John’s comment on Jode’s recent article here on Bitesize Bio: “Good idea on marking the rotor for 3 tubes Jode. One of those tiny (perhaps tragic) pleasures is when you drop the 3 tubes in quickly and get in spaced perfectly first time. Because usually its drop them in and then move one tube 1 space over and then 1 other tube 1 space back.” made me laugh in recognition.
How many of us can identify with that small surge of pleasure when something tiny and insignificant goes right in the lab? Here are a few things that will make me smile any day:
getting tubes balanced in the microfuge on the first try (so right, John!)
weighing out a sample to exactly 20.00 g on the balance
having just enough paper in the printer to print out an article
entering sample 1000 in the -80°C database
grabbing the right number of tubes for all your samples without counting
ejecting all 8 tips from the multichannel pipettor at the same time
finding the microscope already set to the right objective and filter
having enough different Sharpie colors to label all your different samples
dividing a piece of tinfoil exactly to cover bottles for autoclaving, with no scraps left over
Fact: The vast majority of professors are male. By the time you reach the top of the ladder, only roughly 20% of professors are female In most European countries and in quite a few countries the figure lingers around a depressing 15%. Biosciences are no exception. The balance is being redressed but only very slowly. […]
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