Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Monsters Inside Me

A guest lecturer showed us a clip from Animal Planet's documentary series Monsters Inside Me about malaria in class a few weeks ago. (Same professor who is friends with Edward Cullen.)

Anyway, we thought the featured doctor looked kinda familiar, but we were a bit preoccupied with laughing at the dramatic scrolling scene of the doctor posing in the hallway with arms crossed, superhero style.

Then his name was credited. Hey! Familiar looking superhero is our guest professor! Only he looked more, ah, studious in the clip with his eyeglasses and white coat and so ...

We laughed some more.

Professor's insight into the behind-the-scenes making of these documentaries: "We filmed it in one of those offices at Mount Sinai and for some reason, they had the heat on extremely high and they had all these lights so, uh, we would stop every two minutes because I was sweating and it looked like I had malaria."


Just had an exam on Monday, a presentation yesterday, and now I'm working on small group preparations and studying viruses.

Some Ebates Love

I was shopping for a friend's birthday present the other day (trying to decide between some blu-rays) and I remembered that I recently got this email from Ebates about their referral promotion. This is my referral link if you'd like to help me get some extra $$ and if 50 friends are referred, an Apple Ipad! Ooh la la:

If you'd never heard of Ebates, it's a really good site that has various percentages of Cash Back for a bunch of familiar online shopping sites. No membership charges or sponsorship deals you need to do, no fees at all, no hassle. Honestly. Totally legit and their longtime referral program includes giving the referring person $5 as well as the new referred member $5. Win, win. I typically make sure most of my shopping (including Barnes & Noble (11% cashback off your purchase) Sephora (11%), Ebay, (4%), CompUSA, etc. - even though Amazon is not part of it! Darn.) are linked through this site first because hey, I'm already buying stuff anyway - might as well try to get some discount off, no matter how minimal it is. It adds up in the long run, especially with large purchases. So far, I've received $51.30 in checks so far and I've hooked in my brother and some friends. Ah, gratifying.

Anyway, just a recommendation and a plug for my own referral link, but I expect most of you are savvy enough about internet deals and are already members of this site. I feel kinda uncomfortable about throwing up some advertising here especially since it sounds kinda too good to be true, but Ebates gets a commission from the stores when members make a purchase and they just share part of that commission back. All in all, the program works well and actually gives you money back for purchases you'd just make normally. Everyone should know about it.