Org Prep Daily

October 5, 2006

How to have a productive conversation in the lab

Filed under: Uncategorized — milkshake @ 4:16 pm

The Dingleberry conversation about HPLC at Atompusher Anonymous reminded me a similar conversation I had with one very shy and polite postdoc few years ago.

Me: “Hi. Sorry bugging you – do you have lutidine, by any chance?”
Postdoc: “Yes”
Me: “Can I take some from you?”
Postdoc: “Yes”
Me: “But I would need quite a lot – about 15 mL – can I take that much?”
Postdoc: “Yes”
Me: Do you have it under hood?”
Postdoc: “Yes”
Me (going through various bottles under his hood) : “So where is it?”
Postdoc: “Yes”
Me (drawing structure of lutidine on the hood): “Lutidine”
Postdoc (smiling, visibly relieved): “O-ooh. LULIDINE – Yes. No-have.”

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