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Bounty for Donor's Choose
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If I couldn't be a scientist
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That's not the shape of his head.
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Glutton for Punishment
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I talk to machines.
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World's worst Journal Club.
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How I ended up a scientist.
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Naming your equipment
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Hi! I'm Geeka. I've been a scientist for, I don't know, it seems like forever, I guess since I started college, so, like 15 years? Anyhow, this is where I'm going to give my take on a bunch of stuff. I'm usually a little bit out there (that is, I don't see the obvious at the outset), which means that you are probably going to have to deal with reading such topics as: Interpersonal relationship training for scientists, my lab pet peeves, how to get along in business when you just came straight out of academia, trying to deal with having a life and being a scientist, really odd topics for a paper, random stuff I found on the internet that made me shoot coffee out of my nose, you know, (ab)normal Geeka. Why the title? Because at the very heart of me, I'm a virologist, and while I don't necessarily do that now, it's how I view the scientific world.

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

The office admin and I were having a discussion in the kitchen this morning. We were talking about how in the flood over the weekend, the massive copier/fax machine was spared. The filtered water line (like the one that goes to a fridge ice machine) exploded over the weekend, and flooded the kitchen, a server room and a conference room.

I mentioned that in my old lab, I would name equipment. She suggested Xena Xerox, and we thought that this was valid, because it had won it's first battle over the weekend.

Do any of you name, or have nicknames for your lab equipment? It was so pervasive at my old lab, that if I said someone left Mary on overnight again, my boss would know that it was the Typhoon that got left on. (I was responsible for Typhoon Mary...).

We had a freezer room full of -80's, who I named after philosophers, because it was much easier to say "Freezer Camus" than freezer 1, because inevitably someone would ask if the numbering started from the right or left of the room.

We had a PCR machine named Yossarian, because the funding source had a way of using the phrase "Catch-22" wrong all the time.

We had a 'Countess' for a while, that we named "Buffy" for buffy coats.

Also, an admin note. I've not been blogging a lot. I've come down with a bad case of carpal tunnel (or arthritis), and typing hurts. I blame the stupid POS dell I have to deal with at work. I just bought a set of wrist rests on etsy that seem to be helping significantly (and no, I didn't do any stats on it), so blogging should increase, but if you want to see all of the insanity on a regular basis, you should follow me on twitter (@Geeka). I'm protected, but it you are significantly (natch) science based from your tweets, I'll ok you. :)

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Brian Krueger, PhD
Columbia University Medical Center
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In my old lab we had a -80 in the back corner of the lab space that we called the "Bat Cave." I did rotations in a couple of labs where everything was named :P My current summer student gives our machines genders. She calls our big centrifuge "He" because "He" makes a lot of noise! I guess I'm a dick boss though because she's given all of the fish in the lab fish tank names, but I always tell her to not name my fish (because they're saltwater fish and usually have short lifespans :P). I guess they've all been alive for 4 months now, so it'd be ok to name them, but I like yelling at people :P

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We had an equipment room labeled "The chamber of horrors." And although it wasn't official, we had an old Q-RT-Machine that lovingly went by "that piece of shit" since it seemed to be broken more often than it actually ran correctly.

Disgruntled Julie
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I have to confess... I find naming of inanimate objects to be beyond ridiculous. When my husband bought his current car and asked me what he should name it, I was appalled (to date, he calls his car Calvin, I refer to it as the Civic).

An old lab manager named our tissue culture hoods and freezers, but everyone else in the lab apparently feels the same way as me, because the day she left, we went back to referring to them as right/left/large hood and old/new freezers.

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Well one of our servers is named Black Hole, for once things enter, good luck trying to get them out again. Every PC/laptop gets a name, you get to pick it, but it's gotta be a satellite or launch vehicle. My laptop is called Star Dust. As far as actual equipment.. they all have acronyms as names that stem from the project name they were purchased for or the customer paying for that project..
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