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I thought I'd start a blog series where I plug a particular product. It's probably something I've come across which I think is cool and useful in my own work. I'm going to try to do this (i.e., remember) once a month, and here is January's edition.
Rite in the Rain's All-Weather Notebooks. I stumbled upon these puppies at the 2010 ASA-CSSA-SSSA trisocietal meeting. It was in the "swag bag" you get upon registering, and was really the only thing worthwhile. If you do field work, you'll know how hard it is to take notes when the weather sucks (when it's raining or even when it's damp). These notebooks go a long way in reducing that angst. While I prefer to write in pencil (yah I know, patent people have a fit when you do stuff like that ... hopefully I can get an electronic notebook system established where I can scan all my field notes into a more "permanent" format) they have some cool pens as well (albeit slightly expensive).
Rite in the Rain notebook. My GPS logger (for geotagging field photos) is in upper righthand corner.
What are some things that you find cool and/or essential in your daily work life?
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I don't go very far w/o my laptop loaded w all necessary programs, and my digital cam, to document hardware set up. But I gotta say, for field work, other than comfy hiking boots, the most important necessity to me... is Chapstick. Cherry.
Invitrogen Countess (automated cell counter that will give you accurate cell number and viability in under a minute), carbon fiber centrifuge rotors (as big as some of the ones we use, you'd have to use 2 people to life them if they were metal), and last but not least, the pallet jack. Some use it to move around big equipment, I prefer to go "Pallet Jack Surfing" on it behind the building.