OHMYGOSH It's Going To Be SO COOL!
Hey everyone! How are you today? Hopefully all is well and good with you! So I've been trying to think of something really clever to write about for the last day or so and I've had terrible writer's block. A common occurence for me, I know. Then I realized part of the reason I can't think of anything to write about is because I actually have something going on in my life! So what else is a blog for but to regale people with the minutae of your life? :D
My friend Jeff is sending me a real microscope next week! Not like a little toy kid's one, a real one from a lab! It might need some TLC and I know it will need a light, but he says other than that it's in good condition. I'm sooooo excited! I have no idea what the magnification of it is, either. He hasn't even shipped it yet but I can't stop thinking about it.
I've started a list of things I want to look at when I get it. I ordered glass slides which I'll get on Monday. So this is where you come in. First, I had to tell you because I'm giddy over this. Second, because I need your help. What will I be able to see? I really really want to be able to see bacteria.
I am so weird. Since I started on the path of skepticism last year, I've rediscovered a huge love of science, namely bacteria, for some unknown reason. When I listen to all the science podcasts I download, I am always amazed at the bacteriological stories most of all. Like all about e. coli, stories, and about how helpful bacteria is to humans and the world, all that good stuff.
I talked to my sister and she said I probably won't be able to see bacteria. Which totally bums me out. I don't know what supplies I might need, either. Do I need fancy stuff? I was wondering if any of you wonderful people have any ideas for DIY microbiology... resources, websites, etc. I mean, if people could figure this stuff out as early as the 1600's, and see bacteria then, why won't I be able to see them now?
Either way, I think this will be fun and exciting. I sure hope so anyway. So, if you have any ideas, resources, or suggestions, please feel free to share them! Oh, where will I go to identify stuff I see? Do I need fancy supplies? Ohmygosh, this is exciting! So any suggestions will be greatly appreciated!