It’s definitely going to take awhile for me to accustom myself to this new WordPress layout. In all honesty, though, I think the original looked better — the current one seems too “internet-y,” for lack of better wording. Random colors that don’t quite complement each other are strewn wherever, e.g. the vermilion over the light blue background next to the dark blue text. The combination of red and light blue just doesn’t quite work to my eyes’ liking.

I shall keep today’s entry short, since I was recently reprimanded by my Genetics Lab peers for being too verbose in my “edible vaccines” report. Pardon my indignation but I believe my essay was rather “kick-ass” in comparison to theirs, which mostly consisted of sentence fragments, incorrect syntax, missing verbs, and omitted punctuations. What’s worse, they advised me to commit the same errors for the sake of shortening my sentences, for example:

Original sentence —
Albeit the research involving the creation of edible vaccines is not at a point where it can be placed at the forefront of methods used to protect individuals from infectious disease outbreaks, understanding of the science behind the development of plant-based vaccines, recognition of the development of edible vaccines’ values to society as a whole, evaluation of the safety concerns associated with it, legislative support and approval of further experimentation, and allocation of current expenditures from traditional vaccination research to that of edible vaccination will all help bring the creation of plant-derived biopharmaceuticals to the forefront of methods in the very near future.

Suggested correction —
Albeit the research involving the creation of edible vaccines is not at a point where it can be placed at the forefront of methods used to protect individuals from infectious disease outbreaks[.] Understanding of the science behind the development of plant-derived vaccines[.] Recognition of the development of edible vaccines’ values to society as a whole[.] Evaluation of the safety concerns associated with it[.] Legislative support and approval of further experimentation[.] Allocation of current expenditures from traditional vaccination research to that of edible vaccination will all help bring the creation of plant-derived biopharmaceuticals to the forefront of methods in the very near future.

Yes, I realize that that gigantic paragraph is one unbelievably long sentence, but dissecting it into fragments that bear no meaning is a horrific recommendation. “Albeit the research involving the creation of edible vaccines is not at a point where it can be placed at the forefront of methods used to protect individuals from infectious disease outbreaks” is the dependent clause of the sentence; I can’t just detach it on a whim to appease less-than-brilliant readers. If they offered some other suggestion that didn’t involve producing nonsensical sentence fragments, then I would definitely feel more humble and less self-righteous. However, that simply isn’t the case; hence, I’m left wide-eyed at how absolutely ridiculous their advice is and how ignorant they are of proper English sentence structures. You’re in a distinguished university, dears, not still in some elementary school learning about subordinating conjunctions.

There… I just needed to get that rant out of my system.

Now for some pictures I had taken of the Betsey Johnson dresses I purchased. That’s right, dressES — I recently bought another one of her wonderful creations. This second one is a brown, chiffon, size M dress smothered in miniature bows.

Dress 1: Burgundy and mauve colored velvet dress.
I adore the details she adds to the lacing.

Dress 2: Brown colored chiffon dress with miniature bows.
Once again, the details amaze me.

Although originally intended for my use, I’m contemplating giving the second dress to my sister, since the bust area is a little smaller than I had previously suspected. There was originally a yellow silk dress by Betsey Johnson I was planning on buying for her, but after much thought, I concluded that my wallet isn’t hefty enough to afford a $150 dress, yet. This chiffon dress will complement her skin tone perfectly.

Hm, I hope she’s not reading this entry… the dress is supposed to be a surprise.

I seem to be on a spending spree as of late. The earphones that came with my iPod Nano have been irritating my ears for the past 2 years, and not only my ears but also my head, leading to a skull-splitting headache if I leave them in for too long. Hence, I’ve been ogling the Ultimate Ears Super.fi 3 Studio earphones for the past 3 months. At a whopping $129.99 for a pair of earphones, I feel as if I’m buying gold from the devil with my soul as currency.

I just want comfortable earphones that are also capable of delivering impeccable sound — is that too much to ask?

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