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The Grunt-work Behind The Scenes

The human female–and Sigyn–are still squeeing about the glowy seedlings.  It’s fun when an experiment works the way it should.  Consider, however, how much effort goes into the preparation for an experiment, all the lowly, menial labor that has to be performed before the students can have their two hours of fun in the lab.  Tasks ideally suited for the feeble intellect of the human female.

Take, for example, all of this pipetting that has been going on.  Each action has to be performed with a fresh, new pipette tip.

Folks, that is a LOT of tips.*  Lower Division Biology used to stuff their own tips into the boxes.  Longtime readers may remember the purchasing gymnastics performed by the human female last fall, when she pitted vendor against vendor to secure the lowest price on refill tips that come helpfully already stuffed into replaceable inserts.   Let us catch up with Prep Staff and the human female and see if the investment has paid off.

The new refillable boxes are clean and sturdy.

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The inserts are super easy to snap in full and snap out when empty.  Here’s one whose useful life is over.  It looks as if it ought to be good for something else, doesn’t it?  So far, though, no one has been able to come up with any good ideas.

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Great Frigga’s hairpins!  The empties do pile up, don’t they?

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The program is going to go through thousands of these every semester.  The human female, loathe to just toss so much plastic cavalierly into the landfill, is going to have to lug them across campus and put them in the plastic recycling.

But still, it’s a significant time and labor saving over buying loose tips and stuffing them.  And let’s address the REAL issue.  With these new tip boxes, is Sigyn any less likely to—

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And that would be a “no.”  Hang on sweetie, Loki’s coming.

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*The scientific term is “metric crap-ton

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Mini-Break, Part IV: In Which We Run Into A Spot (or two) Of Bother in the Gift Shop

We are here in the museum’s Gift Shop, which is always a risky prospect.  How so?  There is the very real danger that:

–The human male is going to find an expensive book that he wants

–The human female is going to embarrass us all by squeeing over scientifically accurate stuffed animals.

–Sigyn is going to find something motion-related and become– like this.

It. Happens. Every. Time.  Pendulums, marble machines, factory equipment–doesn’t matter.  Sigyn is absolutely mesmerized by moving things.  In this case, it’s colored oil drops rolling down little ramps in some sort of desk doo-dad.

Oh, sweetie.  Can you…?  It’s all right… Just look away…  Come on.  Lets go look at…something else.  Something not moving.

Here!  Come see this!

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Who doesn’t love a good novelty cutting board?

Or maybe you’d like to check out the rubbery prehistoric beasties?

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Jormungandr’s jodhpurs!   Unhand my beloved, you toothy behemoth or I shall render you extinct a second time!  Hang on, Sweetie!  Loki’s coming!

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Shopping With Sigyn is Always an Adventure

The humans have ventured out to one of the local markets that carries home goods.  Sigyn and I have tagged along just to get out of the house.

This leucistic theropod would ordinarily be terrifying, but…

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A.  His arms are not only tiny, they’re attached to his chest.

B.  Sigyn has a way with animals.

C.  He has his golden bow-tie on.  Clearly he’s dressed for a night on the town, not the slaughter of innocents.

Sigyn, what are you doing now?   The humans have moved on, and we’re in danger of being left behind.

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Ah, teaching tricks to polar bears.  How clever of you!  But do come along.

Augh!  What now?!  She’s the dearest person, truly, but does she have to stop and chat with every. single. quadruped. on. the. planet?

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Dinosaurs in bow-ties, be-tasseled llamas, and polar bears in poorly-painted top hats.  None of this makes a great deal of sense.

Now where’s she gone?

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Sigh.  Hang on, sweetheart.  Loki’s coming.

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