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Lab Christmas

From ThinkGeek via Toxiferous Designs

A list of Christmas carols and when they should be sung in lab:

  • When performing an ELISA, sing It Came Upon a Midnight Clear (“painful steps and slow”)
  • When your experimental chickens arrive, sing The Twelve Days of Christmas (“3 French hens”)
  • When your fluorescent dye works, get your friends to sing Angels We Have Heard on High (“Why these songs of happy cheer? What great brightness did you see?”)
  • When you’re not sure if your lateral flow strip is positive or negative, sing Do You See What I See?  (… for the title line, obviously)
  • When you really want that second experiment to work, sing Joy to the World (“Repeat the sounding joy, repeat the sounding joy, repeat, repeat the sounding joy!”)
  • Oops!  You’ve skipped a step in that protocol.  Sing God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (“when we were gone astray”)
  • When it’s time to close down for Christmas, sing Angels from the Realms of Glory (“Sages leave your contemplations, brighter visions beam afar”)
  • Always, sing Go Tell it on the Mountain (“When I am a seeker, I seek both night and day; I seek The Lord to help me and he shows me my way”)

Any others to add to the list?

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Confessions of a BioE Lab Rat

(Well, not really a lab rat, since these are my confessions, and I’m not a rat.  I don’t even work with rats.  It’s an idiom.  I hang out in the lab a lot.  Anyway…)

I use pipette tips from the box in a pattern. I’ve tried diagonally, and my longest run has been removing alternate rows and columns so the group remaining looks like a square, but I’ve really settled on removing one column at a time. (Someone else analyzed this!  Kindred spirits!)

Diagonal method - from scienceblogs.com

I pray for my blood samples. Well, I pray for the people they belonged to. The blood samples themselves don’t need much prayer, except, Please, Lord, let my experiment work.

I secretly love the 1.5 min breaks I have between experiment runs. It’s impossible to get any real work done in 1.5min, but I can sure surf Pinterest!

Optics tables are grown-up tinkertoys. ‘Nuf said.

I take my 3D-printed parts out of the heater early so I can play with the wax. I do think it goes faster my way since I help the process along, rather than letting the oven melt all the wax. And afterwards, it feels like elementary school, when you put Elmer’s glue on your fingertips just so you could peel it off. (Anybody else?)

– I’ve contemplated taking a nap at the microscope. Think about it: with your eyes in the eyepiece, it’s (1) totally dark, assuming you’ve turned down the lamp, and (2) no one will assume you’re doing anything but very important science.

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