Yesterday I learnt a very important lesson, that I probably should have already learned. Back up your data! I was happily doing some sound analysis, and it's rare to be happily doing sound analysis for those who have never done it, when I noticed the smell of burning plastic. I looked to my left and saw smoke issuing from my desktop, as if Kiss were about to walk out from behind my computer. I turned the computer off at the mains, raced to get the techie and then we took it to a safe place and then opened it up. There was a small flickering flame on the back of the CD drive, and a light blow on it put it out. Fortunately everything was OK. But for a good few minutes I had visions of my last few weeks work disappearing. My heart was racing because I had not backed up for about 3 weeks! Lesson learned, weekly back ups!
I am a behavioural ecologist, my main interests revolve around familial conflicts and their resolutions. However, my scientific interests are fairly broad.