
    So now it's time to remove the quotation marks and write a new entry.
    by liseybug at 02/21/11 9:06PM
  • liseybug
    And congrats, I suppose you deserve that one ; - )
    by liseybug at 02/21/11 9:06PM
  • narnianheart
    WOW! I forgot you even existed. haha
    Congrats on the job!
    by narnianheart at 02/22/11 12:52PM
  • deputyheadmistress
    Cheater, cheater. Plus, I already knew this. You have an obligation to tell me something I didn't know.;-)
    by deputyheadmistress at 02/22/11 1:51PM
  • sirtorin
    Congratulations! =)
    by sirtorin at 03/07/11 5:55PM
  • chessman
    Cheat on! Congratulations!
    by chessman at 03/08/11 4:02AM
  • tryphena
    Tell me a good story... ;-)
    by tryphena at 05/17/11 9:24PM
  • cyber_space_cadet
    Tell us ALLLLLLLLLLLL a good story. :)
    by cyber_space_cadet at 05/17/11 9:45PM
  • tryphena
    Update, already!!
    by tryphena at 06/18/11 4:48PM



I just accepted a full-time position with Sigma-Tau Pharmaceuticals as a quality control lab technician! It's a 6-12 month temp position that I got through a temp agency, Kelly Scientific. Sigma-Tau said lots of their temp positions last longer than the original deadline and most of them eventually work into a full-time position directly with the company (that is, not via a temp service like Kelly but directly with Sigma-Tau, which means benefits!)

Sigma-Tau is a small pharmaceutical company. Their niche is in rare diseases affecting just a few people which wouldn't provide enough revenue for very large pharma companies to be worth pursuing. One of their drugs treats a condition that only 100 people in the world have, which is really cool! I think they have about 6 drugs right now, one that treats the "bubble boy" disease, a few that have to do with leukemia and lymphoma, and one that has to do with a dialysis-related deficiency.

Their headquarters and research facilities are in Maryland, and they have another location in Indianapolis. This location and its products (4 of the 6) were formerly owned by Enzon, but were purchased by Sigma-Tau a few months ago since the products were for rare diseases. The location here in Indy is purely production (that is, no research for new drugs). Random samples have to be pulled from the drugs being produced on a daily basis for quality control - testing purity, proper amount of active ingredients, consistency from sample to sample, etc. The entire Indianapolis location has about 100 employees, 12 of whom work in the quality control lab. So, it'll definitely have that small business feel, which I like. I'll be handling a handful of jobs, like washing glassware keeping reagents stocked, inventory, logs, and I think a few things with handling samples. They needed somebody to handle those tasks so the other scientists could focus on running tests. Probably not what I want to do for the rest of my life, but there's a great possibility of being cross-trained to do several tasks after a while. So I will certainly not be doing the same thing everyday, which I was glad to hear! And I think there's something to be said about working for a good company even if the job itself isn't perfect. I really liked the impression that I got just being around the lab.

Also, Sigma-Tau Pharmaceuticals is actually a subsidiary of a larger pharma company based in Italy. It does not have the same focus on rare diseases and the US branch operates more or less independently from the European company.

I'm going in to Kelly tomorrow for a drug test (*crossing fingers*), a background check, and a vision test. After that, I should start on Tuesday of next week! :)
  • ootda
    by ootda at 04/21/10 3:19PM
  • chessman
    Sounds cool!
    by chessman at 04/21/10 3:35PM
  • trevaesa
    That's great, Ryan! Congratulations :)
    by trevaesa at 04/21/10 3:44PM
  • sabrinaballerina
    Congrats! Now you are a real adult :P
    by sabrinaballerina at 04/21/10 4:22PM
  • liseybug
    Good luck on your drug test! That might be a little tough to pass.... ; )
    But seriously, that's really awesome. Sounds right down your alley!
    by liseybug at 04/21/10 4:46PM
  • neenee
    You'll do fine on the drug test... it's the background check I'm concerned about! ;)
    I'm happy for you. Sounds like a great opportunity where you may just get your foot in the door. :)
    by neenee at 04/21/10 5:59PM
  • cyber_space_cadet
    Great news, Ryan! Congrats.
    by cyber_space_cadet at 04/21/10 6:02PM
  • tryphena
    So, so, SO happy for you!! Better study hard for that test :-P
    by tryphena at 04/21/10 8:37PM
  • cyber_space_cadet
    ^ Ryan, you haven't eaten any poppy seeds lately, have you? :)
    by cyber_space_cadet at 04/21/10 8:57PM
  • sirtorin
    Spiffy! Sounds like a neat company. =)
    by sirtorin at 04/21/10 10:44PM
  • deputyheadmistress
    So, what should we tell them if they call us asking about your nefarious background?
    Seriously, CONGRATULATION!! And in Indi!! a big hug to your mom from me- I know that makes her happy!
    by deputyheadmistress at 04/22/10 9:10AM
  • bg
    Congrats Ryan! I hope that this leads to more for you and that you wil be able to get on full time, Lord willing, if that is what you want. : )
    by bg at 04/22/10 11:53AM
  • dragonmyst
    Congratulations! Sometimes smaller companies are fun to work for, and having only ~ 12 people you work with means you'll get to know everyone pretty well and that can be fun as well. :-) I'm happy for you!
    by dragonmyst at 04/23/10 9:10AM
  • pregador
    by pregador at 05/02/10 4:16AM
  • neenee
    Yeah, it's the same one! It's been a faithful little machine, but lately it's been acting really stupid. I'm afraid a new one is in my future. We cleaned off a lot of my hard drive or something and bough an external hard drive to store my 10+ years of pictures on, etc. But it didn't really help. *sigh*
    by neenee at 05/17/10 6:51AM
  • mr_and_mrs_berry
    This is the kind of company my husband works for - a small one that does specialty work that has needs that are too minimal to do in great quantities and need special talents. Kind of neat because it really isn't ever boring - production reqts. change and then your mode of thinking needs change - more fun!
    by mr_and_mrs_berry at 05/28/10 7:03AM
  • sirtarin
    Congratulations. Sounds like an interesting job. =)
    by sirtarin at 05/29/10 8:55PM
  • the_headmaster
    Hello, are you still there?
    by the_headmaster at 08/24/10 9:02PM
  • the_headmaster
    . . . at 04/21/10 4:16PM
    by the_headmaster at 09/23/10 9:25PM

*This* is interesting

This is a map made by Josephus, a Jewish historian that lived during the first and second centuries. The map is of the travels of the descendants of Noah's 3 sons - Shem, Ham, and Japheth. Shem is green, Ham is blue, and Japheth is red.

Now, changing gears, think about the first three individual conversions highlighted in Acts - the Ethiopian (ch 8), Saul (ch 9), and Cornelius (10). The Ethiopian was from down past Egypt, so he would have been descended from Ham. Saul was an Israelite (through his mother), so he was descended from Shem. And Cornelius was a Roman, so he was descended from Japheth! And at Cornelius' conversion, God wanted His people to understand that all people were clean.

There is always more to learn...

There's more to it!

Consider how many ways God communicates what He wants to His people in Acts 11. In the first part of 11, Peter recounts his going to Caesarea in chapter 10. God showed him a vision, telling him not to call anything unclean that God called clean. (that's one) Then, the Spirit told him to go with the men from Caesarea, "making no distinction." (that's two) Then the Spirit fell on gentiles "just as it did on [them] at the beginning." (that's three) And well-read Jews would have picked up on the point that representatives of all of Noah's sons (from whom everyone on earth was descended) had been saved (four). And as if that wasn't enough, lo and behold they get word of a gentile church started in Antioch, hearing that "the hand of the Lord was with them!" (I've lost count now)

It's amazing enough to consider what God in His wisdom has said - the simple command itself. In this case, that He wanted them to accept gentiles as brothers. But it's an additional source of amazement that He does it in so many subtle and beautiful ways! There is so much lying under the surface of the text (the surface is rich enough as it is), that as impressed as I am about this particular example, I know I've not fathomed the start of it! Seeing things like this shows me why David wanted to meditate on God's law - it's so much more than laws!

Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways!"
~Romans 11:33
  • ootda
    by ootda at 02/09/10 10:38AM
  • tryphena
    I've never considered this before. It's another peek into God's mind. Thank you!
    by tryphena at 02/09/10 12:07PM
  • cyber_space_cadet
    That IS interesting. Thanks for sharing!
    by cyber_space_cadet at 02/09/10 12:33PM
  • memento_mori
    Wow, that's really neat! :)
    by memento_mori at 02/09/10 1:37PM
  • heidiw
    Wow. That is really cool!
    by heidiw at 02/09/10 2:24PM
  • sirtorin
    Very intriguing. =)
    by sirtorin at 02/09/10 4:23PM
  • sr15min
    Wow, I never thought about that before.
    by sr15min at 02/09/10 6:56PM
  • neenee
    Ooo, interesting to consider...
    by neenee at 02/09/10 7:07PM
  • deputyheadmistress
    Fascinating! Thanks for sharing that!
    by deputyheadmistress at 02/10/10 9:03PM
  • mr_and_mrs_berry
    When we (I) devote time to study - reading and thinking/meditating and prayer and more, I am overwhelmed by how I don't devote enough time to it. I appreciate your thoughts here very much.
    by mr_and_mrs_berry at 02/13/10 10:42PM
  • the_headmaster
    Ya'll come back now, ya hear!
    by the_headmaster at 02/16/10 8:41PM

Speaking of scientist jokes

  • tryphena
    LOL! Yep, a scientist would see being zapped as positive reinforcement...
    by tryphena at 02/05/10 7:42AM
  • swiftblades
    by swiftblades at 02/05/10 9:54AM
  • cyber_space_cadet
    Hmmm, I guess I have a little "scientist" in me. :D
    by cyber_space_cadet at 02/05/10 11:05AM
  • herb_lady43
    She sent me here from my sister's blog. Love the drawing, and I'm married to one of those.
    by herb_lady43 at 02/05/10 2:03PM
  • deputyheadmistress
    Grin. I thought that was the difference between girl-children and boy-children.=)
    by deputyheadmistress at 02/05/10 2:44PM
  • cyber_space_cadet
    ^^ ROFL, a Most Excellent Point, Wendi! :P
    by cyber_space_cadet at 02/05/10 4:50PM
  • sirtorin
    Lub! =D
    by sirtorin at 02/05/10 5:43PM
  • mayflower
    by mayflower at 02/05/10 8:03PM
  • sirtarin
    Hahaha! =D
    by sirtarin at 02/06/10 2:34PM
  • narnianheart
    by narnianheart at 02/06/10 8:38PM

Good infection

Good things, as well as bad, you know, are caught by a kind of infection. If you want to get warm you must stand near the fire: if you want to be wet you must get into the water. If you want joy, power, peace, eternal life, you must get close to, or even into, the thing that has them. They are not a sort of prize which God could, if He chose, just hand out to anyone. They are a great fountain of energy and beauty spurting up at the very centre of reality. If you are close to it, the spray will wet you: if you are not, you will remain dry. Once a man is united to God, how could he not live forever? Once a man is separated from God, what can he do but wither and die?

...We are not begotten by God, we are only made by Him: in our natural state we are not sons of God, only (so to speak) statues. We have not got spiritual life; only biological life which is presently going to run down and die. Now the whole offer which Christianity makes is this: that we can, if we let God have His way, come to share in the life of Christ. If we do, we shall then be sharing a life which was begotten, not made, which always has existed and always will exist. Christ is the Son of God. We shall love the Father as He does and the Holy Ghost will arise in us [as it does in Him]. He came to this world and became a man in order to spread to other man the kind of life He has - by what I call 'good infection.' Every Christian is to become a little Christ. The whole purpose of becoming a Christian is simply nothing else.

~C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

More posts on Brazil coming....algum dia ;)
  • heidiw
    And this is why I love C.s. Lewis. More often than not, he hits the nail right on the head. Thanks for posting this. Are you at this point in the book or had you already read this and then decided to post it? Thanks for being an encouragement!
    by heidiw at 12/22/09 10:23PM
  • tryphena
    Okay, so I started reading from the top and, not realizing it's a C.S. Lewis quote, I'm thinking, "Wow, Ryan, you are just AMAZING here!!!"

    And after realizing it's a quote and not your original thoughts...I still think you are amazing!
    by tryphena at 12/23/09 7:47AM
  • tryphena
    And for some reason, when I read "infection" in the title, I was alarmed that you were sick, even though I'm *sure* I also read the word "good." Maybe I thought it meant "good" as in "good beating"--which, of course, really means a bad beating. Too much caffeine on my part, perhaps?
    by tryphena at 12/23/09 7:49AM
  • liseybug
    The way he writes is just really refreshing. I don't know what it is. Tolkien is the same way. I picked up this book again last night (I had tried reading it a couple of summers ago, but didn't get far). I will get far this time : ) Then we can have philosophical discussions over biscuits and gravy. Or hamburger helper, whichever you prefer.
    by liseybug at 12/23/09 9:55AM
  • deputyheadmistress
    Lamburger helper??

    C.S. Lewis was incredibly gifted at seeing into the soul.
    by deputyheadmistress at 12/23/09 5:16PM
  • neenee
    Nice. :)
    I had to re-read the first couple sentences because to me "infection" is NEVER a good thing.
    But then I thought of "infectious laughter" and the whole paragraph suddenly made sense. :)
    by neenee at 12/24/09 6:22AM
  • liseybug
    Yeah, lamburger helper! it's entirely possible! We may be out of ground lamb though. Try chops. Or wait, did she just misread my post? Either way, tis good stuff.

    And speaking of lamb, what you thought were sheep on Meghan's post said Moo on the side of them. I thought for a long time whether I should let that one go or not, but.... *evil grin*
    by liseybug at 12/25/09 11:25PM
  • deputyheadmistress
    No, I did not misread your post. I edited it freely because I thought my version was funnier. But if you have to explain the joke, you were never as funny as you thought you were (you is generic, not specific).
    by deputyheadmistress at 12/25/09 11:40PM
  • noby_wan
    "Where is the lake" and "Are we going there for vacation/holidays" ? If so, in the middle of the KY/TN border. And yes, we went there for Christmas.
    by noby_wan at 01/04/10 4:16PM
  • tryphena
    What is in Massachusetts, you ask? A surprising number of smart voters, that's what!
    by tryphena at 01/19/10 9:26PM
  • noby_wan
    Ooohh yeah!
    by noby_wan at 01/27/10 1:09PM
  • noby_wan
    I feel deeply honored in that I am going to FL next week and will have the privilege of partaking of those heavenly morsels such as the one and only venerable Momma Dee makes. :)
    by noby_wan at 01/27/10 1:23PM
  • sirtarin
    Good excerpt. =)
    by sirtarin at 01/27/10 1:45PM