Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Research = glamour

I know everyone imagines scientific research to be a non-stop parade of easy money, fast cars, and shiny technological marvels that have blinking LEDs and beep-boop sounds - and it often is - but at times we operate on a shoestring budget. I was working on the computer that runs my laser, and I saw that the motherboard box was still lying next to it. It advertises "Y2K compliant!"

That's a line that is not nearly as impressive as it used to be, like "Yes, these jeans are acid-washed," and "I've got the new Bee Gees LP."

5 comments:

Nick said...

You should just be happy that you get to utter sentences like "I was working on the computer that runs my laser" and actually mean it.

The rest of us don't have any fucking lasers at all. Not one.

How is that fair?

slappy said...

Yes, perhaps I should clarify. The fact that my job includes playing with liquid nitrogen is part of the glamour side.

We use some red lasers to help line things up, but the lasers we actually use for research are infrared, in other words, invisible. Surprisingly useful things, invisible lasers...

miss kendra said...

this is the sexiest thing i've read in a long time.

Ɯbermilf said...

There's a laser in my printer. So, I must be cool, too.

slappy said...

Kendra: All these years I've been underestimating the seductive potential of lasers and liquid nitrogen...

Ubie: You are cool independent of your laser. So don't worry if you have to replace the laserjet with a bubblejet - you'll still be cool.